VC money for home medical care
Torrey Pines has a new $60 million fund for “point of care” start-ups. The fund will invest in home-based medical care, home-based diagnostics, virtual care and artificial intelligence for healthcare. One such start-up promises to let doctors to diagnose patients virtually, while the patient is at home. (Press Release)
Millennials continue spending trends set by earlier generations
Generation X spends the most on vacations per year ($5,078). Millennials spend the most eating out ($3,097). Both data points could reflect continuing trends: Generation X is at an age when they have more vacation time, and people of all ages are cooking less and eating out more (NY Times).
Social Security now makes rich richer
People who earn more collect more in social security, and live longer. Therefore, social security is a regressive benefit, because the wealthier live longer and collect more. This increases wealth inequality. (LA Times).
Get wealthy to donate by appealing to personal achievement
Instead of stressing “benefits to the community,” fund-raisers should stress the giver’s sense of achievement (NY Times).
Companionship jobs for boomers, but frailty requires CNAs.
For years, elder care services have been pushing the thesis that elder care is a flexible gig job for Baby Boomers. At Denver’s Elder Care Concierge, Boomers are providing companionship care (NY Times).
The heavy lifting of bathing, toileting and medication management remains the province of Certified Nursing Assistants (as offered by Honor et al., dozens of franchisors and and thousands of locally entrenched agencies.)
Shortage of professors causing elder-nursing shortage.
Geronotological nursing has more interested students than qualified professors to train them. (WBIR).
Loneliness is like hunger or thirst, and can be eased.
30% of older adults feel lonely fairly frequently. 70% have enough fulfilling interactions with other people to meet their fundamental social and emotional needs. (Kaiser Health News).
Forced intense exercise appropriate for 80’s, 90’s
A boxing program with high-intensity training is helping seniors and individuals with Parkinson’s disease (Senior Housing News).
Some boomers feel “age rage” (Fresno Bee). Boomers keep television advertising viable (NY Times). Caregivers — children and spouses — are saddled with unearned guilt (Health Central). Museum offers art-meditation for people living with memory loss, caregivers (Modern Healthcare). Women should buy vibrators like they buy reading glasses (HuffPost).