Hickory – ACAP-Hickory (Adult Children of Aging Parents) presents “Today’s Technology and Connected-Caregiving” on Tuesday, August 9, 5:30-7:00 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Hickory (2780 N. Center Street, Hickory).

Technology is involved in almost every facet of our lives today.  With the demands and challenges of aging and caregiving, how can technology help?  What is available?  What technological advances will ease the lives of elders and their caregivers, and help keep all safe?  Attendees at the August ACAP-Hickory program will learn ways technology may assist elders and their caregivers in their daily activities, the difference between active and passive technology, and how remote home monitory may help predict health outcomes.

Engineer-turned-gerontologist Susan Adams is our August ACAP-Hickory speaker. Ms. Adams received a masters’ degree in gerontology after a successful engineering career in the private sector.  She also has a certification in Universal Design (UD) and is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist  (CAPS).  Ms. Adams founded CareGiving Technologies to provide environmental and technological interventions that assist families living in their homes, especially those dealing with dementia.  In addition, she is Director of Volunteer Services for Carolina Villages, part of the nationwide village movement launched by the Beacon Hill Village in Boston, Massachusetts, a nonprofit member-driving organization for residents in the local area that helps them remain in their homes as they age.  As if she is not busy enough, she also is the technical director of Nurse Care of North Carolina, a Durham based home health care company, into which she introduced technology that uses data collected in the enterprise system in order to identify health trends, allowing early interventions prior to a crisis, as well as the optimization of staff efficiency.  Finally, Ms. Adams recently launched a subscription transportation system in the triangle area of North Carolina, a cost-effective alternative to private taxi and limo services that provides on-demand convenience, allowing for independence and autonomy for those who no longer drive.

We hope you will join us for this important program!  To register for this FREE program, please contact us at fhall@ACAPcommunity.org or, toll-free, 1-877-599-ACAP (2227).

ACAP-Hickory, the local chapter of ACAPcommunity, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, provides information, resources, support and community for adult-child caregivers as we care for our aging parents and for ourselves.  Cost-free educational programs are offered the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 5:30-7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Hickory (2780 North Center Street, Hickory, NC).  Although designed for adult-child caregivers, programs are open to all who are interested.

For more information about ACAP-Hickory, including the 2016 monthly program schedule, please visit www.ACAPcommunity.org.