Leith States – The US Department of Health, Age in America and Social Determinants of Health

As a society, we are living longer due to better living and health care. While reaching old age is something to be thankful for, there are several challenges facing the seniors that we should all be aware of. We don’t realize how much we can help our aging population until we start to age or see a loved one struggle. Here are a few of the concerns that seniors face as we live longer: Memory loss, Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease; Inability to drive or travel independently; Hearing loss, Vision problems, including blindness; Falls resulting to injuries; Chronic pain, arthritis; Depression and loneliness; Social isolation; Financial insecurity; Scams and abuse. Many are the social determinants of health. It is common for seniors to develop chronic disease as they age. But not all seniors have equal access to care. During the pandemic, there is a growing gap and disparity in care, which has exacerbated under stress. And it’s more common in medically underserved seniors than in the general population.——————– Bio: Dr. Leith States, the Chief Medical Officer in the Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health. He has spent his career advocating for vulnerable populations and advancing social justice. Dr. States believes that everyone deserves grace, everyone deserves a second chance, and everyone is worthy of love no matter what they’ve done or had done to them. We all need truths to hold onto – as we make sense of our life experiences. Visit Leith States on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leith-states/

Tazeen H. Rizvi – How Health Technology Is Helping Older Adults Face Aging, and Disease

Join me in conversation with Dr. Tazeen H. Rizvi, Digital Health Transformation, HealthTech Advisor & Disruptor, to discuss “How Health Technology Is Helping Older Adults Face Aging, Disease, and Disability.” As we age, it becomes increasingly important to take steps to maintain our independence and live healthy lives. However, many older adults find this difficult due to the challenges of aging. These include health problems, social isolation, and a lack of access to necessary services. Age tech has emerged as a solution to these challenges. By providing older adults with access to technology-enabled services and devices, we can help them stay healthy and connected. This allows them to live fuller, more independent lives. This is going to be a great conversation. Here are the topics we’ll cover: Tech-enabled services like remote patient monitoring, on-demand home care, assisted technologies, and social networks support healthy, independent aging. Technology-enabled multidisciplinary techniques and interventions combine mental exercises, nutrition, physical exercise, & social interaction to promote healthy aging. Devices using VR, robotics, cloud-enabled fall detection watches, and other health technologies. Age tech is creating a safer, connected, and more prepared environment for older patients. Bio: Dr. Tazeen Rizvi is a healthcare technology leader, clinician, and digitization expert with over 15 years of experience designing and developing data-driven systems. She holds an MSc in Healthcare Management from the Royal College of Surgeons. Recently, she ventured into emerging technologies after completing a degree at the University of Oxford in Blockchain strategy, cryptocurrency, and NFT. Dr. Tazeen is passionate about using technology to improve patient care and expand market growth. Find Dr. Tazeen Rizvi on:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drtazeenrizvi/

Johannes Boshkow – Behavioral Science: The Key to Better Patient Outcomes for Baby Boomers

Imagine for a moment that you have been diagnosed with a chronic illness. Perhaps it’s diabetes or heart disease. You know that if you don’t take care of yourself, the consequences could be severe. So you diligently follow your treatment plan, checking your blood sugar levels or taking your medication every day without fail. But then one day, life gets in the way. You miss a dose of medication, or you forget to test your blood sugar. It seems like no big deal at the time, but soon enough, you start to slip into old habits. Before long, you’re back to square one, struggling to manage your illness. And that’s where behavioral science comes in. Behavioral science is the study of understanding human behavior. It helps us understand how we can change our behavior for the better, and how we can make lasting changes in our lives. It’s not easy to change our habits, but behavioral science offers us a roadmap for success. With enough patience and effort, we can overcome any obstacle and achieve our goals. So if you’re struggling with a chronic illness, don’t give up hope. There is help available, and with the right tools and support, you can succeed. Today my guest is Johannes Boshkow. Johannes always had a fascination with the way things worked – how molecules interact to create physical and chemical phenomena. This curiosity led him to study chemistry at some of the world’s most renowned universities: ETH Zurich in Switzerland and Harvard University in the US. After completing his doctorate, He then joined the business development team at Observia in 2020 where he works on bringing innovative patient support to markets worldwide. He is fascinated by the ways that technology can improve people’s lives, and he loves working at Observia because it combines his passion for life sciences with his interest in cutting-edge technology. Find Johannes on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johannesboshkow/

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