Innovation brings new transportation option to rural America

Most of us take our mobility for granted. We grab our keys and head out to work, buy groceries, and shuttle our kids to movies and soccer practice—all without a second thought. But for the one-third of Americans who don’t drive and many others who lack access to a working vehicle, transportation options don’t come easy—especially in rural America, where transportation has long been a seemingly intractable problem. The technology revolution is showing potential to help solve that problem and …

Temperature Sensor for Independent Living Wins Innovation Champion Award

AARP has named HomeExcept Inc. the grand prize winner of the AARP Innovation Champion Awards competition. The team was awarded $10,000 in cash for designing a home care sensor that allows caregivers to monitor loved ones by using thermal sensors to track movement. The AARP Innovation Champion Awards were created to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary efforts of companies that are aligned with AARP’s core mission — to empower people to choose how they live as they age. The AARP Innovation Champion Awards …

Utilizing Technology to Enhance Life

Have you ever asked yourself these questions: “What’s the best mobile app to use or the best device to purchase for achieving everyday goals?” “How can I use technology to stay connected to family and friends, search for jobs, manage my home, care for loved ones and learn a new skill?” Most of us have. To help with answers, AARP is hosting a free Online Technology Fair, Thursday, June 8, from 1 to 6 p.m. ET. You can register now …

Caregivers Hit The Web, Now More Than Ever

Where do most caregivers get the information they need to take care of a loved one? Apparently on the Internet, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. Some 67 percent of caregivers who have internet access look online for health information, outpacing other Internet users on every health topic included in the study, from looking up certain treatments to hospital ratings to end-of-life decisions. “Caregivers use the internet to navigate the frontier of home health care,” says …

Putting Yourself in the Other Guy’s Shoes

Few of us have a clue about what it’s really like to be old. Yes, we know it involves physical limitations, like loss of mobility, flexibility, strength, dexterity and eyesight (to say nothing about the cognitively impaired). But what does it feel like and why do we care? Remember that old adage about walking a mile in another man’s shoes? Unless you’ve been there, you’ll never know. That is, unless you live near San Pedro, Calif. As part of its …

9 Need-to-Know Technologies for Caregivers

Can you say the Jetsons? Increasingly, family caregivers are getting a helping hand through high-tech products and services. Bone up on these trends: GPS safety technology provides the location of the wearer: devices can be used on the wrist, as a clip-on, or on a pendant. Some cars and smart phones have them – enabling you to speak or touch your desired destination – and see or hear turn-by-turn instructions. Promoted: Join AARP Live’s “Town Hall” on May 17th to …