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Until a couple of years ago, Rita Slotnick was intimidated by computers.

"I was overwhelmed with the technology, really," said Slotnick, 80, who lives with her husband, Irv, 81, in the Fearrington Village community in Chatham County. "I didn't know where to start and, of course, I was afraid I'd break something or do something quite wrong."

Slotnick can make light of her technophobia now because she's largely conquered it with the help of software developed in Research Triangle Park by Family Health Network. The software, a computer application called Connected For Life, demystifies the intricacies of technology for seniors, allowing them to stay in touch with their families and friends, who can monitor the health of their elderly loved ones.

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Recognizing that a large and growing portion of our society is an at-risk elderly population, Connected for Life℠, is designed to assist family caregivers monitoring the daily health and well being of senior adults. Additionally, Connected for Life℠ helps any family caring for loved ones with health concerns or special needs.

Features include:

Connect - multiple modes of communication between care givers, family members, and care recipients to help them stay socially connected and share information with other members of the Care Circle.
Engage - with cognitive games, exploring the Internet simply and intuitively , simplified Email, photo sharing and video visits.
Share - tools for tracking health and well being of family members including medication management, Personal Health Journal and observations of daily living with trend analysis.

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It's no secret that most seniors today prefer to "age in place" -- and healthcare innovators hear that loud and clear.

But despite patients' preferences, chronic illnesses that cause many seniors to require care that's difficult to provide at home aren't going away any time soon. Nursing homes and assisted-living facilities face unique challenges in the wake of cuts to funding and reimbursement, and a growing elderly population, and some innovators have them in mind, too.

Here are a few useful innovations that elder-care facilities should know about.

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“Seniors need to get on the technological bandwagon and become an integral part of their own health care and health care delivery,” said Sara J. Czaja, scientific director of the Center on Aging at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. “Many older adults don’t see the relevance of having access to the Internet, but more and more medical services are becoming available online.”

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So Rao devised a way for caregivers and patients to communicate using the phone or by video chatting online using customized tablets. SenseAide’s software allows for the creation of an online care circle that can include family members as well as caregivers, and Rao will set up battery-powered, motion-detection sensors in the patient’s home on the medicine cabinet, for instance, or on a bed pad so that an automated alert will go out to the care circle if the patient has failed to set off the sensors by a given time.

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With rising health care costs, the soaring baby boomer population and an increased emphasis on keeping people out of hospitals for conditions that can be monitored and treated at home, Atlanta-based AT&T; Mobility and other major wireless phone companies have found a sweet spot for new growth.

Marrying technology with medicine may be part of the solution to better health care and lead to more business opportunities, but there have been challenges. Concerns about privacy, how doctors get paid and whether traditional geriatric facilities — such as nursing homes — will go away as more people choose to remain in their homes, are among them.

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Half of all adult cell phone owners now incorporate their mobile devices into their television watching experiences. These “connected viewers” used their cell phones for a wide range of activities during the 30 days preceding our April 2012 survey:

38% of cell owners used their phone to keep themselves occupied during commercials or breaks in something they were watching
23% used their phone to exchange text messages with someone else who was watching the same program in a different location
22% used their phone to check whether something they heard on television was true
20% used their phone to visit a website that was mentioned on television
11% used their phone to see what other people were saying online about a program they were watching, and 11% posted their own comments online about a program they were watching using their mobile phone
6% used their phone to vote for a reality show contestant

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Have you looked at the “virality rate” statistic in your page insights — the percentage of fans who reshare a page’s posts and wondered why the percentage looked so low?

Take heart: 61 percent of page have a virality rate of 2.5 percent or less, according to EdgeRank Checker.

The median rate came out to 1.9 percent.

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In short, we believe that whether we’re designing a website, a physical product, a service, or a process, involving the people who will be using it in the creation process makes for a better result. This is because people are usually the best experts on their own lives. By using co-creation, we create an outcome that combines people’s own knowledge about their needs and wants with Experientia’s design expertise.

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It’s no secret that business has shifted to a real-time environment and social media tools are trying to keep up. As a result, organizations and brands must act in real-time. Some organizations have responded by building out what’s becoming known as “social command centers” in order to respond to this shift. Having built and operated our own command center (we call it the Social Intelligence Command Center or SICC), we’ve compiled five considerations for creating a similar space.

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