2013 Annual Conference of the American Society on Aging

by Kevin K. Johnson, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)®

Thasa_theme_logo[1]is week I am in Chicago participating in ‘Aging in America’, the 2013 Annual Conference of the American Society on Aging. As a professional in the field of aging, and as a Certified Senior Advisor, it is really wonderful to spend time sitting in informative sessions with so many thought leaders discussing the latest research that is available on aging. Yet it is my Engineering and IT background that this year, has me focused on the technology being developed to assist care recipients and their adult caregivers. Sometimes employees of our client company’s have senior caregiving needs that can be optimally addressed by a combination of human interaction and applied technology.

At Caring Concierge, my job is to make sure I know the entire landscape of possibilities that can be deployed on behalf of a care recipient and their caregiver. I’ve met with several potential solution providers; most knowledgable in the technology; others who understand both the technology and the critical  human interface issues unique to the eldercare. I’ll make decisions soon regarding which products I want to examine further. Because I too, am a caregiver for my parents, I will eventually try out products that I think are suitable at my parents home. I have to be assured that anything we recommend works as expected, and yields the value that is advertised.  I have a few more sessions to attend tomorrow before I leave and I’ll be sharing some of my findings with you in the future.

I’ll be back to providing you with pertinent information regarding eldercare in the workplace in my next blog posting.

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About Caring Concierge
Caring Concierge is a risk management company providing employers throughout northeast Ohio with solutions to address business productivity loss caused by employee lost time hours resulting from the crisis of adult caregiving. The Caring Concierge model provides these solutions at no cost to employers. One motivating issue that inspired the creation of Caring Concierge is the personal challenges I've faced juggling work and trying to manage eldercare issues associated with the care and well-being of my elder parents. My efforts in the eldercare issues also extend to volunteer service. I proudly serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fairhill Partners (www.fairhilpartners.org), in Cleveland, OH., a non-profit organization focused on lifelong learning, intergenerational relationships, and successful aging. In addition to academic degrees in Mechanical Engineering (undergraduate) and Business Management (graduate), I have earned the professional designation of Certified Senior Advisor.

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