7 Companies Looking Out For Seniors

Baby Boomers account for a significant portion of our current population and we will continue to have seniors into our futures. Many established businesses and new startups are recognizing the lack of support and representation for senior citizens and their caregivers or families.

The following 7 companies put seniors first, building a product to help the day to day life of a senior. Take a look at their website … who knows, this might be a service you’ve been looking for, for a loved one.

  1. Seniors without walls

    Senior Center Without Walls began in 2004 with the goal of providing a community for isolated seniors. What started with two groups and eight seniors has grown into a program that reaches approximately 1000 seniors throughout the United States. Seniors participate in groups via telephone and computer from the comfort of their own homes.

    Website: https://www.seniorcenterwithoutwalls.org/

  2. Safety Labs.org

    Safety Labs, an Ottawa-based company, was created with a single objective – to provide a cost-effective safety solution that is accessible to everyone, everywhere.
    Thus, Safety Labs created Anchor–a safety platform that is capable of growing in intelligence, safety benefits, and comprehensiveness. Anchor provides a cost-effective, simple and comprehensive health and safety solution by making use of existing technologies that you already use every day. Using Internet connectivity, smartphones and ubiquitous cloud servers and wireless technologies, Anchor provides you and your loved ones with continuous safety by integrating seamlessly into your daily life.

    Website: https://safetylabs.org/

  3. Stitch

    Stitch was started two years ago by Andrew Dowling and Marcie Rogo to address social isolation among older adults. The site, which now has 50,000 members in 50 cities worldwide, connects boomers and seniors so they can socialize, travel, make friends and find companions. It’s based on a subscription service which costs $80 per year or $15 per month.

    Website: https://www.stitch.net/

  4. AgeWell Biometrics

    The startup uses wearables and sensors to detect the risk of a person falling, said Joshua Wies. The app-based system alerts a person and healthcare professionals to potential risks of falls. The data can then be used to take action to prevent falls.

    Website: http://agewellbiometrics.com/

     

  5. Senior Move Success

    This company helps seniors move into assisted living or independent housing where they can age in place. Founder Caryl Siems said the company has 16 employees, and the company is founded on a commitment to understanding senior’s needs. “Perhaps the most important thing we do is listen,” Siems said.

    Website: http://www.seniorsmoving.com/

  6. Friendly Beds

    For many people just getting in or out of bed (and repositioning in bed) is their biggest mobility challenge and our Friendly Bed system can be the perfect solution. Friendly Beds are ideal for the mobility issues of Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, stroke, neuropathy, frailty, etc. – offering individuals with a reasonable level of independence and ability to maintain that independence as long as possible. Friendly Beds offer increased independence and critical assistance to elderly and disabled people. These beds are affordable solutions for keeping yourself, or someone you love, safe at home as long as possible (also applies to independent and assisted living).
    Website: https://www.billrayhomemobility.com/friendly-beds

     

    & last but definitely not least …

  7. ContinYou Care

    Of course, we couldn’t have a post about senior care without including our services for seniors. We offer a meal service management platform and analytics tool built to help healthcare staff better serve patients and home care residents. ContinYou Care allows seniors to have control and input into the food and meal plan they have whilst taking into consideration their dietary restrictions and personal preferences.

    Features include;
    – Reduced wait times
    – Meal Preferences
    – Dietary and Nutrition Alerts
    – Multilingual Solution

    Website: http://continyoucare.com/

     

These companies all focus on senior care and have made that a priority. We love seeing companies do good while giving back to the community. Thank you to all of these companies for the difference you make in everyone’s life.

Thank you!

Seniors & Isolation – why we need to spend time with our elders!

 

Isolation and loneliness are not new when it comes to the senior demographic, but it’s not talked about enough. There are a number of factors which have contributed to a proliferation of this, especially in North America.

 

We recently came across an article which highlighted a very heartbreaking story about a 90-year old woman seeking friendship (read more here).

In this particular story, the woman reaches out to her neighbour in an attempt to find some kind of human contact by leaving a note for her neighbour. The neighbour, Marleen Brooks of Missouri, came home to this heartbreaking note from her neighbour. Her senior neighbour from down the street had mentioned that she was lonely and was looking for some friends.

It is disheartening that this elderly woman felt like she wasn’t able to approach her neighbours in a face-to-face conversation to discuss this. She may have been shy or even afraid to approach others, but this interaction shows how lonely she must have been to find human contact.

According to the Government of Canada Website, social isolation can result in reduced social skills. For example, seniors “who develop depression, social anxiety, loneliness, alcoholism, and schizophrenia tend to become socially isolated and uncomfortable around other people.”

