Alert1 Medical Alert Systems has today announced a report on new assistive technology for seniors: technology that enables easy communication and technology that makes the home easier to navigate.
According to data from the Pew Research Center, two in five seniors have physical handicaps that prevent them from participating in common daily activities (Pew Research Center, April 3 2014). Seniors are also significantly less likely to own most major digital devices, severely affecting their ability to communicate with caregivers and loved ones.
Hearing loss makes telephone use difficult and frustrating for both the senior and the caller. This leads to reluctance in using the phone which limits crucial social interactions. This, in turn, can lead to earlier onset of neurological conditions like dementia. Recommended alternatives include:
Closed captioned phones: Easy to install and easy to use, these phones have a text field and are available to purchase on the open market. The captioning service can then be obtained for free, thanks to a program by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). All you need is to have a licensed health care professional to evaluate you or your loved one and certify the hearing loss. Anyone else who speaks with the certified person can then purchase and use the phone with the person.
Computerless email: This service is ideal for those who are unable or unwilling to use a computer, but would like to use email. Emails are printed instead of being digitally rendered, helping bridge the analog world preferred by grandma with the digital world the grandkids inhabit. Productions show that in 2015, there will be 26 million senior internet users in the US.
Both devices suffer from a lack of awareness in the senior care market.
The majority of homes are not designed with the aging senior in mind in spite of the growing aging in place movement. Alert1 examined automatic door openers and smart lights two forms of underused technology to increase home accessibility:
Automatic door openers. Ideal for those who use walkers and wheelchairs, they are operated with a handheld remote, eliminating the need to work a lock and doorknob. That said, automatic door openers are useful for everyone, even those outside of the senior care market.
Smart lights. Operated from a handheld remote or smartphone, they eliminate the need to navigate dark rooms and reach for light switches. Smart lights are capable of turning themselves on so that seniors (and anyone else) never have to walk in the dark again.
This new technology is suffering from a lack of recognition by the senior care industry, stated Alert1 Director of Marketing Nicholas Pompa. Alert1 hopes to increase awareness of these new technologies. We are prepared to support the senior care industry in their adoption. These products can greatly improve the quality of life for seniors and the rest of us.
For the full results of Alert1s research, visit http://www.alert-1.com/blog/resources/senior-care-technology-communication-mobility/3378.
Alert1 Medical Alerts is an aging in place technology company headquartered in Williamsport, PA. Alert1 provides personal emergency response systems and medication reminders for seniors. Modern Senior Magazine selected the company as #1 Medical Alert System 2014.
Baker Residential, an award winning home builder with a reputation for quality craftsmanship and customer service, is building new homes in an area of North Raleigh often thought of as built out. Yorkchester Place, a community of 25 cottage-style homes with grand appointments and low-maintenance living, is taking shape just off Six Forks Road and Yorkchester Way, just north of Sawmill Road. And, 20 percent of the community is already sold.
The community is specifically designed for luxury homeowners seeking to scale down those who desire high-end finishes and details, while eliminating the large home site as well as the maintenance that goes along with it. Buyers in the community thus far have been Raleigh luxury homeowners ready to simplify and downsize to a low-maintenance lifestyle in a superbly crafted home.
The high-end new home market in Raleigh is active and indicates that there is a need for expertly appointed, low maintenance, detached homes that are built with exceptional quality and customization options, says John Dolan, vice president and general manager, Baker Residential. Buyers are seeking new homes designed specifically for social, on-the-go lifestyles. Our cottage and craftsman-styled homes at Yorkchester Place offer freedom from the costs and work associated with a large property and home and, we were fortunate to find a beautiful enclave of space in a desirable part of North Raleigh.
Baker Residential designed four floor plans specifically for this community. Each offers first floor living including the master suite as well as a downstairs study or guest room; with two plans offering both. All Yorkchester Place plans offer second floor space for guests and family, as well as abundant storage. Homes range from 2,587 to 2,937 square feet with outdoor living spaces, premium trim packages, 10 ft. ceilings, and gourmet kitchens. People who travel for work or play have a lock and leave benefit all front and side lawn maintenance is provided through the HOA.
There are currently quick delivery homes available, as well as home sites for buyers to build their ideal home. A fully furnished model of the popular Dover floor plan is open daily. Prices for the new homes range from the $ 490s to $ 600s. More information about the community and the available homes can be found by visiting the model home at 8059 Brandyapple Drive, Raleigh, NC or by contacting Fonville Morisey Barefoot New Home Sales & Marketing at 919-926-5556 or http://www.YorkchesterPlace.com.
ABOUT BAKER RESIDENTIAL
Baker Residential is a family owned and operated company based in White Plains, NY. Over the past 50 years, the company has built more than 15,000 quality homes and maintained an unsurpassed reputation for personalized customer service.
Baker Residential has been in the Triangle since 2007 and is the award-winning builder of Hortons Creek and Wrenhurst at Cary Park, both of which are located in Cary, NC. In 2013, Baker Residential was the recipient of the AVID Benchmark Award for Customer Satisfaction in the Southeast Region ranking among the top 25 percent of all builders in the U.S. for customer experience. 97 percent of their home buyers said they would recommend Baker Residential to family and friends.
More information can be found at http://www.BakerResidential.com.
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The 2015 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has elected Janis Kent to its esteemed College of Fellows. Ms Kent will be elevated at the Investiture Ceremony at the Ebenezer Baptist Church this May during the 2015 National AIA Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. A national and global leader in Accessible Design, Ms. Kent has pioneered barrier-free design and the broader implementation by thousands of architects of Accessible environments, through her presentations, prolific writing, teaching, regulatory advocacy, and consulting.
The AIA Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to Fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of the architect as an individual, but also honors before the public and the profession a model architect who has made significant contributions to architecture and society on a national level.
A licensed California Architect for over 30 years, Janis Kent has been involved with Access in the built environment since the beginning of her practice. Ms. Kent is the Founding President of the Certified Access Specialist Institute (CASI), a designated Subject Matter Expert (SME) by the California Division of the State Architect, a Certified Access Specialist (CASp), and serves on the committee to develop the California state CASp exams. This last year she was recognized for her contribution in Access by the California Commission on Disability Access (CCDA).
As a frequent writer and speaker on the subject of Accessibility, Ms Kent has made presentations on Accessibility at numerous venues from Dwell On Design in Los Angeles, to Design DC in Washington, to the National AIA Conventions in Chicago, New Orleans, and upcoming in Atlanta. She conducts seminars for the Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior Design, and Residential Design; and has presented to business associations including numerous AIA Chapters, Chambers of Commerce, the US Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), Manufactured Housing Educational Trust (MHET), California Public Parking Association (CPPA), the Los Angeles Housing + CID, and the Los Angeles County Office of Education.
Her most recent book is the Second Edition of Stepping Through Accessible Details. Richard Halloran, Secretary of the San Francisco Access Appeals Commission, described the book as The most comprehensive and thorough compilation of accessibility information I have encountered.
About Stepping Thru Accessibility:
Stepping Thru Accessibility, Janis Kents company, consults with Architects, Building Owners, Tenants, Developers, Property Managers, Attorneys, and Public Agencies, assisting them to navigate their way thru accessibility issues associated with the Americans with Disabilities Act Standards (ADAS), the California Building Codes (CBC), and other federal Access regulations.
Ms. Kents professional blog, seminar information, and publications can be found at http://www.steppingthruaccessibility.com.