A virtual talking dog. A personal emergency response system (PERS) bracelet. A caregiver background check service site. These were among the top pitches from companies presenting their innovative health products and programs at the recent AARP-sponsored Life@50+ Expo.
A recent post on the Assisted Living Federation of America blog relayed highlights from the Health Innovation@50+ Live Pitch competition, focusing on the Top Ten finalists’ entries. Of note: the post was written by Brian Lang, CEO of Seniors in Touch; his young company fosters connections between residents of senior living communities and their families.
Each of the finalists’ solutions present a response to the challenges currently facing the long term care industry. Many of these challenges — how to improve the quality of life for people with dementia, how to provide support to caregivers at home and in assisted living, and how to support seniors aging in place alone, to name a few — will not be going away anytime soon, making these creative approaches (and more like them) even more crucial.
Your turn: What creative approaches would you suggest for the present and future challenges facing long term care?