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CaringFamily Connecting Elders, Empowering Caregivers Michael D. Williams, Ph.D. State of the Science Conference Oct 25-26, 2007. What I want you to walk away with :. An exciting new technology to bring aging parents into the digital life of their families
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Michael D. Williams, Ph.D.
State of the Science ConferenceOct 25-26, 2007
Family, Friends, VolunteersArchitecture:Platform for Research: newServices and Devices
Start with 3 grad students and a computer!
Studies show that regular interaction with family & friends produces compelling therapeutic benefits.
CaringFamily delivers on that promise, by helping elders:
Active participation in cognitive activities is associated with a 63% reduction in the risk of developing dementia.
Socially isolated people have two to four times increased risk of all-cause mortality compared with those with extended ties to friends and relatives and in the community.
“Active engagement with life is achieved by close personal relationships with family and friends….”
“Social engagement adds a sense of purpose to people’s lives. It also seems to add years to those lives.”
“People without close interpersonal ties are more than twice as likely to die than their counterparts with close interpersonal ties."
Loss of Spouse,
Crises over Time
(Physical & Mental) Decline
Elders send return messages with the touch of a single button – the CaringFamily Network takes care of routing
Increases the participation of family – encourages more members to send more messages
Develops resident comfort with sending and receiving messages via the Magic Mailbox
Provides a base-level of one-way communications to residents – keeps spirits up
Ongoing two-way activities providing meaningful work and substantive family dialog
Provides mental stimulation independent of active family participation
Reaches beyond family and friends - for more active residents and/or less active families
Elders send handwritten return messages with the touch of a single button
Family members send messages via e-mail, CameraPhones, a family web site - including digital photos.
The elder’s “Digital Mailbox” prints messages, automatically, in full color…