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EP 18 - Healing Senior Depression & Becoming Socially Active Through Technology

Summary: The number-one thing we can do to age well (physically, mentally and emotionally) is to proactively seek out and engage in deep and meaningful connections with others.
Air Date: 12/20/17
Duration: 33:45
Guest Bio: Kerry Burnight, PhD
Kerry-BurnightDr. Kerry Burnight is a Gerontologist and served for 18 years as a Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.

She is the founder of the nation’s first Elder Abuse Forensic Center.

As a top expert in the nation on aging, she has shared her work at the U.S. White House, Money Matters, The Doctors, CBS News, and the Dr. Phil Show.

Passionate about improving the lives of millions of seniors, Dr. Burnight joined Silicon Valley engineers to create a cutting edge solution to the toughest problems we face as we age.

She serves full time as Chief Gerontologist at grand-Pad.
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EP 18 - Healing Senior Depression & Becoming Socially Active Through Technology
What allows individuals to age well?

The first answers that might come to mind include eating healthy, exercising, not smoking, or getting proper sleep. 

But, according to researchers such as Kerry Burnight, PhD, the number-one thing we can do to age well (physically, mentally and emotionally) is to proactively seek out and engage in deep and meaningful connections with others.

This can be difficult for older adults, particularly if they are home-bound or have lost a life-long partner. 

Chronic loneliness can contribute greatly to a senior's demise. There is a 64% increase in developing dementia if you identify as feeling lonely, a 29% in coronary artery disease, and a 26% increase in death.

Technology has the ability to connect humans if used appropriately. However, Dr. Burnight believes that standard technology thus far has been harming older adults. iPads and other tablets can be confusing and present functionality challenges.

Dr. Burnight joins Dr. Bond to explain how the essential apps and services on the revolutionary grandPad eliminate the clutter, distractions, and complications of other devices. This simple tablet for seniors enables users to view family photos and videos, call loved ones, send voice emails, play classic games, and listen to their favorite tunes with the touch of a button to instantly start making and sharing memories.

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