South Korea’s Yogurt Ladies

They were among the country’s first women to work outside the home, helping establish South Korea’s taste for dairy products. And these beloved “yakult ajummas” are still making their rounds.

#elderly, #labor-and-jobs, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea, #women-and-girls, #yakult-honsha-co, #yogurt

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People Are Choosing Kidney Dialysis at H

A new Medicare program aims to increase the proportion of patients using home dialysis and receiving transplants.

#chapel-hill-nc, #dialysis, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #kidneys, #medicare, #transplants, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-healthcare

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Medicare’s Choices Have Grown, but Many Americans Don’t Review Options

A new study shows that more than half of enrollees don’t review or compare their coverage options annually.

#content-type-service, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #kaiser-family-foundation, #medicare, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #retirement, #united-states

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Singing My Dad Back to Me

For a moment, songs let us share the same space in our minds, though it’s only as temporary as the memory occupying his.

#alzheimers-disease, #elderly, #families-and-family-life, #memory, #music, #parenting

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After a Broken Bone, the Risk of a Second Fracture

Far too few patients are referred for treatment that could stave off another costly, debilitating and sometimes deadly fracture.

#bisphosphonates-drugs, #bone-fractures, #bones, #elderly, #falls, #hips, #preventive-medicine

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Nursing Homes, Racked by the Virus, Face a New Crisis: Isolation

Nursing homes set restrictions to lower risks, but Covid-19 has continued spreading in some homes, and residents are now grappling with consequences from isolation.

#alzheimers-disease, #american-health-care-assn, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #depression-mental, #disease-rates, #elder-care, #elderly, #kirkland-wash, #loneliness, #nursing-homes

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You’re Not Too Old to Talk to Someone

Studies have shown that older people do as well in psychotherapy as younger ones. But finding and affording therapy can prove difficult.

#anxiety-and-stress, #depression-mental, #elderly, #loneliness, #medicare, #mental-health-and-disorders, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Who Will Win Florida? What Polls Say About an Eternal Mystery

Joe Biden has cut into President Trump’s edge among suburbanites and older voters, but his support from Latino voters appears weaker than Hillary Clinton’s was.

#absentee-voting, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuban-americans, #elderly, #florida, #hispanic-americans, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #whites

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$300 Million Telemarketing Scheme Preyed on Older People, U.S. Says

Officials announced that 60 people had been charged in the scheme, in which federal prosecutors said deceptive tactics were used to sell magazine subscriptions to more than 150,000 older and vulnerable people.

#elderly, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #minnesota, #telemarketing

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Living in Noisy Neighborhoods May Raise Your Dementia Risk

As community noise levels increased, so did the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

#alzheimers-disease, #dementia, #elderly, #noise

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Virtual Volunteering Still Offers Benefits

Older adults, particularly vulnerable in a pandemic, still work for their causes, but primarily from home now.

#elderly, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #retirement, #volunteers-and-community-service

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When It Comes to Aging Parents, Information and Solidarity Are Key

In her memoir, “I’ll Be Seeing You,” Elizabeth Berg tells the story of her parents’ decline.

#berg-elizabeth, #books-and-literature, #elderly, #ill-be-seeing-you-book

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Abandoned Retail Sites Become Senior Housing

Former malls and abandoned shopping-center sites are in the midst of a repurposing — and one of those new uses is senior housing.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #elderly, #home-health-care, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #retirement, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #shopping-centers-and-malls

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UnitedHealth Ships Flu Kits to Medicare Recipients

Under MedAdvantage plans, the major insurer is sending packages including Tamiflu and coronavirus tests to those considered especially vulnerable to Covid and the flu.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #influenza, #medicare, #medicare-advantage, #tamiflu-drug, #telemedicine, #unitedhealth-group-inc, #your-feed-healthcare

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Trump Promised Seniors Drug Discount Cards. They May Be Illegal.

A proposal announced by President Trump last month was to send older Americans $200 discount cards to offset prescription costs. It’s not going to happen before the election, and maybe not ever.

