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Cpap Store USA Announces The Launch Of CPAP Store USA Brand


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CPAP Store USA announced today the launch of its own CPAP Store USA brand.

CPAP Store USA, a leading provider of world’s finest CPAP machines, supplies and respiratory products for more than 18 + years, announced today the launch of its own CPAP Store USA brand. The multi-location retail store and the leading online CPAP store will now be selling to the public its own brand of CPAP supplies, including CPAP wipes, CPAP tubing, CPAP Filters, Chinstraps, CPAP machine travel bags and backpacks along with other CPAP supplies.

On September 25, 2020 CPAP supplies will appear on the store shelves and online under the CPAP Store USA brand. That is set to expand to 150 products by late of next year.

“This is an exciting change for us, a major step forward and marks a strategic pivot in our future direction,” said Marina BerBeryan, Ambassador of CPAP Store USA. “ CPAP store USA brings forth an expanded commitment to all of our customer and CPAPers. In the spirit of evolution, we will continue to bridge new gaps while simultaneously expanding our resources, solutions and our store across the nation and the CPAP community.”

CPAP Store USA aims to provide affordable options for all major CPAP brands such as ResMed, Philips Respironics, Transcend, Fisher & Paykel and CPAP Store USA. The store-front retail offers a selection of hundreds of CPAP masks and machines, along with many other CPAP Supplies. CPAP Store USA is now accepting Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA). Financing is also available with zero down and low monthly payments with CareCredit.

More than 100 million people are estimated to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) worldwide. Obstructive sleep apnea is a common and serious sleep disorder that causes a person to stop breathing during sleep. The airway repeatedly becomes blocked, limiting the amount of air that reaches the lungs. Some of the symptoms include snoring loudly or making choking noises as a person tries to breathe. The brain and the body becomes oxygen deprived and sleep apnea treatment and prescribed.

About CPAP Store USA About CPAP Store USA: CPAP Store USA is an authorized store-front dealer and one of the largest online retails in today’s market. The nationwide multi-location CPAP supply store, (including CPAP Store Las Vegas, CPAP Store Los Angeles, CPAP Store Agoura Hills and CPAP Store Dallas Fort Worth) offers CPAP and other sleep aid supplies for sleep apnea patients. Our warehouse carries over 4,300 different CPAP equipments including CPAP & BiPAP machines and masks, humidifiers, tubbing, oxygen tanks, CPAP sanitizers, power supplies and other CPAP products. Being in business for over 18 years, we understand adopting to the necessary new lifestyle changes required by the CPAP therapy and it is our goal to make our customers purchasing experience at our retail and online stores as convenient and easy as possible.

CPAP Store USA National Locations:

CPAP STORE USA

3325 W Desert Inn Road, Suite 201

Las Vegas, Nevada 89102

https://www.CPAPStoreUSA.com

(888)512-7278

CPAP STORE LAS VEGAS

3325 W Desert Inn Road, Suite 301

Las Vegas, Nevada 89102.

https://www.CPAPStoreLasVegas.com

(800) 479-1308

CPAP STORE LOS ANGELES

1551 N. La Brea Ave, Unit A,

Los Angeles, California, 90028

https://www.CPAPStoreLosAngeles.com

(800) 479-1308

CPAP STORE AGOURA HILLS

5160 Kanan Road

Agoura Hills, California, 91301

https://www.CPAPStoreAgouraHills.com

(888)223-1605

CPAP STORE DALLAS

3920 Rosemeade, Suite 150

Dallas, Texas 75287

https://www.CPAPStoreDallas.com

(800) 598-0524

CPAP STORE DALLAS FORT WORTH

5205 Davis Blvd, Ste G

North Richland Hills, Texas 76180

https://www.CPAPStoreDFW.com

(800)940-0327

CPAP Store USA International Locations:

CPAP STORE ARMENIA

16 Tigran Mets Ave,

Yerevan 0010, Armenia

16 Tigran Mets Ave, Yerevan 0010, Armenia

https://www.CPAP.am

+374 77 160628

CPAP STORE LONDON

Unit B, 25 Curzon St, Mayfair,

London W1J 7TG, United Kingdom

https://www.cpapstorelondon.co.uk

+44 7827 777267

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Masks and More Outlet Opens Second PPE Location In Tinley Park


Internet retailer PulseTV.com is opening its second Masks and More Outlet less than 60 days after opening its first brick and mortar store at Orland Park Crossing. This store has over 100 styles of decorative, protective masks as well as disposable masks for both adults and kids, all at steeply discounted prices. Along with all types of PPE, every Masks and More Outlet carries discounted As Seen On TV products featured on its parent company, PulseTV.com’s website.

PulseTV Co-founder of PulseTV and Masks and More Outlet, Anisa Ali said,

“We have been overwhelmed with the reception our store has received. People drive from as far as Schaumburg and Chicago to buy our masks (including those hard to find masks for the hearing impaired) and PPE. Once inside the store, they’re also picking up dozens of other products we sell on our website.”

The first Mask and More Outlet opened on August 1st and within 3 weeks the company started scouting for new locations. This new Tinley Park location is right in the center of the Tinley Downs Plaza at 7911 W. 171st. Street, less than a mile from the sprawling warehouse also located in Tinley Park. After a successful launch of the flagship pop up store, expansion was a natural evolution. Tom Zegar, the second of three co-founders offered:

“We have been an online retailer since 1999 and a brick and mortar store was never part of our plan. Offering designer masks and PPE priced at well below normal retail was a gamble on top of also adding dozens of other cool items having nothing to do with PPE. Whether this pays off or not remains to be seen. We are hopeful that each community we place a Masks and More Outlet welcomes us with the same enthusiasm as our first Orland Park store.”