In this particular case, the neighbour she reached out to was overjoyed that this elderly woman, Wanda, wanted to be her friend. She even went to visit her with cupcakes and they took a selfie together which she shares on her Facebook.

Wanda was ecstatic that her neighbour actually took the effort to spend meaningful time with her and says, “I hope you didn’t think I was stupid for writing you, but I had to do something. Thank you so much for coming over. I’ve lived here for 50 years and don’t know any of my neighbours.”

The lesson that was left with our team was – regardless of how busy you are, make time for others. There are people out there, including our own family members (especially the elderly) who really value a social connection with those around them. What may be a small block of time in your week may be priceless act of generosity for someone like Susan.

How Senior Choice in Nutrition Can Assist in Coping with Dementia

According to the Alzheimer’s society of Canada, “Nutrition can influence our risk of developing dementia and our chances of ‘living well with dementia’ if diagnosed with the disease.” Factors which play into the importance of senior nutrition are healthy brain development earlier in life, obesity in midlife, long term gradual weight loss and difficulty in maintaining regular diet.

 

Healthy Brain Development

It is really important for those who have significant cases of dementia or early onset Alzheimer’s to be cautious of the diet they have and the lifestyle they lead. Having and developing a healthy brain can assist in preventing dementia and its effects in later life. Keeping the brain strong will assist in maintaining cognizant functions.

 

Obesity in Midlife

Carrying extra and unnecessary weight can put a lot of stress on the brain and heart as well as other crucial organs which can cause them to have delays and underperformance. Part of a healthy brain is constant and healthy blood being transferred to the brain. With stress put on the heart because of extra fat, the under performance of the heart can affect the blood fluidity and therefore lower the effectiveness of the brain’s commands. Nutrition can be a significant factor in maintaining an acceptable weight for body measurements and provide less stress and inflammation around the heart and lungs.

 

Long term gradual body mass decrease.

Dementia can be developing and onset as early as 20-30 years before noticeable symptoms are detected. Part of dementia developing is a gradual (usually at least a decade) of gradual weight loss and body mass decrease. Proper nutrition will assist in keeping bones strong and the body fueled with energy as the decline becomes more rapid.

 

Maintaining a diet with dementia can be difficult

A significant aspect of Dementia is the memory loss. Remembering when you last ate or when to eat at all is not something that is easily triggered. Without proper maintenance, some dementia sufferers can go through hours or even days without eating a proper nutritious meal. Without the proper diet, lowered cognitive functions and brain stimulation can contribute to other health issues or physical delays in movement and speech.

 

ContinYou Care is really focused on making life with late life diseases as cope-able as possible. Regulating meal times and including residents of Long Term Care Facilities in the process of choosing foods may also increase their ability to consume at all. For many, taste and palette is very important to what they will and will not eat. With such a delicate disease as dementia can make a person, skipping meals due to distaste could be eliminated.

3 Reasons Why Senior Nutrition Should Matter to YOU

 
Nutrition should be something that matters in your own life, for various reasons, but it should also matter that seniors are getting or receiving proper, nutritious meals and programs. Here are 3 reasons senior nutrition should matter to you.
 

Required Medications

According to NCOA, approximately 92% of older adults have at least one chronic disease, and 77% have at least two. Four chronic diseases—heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes—cause almost two-thirds of all deaths each year. Because of these diseases and illnesses, many seniors are required to take medication on a regular basis at regulated times. Many of these medications are supposed to be taken with something in their stomachs. Providing proper nutrition is also crucial to ensuring that any of the side effects of certain medications are met with nourishing meals.
 

Lowered Immune Stability

As we all get older our immune systems begin to fight a tougher fight. Add in a few other medical complications and your body is not only fighting age but beginning to fight itself. Ensuring a proper diet, especially when most are not able to be as physically active. Maintaining a healthy immune system as a senior can also assist in preventing common colds and illness which can lead to difficult recoveries from treatments and any minor or major surgeries that may be required for them.
 

Seniors Matter Too

Just because they are the older ones in the class doesn’t mean that seniors don’t matter. As we age we also may need to rely on those around us in order to cook and shop for appropriate meals. Being in long-term care facilities can also limit the control seniors may have over the types of food they are served and when. Caring about seniors especially those closest to you means you can make sure they continue to thrive as they age.

 
ContinYou Care is dedicated to improving the user experience and meal programs in long-term care facilities. Senior healthcare and proper nutrition are our top priority.

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