#azar-alex-m-ii, #centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #hatch-act-1939, #health-and-human-services-department, #medicare, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #verma-seema

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Antibody Treatments, Though Promising, Will Be in Short Supply

All the weak points of American health care — testing delays, communication breakdowns, inequity — are working against this potential treatment.

#antibodies, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #eli-lilly-and-company, #food-and-drug-administration, #hospitals, #regeneron-pharmaceuticals-inc, #remdesivir-drug, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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A Viral Theory Cited by Health Officials Draws Fire From Scientists

A manifesto urging reliance on “herd immunity” without lockdowns was warmly received by administration officials. But the strategy cannot stem the pandemic, many experts say.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #elderly, #epidemics, #fauci-anthony-s, #medicine-and-health, #nabarro-david, #nursing-homes, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional, #snow-john-w, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-science

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As They Became Seniors, They Started Businesses for Them

After working for others, some Americans find opportunities in working for themselves — while catering to people growing older.

#age-chronological, #content-type-service, #elderly, #entrepreneurship, #longevity, #retirement, #small-business

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Having Dementia Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Vote

Yes, you can help a cognitively impaired person participate in the election. But heed these two guidelines.

#absentee-voting, #alzheimers-disease, #content-type-service, #dementia, #disabilities, #elderly, #nursing-homes, #presidential-election-of-2020, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Biden Aims to Erode Trump’s Support Among Older Voters in Florida

Visiting the Democratic stronghold of Broward County, Joe Biden argued that the president viewed older Americans who are at higher risk of the coronavirus as “expendable.”

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #broward-county-fla, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #florida, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #voting-and-voters

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The Race for a Super-Antibody Against the Coronavirus

A network of scientists is chasing the pandemic’s holy grail: an antibody that protects against not just the virus, but also related pathogens that may threaten humans.

#antibodies, #astrazeneca-plc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #einstein-albert-college-of-medicine, #elderly, #eli-lilly-and-company, #factories-and-manufacturing, #food-and-drug-administration, #immune-system, #nursing-homes, #regeneron-pharmaceuticals-inc, #roche-holding-ag, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-army-medical-research-institute-of-infectious-diseases, #vaccination-and-immunization, #walker-laura, #your-feed-science

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Nevada Halts Use of Rapid Coronavirus Tests in Nursing Homes

Two tests made by Quidel and BD repeatedly delivered false-positive results, prompting the state to stop using them.

#abbott-laboratories, #becton-dickinsonco, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #elderly, #food-and-drug-administration, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #nevada, #nursing-homes, #tests-medical, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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These Americans Are Determined to Cast a Last Ballot Before Dying

Old and ailing, they see exercising their fundamental right to vote as a way to have a say in a future they will probably never see.

#absentee-voting, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #elderly, #pew-research-center, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How the Pandemic Is Changing Our Exercise Habits

Many of us have been moving less since the pandemic began. But some, including many older men and women, seem to be moving more.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #exercise, #running, #smartphones

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Carter Williams, Who Unshackled Nursing Home Residents, Dies at 97

By closely describing the inner lives of older people, Ms. Williams altered legal regulations and clinical standards applied to nursing homes.

#deaths-obituaries, #elder-care, #elderly, #nursing-home-reform-act, #nursing-homes, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #williams-carter-catlett

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How to Cover a Sick Old Man

The president is hospitalized and reporters are fighting for basic facts. What should elderly leaders — many of America’s top politicians are over 80 — reveal about their health?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #elderly, #house-of-representatives, #news-and-news-media, #presidential-election-of-2020, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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An ‘Awe Walk’ Might Do Wonders for Your Well-Being

Older men and women who took a fresh look at the objects and vistas around them felt more upbeat and hopeful.

#anxiety-and-stress, #content-type-service, #elderly, #emotions, #exercise, #mental-health-and-disorders, #walking

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In Lockdown, an 86-Year-Old Blogger Finds an Audience and a New Purpose

Writing every day for weeks on end, she appealed to readers across the world. ‘That’ll be my role,’ she said. ‘To cheer people up.’

