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How to Optimize Elderly Relationships and Emergency Response

Zanthion believes that the most important moments in senior lives are first touch moments during times of duress. We believe this specifically because there exists a close association between the physical and cognitive abilities of the elderly population and their familiarity with a particular environment. A more common condition underlying familiarity and the elderly is Mild Cognitive Impairment, which is a precursor of dementia (Werner, Heinik, & Kitai, 2013). We can fortify the functional and cognitive ability of older adults by providing personalized familiarity.

The cost of emergency vehicle transport is $165 a mile and recently cities and counties have started to bill users of 911 for any visit to their home. The average bill throughout the United States is $1,100.

Enlisting FAMILIAR Caring People Nearest You

Quality of Life for Everyone

Crowdsourcing Care

Crowdsourcing is enlisting the help of neighbors and friends through the use of an easy to use application.  Family, neighbors, and friends register to help neighbors in their neighborhood and are notified of either an incident or a request for help on the FREE Zanthion Caregiver Application. 

Wearable Monitoring

Our Open/Close Window and Door Sensors can be installed on any window or door and work in concert with all our other sensors including those worn on the senior. Open/close sensors are battery operated and indicate when the batteries need to be replaced on our mobile application and dashboard.

Wall Motion Detector

Motion Sensors

The Zanthion Motion Sensors are BLE sensors working in concert with our suit of sensors notifying caregivers of lack of movement if a senior enters a bathroom and does not leave or if there is no movement in the home during waking hours and the senior is home. Typically motion sensors are placed in rooms, bathrooms, hallways, and living areas. These sensors work in concert with our exit alarms and provide presence awareness and track movement.

Bed Exit Alarms

The Zanthion bed exit alarm is attached to the mattress with carbon tape and is individually tailored providing the unobtrusive freedom seniors might need when waking in the middle of the night. With our bed exit alarm seniors can leave their bed for whatever timeframe has been specified. Monitoring hours are set between intervals so that those seniors who are late to bed need not worry. If a senior being monitored does not get back in bed within the specified timeframe a notification will be sent to their caregivers. The Zanthion Bed Exit Alarm stands out from all other bed exit alarms because it works in concert with our automatic fall detection, motion sensors, open/close door sensors, geo-fencing, and GPS to paint a picture of not only what and when, but where and why.

Voice Enabled Commands

Voice enabled commands are especially powerful for people suffering from mental decline.  Zanthion uses smart speaker technology for voice commands to request help and activate either earbuds or speakers.  Soothing music and appropriate directions can help a confused person calm down and find their way in a confusing environment.

Door Open Close Sensor

Open/Close Window and Door Sensors

Our Open/Close Window and Door Sensors can be installed on any window or door and work in concert with all our other sensors including those worn on the senior. Open/close sensors are battery operated and indicate when the batteries need to be replaced on our mobile application and dashboard.


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Zanthion stands apart from all other life care products because we integrate the world’s finest wearable sensors such as watches and body temperature sensors with environmental sensors protecting your health inside and outside the home.

SMART Application

Collects data from onboard and surrounding sensors, analyzes the data, and send alerts

SMART Watch

Beautiful watch with onboard sensors, listens for other sensors, analyzes, and alerts

Any Bluetooth Device

Ambient sensors such as oxygen, ecg, motion, water, body temperature

Wall Motion Detector

SMART Caregiver

Android and iOS Caregiver application showing status of everything and records responses

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Indoor Fall Detection

Ambient Sensors

Zanthion SMART sensors not only protect your home from intrusion but also measure your daily activities and patterns.  Certain patterns like no movement after a long period of time indicate a potential problem such as a fall.  Other events that might indicate a fall are entry into a bathroom and never exiting, and getting out of bed at night and never coming back.

Indoor & Outdoor Fall Detection

Wearables like Watches

The Zanthion SMART Watch will send alerts to the wearer’s network when there is a fall event  inside and outside of your home.  Our proprietary algorithm limits false alarms but they will and do occur.  When they do loved ones can call your watch directly and it will auto answer making the confirmation of a fall easy and immediate.

At Home & Away From Home

Ambient Sensors

SMART sensors know when you are home or away and can be set to alarm at night or when you leave your home with the simple press of an image on the tablet at the doorway or on your smartphone.  All motion and open/close sensors can be set for what time of day they are active and for how long they should wait before sending an alert.

