As our parents age, weighing their care options can be a difficult and emotional process. In many cases, keeping them at home is appealing, as “aging in place” allows your loved one to stick to their same routines. However, this independence can also present health risks.

Fortunately, modern technology is evolving to make living at home more safe and healthy. 

It is estimated that two thirds of older people in the United States are living with multiple chronic conditions. This population also makes up 66% of the nation’s healthcare budget. Caring for an aging loved one can be more complicated when they have a strict medication and treatment regimen to manage these conditions, so app developers are making it easier to monitor senior health. 

If you are caring for a senior family member, the following apps may help you out:

  1. Balance: For Alzheimer’s Caregivers

    This app provides both organizational and informational tools for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s. Users can get specific tips on how to address certain behavior and care needs, and can also read up on the latest Alzheimer’s health news. The app also has medication, appointment, and other scheduling tools.

  2. CareZone

    CareZone allows multiple family members to connect on a simple interface, keeping track of their loved one’s care schedule, medications, behaviors, and daily tasks. Users can also upload files and photos to share with their family network. The app also has a reminder system built in, so your family member can avoid missing medication doses.

  3. Elder 911 and Elder 411

    Created by the same company, these apps are great resources for medical information and advice. Elder 411 has over 500 pieces of expert information organized into categories. Elder 911 focuses on the transition from hospital to home, helping caregivers plan discharge, care transfers, doctor recommendations, and other topics.

  4. Dementia Caregiver Solutions

    This app provides specific advice for addressing complicated dementia-related behaviors. Users can click on the problem at hand and receive solutions. You can then star the solutions that work to use later. The app also provides more general information about dementia as a whole.

Technology is changing the way that we address common health concerns. Dizziness, for example, is estimated to impact 65% of people over 60-years-old on a daily basis. Not only do smartphones make it easier to call and check in on aging loved ones, but informational apps are now able to suggest possible causes for common ailments like dizziness.

Carol Marak, editor at Seniorcare.com, writes in Huffington Post that caregiving technology will evolve to make truly independent living more feasible.

“Keeping a person safe and comfortable at home through a platform that automates everyday devices is a good start for aging in place,” she writes. “But how about the personal care needs that people have as they decline? If a person intends to live at home as long as they can manage, technology must adapt to those issues as well. The medical term is activities of daily living, and deal with the day-to-day things like bathing, cooking, grooming, cleaning, walking, using the bathroom, and oral hygiene.”

Just remember, no matter how evolved our tech and mobile apps become, it is still important to see a medical professional for all concerns. If your loved one is having an emergency, call 9-1-1 or get them to care immediately.

I recently had the opportunity to review the new Epson Expression ET-3600 EcoTank printer. I am always impressed when I receive a new Epson printer and they always provide top-notch printing and ease of use for my home office. I’m not an overly technical person, so I like that they are easy to set up and operate.

Plus the speed and print quality are amazing. However, I think, the best part about this printer is that you rarely have to worry about running out of ink! The printer comes with enough ink for two years right in the box and there aren’t cartridges that you have to constantly change.That’s enough ink to print up to 8,500 pages! I know many of you probably print more than I do, but it’s going to take me a long time to go through that much ink! That’s equivalent to 50 ink cartridges; so think of how much time and money we’ll be saving without buying and changing cartridges constantly.

The printer is fast and I never have any issues with it keeping up with my demand. It prints double-sided, which I love and it’s conntected to my wireless network; allowing me to print from my laptop, smartphone and tablet. It’s very convenient and provides exactly what I need for my home office.

From Epson::

Expression ET-3600 EcoTank All-in-One Supertank Printer – designed for the small office/home office market, this printer offers an in-box ink yield of up to 11,000 black and 8,500 color pages and fast print speeds of up to 13.7 ISO ppm (black) and 7.3 ISO ppm (color). The ET-3600 is packed with an unbeatable combination of convenience and value, boasting auto 2-sided printing, a 150-sheet paper capacity and offering wireless printing from tablets and smartphones.

Pricing and Availability

The WorkForce Expression ET-3600 EcoTank ($399 MSRP) will be available mid-September 2016 through major computer, office and electronic superstores and www.epsonstore.com. For more information and availability, please visit www.epson.com/ecotank.

About Epson

Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, smart glasses, sensing systems and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 67,000 employees in 90 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.

Epson America, Inc., based in Long Beach, Calif., is Epson’s regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit: epson.com. You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (facebook.com/Epson), Twitter (twitter.com/EpsonAmerica), YouTube (youtube.com/EpsonAmerica), and Instagram (instagram.com/EpsonAmerica).

*I received a complimentary product in order to write this review; however, all opinions are my own.

 

It’s that time of year again when I’m asked to review some new toys and games from BRIO, Ravensburger and Wonder Forge! Admittedly, because of so many things happening in my professional and personal life, I’m a bit behind this time 🙁 Before Easter, I was sent these great products to review. And, although we’ve played with them several times since, I’m just now getting around to posting my review.

As always, they didn’t disappoint. My 11 and 10 year-olds have been having so much fun with the Krazy Words game. They love the Apples to Apples style where they have to guess their opponents responses. This game is great for language skills because it requires them to create words that they think mean a certain thing, and then guess others’ creations. We’ve had a lot of fun creating and guessing.

More from their site: GARBUNA? What is that!? An “Australian marsupial”? A “brand of chocolate bar”? Or perhaps “somebody remarkably smart”? This crazy word fits only one of the task cards on the table. It may sound or look like it fits multiple cards, but it’s up to you to guess the correct one! In this outrageous game of weird words, you’ll want to put your creativity and quick-wittedness into high gear to win!

We were also sent My First Take Along Set from BRIO. This, we requested to share with our small nephews that LOVE trains! This set was perfect for them (ages 1 &2). It’s easy to manuever and compact for clean up purposes. The boys have enjoyed playing with it and interchanging it with their other train sets. I am always impressed by BRIO’s high quality products and this one was no different. It is very sturdy and well made; great for toddlers!

More from their site: A play bag with bright colours, just for you! Take it along when travelling or visiting and play wherever you want. Just open the bag and drive the bell wagon down the track. Fun to use and easy to store.

You can read our past posts and reviews about several more games and toys by BRIO, Wonder Forge and Ravensburger, here.

*I recieved complimentary products in order to write this review; however all opinions are my own.