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Helping seniors stay independent

Minority FamilySeniors want to stay in their homes. It’s where their memories are, their connections to the community and their friends. Many are resistant to move into assisted living, but families also want to know that their loved ones are safe. It’s a dilemma that seems to have no solution.

However, a new product, Lively, is making it possible for older adults to live independently at home for longer. Its purpose solves the dilemma for up to 40 million older adults living at home (U.S., Canada and Europe) who want to stay independent and the 100 million loved ones that worry about their health and well-being. Recent research has revealed that the top two things that older adults fear the most are losing their independence and being moved to a nursing home.

With a monthly subscription, Lively offers two experiences to help older adults avoid both because Lively can:


End nagging. The Lively hardware provides proactive activity sharing through passive sensors placed around the home and notifies the user and their loved ones when activity patterns change. This negates the need for “parent-sitting,”(e.g. calling older adults and running through a checklist such as “Did you eat? Take your medicine or get outside today?”) and enables more dignified and meaningful conversations that focus on what’s really important: how seniors are doing, rather than what they are doing.

Connect seniors with the Facebook generation: Since 70 percent of seniors do not have Internet connectivity, Lively also provides LivelyGram, a printed mailer that delivers messages and photos personalized for seniors from their friends and family. It enables younger generations to share what’s going on in their life with elder loved ones.

Lively works on a variety of levels, including:

  • Medication ~ Attach a sensor to any pillbox to keep track of when your daily dose is taken.
  • Food and drink ~ Attach a sensor to the refrigerator and other kitchen objects to infer when food is prepared or consumed.
  • Getting out ~ Attach the sensor fob to a keychain to measure the time spent out of the home.
  • Custom ~ Attach a sensor to a movable object that is part of a senior’s daily routine to get more details.

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