Wandering

SMART Watch

It’s easy to forget what you went to the store for or even what block you are on.  They all look the same and sometimes we need help finding our way home.  Zanthion makes it easy to know when a loved one is gone too long and might need some assistance by sending an alert to their network of care.  With two way calling, auto answer,  and precise GPS location services there is no trouble in calling to see if someone needs help and finding them without a problem.  Like all our services wandering can be set for time of day it is active, set when you are leaving the home or on the go, and set for how long someone can be gone before you worry.

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Abnormal Heart Rate

SMART Watch

Our heart rate monitoring notifies your network of care when your heart rate is way outside bounds of normal operating behavior and can be set for each individual.  Heart rate monitoring can be set to monitor at intervals during the day or requested on demand.

Sick & Temperature

SMART Body Temperature

Our body temperature sensors are medical grade, worn under the armpit, last 5 days on a single charge, are comfortable, are rechargeable, and take measurements every 15 seconds.  Out of bounds temperatures send alerts to your network of care.

Responding to Alarms

SMART Caregiver App, SMS, Call Center

The Zanthion Platform has a very robust alarm response mechanism starting with family, friends, neighbors, staff, and if purchased, call center monitoring.  Every alarm can be turned on or off and when activated is sent to your network of care.  If they have chosen to use our FREE Caregiver App on iOS or Android, they will hear and see an alert on their smartphone that they can respond to.  If they have chosen not to use a smartphone they will get the alert through SMS.  After they respond the system requires that they resolve the response by arriving, validating, and assessing.  Call centers will use the call tree with prioritization and call one contact after another asking if they should send emergency vehicles.  If no contacts answer they escalate to emergency services in the area of the incident.

Sleep & Bed Exit Sensors

Bed Exit Accelerometer

Our bed exit alarms are unique, easily installed by attaching them to the corner of the mattress, and working flawlessly without loud alarms.  Our bed exit sensors look for activity in bed which not only indicates exiting the bed but also the quality of sleep.  They are one of the more important sensors we sell as they are used to indicate falls in the near future, and current falls if a person does not return to bed.

Activity & Inactivity

SMART Watch, Motion Sensors

Activity and inactivity are a key component of physical and mental health.  Zanthion responds to not just steps but also to the motion of the body, movement from room to room, brushing your teeth, and eating.  Inactivity is determined by there being no perceptible motion in more than two minutes and is recorded continuously.  As in all Zanthion features activity and inactivity monitoring can be set for times of day and alarms.

Bathroom Habits

SMART Watch, Motion Sensors, Toilet Flush, Water, Open/Close

The lack of good bathroom habits and hygiene are often precursors to health and depression issues.  They are also important for determining UTIs.  We use a whole array of sensors in the bathroom; a water sensor in the shower to know if they have showered, a humidity sensor for the same measurement, toilet flush sensors for frequency of flushes, open and close door sensors on the entry to the bathroom and the shower door to determine entry and exit and possible falls.  If users wear the watch when they are brushing their teeth this is a good indicator of oral health.

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Eating Habits

SMART Watch, Motion Sensors, Open/Close

Of course eating habits are important.  When we are concerned for the well being of seniors we often ask, “How are you eating?”  This question is easily answered by how often the refrigerator door is opened and the repetitive motion of the hand moving from the food to the mouth.  These two indicators in proximity to each other indicates eating and how much.  The speed at which someone raises their arm uniquely determines whether they are drinking a liquid or not.  All of this information is easily available through our dashboard.

Depression & Anxiety

SMART Watch, Motion Sensors, Bed Exit

Key indicators of depression and anxiety are lack of appetite, lack of movement, and a failure to interact socially.  When eating habits are combined with activity levels we have a clear indicator of depression and can send alerts to the network of care.

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Social Interaction

SMART Watch, Motion Sensors, Open/Close, Toilet Flush

We measure social interaction by the frequency of usage of doors, motion inside the domicile, number of times the refrigerator door is opened, and frequency of bathroom use.  We also note the number of times a person exits the building, gets calls on their watch, and travels around outside. Because we baseline all activities, it is easy to see an increase in usage of the place of residence, or for that matter, a lack of increase in usage. The lack of increase in usage and lack of exiting the home can be used to set alarms and notify the network of care.

