Author:InTouch

12 Apr Health Matters

Science is now seeing the value in exercises like tai chi, for the elderly in particular. Study after study finds it may improve health conditions ranging from fibromyalgia to Parkinson's disease to Alzheimer's.

 

"Exercise is probably the most effective way to improve cognitive ability. In order to do that the exercise should include movement, complexity and memory, which tai chi does," says Dr. Marc Rowe, a tai chi instructor at Lee Memorial Health System.

Lee Memorial Health System offers tai chi classes for seniors. It helps keep them on their feet and moving in the right direction.

"About 50% of people over 80 have lost enough fitness that they can't do the normal chores to make themselves independent around the house. So we want to develop a package, a comprehensive program with tai chi as its centerpiece to train seniors to be more functional and independent," says Dr. Rowe.

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30 Mar RECEIVE 2 MOVIE TICKETS ABSOLUTELY FREE

On April 2 & 3, make your first stop Booth # 825 at the OLTCA/ORCA Togeher We Care Show.

InTouchLink is the premier technology solutions provider to senior’s housing operators, serving sites throughout Canada and the United States. Our patent-pending technology offers a complete and comprehensive resource centre that delivers:

·        A robust communication resource between residents and their families

·        An internal messaging tool

·        A complete learning management system for staff

·        A 24/7 community news and information source

·        A senior friendly internet and email platform

Visit myitl.com for more information or http://myitl.com/tutorial to watch a quick video.

21 Mar InTouchLink announces exclusive Ontario Partnership with Medical Pharmacies.

Medical Pharmacies and InTouchLink announce formation of an exclusive Ontario partnership.

For Immediate Release
March 22, 2012

Media Contact:

mycice@intouchlink.net
Phone: 1877-784-6868 x760
Fax: 1877-784-6868

– Toronto –

Medical Pharmacies and InTouchLink today announced that they have forged an exclusive partnership to launch a ground breaking communication network in retirement residences and long-term care homes across Ontario.

InTouchLink is the premier technology solutions provider to senior’s housing operators, serving sites throughout Canada and the United States. Their patent-pending technology offers a complete and comprehensive resource centre that delivers:
·    A robust communication resource between residents and their families
·    An internal messaging tool
·    A complete learning management system for staff
·    A 24/7 community news and information source
·    A senior friendly internet and email platform

The goal is to integrate Medical Pharmacies’ premium services with the most advanced and comprehensive communication system, delivering an enhanced client application that will connect operators with their residents, families and communities.   

“Medical Pharmacies is the largest provider of retirement and long-term care pharmacy services in Ontario. InTouchLink is the perfect complement to our innovative solutions allowing our company to be more effective in reaching residents and families, while providing a powerful resource to operators”, said Ed Jamieson, CEO of Medical Pharmacies Group Limited.

“We are excited to exclusively offer this communication network to Medical Pharmacies clients.” said Jonathan Seliger, Vice President, InTouchLink. “This is a great opportunity that will allow us to reach more sites within a minimal period of time and positively impact the lives of so many”.

 
About Medical Pharmacies

Founded in 1957, Medical Pharmacies Group Limited is the largest provider of pharmacy services to long-term care homes, retirement residences, group homes and other extended care facilities in Ontario. Medical Pharmacies brings its services to over 40,000 residents. Visit www.medicalpharmacies.com for more information.

 
About InTouchLink

InTouchLink, North America's leading provider of technology for Seniors Housing Communities provides a suite of custom-designed senior-friendly products. These have been tailor-made for retirement communities, long-term care homes, skilled nursing facilities and other senior living environments.InTouchLink’s product line for seniors communities includes digital signagededicated community TV channels, TV-based and online staff training, simple emailsafe internet and other software for seniors, and much more.

Visit myitl.com for more information or http://myitl.com/tutorial to watch a quick video.

14 Mar InTouchLink Wins New Product & Technology Award

InTouchLink, the leading provider of easy-to-use technology for seniors housing communities has won a new product & technology award in recognition of its cutting edge system now available to retirement homes, assisted living facilities and nursing homes.

Media Contact Info
media@intouchlink.net
Phone: 1877-784-6868 x760
Fax: 1877-784-6868
 
– Toronto –
 
InTouchLink was a recent winner in the 2011 New Product & Technology Awards in the Web-Based Resource/Tool category. The program, presented by the Mature Market Resource Center, a clearinghouse for the seniors market, is the first awards program of its kind to recognize the best and most innovative products and services for older adults and their families.
 
InTouchLink is the premier technology solutions provider to senior’s housing operators, serving sites throughout Canada and the United States. Their patent-pending technology offers a complete and comprehensive resource centre that delivers:
 
·         A robust communication resource between residents and their families
·         An internal seniors housing messaging tool
·         A complete learning management system for staff
·         A 24/7 community news and information source
·         A senior friendly internet and email platform
 
 “We are ecstatic to receive the prestigious New Product and Technology Award. This is an acknowledgement of our efforts to design and deliver the best communications solution for senior living communities in North America”, said Jonathan Seliger, Vice President, InTouchLink.

Entries were judged by a distinguished panel of mature market experts for overall excellence of design, content, creativity and relevance to the seniors market.

About InTouchLink

InTouchLink, North America's leading provider of technology for Seniors Housing Communities provides a suite of custom-designed senior-friendly products. These have been tailor-made for retirement communities, long-term care homes, skilled nursing facilities and other senior living environments.InTouchLink’s product line for seniors communities includes digital signagededicated community TV channels, TV-based and online staff training, simple emailsafe internet and other software for seniors, and much more.

Visit myitl.com for more information or http://myitl.com/tutorial to watch a quick video.