#blogs-and-blogging-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #loneliness, #scarves

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In Isolating Times, Can Robo-Pets Provide Comfort?

As seniors find themselves cut off from loved ones during the pandemic, some are turning to automated animals for company.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dementia, #elderly, #loneliness, #nursing-homes, #pets, #robots-and-robotics, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Virus Cases Surged in Young Adults. The Elderly Were Hit Next.

Infections among young adults eventually may have spread to older, more vulnerable people, the C.D.C. reported.

#age-chronological, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #elderly, #millennial-generation, #united-states, #your-feed-science, #youth

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American Consumers Have Lost $145 Million to Coronavirus Fraud

More than 200,000 complaints of scams and fraud have been filed so far this year, data from the Federal Trade Commission shows.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #federal-trade-commission, #frauds-and-swindling, #identity-theft, #rumors-and-misinformation

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As China Ages, a Push to Add Elevators Offers a New Kind of Economic Relief

China’s premier wants to retrofit three million older apartment buildings all over the country, but he still needs political buy-in at the top.

#china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #elderly, #elevators-and-escalators, #guangzhou-china, #li-keqiang, #local-government, #politics-and-government

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For Older People, Reassuring News in the Statin Debate

There is accumulating evidence that the benefits of statins far outweigh possible risks, and nearly all statins on the market are now available as inexpensive generics.

#cholesterol, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #heart, #statins-cholesterol-lowering-drugs

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Nursing Homes Oust Unwanted Patients With Claims of Psychosis

They are finding what families say are pretexts to send patients to hospitals for psychiatric care — and then refusing to let them return.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #elderly, #life-care-centers-of-america, #medicaid, #nursing-homes

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Inside a Nursing Home Devoted to Treating Those With Covid-19

In a New Mexico long-term care facility, residents rely on care providers for medical care and moments of connection.

#canyon-transitional-rehabilitation-center-albuquerque-nm, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #native-americans, #new-mexico, #nursing-homes

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Homage announces strategic partnership with Infocom, one of Japan’s largest healthcare IT providers

Homage, a Singapore-based caregiving and telehealth company, has taken a major step in its global expansion plan. The startup announced today that it has received strategic investment from Infocom, the Japanese information and communications technology company that runs one of the largest healthcare IT businesses in the country. Infocom’s solutions are used by more than 13,000 healthcare facilities in Japan.

During an interview with TechCrunch that will air as part of Disrupt tomorrow, Homage co-founder and chief executive Gillian Tee said “Japan has one of the most ageing populations in the world, and the problem is that we need to start building infrastructure to enable people to be able to access the kind of care services that they need.” She added that Homage and Infocom’s missions align because the latter is also building a platform for caregivers in Japan, in a bid to help solve the shortage of carers in the country.

Homage raised a Series B earlier this year with the goal of entering new Asian markets. The company, which currently operates in Singapore and Malaysia, focuses on patients who need long-term rehabilitation or care services, especially elderly people. This makes it a good match for Japan, where more than one in five of its population is currently aged 65 or over. In the next decade, that number is expected to increase to about one in three, making the need for caregiving services especially acute.

The deal includes a regional partnership that will enable Homage to launch its services into Japan, and Infocom to expand its reach in Southeast Asia. Homage’s services include a caregiver-client matching platform and a home medical service that includes online consultations and house calls, while Infocom’s technology covers a wide range of verticals, including digital healthcare, radiology, pharmaceuticals, medical imaging and hospital information management.

In a statement about the strategic investment, Mototaka Kuboi, Infocom’s managing executive officer and head of its healthcare business division, said, “We see Homage as an ideal partner given the company’s unique cutting-edge technology and market leadership in the long-term care segment, and we aim to drive business growth not only in Homage’s core and rapidly growing market in Southeast Asia, but also regionally.”

#asia, #caregiving, #digital-health, #elderly, #fundings-exits, #healthcare, #homage, #infocom, #japan, #malaysia, #seniors, #singapore, #southeast-asia, #startups, #tc, #telehealth

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Getting Wise to Fake News

Older adults are particularly vulnerable to misinformation on social media. But resources have emerged to help them learn to discern true from false.

