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Telehealth Called Upon Regularly For Seniors


In 2011, the oldest of the baby boomer generation turned 65, and in just 12 years, the number of seniors in America is expected to double — accounting for one-fifth of the population. As you can imagine, this many older people may strain our already overburdened health care resources.1


One of the more promising solutions is better and more expansive use of technology for assisted living and health care applications. More senior centers are starting to use telehealth and mobile health technologies to help older people manage their own health. These centers are using a variety of technologies to promote well-being, including wearable devices, telehealth platforms and even Amazon’s Echo and Alexa devices.2


Skilled nursing care facilities are making tablets and training available so that residents can play games, surf the internet and communicate with relatives and friends. Not only does this help keep their minds sharp, but ongoing contact with loved ones helps them stay happy and socially engaged.3


1 Eric Wicklund. mHealth Intelligence. Jan. 26, 2018. “Telehealth Gives Senior Centers a Gateway to Patient Engagement.” https://mhealthintelligence.com/news/telehealth-gives-senior-centers-a-gateway-to-patient-engagement. Accessed March 31, 2018.

2 Ibid.

3 Ibid.



Money Saving Tips

Indoor Farming Growing in Popularity


It sometimes seems as if problems are interwoven. Addressing one problem may lead to another, unexpected issue, and then a resolution on that front can lead to other unintended consequences.


And so it goes with U.S. immigration policy and its effect on agriculture. While there are many different views on the problem of illegal immigration, the recent crackdown on the number of people residing in the country illegally is having unintended consequences for U.S. agriculture. With fewer seasonal immigrant workers available, many farms are having a hard time harvesting and producing their crops.1


A potential solution is indoor farming. By growing crops indoors and using more automated technology to harvest them, the agriculture industry may be able to eliminate many challenges presented by extreme weather and a shrinking workforce.


Some indoor commercial farming companies are focused largely on organic produce, which they can better control indoors without pesticides, using a fully integrated technology system to create ideal growing conditions. One such company says it can grow produce with 95 percent less water than traditional agriculture and cultivate crop cycles that grow twice as fast.3



1 Lisa Baertlein and P.J. Huffstutter. Reuters. Nov. 10, 2017. “As Trump targets immigrants, U.S. farm sector looks to automate.” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-trump-effect-agriculture-automation/as-trump-targets-immigrants-u-s-farm-sector-looks-to-automate-idUSKBN1DA0IQ. Accessed April 16, 2018.

2 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 2018. “Climate Change.” http://www.fao.org/climate-change/en/. Accessed April 16, 2018.

3 Lacy Cooke. Inhabitat. March 1, 2018. “The ‘most technologically-sophisticated commercial indoor farm in the world’ will grow 30X more produce.” https://inhabitat.com/most-technologically-sophisticated-commercial-indoor-farm-to-grow-30x-more-produce/. Accessed March 31, 2018.



Planning Tip

Driving the Market for Electric Cars


China, the world’s largest car market, appears to be a primary driver behind the electric car market. Because the country suffers so much from air pollution, the government insists that domestic and international auto manufacturers selling inside its borders focus more on electric car offerings. In response:1


  • General Motors plans to introduce 20 new fully electric cars by 2023.
  • Ford is rolling out 16 new models by 2022.
  • Volvo is currently working to make its entire fleet “electrified” (this term includes hybrids).
  • Jaguar Land Rover plans to make electric or hybrid versions of every one of its car models by 2020.


The demand for electric cars is further rising as millennials age. This generation is both cost- and environmentally conscious, and is therefore poised to thrust the electric car market into mainstream consumerism.2


1 Alex Davies. Wired. March 30, 2018. “China and the Children Will Save the Electric Car from Scott Pruitt’s EPA.” https://www.wired.com/story/trump-pruitt-epa-car-emissions-regulations-electric-cars-china/. Accessed March 31, 2018.

2 Ibid.



Content prepared by Kara Stefan Communications.


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