09 Mar It Is Never Too Late

At 94 years old, Isabella Dryden is adapting to the times. She began her teaching career decades ago in a one-room schoolhouse, and now teaches seniors about computers and living online.

Dryden is an instructor at Creative Retirement Manitoba, a community centre for senior citizens, teaching computer skills to older adults.

These days more and more seniors are going online — emailing friends, reading digital editions of their favourite papers, even doing a bit of online shopping. With all the fun and conveniences that are to be found, a little caution should still come into play.

It is never too late, let InTouchLink help you and/or elderly loved ones find happiness and fulfillment, and sign up today for a free trial!

08 Feb Lean On Me: The Role of Family in Elder Care

Canadian home care service provider We Care Home Health Services recently conducted a study to ascertain how prepared Canadians are financially and emotionally in caring for their elderly loved ones in the face of the increasingly aging population. With numbers estimated to grow twofold within the next 23 years, elder health care will be a considerable concern for the younger familial caregivers.

Family members who find themselves in the caregiving role operate very much as an “invisible health care system”, according to Nurse and Director of Health and Wellness, Sue Kelly. In the same study, approximately one third of family caregivers who had participated had expressed feeling overwhelmed emotionally and financially in their role. While trying to manage tasks such as shuttling a loved one to appointments or handling the special needs of a chronically ill senior citizen, most caregivers struggle to meet their role’s needs while working full-time and trying to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Balancing independence and health support (mental, physical, etc.) provide a consistent challenge for both the elderly and their family members. Using current technology and an innovative easy-to-use design, the InTouchLink software offers senior users and their caregivers communication and engagement tools that are literally just a click away. Each party can organize and stay connected with simple email, web browsing, personal calendar and webcam options. Even loved ones living far away can log in remotely to update themselves on the well-being of their elders!

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03 Feb Dreams Do Come True!

Ever wanted to ride a float in a parade, float high in the sky in a hot air balloon, or spend a portion of your summer holiday in an 18 wheeler? For seniors who find themselves harbouring secret (and not so secret) dreams, charitable organizations like the Twilight Foundation can offer those elder dreamers opportunities to make their wishes a reality.

Funded with the generous donations from community individuals and businesses, these organizations dedicate their resources solely to coordinate and manifest the logistics behind realising wish requests. Unlike sick children charities, the elderly applicants need not have to be ill to apply. For some applicants merely having someone help with everyday chores and tasks, rides to health appointments or receiving a new set of dentures is enough to make a tremendous positive impact on their lives. According to former NFL player and founder of Wish of a Lifetime Jeremy Bloom, the premise behind these mandates is to serve the senior citizen community and give back to those who have played contributive roles in society.

 Another way family and friends can show appreciation for the elders in their lives is the gift of communication and entertainment. With the InTouchLink software users can reach out to and be up-to-date with the world and community around them. InTouchLink can also be an effective tool in senior engagement through easy-to-use options such as email, web browsing and webcam. Other exciting options (personal calendar, photo album) allow active seniors to maintain and organize their social events and commitments.

It is never too late to dream and live your dreams. Let InTouchLink help you and/or elderly loved ones find happiness and fulfillment, and sign up today for a free trial!
 

02 Feb TV with a “Clear” Picture

One of the most exciting and innovative products showcased at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was something that holds tremendous practical potential: the Transparent Smart Window, a transparent LCD touchscreen which can also act as a window.

Though it is uncertain whether this precise product in its current reincarnation will be available on the market, the potential applications for this technology are very promising. As a window, users can see the world outside or operate the blinds function thereby turning the screen opaque – the same manner one would close actual blinds. On the other hand, the touchscreen as LCD display provides a multimedia platform for backgrounds, widgets, movie players –even apps for social media.

Further applications for this technology could lead to heads up displays (HUD) and car windshields. Drivers would be able to have operation utility options literally right at their fingertips: back-up camera(s), image/light enhancement, speed, warnings, etc. Imagine what this kind of technology could do for elder care and engagement!

In the mean time, InTouchLink could play an important role in improving the quality of life for the elderly or those constrained at home. The software’s easy-to-use design and layout facilitates a safe and fun online experience – no computer experience is required! Popular computers functions including email, web browsing, webcam, calendar management and photo album utility can be very effortlessly used by anyone – even by those with little to no prior computer experience!

InTouchLink can bring the world to any senior at home or away. Now staying “in touch” is so convenient and quick – all by the click of a mouse. Sign up today for a free trial and let current technology bring you closer to loved ones and your community!

 

01 Feb Legion Helps to Give Seniors a Leg Up

Residents and staff of the Lakeview Manor in Beaverton ON were happy to receive a generous donation of exercise equipment from their local Royal Canadian Legion branch. Using proceeds garnered from their annual poppy drive fundraiser, the Beaverton Legion proved just how important of a role community partnerships can play in the welfare and development of local communities, particularly in high needs sectors such as elder care.

One of the donations was a restorator bicycle which will help Lakeview Manor residents develop and maintain muscle strength and cardiovascular health. Low-impact exercise machines and workouts like the bicycle are ideal for the aging body and facilitate a positive experience of regular exercise. With equipment donations and other therapy programs, Lakeview Manor hopes to sustain a healthy, active quality of life for its residents.

Calendar, webcam, email, photo album utility are some of the innovative ways the InTouchLink software can be an effective tool for seniors in staying connected and actively engaged in their communities. The easy-to-use design and iconography allows for a safe and enjoyable online experience to elderly users with little to no computer knowledge.

A better quality of life is just a click away! See for yourself just how simple it can be to stay “in touch” by signing up for a free trial today!