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Outside Activity

SMART Watch, Open/Close

Outside activity is determined by front door exits and coordinate changes on their watch. We can tell the amount of time gone from the home and number of places where there were stops. This data determines the amount of activity outside the home.  Like all aspects of the Zanthion Platform these setting can be adjusted as to when an alarm should be sent.

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Predicting Falls

SMART Watch, Motion Sensors, Open/Close, Bed Exit

The leading indicator for determining an impending fall is a dramatic change in bed exits at night.  In addition to this indicator we also use inactivity as a key method of calculating the probability of an impending fall. Predictive fall events can be turned on and notify the network of care. By predicting falls early and alerting loved ones and staff most falls can be averted with social interaction and/or determining the cause of sleep issues.

Predicting UTIs

SMART Watch, Motion Sensors, Open/Close, Toilet Flush

Sepsis is in the top three for leading causes of death in the United States and is often brought on by urinary tract infections that have gone untreated. Infections go untreated often times because seniors are unaware they have them.  Zanthion AI uses predictive analytics to understand bathroom habits and use that data to predict urinary tract infections.  When we believe there is one we notify the network of care and provide an assessment that helps responders help the senior with their potential issue.

Predicting Dementia

SMART Watch, Motion Sensors, Open/Close, Bed Exit

Subtle changes in activity patterns such as opening the refrigerator door several times in a row, or backtracking looking for something repeatedly can be indicators of the onset of dementia. Everyone has good weeks and bad weeks. Because our system watches behavior 24/7 and trends data over time we can easily identify elongated periods of out of norm activity that may be an indicator of the onset of dementia.  If this feature is turned on we will notify the network of care that there might be an issue with dementia or depression.

Help & SOS

SMART Watch, SMART Stations

All Watches, Phones, Tablets, and TVs loaded with the Zanthion Wellness Application have a Help/SOS button which when pressed immediately sends a request for help to your network of friends anywhere they are located in the world as well as a help call center if you choose that option.

Sick and Congestion

SMART Spirometer, SMART Body Temperature

For many people with chronic illness or lung damage testing lung capacity is critical for continued health. Lung capacity and changes in it are key indicators of viral infections such as COVID-19.  We help by providing SMART Spirometers which are directly connected to our alert system enabling family, friends, and physicians to be notified when there is a marked decrease in capacity.

Changes in Weight and BMI

SMART Scale

Zanthion scales record weight and BMI and record them for each time of use.  Alarms can be configured to alert family, friends, and physicians if there is a large change in weight over any specified period of time.

Blood Pressure

SMART Watch w/BP, SMART Blood Pressure

Zanthion can check blood pressure using two different devices; either our SMART Watch w/BP or our SMART Blood Pressure Meter.  One is great for on the go people who don’t want to stick to a schedule and the other is for those people who need to be very accurate about measuring their blood pressure. As in all Zanthion devices alerts can be set for measurements that are deviating from normal health.

Heartbeat Irregularities

SMART ECG

Zanthion uses the VivaLnk ecg to record real time electrocardiograms so that anyone who wants to monitor and alert on abnormal rhythms can do so on the go knowing that should there be a problem loved ones can send help to their location no matter where they are.


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Wearable Monitoring

Our Open/Close Window and Door Sensors can be installed on any window or door and work in concert with all our other sensors including those worn on the senior. Open/close sensors are battery operated and indicate when the batteries need to be replaced on our mobile application and dashboard.

Wall Motion Detector

Motion Sensors

The Zanthion Motion Sensors are BLE sensors working in concert with our suit of sensors notifying caregivers of lack of movement if a senior enters a bathroom and does not leave or if there is no movement in the home during waking hours and the senior is home. Typically motion sensors are placed in rooms, bathrooms, hallways, and living areas. These sensors work in concert with our exit alarms and provide presence awareness and track movement.

Bed Exit Alarms

The Zanthion bed exit alarm is attached to the mattress with carbon tape and is individually tailored providing the unobtrusive freedom seniors might need when waking in the middle of the night. With our bed exit alarm seniors can leave their bed for whatever timeframe has been specified. Monitoring hours are set between intervals so that those seniors who are late to bed need not worry. If a senior being monitored does not get back in bed within the specified timeframe a notification will be sent to their caregivers. The Zanthion Bed Exit Alarm stands out from all other bed exit alarms because it works in concert with our automatic fall detection, motion sensors, open/close door sensors, geo-fencing, and GPS to paint a picture of not only what and when, but where and why.

