Caregiving Is More Than "Bam"

Updated: Apr 10, 2019

Ryan and his father Tom. Tom works the Disney races and Ryan runs them.

I’ve told the story often about why I launched Caregiver Smart Solutions. Pretty simply, I love my dad, and when he was diagnosed with cancer I wanted to know how he was doing.

As a tech guy, I assumed there would be a bunch of products in the eldercare space that would provide me with insight into his daily activities while still protecting his privacy and independence. When I learned how wrong I was, I put my technology background to work.

In the year since launching the company I’ve realized how deep-seeded our fear of aging is. We have to break the current psychology of aging.

None of us want to talk about getting old. Those in the long-term insurance world have been saying this for years. It seems like the longer we can ignore our parents getting older the better. Until – bam – something happens and we are thrust into full throttle.

I get it. Aging leads to the ultimate end of life. I had to overcome that with my dad. He wouldn’t wear a pendant (he called it the “button of death”) but he came to recognize my caring about him was important to me. And it gave him comfort too.

But, in this day and age, it makes no sense that we aren’t talking about the aging process more, and being more open with preparations. After all, we are living in a very different world than our great-grandparents and grandparents did.

Today, the Greatest Generation and Baby Boomers are going through the aging process very differently. Not only are they much more independent than those who came before them, but they are fully embracing a growing eldercare industry complete with a variety of independent and assisted living choices, a full array of 55+ communities and so many in the eldercare community trying to bring technology into the forefront. And, of course, so many are opting to Age in Place and utilize in-h