Now Viewing: Independent living or self-determination

Introducing the Pitch Day Finalists: Rapid Evaluation of Apps

Oct 3, 2013, 8:00 AM, Posted by Pioneer Blog Team

Bianca Frogner Bianca Frogner, health economist and assistant professor at George Washington University

Bianca Frogner, PhD, has a vision for a rigorous evaluation system that allows patients and providers to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to the over 40,000 medical and health apps on the market. She was one of eight finalists we invited to pitch ideas live and in person at the first-ever Pioneer Pitch Day. Read Dr. Frogner's 1,000-character proposal below and join the discussion on Twitter at #pioneerpitch.

Dr. Frogner is a health economist and an assistant professor at George Washington University's School of Public Health and Health Services. You can connect with her on Twitter at @biancafrogner.

View full post

How Can Social Networks Help Improve the Health of Older Americans?

Sep 19, 2013, 1:00 PM, Posted by Wendy Yallowitz

Wendy Yallowitz Wendy Yallowitz, program officer

Many retired adults are extremely active, playing golf, volunteering for local civic groups, participating in book clubs and participating in other social activities. But as the years go by, your life changes and your social interactions change too. You grow frailer, which can create barriers to your participation in family and community events. You rely more on the help of caregivers including neighbors and family, for routine activities. To live independently, you pay someone to help you bathe, drive you to appointments, clean your house, and prepare your meals.

But could these social interactions be opportunities to facilitate healthy aging?

View full post