Voice Enabled Commands

Voice enabled commands are especially powerful for people suffering from mental decline.  Zanthion uses smart speaker technology for voice commands to request help and activate either earbuds or speakers.  Soothing music and appropriate directions can help a confused person calm down and find their way in a confusing environment.

Door Open Close Sensor

Open/Close Window and Door Sensors

Our Open/Close Window and Door Sensors can be installed on any window or door and work in concert with all our other sensors including those worn on the senior. Open/close sensors are battery operated and indicate when the batteries need to be replaced on our mobile application and dashboard.


Mind, Body, Spirit - The Cultural Value of Seniors - Part 2 Our Minds

Mind, Body, Spirit - The Cultural Value of Seniors - Part 2 Our Minds

by Philip Regenie

Dementia is an avalanche ripping itself through societies worldwide enslaving the young and embittering the old.  It is cruel and stealing our most valuable resource: wisdom. So, how do we deal with this avalanche that could affect as many as two-thirds of our senior population? We must adopt a culture that promotes mental health to avoid the catastrophic health care consequences of a society riddled with dementia.  The problem is understood and solutions are readily available.

Physical minds

Seniors are arguably our greatest source of wisdom. They have seen and experienced the full dimensionality of life and the history of the world for upwards of a 100 years. Their health and happiness is in large part determined by the health of their mind.  We are not speaking of their attitude, but of their physical mind: the electrical connections, the chemical makeup, the cellular communications, and the flow of materials in and out of their cranium. The mind, is our bastion of consciousness and is the reason for our heart beating, our lungs breathing, and all the activity that manifests itself as life.  The mind is responsible for the commands that create the habits of:

  1. Eating for proper nourishment, avoidance of poisons, and the balance of nutrients for metabolic activity
  2. Exercising the body to maximize bone density, blood flow, oxygen diffusion, and detoxifying the buildup of toxins in our mind and body
  3. Sleep that controls metabolic activity, removes toxins from the mind, and organize short and long term memory
  4. Mental exercise, learning, and awareness that construct the network of neurons that maximize our potential for understanding relationships between seemingly disassociated mechanisms
  5. Meditation which calms the heart, controls the breath, and cleanses the mind
  6. Happiness which is often a consequence of appropriate levels of dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins

Brain chemicals

For all of us, and especially for seniors, we need an ecosystem of humanity that promotes high-quality mental health by focusing on  the production of key chemicals in our brains. Clark Buckner wrote an article about the 4 Chemicals That Activate Happiness, and How to Gamify Them.  Here is how we promote the chemical well-being of our seniors.

Dopamine, often thought of as the pleasure chemical is now thought of more as the anticipation and motivation molecule.  Dopamine is a neurotrasmitter moving between the synaptic clefts between the 86 billion neurons in our brain binding to dopamine receptors.  It acts as both an excitatory and inhibitory molecule. Dopamine:

  1. boosts your drive, focus, and concentration
  2. enables you to plan ahead and resist impulses so you can achieve your goals
  3. gives you that “I did it!” lift when you accomplish what you set out to do
  4. gets your competitive juices flowing and provides the thrill of the chase in all aspects of life — business, sports, and love
  5. is in charge of your pleasure-reward system
  6. allows you to experience feelings of enjoyment, bliss and even euphoria

Here is an excellent article on How to Increase Dopamine Naturally by Deane Alban.  

We can increase dopamine in seniors with things such as exercise, meditation, music, touch, sleep and diet.  Here is a list of foods that increase either tyrosine for dopamine directly:

  • animal by products
  • almonds
  • apples
  • avocados
  • bananas
  • beets
  • chocolate
  • coffee
  • fava beans
  • green leafy vegetables
  • green tea
  • lima beans
  • oatmeal
  • olive oil
  • oregano
  • peanuts
  • rosemary
  • sea vegetables
  • sesame and pumpkin seeds
  • soy products
  • turmeric
  • watermelon
  • wheat germ

SMART Communities

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s and other dementias cost $236 billion annually. We can significantly reduce that number with lifestyle changes in senior environments including environmental changes, diet, exercise, meditation, and anxiety reduction. Zanthion’s innovations focus on creating SMART Communities -- those that use technology to promote safety, mental and physical health, activity, rest, and togetherness.  If your assisted living community shares our vision to create SMART Communities, please connect with us. Let’s work together to truly improve quality of life for everyone (#QOLFE).

