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New survey reveals an unexpected New Year's Resolution: Spend more time with elderly family members


FamilyOver a quarter of Americans say spending more time with elderly family members/friends is a goal for them in 2018.

Today, the team at TruSense is releasing the findings of a new survey that reveals attitudes and actions from American adults about caring for their elderly family members or friends.
Between December 15-19, 2017 over 2,000 U.S. adults were surveyed with the help of Harris Poll. Respondents were asked questions related to their working and personal lifestyles while also caring for an elderly family member or friend. Other questions related to their desire to spend more time with their aging loved ones this coming year.
Some of the interesting tidbits from the survey are included below.

  • We want to do more to care for our loved ones…
    • Almost a third (32%) of respondents with elderly loved ones admitted to feeling guilty about not being able to do more (e.g., physically, financially) for them.
  • Millennials have (big) hearts:
    • It is the younger generation (respondents aged 18-34) who are making it the highest priority to see their elderly relatives as a goal for the New Year.
      • 32% of 18-34 years olds vs. 24% of 45-54 year olds and 14% of those aged 65+ say spending more time with their elderly family members/friends is a goal for them in 2018.
    •  26% of Americans with elderly loved ones say spending more time with them is a goal for them in 2018.
  • Caring for an elderly or adult dependent is negatively affecting career opportunities, especially among middle-aged men:
    • 10% of Americans who have ever worked say time spent away from work to provide care for an elderly family member/friend or adult dependent has negatively impacted their career opportunities.
    • 19% of men aged 45-54 who have ever worked are more likely to have reported more negatively-affected work opportunities due to time away from work to provide care for an elderly family member/friend or dependent adult family member vs. just 6% of men aged 55+ who have ever worked.
  • Among those Americans who have elderly family members/friends…
    • 29% say it’s difficult for them to see their elderly family members/friends aging
    • 23% worry about elderly friends and/or family members getting to and from places away from home
    • 12% say taking care of elderly family members or friends stresses them out

So, what is your New Year’s resolution? If it’s to spend more quality time with your elderly loved ones while not worrying so much about their safety, we encourage you to check out the TruSense line of smart home technology for seniors.
TruSense is ideal for caregivers that cannot be with their loved ones every moment as well as older adults that lead an active lifestyle, and desire the peace of mind that help is a voice command away. It is a true 24/7 experience that is focused on seniors and their needs. Its ability to access help and communicate activity to others, combined with its sleek, discreet design and long battery life, means there is one less thing for those with onset of dementia and their loved ones to worry about.
There are numerous ways that TruSense helps caregivers and those they are caring for. Below are some of the feedback we hear most from our early users.

  • Improves family relationships: Benefits everyone – adult children and caregivers can worry less and elder loved ones can enjoy conversations that go beyond time consuming and frustrating check-ins and pestering.
  • Autonomy: Older adults retain a sense of independence and dignity, with peace of mind their friends and family are not worrying.
  • Peace of mind:  TruSense has customized alerts and notifications when something goes wrong based on customized user thresholds that can trigger a text or notify our 24/7 emergency response team.
  • Caregiver crisis: There is a growing shortage of in-family caregivers as well professionals due to disparate family members, growing aging population, costly and unreliable in-home care options.
  • Cost effective: There are financial benefits of delaying cost of in-home care or moving to assisted living housing.
  • Early detection: The comprehensive set of sensors gives a true sense of the current state of a loved one’s activity level and safety, as well as insights into potential deteriorating patterns so that proactive steps can be taken to get them back on track or get them the specialized help they need.
Survey Methodology:
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of TruSense from December 15-19, 2017 among 2,116 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, among whom 2,040 have ever worked and 1,619 have elderly family members/friends. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Kim Angell at Kim{dot}Angell{at}WishPR{dot}com.