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In a recently published report, “mHealth Technologies: Applications to Benefit Older Adults,” the Center for Technology and Aging discusses how cell phones, smart phones, laptop and tablet computers, and other mobile-enabled devices are now used to help millions of seniors, as well as their physicians and caregivers, in five areas: managing chronic disease, using medications properly, avoiding safety risks, accessing online health information, and staying well.  These technologies will continue to be beneficial for the aging-in-place market.

According to the study, the mHealth technologies market will approach $5 billion by 2014 and more than double by 2020, driven in part by older adults’ rapidly increasing acceptance and use of technology in their lives. The report discusses six critical issues that shape how rapidly mobile health technologies catch on: technology viability, population applicability, health and economic outcomes, workforce relief, stakeholder readiness, and policy and reimbursement issues.

“mHealth changes the traditional delivery of healthcare, allowing for continuous, pervasive healthcare anytime, anywhere,” said David Lindeman, PhD, director of the Center for Technology and Aging. “With mHealth, providers, caregivers, and patients have the opportunity to continuously monitor health conditions and access health information outside of either the physician’s office or the patient’s home. It promotes efficiencies in care-management and improves individual and population health outcomes.”

The report also describes each opportunity area’s current estimated economic or social costs, the potential benefits and savings derived through mHealth technologies, as well as a sampling of specific technology products currently in use. Report highlights include:

  • Chronic disease management technologies provide a range of messaging, monitoring, and interactive communications functions to support interactive care processes, reduce unnecessary resource utilization, and improve care outcomes.
  • Medication adherence technologies have been rapidly expanding and can assist patients and caregivers with obtaining proper medication information, patient education, medication organization, dispensing, dose reminders, and notification when doses are missed.
  • Safety monitoring developers are focusing their attention on mHealth technologies that detect and ultimately prevent falls and wandering by monitoring patients in terms of their location, balance, and gait.
  • Health education technologies promote better communication between older adults, caregivers, and providers through personal health records, online social networks, and access to general health information via the Internet.
  • Wellness technologies include SMS behavior modification programs (e.g. healthy eating), smartphone and tablet apps that track nutrition and calorie intake, support activities (e.g. yoga, smoking cessation), calculate body mass index and disease risk, and mobile-enabled monitoring devices for activity level tracking.
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In a recently published report, “mHealth Technologies: Applications to Benefit Older Adults,” the Center for Technology and Aging discusses how cell phones, smart phones, laptop and tablet computers, and other mobile-enabled devices are now used to help millions of seniors, as well as their physicians and caregivers, in five areas: managing chronic disease, using medications properly, avoiding safety risks, accessing online health information, and staying well.  These technologies will continue to be beneficial for the aging-in-place market.

According to the study, the mHealth technologies market will approach $5 billion by 2014 and more than double by 2020, driven in part by older adults’ rapidly increasing acceptance and use of technology in their lives. The report discusses six critical issues that shape how rapidly mobile health technologies catch on: technology viability, population applicability, health and economic outcomes, workforce relief, stakeholder readiness, and policy and reimbursement issues.

“mHealth changes the traditional delivery of healthcare, allowing for continuous, pervasive healthcare anytime, anywhere,” said David Lindeman, PhD, director of the Center for Technology and Aging. “With mHealth, providers, caregivers, and patients have the opportunity to continuously monitor health conditions and access health information outside of either the physician’s office or the patient’s home. It promotes efficiencies in care-management and improves individual and population health outcomes.”

The report also describes each opportunity area’s current estimated economic or social costs, the potential benefits and savings derived through mHealth technologies, as well as a sampling of specific technology products currently in use. Report highlights include:

  • Chronic disease management technologies provide a range of messaging, monitoring, and interactive communications functions to support interactive care processes, reduce unnecessary resource utilization, and improve care outcomes.
  • Medication adherence technologies have been rapidly expanding and can assist patients and caregivers with obtaining proper medication information, patient education, medication organization, dispensing, dose reminders, and notification when doses are missed.
  • Safety monitoring developers are focusing their attention on mHealth technologies that detect and ultimately prevent falls and wandering by monitoring patients in terms of their location, balance, and gait.
  • Health education technologies promote better communication between older adults, caregivers, and providers through personal health records, online social networks, and access to general health information via the Internet.
  • Wellness technologies include SMS behavior modification programs (e.g. healthy eating), smartphone and tablet apps that track nutrition and calorie intake, support activities (e.g. yoga, smoking cessation), calculate body mass index and disease risk, and mobile-enabled monitoring devices for activity level tracking.
Are you following us on Twitter? How about Facebook?-—Home Evolutions will give you real-time updates when our latest blogs are posted, as well as timely information on Aging-in-Place news from around the country.

You don’t need a lot of space to make a big impact. Tour these stunning Virginia small bathrooms for design inspiration and ideas on how to spruce up an existing bathroom.

Vintage Bathroom

Charming Small Bath

Salvaged items, smart buys, and a surplus of natural light give this small bathroom greater appeal. The focal point vanity is made from a piece of salvaged iron fencing that was welded to an iron frame to support the counter and sinks. The vanity is topped with gorgeous limestone and a pair of elegant vessel sinks. The flooring is inexpensive ceramic tile that mimics a classic pattern in black and white marble. Four-pane double-hung windows let in a plethora of natural light, which visually expands the bathroom.

Medicine Cabinet

Repurpose!

Double recessed medicine cabinets hide toiletries on both sides of the vanity and keep the limestone counter free of clutter. The medicine-cabinet doors — made from old shutters that were cut to size — reinforce the vintage appeal of the bathroom.

Shower Stall

Sun-Drenched Soak

The tiny shower spot feels spacious thanks to natural light that pours in through the four-pane casement windows. Classic white subway tile covers the shower walls and keeps the space bright. Wide crown molding above the windows matches molding found throughout the home, adding even more character. The wood window frames and molding were painted with marine-quality enamel to protect against water.

Small Bathroom
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Here a top-to-bottom renovation resulted in an efficient and elegant small bathroom. The reconfigured layout eases traffic in and out of the room and makes the small area feel spacious. Classic white subway tile on the shower and bathroom walls replaced dated pink tile. The shag carpet was swapped for something more attractive and timeless: black and white hexagonal mosaic floor tiles. These elements ensure that the small bathroom will age gracefully.

 

White Vanity

A white furniture-style vanity boasts vintage style and sufficient storage space. A built-in medicine cabinet also conceals toiletries. The vanity is topped with striking dark granite, an undermount sink, and a polished-nickel faucet in a darling old-world design. Polished towel bars, sconces, and cup pulls on the vanity complete the classic look.

Pedestal Sink

Character-Rich Small Bath

Low ceilings add charm instead of confusion in this small bathroom. White, reflective surfaces create a sense of spaciousness, taking the focus away from the ceiling’s height. A pedestal sink sets the tone for a vintage-style space. Classic beaded-board wainscoting — installed horizontally for interest — covers the walls and ceilings, while hexagonal mosaic tiles cover the floor. An antique pine commode adds storage and warmth to the otherwise white bathroom.

 

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Secondglass. This company remanufactures damaged and junk windshields for a range of uses, including shower doors and enclosures, walls, room dividers, door inserts, and decorative pieces. The glass can be framed, lighted, mounted, and hung like most glass, the company says, and color can be added. 503.750.3878. www.secondglass.net.

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