Biohacking To Improve Performance

I just read a terrific article on biohacking to improve performance.  No matter how old you are or how young it's a joy just to get out there and swing the bat.  Thank you to Kevin Abdulrahman for sending us this article

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8 Must Do’s To Keep You and Your Parents Happy

Any good baseball player knows you have to keep your eye on the ball. It is not easy to separate the chaff from the wheat especially when there are so many distractions like Mike Flynn’s Russia connections, Sean Spicer’s allegations of wiretapping, passengers being pulled off United Airlines, government transparency, AI taking over all our jobs, and the Tar Heels winning the Final Four. This article isn’t about the distractions of the present or the distractions of some far flung future like a Global Disaster created by global warming. Today we are discussing you, your parents, your collective health, the death spiral, and what we can do to avoid grandfather dumping here in the United States like what is happening in Japan.

Let’s make sure we are discussing the right topic when it comes to health and clear up a common misconception here in America:

Neither Obamacare nor Trumpcare have anything to do with healthcare. They are both guaranteed payment systems to health professionals based on distributed liability. This does not guarantee quality or expedient healthcare.

In order to adequately numerate 10 things we must do to ensure a happy and healthy future for you and your parents we discuss demographics, economics, and preventative health.

Our economists and politicians are notorious for calculating future expenses based on straight line, linear, representations of demographics, costs, revenue, and labor supply. Unfortunately we live in a chaotic world with exponential growth and decay functions vastly outnumbering linear growth and decay models. The following intractable statistics will drive our economic future regardless of foreign policy, democratization of the world, Russia’s rigging of our elections, or the outcome of the Final Four this year. In fact, global warming and AI are far distant seconds in terms of global impact on productivity than the effect of the demographic shift towards a global population of 1st world countries dominated by seniors.

 

Japan’s current problem, a population with 26% of their population being over 65 years of age is representative of a problem facing all first world countries. There is a hidden problem in the demographic shift towards an aging population. You can see it in the Reuters chart, while the population of seniors is getting larger, the population of the employable is shrinking. In fact, if you add the under 14 to the over 65 you will find that the numbers are very close to 1 person employed taking care of 1 person not working. It should be obvious to all of us that from an availability of labor standpoint, this is not a sustainable model, and yet, it is the model we are stuck with. The current outcry that AI will eliminate jobs is probably the brightest light we have shining on the future of our labor force and our potential to deal with the rising tide of seniors. AI will free up labor to do those things absolutely required to manage a society of the young and the old.

We all know that one thing leads to another and an aging population is no exception. 75% of all emergency services in the United States serve the current 12% of our senior population. Emergency services picks them up when they have fallen, shows up when they call 1000 times in a single year, and whisk them off to the hospital in emergencies. It is easy to calculate the additional burden on our emergency services if they remain unchanged. The population of seniors will double by 2030 in the United States. Since 75% of all emergency service costs are absorbed by seniors today it means that the budget to service seniors at today’s abysmal standard of an average of 30 minutes to intervention will double the budgetary requirements for emergency care as a portion of city and county governments. More importantly the labor requirement for these positions will more than double with fewer adults in the labor pool.

 

The perception that everyone reading this article should be getting by now is that every single facet of society will be affected by the coming change in population distribution. The chart above should scare the hell out of you. Our medical costs are determined by a limited entry profession, healthcare, and a government dancing like a marionette to the fears projected by banks and insurance companies. The demand for medical services in the next ten years will more than double. But what about supply. Are there plans to triple graduates from medical institutions? Are the costs of medicine and tests decreasing? On the contrary, the number of medical colleges and medical graduates is increasing linearly while the population of seniors is experiencing exponential growth. We are not even considering that science is making incredible advances and seniors will live longer than current projections.

 

It is easily recognizable with the current linear increase in the supply of doctors and the exponential increase in the demand of seniors that prices will escalate beyond our wildest dreams based on standard models of supply and demand.

