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Released the week of 4/29/13

The New Era of Connected Aging: A Framework for Understanding Technologies that Support Older Adults in Aging Report

We are at the dawning of “connected aging” in which the growing array of Internet-based technologies and mobile devices increasingly will support older adults to age in place. Emerging technologies will enable both older adults and their caregivers to address a comprehensive range of medical, health, social, and functional needs. In addition, technology-based solutions that connect older adults to friends, family, and community are becoming more viable; older adults and their caregivers are growing increasingly tech savvy; technology usability is improving; and price points are descending. Report

CTA Launches mHealth ADOPT Toolkit©

The Center for Technology and Aging launched a comprehensive online mHealth Toolkit that offers key resources to organizations that want to develop a best-in-class mHealth program for chronic disease management. The online tools are part of the recently launched ADOPT (Accelerate the Diffusion of Proven Technologies) Toolkit© website: http://toolkit.techandaging.org/.

A free one-hour webinar on the mHealth Toolkit is scheduled for May 29 from 10:00am to 11:00am PDT (1:00pm to 2:00pm EDT). To register, go to: http://bit.ly/17g3mzR. The webinar will feature lessons learned and commentary from Jason Broad, a pioneer in mHealth at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, and HealthInsight’s Capozza. Also presenting will be Alex Baker, Project Officer for the ONC. Blog

Improving Type II Diabetes Education and Self-care Management in Older Adults Using a Texting mHealth Program: HealthInsight

CTA's mHealth grantee, HealthInsight, part of the Utah Beacon Community, successfully implemented a program that supports diabetes self-management by connecting patients to a low-cost, convenient, and personalized coaching and education text messaging tool, Care4Life. The project demonstrated that an older, chronically ill patient population with lower technology proficiency (versus the U.S. population as whole) can successfully use a two-way SMS behavioral support program for Type II Diabetes self-management. Patients with high HbA1c levels showed greatest improvement, while all patients reported high satisfaction with the program. Program Outcomes

Achieving Real-World Results with Technology-Enabled Care: CTA’s Program Impact Report

The Center for Technology and Aging is a national leader in a powerful movement that is transforming health care for older adults through the use of technology. As care for people with chronic disease and functional limitations moves from clinical settings to home and to the community, a broad array of technologies can be harnessed to improve the health and well-being of older adults. This Impact Report summarizes how the Center’s initiatives have helped meet these goals. Report

Using Technology to Support Individuals with Complex Needs: Panel at the Health Technology Forum

David Lindeman and Suneel Ratan from CTA, Douglas Trauner from the VA, and Lisa Mangiante from the Pacific Business Group on Health explored how telehealth and mHealth-based programs can support individuals with complex conditions and needs in staying healthier at home and the community and out of hospitals and nursing homes at the Health Technology Forum in April. Presentation

“Minding our Meds” – Demonstrating Senior Medication Adherence with Cell Phone Texting Reminders: Front Porch Center for Technology Innovation and Wellbeing (FPCTIW)

FPCTIW, a CTA mHealth grantee, has successfully deployed a medication mHealth SMS texting program for medication adherence among active, independent older adults from senior living communities and other community organizations. The findings of this initiative indicate that a cell phone texting reminder program is a viable and affordable solution for medication adherence for older adults, but that the program is not a ready-made fit for all older adults. The program will likely be more successful if it has an intervention length of 10-15 weeks, and targets a specific population of seniors in need of a medication management solution who are independent, younger, experiencing very mild memory loss, and have a baseline comfort level with technology. FPCTIW Program Outcomes

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