Monitor a family member’s routine remotely with Hive Link. Hive, creators of the View Outdoor Camera, have something new at CES 2019 — the Hive Link. Hive Link is a service created jointly with the Carers UK charity to help caregivers keep track of family members remotely. It works with other Hive smart home gadgets, including the company’s door open-close sensors, to gather information about what your family member is doing.
By the time Alan Chrisman was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer, he was too sick to work. The cancer had spread to his lungs. His doctors said he may never get better. Chrisman, 59, applied for disability, the federal safety net program he contributed to with every paycheck during his 30 years working as a stonemason. But a doctor hired by Tennessee’s Disability Determination Services to review applications quickly concluded Chrisman wasn’t sick enough to get the $804 monthly benefit. That physician, Dr. Thomas Thrush, is one of about 50 doctors contracted to review applications for Tennesseans seeking disability.
Our collective attention requires awakening toward the whole issue of “Global Aging.” While some may feel not enough people are listening to warnings by climate scientists of historic changes in weather, even fewer are paying attention to concerns by social scientists of a world undergoing historic change in the aging of its human inhabitants.
Government officials admit that this is just the first step toward more transparency in healthcare pricing.
Research indicates that between 110 million and 190 million people, or 15% of the world’s population experience disabilities of some form. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 450 million people experience mental conditions worldwide. The WHO reported in 2017 that conditions like depression and anxiety are estimated to cost the global economy $1 trillion dollars due to productivity loss. Three out of every four employees in the United States is afflicted with a mental illness of some sort, according to the American Health Association (AHA). This means that if you manage 100 employees, 75 of them are experiencing some sort of mental illness. There may be employees that want to disclose their condition to employers but are apprehensive and fear negative consequences.
The earsplitting sound of ambulance sirens in New York City is surely hastening the day when I and many others repeatedly subjected to such noise will be forced to get hearing aids. I just hope this doesn’t happen before 2021 or so when these devices become available over-the-counter and are far less expensive and perhaps more effective than they are now.
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