 

8 Must Do’s To Keep You and Your Parents Happy

Up until now we have painted a pretty dismal picture of the future based on a massive demographic shift towards a senior population. Let’s face it, what we do best is adapt, and adapt we will. The cost of aging is dominantly in the spiral of death. The following chart shows the extraordinary expenses associated to the last years of life in the United States. In the United States we spend 33% of the all expenditures over our lifetime in the last 2 years of existence. Clearly, if we create the cliff of death, a rapid decline from health to death, we live better lives, save our families extraordinary expenses, and decrease the demand on a system whose capacity has been stretched beyond its ability to supply adequate services.

 

1 Stay healthy

Surprise! Staying incredibly healthy creates the cliff of death so that all those expenses you see from 60 to 90 are mostly avoided except for genetic diseases and the hip and knee replacements. For those wondering, “What is the cliff of death?” It is a sudden and precipitous fall from health to death, something we all hope for. The rest of the must do’s are about how to accomplish this seemingly trivial objective.

2 Eat Well

Since the 1950’s America has been under attack by big business. C&H Sugar, Monsanto and any number of chemical companies have been stocking our shelves with products that have little if not negative nutritional value. Poor science, inacurate analysis, and market driven fear campaigns have further blurred the lines of nutrition. Our food supply, our birthing habits, our nurturing habits, and our infestation habits have all tainted our health over the long term. The biggest impact on our future in terms of health is obesity, largely a result of the efforts of big business to create an enticing and addictive food supply with the use of sugar, salt, and corn syrup. With aging the effects of these additives is exacerbated due to the decrease in production of key proteins responsible for metabolic balance. Key proteins turn out to be the on/off switches for health and our modern lives have destroyed biomes inside and outside of our body. Biomes are ecosystems of organisms living in symbiosis with us. They live in our armpits, our belly buttons, our eyebrows, and our guts. In fact, they cover every square inch of our body. From an evolutionary perspective, they and we have adapted together over millions of years. Destroying necessary organisms by showering to often, taking ibuprofen in excess, or eating substances that destroy those organisms shuts down necessary feedback loops for a healthy existence. Eat organic, eat less, eat often, shower less, get dirty occasionally.

3 Sleep Well

 

It should come as no surprise that sleep is a key component of a healthy existence. Intuitively we know machines need rest cycles or they overheat and break. All our athletes are told to get a good night sleep before big events. Just how important sleep is, that is new science.

The study, published in Nature Neuroscience, found that beta-amyloid — a protein that has long been suspected of being a catalyst in Alzheimer’s — aggregates in higher concentrations in the brains of people who suffer from consistently poor sleep. As deposits of beta-amyloid grow, the protein further hampers one’s ability to sleep, which feeds into a miserable cycle that may lead to dementia. Lack of Sleep May Lead to Dementia: New Research Finds It Makes Brain Vulnerable. Cal Alumni Association. Retrieved 1 April 2017

As we age there are many forces that can affect our sleep like melatonin production, pain, restless leg syndrome, and many other factors. Because sleep is a critical factor in our health as we age there are 7 easy steps suggested by the Mayo Clinic to ensuring a good night’s sleep.

