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    Switzerland for our 25th Wedding Anniversary

    March 16, 2018 by Toni Reinhart

    My husband, Bill, and I just got back from our 25th wedding anniversary celebration in Davos, Switzerland.  Luckily for me, I am married to a man that loves to travel, especially abroad.  Having something like this to share is such a blessing. Travel is not only fun for us, but it is good for our health.  Travel gives us so many benefits, especially because we tend to like active travel.  Our Switzerland trip was a ski trip.  Read Article

    Keeping People with Dementia Engaged

    February 19, 2018 by Toni Reinhart

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    "Dementia Friendly Herndon": A talk given to the Herndon Town Council

    January 30, 2018 by Toni Reinhart

    By 2025 the number of people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias is expected to be over 7.1 million people. More than 60 percent of people living with dementia reside in their own homes – not assisted living or memory care, and 1 in 7 of those live alone. If you don’t know someone living with dementia now, you probably will in the near future. How can we best support these people? Dementia Friendly America was started to create communities that are more friendly and accessible to those living with dementia and their care partners. We want to raise awareness for those living with dementia and create communities where they feel understood. Read Article

    Virtual caregiver RUDY the Robot featured on TV by WUSA9

    November 29, 2017 by Toni Reinhart

    RUDY the Robot appeared on TV last week as WUSA9 looked into a real-life example of RUDY assisting an aging senior in her home. RUDY is a mechanical companion and caregiver designed for in-home care. In the 3-minute segment, which aired November 21, numerous clips of RUDY appeared as he interacted with Marie Pantalone, my mother, at her home in Fairfax County. Marie sat on the couch and talked with RUDY while the robot told jokes, asked questions, and set up a game. Then she tested out one of RUDY's more entertaining features: dancing! Spinning on 6 wheels to an upbeat Glen Miller song, RUDY's infectious excitement even got her tapping her feet. RUDY's goal is to get seniors active and moving, and he's off to a good start. Read Article

    Aging with Alexa: Using Amazon's Voice-Command AI Alexa to Age in Place

    November 22, 2017 by Toni Reinhart

    "Whenever I can't figure out my computer, I just call my grandson to come over, and he shows me how to do it. And it only takes a minute!" Sound familiar? Older generations are less likely to use and feel comfortable with emerging technologies than their fast-fingered children and grandchildren, many of whom grew up with iPads and smartphones from young ages. In response, senior-care and age-in-place companies have developed technologies designed specifically for seniors, such as the grandPad tablet and the Jitterbug Smart cellphone. (For more information, check out one of our earlier posts.) These devices are designed with high visual contrast and simplified interfaces, but they can still pose a problem to seniors with mental or physical impairments. Here is where an emerging technology can fill the gap: voice-controlled personal assistant technology, such as Amazon's Alexa. Alexa is a highly capable artificial intelligence device, similar to Apple's Siri. It can perform wide range of functions, but Alexa's main feature -- its most attractive aspect -- is that it's completely controlled by voice commands. There are no buttons (other than On/Off) and no screen. While it can be downloaded onto a computer or smartphone, Alexa was originally designed for Amazon's own technology, the Echo. The Echo is a simple black cylinder about the same size as a coffee thermos with a built-in microphone that listens to you talk. The Echo Dot is smaller yet. With a small size, friendly design, and dozens of commands, there are many benefits for seniors who use Alexa. Check out the list below! Read Article

    In-Home Care: Meet Rudy

    November 16, 2017 by Toni Reinhart

      I just spent a wonderful morning with my mother filming an interview for Channel 9 News about Rudy, the robot designed for seniors. Mother had been part of the testing process for Rudy and she greeted him like he was an old friend. I remember when I first heard about Rudy, I thought, my mother isn’t going to talk to a robot. Well, I was wrong. Not only does she talk to him, she said she forgets that’s he’s just a robot. She feels like he is a companion. And, she told me, “he never disagrees with me.” She enjoys having him around. Read Article

    Elder Care Best Practices for Aging-in-Place: Featured on "Designing Spaces"

    November 07, 2017 by Toni Reinhart

    Episode 1: "Aging in Place: Providing Comfort and Care for Seniors Living at Home" Comfort Keepers recently appeared on the popular home design and renovation show Designing Spaces. Designing Spaces, which is now its 10th season and is shown nationally, typically features home remodeling projects, decorating and design ideas, and do-it-yourself tutorials. The latest episode focused on the details of aging-in-place, discussing the home adjustments seniors can take to make their homes safer, and the products they can buy to give them more peace-of-mind and security. Read Article

    Your Diet: A Critical Part of Dementia Prevention

    September 11, 2017 by Toni Reinhart

    On Wednesday, I attended a presentation for the Loudoun Senior Interest Network by Dr. Ellen Clarke on brain health and what we can do to help prevent dementia, for both ourselves and for senior citizens in our care. One of the top ways to keep your brain healthy, and indeed, the rest of your body, is a good diet. I think we all really know this. Read Article

    "Dementia Friendly Community" Coming to Herndon

    September 02, 2017 by Toni Reinhart

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    6th Annual Senior Spelling Bee Spell-Off

    August 30, 2017 by Toni Reinhart

    Where? Ashleigh at Lansdowne 44125 Woodridge Parkway Lansdowne, VA  20176 When? September 15, 2017 10:00 am to 12:00 noon Read Article