#computers-and-the-internet, #e-learning, #elderly, #news-and-news-media, #politifact-com, #poynter-institute, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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How I Finally Got to Know My Father by Asking About His Past

Well into adulthood, I felt that I could never make up for the father-time I’d missed as a child. But it turned out that I could. And I did.

#children-and-childhood, #elderly, #families-and-family-life, #warsaw-poland

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‘They Call Me a Criminal’: Nursing Home Workers Who May Spread the Virus

As states struggle to keep the coronavirus out of nursing homes, employees who work at multiple facilities are thought to be behind some of the continuing spread.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #elder-care, #elderly, #florida, #nursing-homes

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The Forgotten History of the Radical ‘Elders of the Tribe’

The Gray Panthers staged rowdy protests against ageism and found common cause with young activists on everything from health care to racial justice. What can they teach us today?

#aarp, #discrimination, #elderly, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youth

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How the Aging Immune System Makes Older People Vulnerable to Covid-19

As we age, the immune system begins to shift into a heightened state of alert, dialing up inflammation and running out of certain immune cells.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dexamethasone-drug, #elderly, #immune-system, #research, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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The Risks of the Prescribing Cascade

The problem occurs when drug-induced side effects are viewed as a new ailment and treated with yet another drug that can cause still other side effects.

#drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elder-care, #elderly, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hospitals

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With Adult Children Home, Now’s the Time: Talk About Your Money

Riding out the pandemic with family presents the perfect chance to lay it all out: priorities, account balances, end-of-life directives.

#brookings-institution, #center-for-retirement-research-at-boston-college, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #families-and-family-life, #living-wills-and-health-care-proxies, #personal-finances, #retirement, #wills-and-estates

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Could Many Coronavirus Deaths in Nursing Homes Have Been Avoided?

Nursing home residents and staff members account for around 40 percent of coronavirus-related deaths in the U.S. There’s no justifiable reason for that.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #elderly, #nursing-homes, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #united-states, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Age and Health on the Ballot

Trump and Biden are both elderly men. Voters should focus on policy and character.

#age-chronological, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #elderly, #intelligence-and-intelligence-tests-iq, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Carewell raises $5M for a vetted marketplace aimed at family caregivers

Caregivers, both paid and unpaid, have been in the spotlight this year as one of the key categories of front-line workers helping cope with the coronavirus pandemic. On one hand, they have been in great need, especially as the infection seemed to hit hardest with the elderly people and infirm people who they help. On the other, they have been regularly found to be overlooked when it comes to having adequate personal protection (such as masks) and other resources to cope with their work.

There are signs, though, that thinking about and catering to caregivers are both changing for the better. Today, Carewell, which provides a marketplace for caregivers to purchase vetted supplies at competitive prices, is announcing a seed round of funding from a key list of investors and is embarks on its earliest stage of growth.

The startup has picked up just over $5 million from e.ventures — the VC that originally started out as BV Ventures, the strategic VC arm of publishing giant Bertelsmann — along with NextView Ventures; and Primetime Partners, the firm co-founded by VC legend Alan Patricof (who founded the predecessor to Apax and then founded Greycroft) and Abby Levy. Others in the round included Chewy.com’s former VP of growth marketing, Jason Klinghoffer, and Dia&Co founders, Nadia Boujarwah and Lydia Gilbert.

Primetime itself is an interesting firm: it was founded by the pair specifically to find and invest in startups building services to address the needs of older people, which, like caregivers, are another very overlooked group when it comes to a lot of new services.

Carewell is based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, itself notable at a time when so many are moving out of bigger tech hubs amid all of the other shifts we’ve gone through in the pandemic. It was co-founded by Bianca Padilla and Jonathan Magolnick, who say they launched the company after Padilla found herself in the role of informal family caregiver.