  1. Stick to a sleep schedule — Don’t take naps. Make sure you get a full night of continuous sleep not two 4 hour sleep periods. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even on weekends, holidays and days off. Being consistent reinforces your body’s sleep-wake cycle and helps promote better sleep at night. There’s a caveat, though. If you don’t fall asleep within about 15 minutes, get up and do something relaxing. Go back to bed when you’re tired. If you agonize over falling asleep, you might find it even tougher to nod off.
  2. Pay attention to what you eat and drink — Don’t go to bed either hungry or stuffed. Your discomfort might keep you up. Also limit how much you drink before bed, to prevent disruptive middle-of-the-night trips to the toilet.Nicotine, caffeine and alcohol deserve caution, too. The stimulating effects of nicotine and caffeine take hours to wear off and can wreak havoc on quality sleep. And even though alcohol might make you feel sleepy at first, it can disrupt sleep later in the night.
  3. Create a bedtime ritual — Do the same things each night to tell your body it’s time to wind down. This might include taking a warm bath or shower, reading a book, or listening to soothing music — preferably with the lights dimmed. Relaxing activities can promote better sleep by easing the transition between wakefulness and drowsiness. Be wary of using the TV or other electronic devices as part of your bedtime ritual. Some research suggests that screen time or other media use before bedtime interferes with sleep.
  4. Get comfortable — Create a room that’s ideal for sleeping. Often, this means cool, dark and quiet. Consider using room-darkening shades, earplugs, a fan or other devices to create an environment that suits your needs. Your mattress and pillow can contribute to better sleep, too. Since the features of good bedding are subjective, choose what feels most comfortable to you. If you share your bed, make sure there’s enough room for two. If you have children or pets, try to set limits on how often they sleep with you — or insist on separate sleeping quarters.
  5. Limit daytime naps — Long daytime naps can interfere with nighttime sleep — especially if you’re struggling with insomnia or poor sleep quality at night. If you choose to nap during the day, limit yourself to about 10 to 30 minutes and make it during the midafternoon. If you work nights, you’ll need to make an exception to the rules about daytime sleeping. In this case, keep your window coverings closed so that sunlight — which adjusts your internal clock — doesn’t interrupt your daytime sleep.
  6. Include physical activity in your daily routine — Regular physical activity can promote better sleep, helping you to fall asleep faster and to enjoy deeper sleep. Timing is important. If you exercise too close to bedtime, you might be too energized to fall asleep. If this seems to be an issue for you, exercise earlier in the day.
  7. Manage stress — When you have too much to do — and too much to think about — your sleep is likely to suffer. To help restore peace, consider healthy ways to manage stress. Start with the basics, such as getting organized, setting priorities and delegating tasks. Give yourself permission to take a break when you need one. Share a good laugh with an old friend. Before bed, jot down what’s on your mind and then set it aside for tomorrow.
  8. Sleeping too much — Surprisingly, one of the most interesting outcomes of recent research is that too much sleep can have very negative effects on our health. Some of the health risks associated to too much sleep are:

Cognitive impairment, Depression, Increased inflammation, Increased pain, Impaired fertility, Higher risk of obesity, Higher risk of diabetes, Higher risk of heart disease, Higher risk of stroke, Higher all-cause mortality

Of course, we may not know that our parents are not sleeping well, and they may not either. Knowing that sleeping habits are broken goes a long way towards resolving a potential future of dementia, obesity, pain, and anxiety. With systems like the Zanthion Senior Care Platform it is easy to unobtrusively monitor the sleep habits of yourself or your parents and passively introduce the better habits and conditions.

4 Exercise Often and Manage Injury

Similar to what and how often you eat, exercise is part of the biological mandates for good health. Some of the effects of a regular controlled exercise program that includes rest cycles, endurance cycles and power cycles are:

  1. The release of endorphins which reduce pain
  2. A reduction in pain sensitivity
  3. A boost in the immune system
  4. Releases toxins from the system
  5. Strengthens the bones and increases density
  6. Most Importantly, an overall feeling of wellbeing

I have exercised nearly everyday for over 40 years and want to state upfront the single most important criteria for an exercise program:

Avoid Injury At All Costs

A suboptimal workout where you cannot possibly get injured is better than an optimal workout where you get injured every once in awhile. Why? Because down time changes behavior and behavior is the key to good health. Never, ever, push yourself beyond the comfort level that indicates a potential injury. Stretch as much as you exercise. Be consistent. Enjoy your workouts. Use a designed training program if you can.

Warm Up and Light Strength

 
 

Clearly, something is better than nothing. Knowing that your parents are slowing down and a little more fearful about leaving the home is a great help. Having neighbors who need a partner to walk with is even more helpful. Applications like Zanthion Aging In Place notify children if their parent’s activity behavior has changed and notifies neighbors that might want to enjoy a walk with them.

5 Meditate and Exercise the Mind

Exercising goes a long way towards keeping a sharp mind and mental health, but it is not enough. Science has painted a much more holistic image of mental health over the last couple of years. It has become increasingly obvious that what we eat, what lives on our skin, how much blood we feed our brain, how much rest we get, and how much we exercise our brain with muscle confusion helps determine our mental health into old age. The first step to mental health is meditation. It takes very little time and has tremendous benefits. Some of those benefits are:

  • Meditation reduces stress.
  • It improves concentration.
  • It encourages a healthy lifestyle.
  • The practice increases self-awareness.
  • It increases happiness.
  • Meditation increases acceptance.
  • It slows aging.
  • The practice benefits cardiovascular and immune health.

