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Why Staying At Home Might Be A Better Option Than An Assisted Living Community

May 10, 2018 by Toni Reinhart

Over 90 percent of seniors want to stay in their own homes, but there are many reasons they and their families consider moving to assisted living communities. Here are some reasons staying at home with proper support might be the better option: Read Article

Caring for the Caregiver: Signs of and Solutions for Caregiver Burnout

April 06, 2018 by Toni Reinhart

If you're caring for a loved one with dementia, you've probably come to realize that it's a full-time job. As the condition progresses, the demands on caregivers can grow to the point where they can seem almost unbearable. If you're feeling overwhelmed, you may be experiencing caregiver burnout. Listed below are some signs of caregiver burnout, as well as some solutions to this common problem. Read Article

Traveling with a Dementia Patient

March 30, 2018 by Toni Reinhart

Whether for a summer getaway or a visit with family for the holidays, dementia patients and especially their caregivers may wish to do a little traveling from time to time. However, traveling with someone with dementia can present unique challenges for caregivers. It calls for some strategic planning and preparation. If you're a caregiver, here are some helpful tips to make going out of town less stressful for yourself as well as the spouse, parent, or other loved one who is under your care. Read Article

Kidney Donation: My Story

March 23, 2018 by Toni Reinhart

Have you checked the box agreeing to organ donation on your driver’s license form? Is this something you have thought about? Right now, there are over 116,000 people on the national organ donation transplant list and 20 people die each day waiting for a transplant. I checked the organ donation box, but I’ve already been a donor. 30 years ago, I donated a kidney to my sister. I never expected to be a “living related donor”, or actually any kind of donor while I was still alive, but it turns out I was an almost perfect match for my sister. Read Article

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