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Best Senior Technology Articles – 2013 ALTY Awards

Winning Article

The winner of the 2013 ALTY Award for “Best Senior Technology Article” is:

In Touch with iPadsNicole Frances, Provider blog

Congratulations to our winner, Nicole C. Francis! You can grab a winner’s badge here.

Runner-Up Article

Half of Seniors, Even More Boomers Willing to Use Remote Monitoring Technologyby Jason Oliva, Senior Housing News

Congratulations to our runner-up as well. Nice work! Get your runner-up badge here.

Finalist Articles

And hats off to all the finalists as well, whose articles stood out from hundreds of blog posts in the senior care space.

How The iPad Is Saving The Elderly From DementiaKillian Bell, Cult of Mac
The Best Mobile Apps for Seniors 2012by TimOn Tech, The Senior List
Technology Innovation For Seniors: An Interview with Kari Olsonby Steve Moran, Senior Housing Forum
Technology and the Family Caregiverby Synergy Home Care blog
When Technology Inspires, Even Boomers Embrace ItVivian Diller, Ph.D., HuffPost Blog
New App Searches Nursing Home Compare Reportsby Anthony Cirillo, About.com
Summarizing GeriTech in 2012by Leslie Kernisan, GeriTech Blog
What Challenges are We Still Facing in Seniors Getting Online: What Have We Learned and What Are the Remaining Obstacles?by Chris Naoum, Broadband Breakfast

Congratulations to our finalists. Nice work! Finalists can get a finalist badge here.

Final Voting Results

Here’s a look at how all the blogs fared in the public voting.

  • In Touch with iPads (52%, 1,310 Votes)
  • Half of Seniors, Even More Boomers Willing to Use Remote Monitoring Technology (44%, 1,100 Votes)
  • How The iPad Is Saving The Elderly From Dementia (1%, 36 Votes)
  • The Best Mobile Apps for Seniors 2012 (1%, 25 Votes)
  • Technology Innovation For Seniors: An Interview with Kari Olson (1%, 23 Votes)
  • Technology and the Family Caregiver (0%, 6 Votes)
  • When Technology Inspires, Even Boomers Embrace It (0%, 4 Votes)
  • New App Searches Nursing Home Compare Reports (0%, 3 Votes)
  • What Challenges are We Still Facing in Seniors Getting Online: What Have We Learned and What Are the Remaining Obstacles? (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Summarizing GeriTech in 2012 (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,509

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Thanks to everyone who voted, and congratulations again to the winner, the runner-up and all the ALTY finalists.

 


Nominated Article Descriptions

The following is a full list of all nominees for the 2013 ALTY Awards for the “Best Senior Technology Articles” category.

Technology and the Family Caregiverby Synergy Home Care blog

When caregivers begin to feel out of energy, out of empathy and out of support, technology can step in. Today’s caregivers have a wide variety of resources, both online and in the form of devises, aids and monitors that can provide some relief from the 24/7 job of caring for a loved one. Synergy Home Care blog highlights some of the best technology to count on as a caregiver “partner.”

New App Searches Nursing Home Compare Reportsby Anthony Cirillo, About.com

The Internet has opened up avenues for research that help people choose assisted living facilities, learn about financing retirement and much more.  An important tool available, says Anthony Cirillo, author, advocate and guide for About.com, is an app that allows users to search the federal nursing home inspection reports and deficiencies by keyword, city and facility name called Nursing Home Inspect. It’s a useful tool when you’re about to decide on your next address.

Summarizing GeriTech in 2012by Leslie Kernisan, GeriTech Blog

Author and geriatric physician Leslie Kernisan describes her blog as a pursuit for better healthcare for older adults, presenting the issues and solutions with clarity. In celebration of the blog’s third month and 36th post, she writes a concise post that summarizes, defines and addresses her professional viewpoints on what she feels is the most important health issue facing our aging population.

Technology Innovation For Seniors: An Interview with Kari Olsonby Steve Moran, Senior Housing Forum

Describing the goals of Front Porch, a not-for-profit organization that provides housing and services to seniors in California, Steve Moran interviews Kari Olson, the president of The Front Porch Center for Technology Innovation and Wellbeing about various technologies that will improve the lives of seniors. Specifically, Front Porch is investigating medication adherence technology and developing a model E-health community, looking at ways to better incorporate these technologies into a senior’s daily life.

Half of Seniors, Even More Boomers Willing to Use Remote Monitoring Technologyby Jason Oliva, Senior Housing News

Jason Oliva reports on a 2012 study by the Deloitte Center for Health and Solutions shows that more than half of baby boomers and seniors show a willingness to use either self-monitoring or remote health monitoring technology that sends information to doctors. It’s a significant finding because statistics generally show people between 18 and 30 as more willing to use technology for greater “self engagement” in their care.

When Technology Inspires, Even Boomers Embrace ItVivian Diller, Ph.D., HuffPost Blog

Vivian Diller, Ph.D., postulates that seniors are generally hesitant when it comes to new technology because a greater connection to devices and being “tuned-in” foreshadows a lack of human connection. Diller, however, in referring and linking to Eric Witaker’s viral virtual choir–a breathtaking piece–and highlighting other ways technology has truly linked people together. From the voices in the choir to grandparents with their long-distance grandchildren, technology can, in fact, be a uniting entity.

What Challenges are We Still Facing in Seniors Getting Online: What Have We Learned and What Are the Remaining Obstacles?by Chris Naoum, Broadband Breakfast

One-hundred million Americans still don’t have access to broadband in their homes. For those of us who use this technology every day, that may boggle the mind. Chris Naoum reports on the state of technology in the U.S. two years following the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s broadband deployment, and what government officials and industry representatives are still doing today to address the issue.

The Best Mobile Apps for Seniors 2012by TimOn Tech, The Senior List

How do you know what apps to try? The Senior List reviews some of the best apps for seniors, from wellness and medication management apps, to fun and games, to finding cheap gas. An informational read on some of the useful and worthwhile apps available for your iPhone or Android today.

How The iPad Is Saving The Elderly From DementiaKillian Bell, Cult of Mac

iPads are fun for games, connecting with friends and watching streaming video. Even better when they are used to detect early dementia in patients, Killian Bell reports. A new app designed as a measuring tool for assessing a person’s cognitive health, CANTABmobile provides a rather simple memory test via a series of challenges, such as remembering a series of symbols. In just ten minutes the app delivers instant results with suggestions on how doctors should proceed with a diagnosis.

In Touch with iPadsNicole C. Francis, Provider blog

Through their desire to be innovative, current and engaging to their community members–many of whom are younger than the average assisted living facility resident–facilitators at TownHouse Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Uniondale, NY, started a computer club. Nicole Frances reports on the growing use of iPads with their residents, and shares stories about how these devices are keeping  residents both in touch, and reconnecting them with the past.

When it comes to technology, seniors are getting savvier and savvier. Wondering what the most senior-friendly tablets are? Check out our breakdown of the best tablet for seniors.

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