Thu11202014

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PAMF linkAges program receives $714,000 grant

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation Innovation Center’s linkAges program received a three-year grant of $714,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to fund development of systems that support seniors aging in the community.

The grant will support development and evaluation of linkAges Connect, part of the broader linkAges platform that fosters multigenerational community support for seniors living independently in their homes. To complement traditional health care’s role in delivering high-quality medical care, the Innovation Center is focusing on nonmedical aspects of health.

“Quality of life and social well-being are key determinants of health,” said Paul Tang, M.D., PAMF’s vice president and chief innovation and technology officer. “We are developing a home-based solution to proactively detect changes in a senior’s social and physical health status.”

linkAges Connect will use in-home data signals, such as patterns of use for electricity and other utilities, to support seniors’ independent living at home. Significant changes in use patterns will automatically trigger an alert to caregivers, thus providing a community safety net for seniors and peace of mind for their loved ones.

“As older adults face the challenge of aging independently in their homes, it is becoming critically important to develop affordable, scalable and nonintrusive solutions to sustain their psychological, physical and social health,” said Wendy Yallowitz, program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

According to Yallowitz, the Johnson Foundation provided the Innovation Center with the grant with the goal of learning more about how real-time/real-world data can help seniors age independently and potentially help other populations maintain independence and improve their health.

For more information, visit pamf.org/linkages.

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