Body - Mind - Spirit

Health: the objective condition of the body and mind.

Wellness: the subjective sense of harmonious wholeness.

Health and Wellness are more than freedom from disease. Together, medicine and caregiving focus on health and wellness as essential and complementary aspects of the whole person. GeronTech is most effective when its use respects the whole person and empowers care providers - both formal and informal.

Informal care providers include family and friends. The AARP Public Policy Institute reported that in 2009, about 61.6 million family caregivers in the United States provided care to an adult with limitations in daily activities. The estimated economic value of their unpaid contributions was about $450 billion. This value approached total expenditures for Medicare.

Beyond the dollar value of informal care giving, there are underlying costs such as caregiver burden and burnout, plus reduced productivity of employees whose attention becomes divided between work and parents, undermining our nation's health and economic vitality.

This is a major trend facing our aging nation: increasing population of seniors having smaller families with fewer children to provide care giving resources, making increasing demands on Medicare and Medicaid resources. Federal and state budgets strain, leading to fiscal austerity, which portends the unraveling of our social safety nets.

The LeadingAge video High Tech Aging: Improving Lives Today opens with the following words:

Older Americans receive poorly coordinated care.
Health professionals communicate inefficiently, creating redundancy and errors.
Our country spends trillions of dollars to receive sub-par quality and disjointed care.

Is this problem impossible to solve? Not at all... and technology is part of the solution.

For example, telehealth technologies such as home-based vital signs and medication compliance monitoring may be used to improve quality of life, by connecting the home to the clinic. Web-based care giver support networks, like as Lotsa Helping Hands, help organize community-based circles of care. Together, these technologies offer ways to improve the coordination of in-home care services and hospital discharge plans, to reduce exposure to nosocomial infections, avoidable emergency room visits and rehospitalizations.

We believe that an effective caregiver network involves the communication, coordination and contributions of all participants, which may be significantly enhanced by empowering them with well-chosen technology. Please Contact Us if we may be of service.