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Two Adaptive Robotic Feeding Systems: A Comparison

So much of our lives center around food.  The importance of a family eating together has been well-documented and is part of our socialization as people.  But what about someone who is not able to eat on their own?  How does having a caregiver feed you everything that goes into your mouth affect that experience? […]

Time for the Longest Day of the Year – June 21

As we near June 21, the longest day of the year, I have become aware of The Alzheimer’s Association’s fundraiser for this day.  The association asks that you show your love on June 21 for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.  They have created a fundraising event that both symbolizes the daily challenges of Alzheimer’s and […]

The Top Five Assistive Technology Needs for Aging According to our Audience

To close out Older Americans Month,  I thought we would revisit our top five most visited blogs regarding assistive technology devices for people who aging since we started blogging in 2012.  These posts involve assistive technology (AT) to help a person communicate and be safe and independent in the home of their choice. 5-Accessible Kitchen Features Back in April 2016, […]

The Critter Catcher as Assistive Technology?

  Do you have difficulty retrieving tiny items off the floor such as your pills, band-aids, contact lens, hearing aid battery, coins, etc., and your standard Reacher is not cut out for the job?  If so, the Critter Catcher just might do the trick!  This clever device, created to catch and dispose of the occasional arachnid […]

AbleLink Apps Create Independence

I have been following the work of AbleLink Technologies since I first saw them at a conference back in the late 90’s. I remember being captivated by their software applications on Personal Digital Assistants or PDAs, which helped people with cognitive disabilities increase their independent living and works skills.  Today the company is still at it […]

Don’t Overdose on Medication Just Because You Can’t Read the Prescription Bottle

Do you have trouble reading your prescription bottles?  The print is small and hard to read especially for those who are visually impaired, blind, or have a reading disability.  Taking the wrong medication or taking too much or too little can be very dangerous.  There is a company, En-Vision America, who has come out with […]

No Fee-Emergency Alert System for Home with Your Cell Phone!

I was recently working with a woman who wanted her husband to be able to stay at home safely with an emergency alert system, but they only had a cellphone and could not afford another monthly fee. We decided to try a combination of the Freedom Alert with the X-Link Bluetooth Adapter. The Freedom Alert is a […]

“Ask My Buddy,” a Friend in Time of Need

For those of you with an Amazon Echo, Google Home, or Microsoft Cortana device, there is a new application that can help you in time of need.   The application is called Ask My Buddy.  It is an alert system using only your voice.  It can be used to contact your close friends or family […]

Vision & Hearing Services in MN/ND Highlighted on PPT’s Compass!

On the July 20, 2017, episode of Pioneer Public TV’s, Compass, two informative segments were shown that focused on services for people with hearing and vision loss in ND and MN. “Compass is a weekly discussion of public policy and important issues facing local communities in Pioneer’s viewing area.” Many of our blog readers are in this area, so […]

May the Meds be With You with Medisafe!

There are an abundance of apps available for users to remember to take their medications. Narrowing down which one to use can be time-consuming and confusing.  Researchers from Sydney, Australia have narrowed down the pack with their study published on December 2, 2016, where they  reported that “On the basis of the MARS assessment [Mobile […]