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CaregiverZone is a service that unravels the complexities that too often accompany choices surrounding eldercare. Our analyses of cutting-edge research empower older adults & their caregivers to make well-informed decisions to challenging yet common questions (e.g., is age proofing one’s home effective?). Our insights are the subject of CaregiverZone’s upcoming guidebook to successful aging – How to Age – that walks older adults & caregivers through 12 critical choices people face as they age.
Our mission is to help older adults and their caregivers make confident, informed and personalized decisions surrounding eldercare.
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Startup - Newly established businesses, investable
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8835 Southwest Canyon Lane #400
Portland, OR 97225
How to Age
How to Age is a digital health electronic guidebook helping older adults and their caregivers make confident, informed and personalized decisions surrounding eldercare.
CaregiverZone is writing an electronic guidebook to help older adults and their caregivers make informed decisions surrounding eldercare. The guidebook, How to Age, walks readers through some of the most critical, complex yet common questions people face when making choices regarding aging. Is aging-in-place or a care facility best for my goals and personal circumstances? How do I choose a care facility? How do I age-proof my home? Is age-proofing effective? What behaviors increase the chance of healthy, happy aging? These are just a few of the questions readers will walk through in How to Age.
However, readers are not guided through these questions from a general point of view. How to Age incorporates findings from cutting-edge research in eldercare to add insight via empirical evidence to the decisions under examination. For example, a study looking at midlife habits that contribute to healthy aging found that a high quality diet alone contributed to 7.8% of healthy aging cases among participants (Atallah, et al., 2018, Nutrients).
Moreover, a driving aim of How to Age is to prompt conversation among those making age-related choices. To achieve this, multiple points of view are offered with each question under examination. The pros, cons and personal factors that weigh into the question and potential outcomes are discussed in conversational format. Specifically, How to Age frames each point of inquiry through the eyes of five hypothetical families who serve as the book’s cast. Each of the families is distinct. Some live in urban areas, some rural, some suburban. Several of the older adults in each family have partners and others live alone. A few of the older adults are experiencing injury or illness, and others are in good health. Some of the family members (children or grandchildren of the aging adults) live close by and others reside far away. Multiple levels of socioeconomic status are represented. This cast was written with readers in mind. Each family in the book examines their personal circumstances with every eldercare dilemma that is proposed. The intent of this set-up is for readers to see themselves in the families, and most importantly, for the families’ discussions to insight their own critical thinking about the age-related decisions that they are making.
How to Age is written to engage readers in a relatable, conversational format, while quietly arming them to make empowered, informed and individualized choices surrounding aging.
Category of Innovation
Digital Health - A digital health solution is a technology-based solution whose user is caring for or providing care for themselves (think of a personal app) or another individual (such as a doctor using a tool to help their patient)
Intended End User
Patient - Individuals who receive health care
Problem (i.e. barrier, issue, complication, etc.) being solved for the end user
Professor Arthur Kleinman of Harvard University has spoken extensively on the difficulty that many older adults and their caregivers face when trying to navigate the eldercare system. As I and many of the older adults with whom I volunteer share Professor Kleinman’s sense of confusion and uncertainty when making critical decisions surrounding aging, his words have resonated with me. The factors surrounding eldercare choices are complex. Financial status and goals, proximity to doctors and loved ones, health status, presence of a partner, etc. must all be considered. CaregiverZone works to aid older adults and their care takers in analyzing these personal factors to make confident, informed age-related decisions.
Idea/solution to the problem, if applicable
To help aging adults and their loved ones make clear, precise eldercare choices, CaregiverZone evaluates and then shares leading research findings in the field of aging. Some of these findings include whether or not age-proofing one’s home is effective in preventing injury and how quality of social relationships can prevent cognitive decline. This research will be featured in CaregiverZone’s guidebook to successful aging – How to Age – that walks readers through 12 of the most important yet common questions that older adults and caregivers confront when making eldercare choices. Through the guidebook, CaregiverZone not only aims to make empirically-backed information more accessible to the public but also aspires to instigate thought-provoking conversations among adults and their families who face age-related questions and concerns.
Level of adoption (i.e. list of customers/users, testimonials, etc.), if applicable
Currently, CaregiverZone’s website (caregiverzone.com) provides all readers with weekly research analyses on age-related studies. How to Age, the guidebook to prosperous aging, is in the process of being written and is projected to be published in Spring 2021. Updates on How to Age can be found at caregiverzone.com. Suggestions for and inquires about the guidebook can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.