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If you are concerned about losing your memory you are not alone. There have been a couple of recent surveys that are quite striking. A 2010 AARP survey found that Baby Boomers are more concerned about staying mentally sharp than running out of money. A 2011 Associated Press poll clearly showed that boomers are more afraid of losing their memory than they are of death.

Cognitive Fun - free brain gamesTheir fears have not gone unnoticed. The market for brain fitness products is projected to get up to 8 billion dollars (U.S) in sales by 2015, according to Alvaro Fernandez, CEO of SharpBrains. Pricing for products varies from free: Cognitive Fun, Brain Experiment to nominal: $80 per year for Lumosity and pricey $395 for programs from Posit Science. So, do these products actually work or are people just capitalizing on your fears? For more information go to: Is ‘Brain Training’ Worth Your Cash?

In addition to brain fitness there are memory aids such as Memo that helps people remember appointments, medications, tasks, and other important information. The user needs no knowledge of computers?information is displayed automatically. The Memo always displays the correct day, date, and time, in addition to a message line that repeats important information throughout the day. A calendar, To Do list, phone numbers, Help button, Weather, and photomemoTouch -- internet based memory aid albums can be added to make the Memo more useful and entertaining. Family caregivers can add and change messages on the Memo remotely, from wherever they have internet access, as often as needed. Several caregivers at work or in distant cities can coordinate care by viewing each others postings. The caregiver website is easy to use with only basic internet skills.

The Memo is $299. The monthly subscription to the Memo website is $29/month, with a discount for annual subscriptions. For more information go to: http://www.memotouch.com.

Beth Snyder Bulik takes a look at the tech spending habits of various demographic groups for an article in Digital. In fact, spending on technology is one area where boomers are ahead of their younger counterparts. The 46- to 64-year-old group now spends more money on technology than any other demographic, according to Forrester Research’s… Continue Reading

While social media use has grown dramatically across all age groups, older users have been especially enthusiastic over the past year about embracing new networking tools. Social networking use among internet users ages 50 and older nearly doubled—from 22% in April 2009 to 42% in May 2010. Continue Reading

During the year-long study 200 high-risk patients over the age of 60 with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart failure, lung disease, will use a medical monitoring device to take their vitals: blood pressure, weight, sugar levels and peak air flow. This information is collected in a central database at the Mayo Clinic where the patient’s primary medical team will have secure web access. Clinicians will also be able to use the videoconferencing system to observe and communicate with their patients. Continue Reading

According to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics survey 51% of adults aged 18-64 had used the Internet to look up health information during the past 12 months with women taking the lead. Continue Reading

Overall, the number of unique visitors who are 65 or older on social networking and blog sites has increased 53 percent in the last two years alone. 8.2% of all social network and blog visitors are over 65, just 0.1 percentage points less than the number of teenagers who frequent these sites. Continue Reading

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