Informal caregivers is a group separate from those who are professional caregivers, with one of the key differentiators being that the former are unpaid. It’s estimated that there are some 53 million unpaid family caregivers in the U.S., working out to some 20% of the population, with numbers on the rise, but as Padilla found out, even with these big numbers, there were precious few resources available to her to figure out best practices; and as an individual (not a nursing home, not a hospital, not an agency) there weren’t really places she could go online to buy supplies that she could trust to be good brands and good value.

And that’s how, in 2015, Carewell was born.

The company looks to be more than just a marketplace (which might be one reason why e.ventures and Levy of Primetime, both with roots in publishing, were interested).

In addition to selling hygiene, home and personal care, meal and other products, it also provides a series of guides intended to give information and advice to informal caregivers. They include subjects like getting around Medicare, dealing with mealtimes if someone has dementia, profiles of caregivers in the wider community, exercise ideas and more.

“Now, more than ever, family members are challenged with providing in-home care for their chronically ill, disabled, or aging loved ones,” said Padilla, who is Carewell’s CEO, in a statement. “Our mission is to improve the lives of these selfless individuals and help them provide better care. We are more than an e-commerce company. We are here to support, educate, and advocate for the long-overlooked caregiving community.”

The company does not disclose much on its metrics so far, except to note that it’s had a predictable boost in business since the arrival of the pandemic. That makes sense: many worked to get their family members out of care homes if they could to avoid catching the virus at a time when the infection seemed to be ravaging those facilities. And in general movement became much more restricted, so people were stepping up to help older and infirm family members more than before.

Carewell said that as a result, its revenues doubled in the first month of the pandemic, and since February 2020, some 40,000 people have purchased products on the site.

Although some of that might be circumstances-based, the bigger trends in healthcare and aging seem to point to more, not less, caregivers needing advice and supplies, and so that points to an interesting business opportunity for startups like this one.

“Five years ago, Bianca and Jonathan saw a need in the market, and that need is even more prominent today,” said David Beisel, a partner at NextView Ventures. “As the home care industry undergoes a rapid transformation and the number of unpaid family caregivers continues to climb, Carewell’s supplies, services, and support are of critical importance–and we see a tremendous opportunity for growth.” Beisel is becoming a board observer with this round.

“Carewell is poised to become a national brand and top-level leader in the home care market,” said Mathias Schilling, co-founder and managing partner of e.ventures. “Through an empathetic approach and authentic customer engagement, they’ve formed a strong community and laid a solid foundation built on trust. We’re thrilled to support the Carewell team in expanding their impact and improving the everyday lives of an even greater number of caregivers.” Schilling is joining the board.

The pandemic has wreaked a lot of economic and social havoc around the world, but one small silver lining has been that it’s given space and time for people to rethink how to rebuild things in a better way. Funding and seeing the growth of e-commerce sites that address groups of people who have not been considered all that valuable in the past — in this case the elderly and their unpaid caregivers — is one positive development in that regard.

#caregivers, #carewell, #ecommerce, #elderly, #health, #recent-funding, #startups, #tc

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For Successful Aging, Pick Up the Pace or Mix It Up

Older people who cycled for exercise walked more efficiently than people whose primary exercise is placid walking.

#age-chronological, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #elderly, #exercise, #longevity, #mitochondria, #running

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Dizziness Upon Standing Can Lead to Falls and Fractures

The problem, a brief but precipitous drop in blood pressure that causes lightheadedness or dizziness when standing up, is called orthostatic hypotension.

#blood-pressure, #dehydration, #elderly, #falls, #heart

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Older New Yorkers Sweat It Out, Waiting for Promised Air-Conditioners

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to furnish low-income seniors with free air-conditioners this summer has faced many logistical challenges.

#air-conditioning, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #elderly, #new-york-city

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New Measures Aim to Boost Vaccine Rates for Flu and Children’s Shots

Pharmacists may now vaccinate young children under a new federal emergency rule aimed at helping families who missed well-child visits during the pandemic.

#american-academy-of-pediatrics, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #elderly, #health-and-human-services-department, #influenza, #massachusetts, #medicine-and-health, #parenting, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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