When Dr. Bruce Montgomery and I went to a Senior Expo in Troy, Michigan this past weekend, we didn’t know what to expect. We weren’t sure what types of business would be there, but we were excited to be around people who share in our passion for providing services for our aging population. This was our first time at an expo that was specifically for Senior focused businesses so we went in hoping to just have a good time and learn a few things that could help us be better in the future. I wanted to share with you guys some of the highlights from last weekend:
Independent living is a huge focus. There were a lot of rehabilitation centers at the expo who understand the importance of living independently for as long as possible for the aging population. Their focus is on helping seniors with disabilities or that have been injured due to a fall or other accident to recover well enough so that they may go back to living in their own homes.
We learned about a few new and interesting technologies that we hadn’t heard of before. Here are two companies that we will be writing future blogs about because we found their services offered to be innovative and worth noting.
Renew Enhanced Circulation- According to their website, “Renew ECP (External Counterpulsation) Therapy is a non-surgical, FDA-cleared therapy process that can enhance blood flow, thereby reducing symptoms of chronic stable angina. This process helps oxygenated blood travel freely between the heart and the rest of your body.” We thought that this was an interesting approach to rehabilitation since it was non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical.
CaptionCall Phone Service- A helpful phone for seniors and the hard of hearing. This service is offered for free to people suffering from extreme hearing loss. Seniors can benefit from this product because it offers amplified sound and a very large, easy to read and easy to use screen.
We met some very kind, very happy seniors. We met two lovely ladies who were living in Senior Housing Communities provided by CSI Support & Development. They showed us photos of all the communities this company has built or renovated, answered questions, and told us what they loved about where they lived. It was really nice to see that although they weren’t living at home any longer, they still felt a sense of independence and purpose.
Overall, I would say that we left the Senior Expo more informed, and hopeful for the future. The one reoccurring conversation we had with exhibitors was the agreement that there is a huge need for programs and companies who will advocate for the aging population. As the population of people considered “seniors” grows, we must collaborate and work together to find solutions to improve the health and life of a group of people who deserve more than they are getting now.
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