Boston elder law attorneys provide help to seniors in getting the care that they require and in taking advantage of different services that can enhance their quality of life. For many older people, there will come a time when the senior will have an increased need for help in doing basic activities of daily living or in maintaining social connections. While The Law Offices of James A. Miller, P.C. helps seniors to learn about different services in their area and provides assistance to seniors in qualifying for benefits, seniors can still struggle to get all of the support they need to maintain the highest possible standard of living.
There is, however, some progress being made to help older populations in new and innovative ways. For example, Boston INNO reported recently on four startups that are helping the elderly.
Since Boston’s population is rapidly aging and since more than 14 percent of Boston residents in 2010 were 60 years old or older, there are around 88,000 older people already in Boston alone who could perhaps benefit from some of these services that these startup companies are providing.
Startups are Helping Boston Area Seniors
According to Boston INNO, one of the startups that is aimed at helping seniors to improve their quality of life is based in Cambridge, MA and was the recipient of a $100,000 award as part of an MIT competition. The startup, called Rendever is creating virtual reality software which is aimed at alleviating the social isolation that many older people – and especially people in assisted living – experience. The goal is to allow seniors to use virtual reality devices to remotely attend cultural events without leaving home, to explore different places even if they cannot get around, and even to do things like revisiting their own childhood homes in virtual reality.
Another startup is called Kinto and it is developing an app that is aimed at helping caregivers who are providing assistance to older loved ones and who are providing assistance to disabled loved ones. The goal of the app is to provide digital tools to caregivers and to help caregivers to connect with other people who have had similar experiences to their own. Among the different tools caregivers will have access to through the app include tools for managing medications, making homes safer for seniors, obtaining Medicare benefits, and encouraging and facilitating healthy living. Messaging features built into the app will also help caregivers to set up care teams to help ensure they get a break while the needs of the patient are still met.
A third startup that was featured is called Full Circle and it is based on the premise that seniors and young children would benefit from being in each others company. The app works to partner community centers and preschools with senior volunteers and to match up older people with young children ages three to five. This startup was founded by a master’s candidate at Harvard who has experience working as a preschool teacher and volunteering in a nursing home setting.
Finally, the fourth startup that the Boston INNO covered is called Care Academy. This startup aims to offer caregivers of seniors online classes on important topics that can make the caregiving relationship easier. The startup will offer classes in things like the prevention of falls in the home to techniques for more effectively communicating with seniors who are receiving care.
Each of the different startups offers a very different approach towards improving life for seniors and for their loved ones, but hopefully through technologies like these, some of the issues that tend to arise as people get older can be addressed in new and effective ways.
Getting Help from Boston Elder Law Attorneys
Boston elder law attorneys at The Law Offices of James A. Miller, P.C. can help you if you need assistance beyond what a startup or community-based service can provide. Many seniors require more intensive care in their own homes or even need to move into a nursing home. Our legal team will help you to explore different benefits options that could be available to you and will help you to get covered through programs like Medicaid so you can pay for the services that you require.
To find out more about how our legal team can assist you with making plans for your future and enhancing your quality of life as a senior, join us for a free seminar. You can also give us a call at 866-370-3888 or contact us online to get personalized one-on-one advice about how you can get the help you need during your golden years.
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