Heightened awareness helps caregivers, innovators and researchers.
Generations analyzed the text from 118 reader comments and found:
- Anger, sadness and disgust were the strongest emotions expressed
- Commenters are eager to engage with others, are caring and sympathetic, and also concerned, frustrated and upset
- The statistical distribution of most-used words is captured here:
Preliminary study explores the genetic advantages of healthy people 80+. (Great report in Buzzfeed, of all places). This group of 80 to 100+ yr. olds has no chronic illnesses. They have genetic markers for:
- lower risk of Alzheimer’s
- lower risk of heart disease
- protection against cogntive decline
When researchers named their study Wellderly, for well + elderly, suddenly everyone wanted in. Research published in Cell: Whole Genome study of Wellderly.
Transitions from hospital to home are often dangerous for patients. Poor transitional care is a huge issue for frail elders with complex needs. Errors in prescriptions are a major concern. Nearly 1/4 of home health-care agencies are inadequately tracking medications for new patients. Of $30 billion appropriated to electronic medical records — none went to nursing homes, rehab or home care providers.
Today’s 17 year old was reared during economic stress, Occupy Wall Street and war overseas. This generation is called Gen Z and they are not millennials.
- Gen Z is pragmatic, not idealistic
- Conservative with money, and equate money with success
- Played with iphones since they were babies — true digital natives, do everything online
- Majority are not white/caucasian — the most diverse generation ever in US
Rate of growth in population of people age 100+ will double. In 2050, there will be 8x as many people age 100+ (3.7 billion) than in 2015. This 8x growth rate is twice the 4x growth rate from the last 25 years, from 1990 to 2015. (Projections have a wide margins of error.)
AARP released its survey of “Caregivers and Technology.” Technology can give caregivers more time, emotional energy and better quality of life. By 2020, 117 million people will need to be cared for in the United States, but there will only be 50 million caregivers.
- 71% of caregivers want to use tech, but only 7% actually use tech to help in caregiving.
- The barriers to using tech are: advantages are not clear, people aren’t aware, or don’t have time to learn.
- Most-used tech: scheduling, organizing. refilling or delivering medications.
- Least-used tech: finding and hiring help, and motivational information.
- For hiring help online, winning trust is a major factor
Next week: Generations review of AARP’s caregiver & innovation conference.