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By  Heather Mack 03:37 pm November 14, 2016
Caring for a sick or elderly family member presents many challenges, and financial strains is high up on the list. On average, family caregivers spend 20 percent of their income per year in out-of-pocket expenses, according to a new survey by AARP. In a survey of 1,864 caregivers (using GfK’s national, probability-based online survey) AARP found more than 75 percent are racking up out-of-pocket...
By  Heather Mack 05:08 pm October 31, 2016
AARP Services, a subsidiary of AARP, has launched a new, interactive website designed to address gaps in the caregiving market, from scheduling and telehealth to professional advice. The CareConnection site, currently in beta, aims to be a central hub for caregivers, and is piloting services from a number of companies that provide resources for caregivers. The idea for the site is based on...
By  Heather Mack 04:50 pm October 26, 2016
Workplace wellness programs are increasingly common, with many offering financial incentives, social networking support and coaching to encourage employees to participate in various activities – from donning fitness wearables and using apps to quitting smoking, to monitoring their blood pressure and engaging more often with their insurer. While most of these programs are voluntary, some say they...
By  Jonah Comstock 03:55 pm September 14, 2016
Pulse, the Boston-based digital health hub run by startup accelerator MassChallenge, has finally launched, opening up applications that will close October 20th.  The accelerator is open to digital healthcare startups from anywhere in the world with less than $5 million in funding and less than $5 million in revenue. Those selected will have free office space in Boston, matchmaking with mentors...
By  Aditi Pai 10:29 am November 9, 2015
Innovators in healthcare need to shift their focus in four key areas in order to develop effective digital health offerings for seniors, according t0 AARP's CEO Jo Ann Jenkins, who spoke at the HIMSS Connected Health Summit in the Washington DC-area this week. The four areas are: a shift from focusing on physical and mental diminishment to focusing on physical and mental fitness; a shift from...
By  Jonah Comstock 09:29 am July 14, 2015
President Obama addresses the White House Conference on Aging. Yesterday, celebrating 50 years of Medicare and 80 years of Social Security, the White House hosted its Conference on Aging. At a panel during the summit, experts discussed how to make technology accessible to seniors. A study on that same topic was released by AARP today. "We choose to do big things here in America," President...
By  Jonah Comstock 08:39 am April 6, 2015
Misfit Flash, one of the devices that will be used in the study. AARP has launched a new research initiative, called Project Catalyst, where the organization will work with partners including Pfizer, UnitedHealthcare, and Georgia Tech to promote an increased focus on users over 50 in digital health research and development. The first project of the new initiative, focused on sleep and activity...
By  Jonah Comstock 08:09 am April 15, 2014
Blood pressure centiles, a SMART app. The SMART platform (Substitutable Medical Apps and Reusable Technology), an ONC-funded, Boston Children's Hospital-led effort to encourage the development of modular apps for EHRs, has announced an advisory committee to help support the growth of the platform. The committee includes representatives from The Advisory Board Company, AARP, BMJ, Canadian...
By  Aditi Pai 04:10 am December 10, 2013
Digital health startups that are targeting the aging population, 50 and over, more than doubled their funding in the past three years, increasing their funding from $413 million in 2010 to $928 million in 2013, according to a report sponsored by AARP and StartUp Health. The partnership and report development is part of AARP's Innovation@50+ initiative, which aims to increase awareness that...
By  Jonah Comstock 01:36 pm April 17, 2013
StartUp Health has announced a new partnership with AARP as part of AARP's Innovation@50+ program which began at the end of 2011. AARP will sponsor a new track of StartUp Health research focused on digital health products and services for people 50 and older, as well as master classes for StartUp companies. AARP will sponsor StartUp Health's quarterly reports. StartUp Health spokesperson Nicole...