So here is a meditation practice anyone can do by themselves or with their neighbors in the morning and evening for 5 to 10 minutes.

  1. Sit or lie comfortably. You may even want to invest in a meditation chair.
  2. Close your eyes.
  3. Make no effort to control the breath; simply breathe naturally.
  4. Focus your attention on the breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation.

Seniors have some unique challenges in order to stay mentally alert. Seniors are often isolated from society by physical problems that limit their mobility and their ability to read and hear. The loss of mobility, sight, and hearing eliminate reading, socializing, and watching shows. Current technology for cornea implants, stem cell replacement of the cornea, new earbuds designed to limit external sounds and focus communication, are incredible helpful. The most important action we can take to help our parents stay younger is to protect their assets through constant research and effective mental stimulation.

Mental health is ensured through continued participation in society as a valuable asset. This, is in fact, what Zanthion considers to be the most important asset, the ability to bring the seniors to services and services to seniors. Here are 10 easy ways to keep your parents involved in life.

6 Measure & Notify & Predict

Continuous measurement and a constructive feedback loop are at the heart of any effective process. Our health is no different. We all find it difficult not to gain those 2 pounds during the holidays. Measurement, allows us to observe that weight gain and do something about it. Continuous measurement makes it possible to adjust critical defects in a system immediately. Something as simple as a window left open during the winter in Chicago might lead to ta severe cold. A refrigerator door left open might lead to sepsis. Rolling out of bed at night might lead to fearing sleeping causing anxiety and eventually dementia. Falling, just once, might lead to less mobility, a loss of confidence, and eventually heart disease. Life is in a precarious balance.

It used to be that manufacturing floor managers walked the floor listening to machines for possible problems in the line. Today, manufacturing floor manager’s cell phones beep when the RPM of a cycle machine goes below a certain threshold or a piece of metal is out of alignment. This same technology now exists for our seniors in companies like Zanthion. We place sensors throughout the environment and monitor changes in behavior such as gait, distance, temperature, heart rate, oxygen levels, and in and out of bed. We monitor passively only sending notifications when there might be a need for intervention.

If you do not have a system like this there are some easy steps you can take:

  1. Check the refrigerator and it’s contents regularly
  2. Put an air quality sensor in senior homes
  3. Monitor the temperature of rooms at night
  4. Monitor sleep habits using fitbits and take appropriate actions
  5. Monitor walking activity and exercise

Notify people that can make a difference like the senior themselves, neighbors, family, and friends when there is a significant change in activity. If you see a combination of signals such as enduring wounds, loss of appetite, and loss of breath engage the senior in more activity, see a medical professional, and encourage community participation.

7 Work in Teams & Be a Part of Something Bigger

It should come as no surprise to any of us that feeling valued is a major contributor to health and sadly the largest missing healthy component of seniors in America. Seniors are vast stores of knowledge and wisdom relegated to bingo games and history museums. The absolute best way to make a senior, and for that matter anyone, feel like they are part of something bigger is to involve them in decision making about real life important matters like your business, your children, or your understanding of how life works. Equally as important as asking questions is listening attentively to the answers and either implementing them, help them implement them, or bring the seniors into the implementation of an alternative answer. Ask, Listen, Value, and Act.

Seniors are isolated by many factors and neighborhood teams of seniors being active goes a long way towards involving them in something bigger. Neighborhood walks, movie night, bridge, and even 3D computer games. There is a rich world of activities available to our seniors given a little training and incentive to be involved.

8 Live without anxiety and be happy

Recent studies, 2011 Do Stress Trajectories Predict Mortality in Older Men? Longitudinal Findings from the VA Normative Aging Study , of the effects of stress on duration of life and health are surprisingly inconclusive. Studies concerning memory retention, happiness, and quality of life related to anxiety are clear cut, chronic stress and anxiety can affect areas of the brain that influence long-term memory, short-term memory and chemical production.

We at Zanthion want to remind you not to sweat the small or big stuff, and wish you all happy, healthy lives.