Tinley Park was a natural fit for expansion with the corporate office of Masks and More Outlet’s parent company PulseTV also based just blocks away in Tinley Park. All three co-founders have extensive roots in the south suburbs of Chicago. Anisa Ali offered,

“My brother and third co-founder grew up in Tinley Park and went to Tinley Park High School. We have a great relationship with the village, fire and police departments. We began manufacturing hand sanitizer right in Tinley Park this past March under the private label name Purifize which is now sold all over the country.”

One of the key features of the pop up PPE store is offering huge discounts off prices offered even on its own website. People can also get what they want exactly when they need it. The grand opening for Tinley Park is scheduled for Sept. 26th. Will this second location lead to additional stores? Tom Zegar continued,

“We wish we had a crystal ball, but if our second location is self sufficient and Tinley Park residents respond as Orland Park folks did, we will continue. We are actively scouting retail locations in Homewood, Frankfort, Mokena and New Lenox with even more possibilities outside Illinois in Arizona, Connecticut and Florida too!”

PulseTV.com is a North American online retailer that has been marketing exclusively online since 1998. For more information or to set up an interview, contact: Mary Kolacki, Communications Director M.Kolacki@PulseTV.com or call 708- 478-4500 ext. 109.

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Acara Partners CEO Details the State of the Industry at Aesthetic Next Conference


Francis X. Acunzo, founder and CEO of Acara Partners

Virtually, Aesthetic Next brought industry leaders from across the country together to educate attendees on the clinical, business and technology aspects of aesthetic medical practices. Acunzo led two webinars… The sessions had great turnout, with over 350 attendees at each.

Acara Partners founder and CEO, Francis X. Acunzo, had the privilege of presenting two virtual webinars on the state of the industry at the Aesthetic Next Conference which ran over the weekend of September 11.

Aesthetic Next was hosted by Aesthetic Record, an aesthetic-focused EMR and practice management software company. Virtually, Aesthetic Next brought industry leaders from across the country together to educate attendees on the clinical, business and technology aspects of aesthetic medical practices. Acunzo led two webinars: “The State of the Industry” and “The Keys to Success for Opening a New Medspa.” The sessions had great turnout, with over 350 attendees at each.

In the State of the Industry webinar, Acunzo detailed how practices have had to adjust to conducting business in the age of COVID-19. Included were the effects of the recent shutdowns, the new normal inside practices, demand theories, the government support available to businesses, and the possible factors impacting the industry’s growth.

In partnership with PatientNOW, Acara Partners looked at the sales of 450 practices across the nation. Year over year sales for a specific set of procedures (injectables, non-invasive body contouring, surgery, clinical skin care, laser skin rejuvenation and retail products) were compared from August 2019 to August 2020 for both core and non-core practices. The results showed that core practices dropped 7.4% in August and non-core practices had a slight 1.6% increase in August. Both core and non-core had very strong increases in year over year sales in June and July.

The Keys to Success for Opening a New Medspa webinar detailed Acara Partners’ comprehensive process for launching medspas. As the team that founded the nation’s first medical spas, they have developed and launched over 150 practices. This includes concept development, market assessment, sales forecasting, architectural and interior design, financial planning, developing the business plan, branding, marketing and promotions planning, service development, equipping the practice, choosing management systems, hiring and training staff and finally, physically opening the practice.

Learn about the state of the aesthetic medical industry and Acara Partners’ process for launching medspas by visiting the Acara Partners blog page today.

Acara Partners is a full service consultancy and marketing agency dedicated to the aesthetic medical industry. Their team of expert consultants and communications professionals make Acara the industry’s comprehensive business advisory, marketing, advertising and digital agency. Founded by husband and wife team Francis X. Acunzo and Colleen Acunzo in 2003, Acara has decades of experience in launching and developing aesthetic medical practices across the country. For further information about Acara Partners, go to https://acarapartners.com/.

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National Society of Collegiate Scholars Partners With Alzheimer’s Association Longest Day Program


The National Society of College Scholars (NSCS) is proud to announce a new community service partnership with The Alzheimer’s Association. NSCS members will participate in a community service project through The Alzheimer’s Association’s Longest Day® program.

“NSCS is honored to join forces with The Alzheimer’s Association to raise awareness in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Our high-achieving student members are always looking for unique ways to give back to their community. NSCS members recognize the importance of participating in activities such as The Longest Day that help bring Alzheimer’s disease out of the shadows,” said NSCS Executive Director Scott Mobley.

The Longest Day is held on the day with the most light – the summer solstice. Thousands of participants across the world will come together to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s through an activity of their choice. Specifically, NSCS members will write letters during the next year to local residents living with Alzheimer’s. The project will offer needed social engagement to these individuals, many who are in assisted-living or other long-term care settings, and have been isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, there are more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s.

“The Alzheimer’s Association welcomes NSCS as a Global Team for The Longest Day and thank these inspiring students, not only for bringing awareness to our mission, but doing so in such a meaningful way,” said Donna McCullough, chief field and development officer, Alzheimer’s Association. “We applaud their commitment to engaging people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia during this very difficult time, providing a great synergy between our mission and their work.”

The NSCS mission is based upon the three pillars of scholarship, leadership, and service. By participating in The Longest Day® program, NSCS members will be able to fulfill their obligation of service in a unique and memorable way. As the service program is fully remote, students who may not otherwise be able to participate in an in-person community service project because of pandemic restrictions, will be able to make a difference in the life of those living with Alzheimer’s disease.

“We are so excited about this partnership as it aligns with the long-standing mission of NSCS to help enrich the lives of college students through connection, community, and learning opportunities,” said NSCS Scholarships Manager Jen Castillo.

ABOUT NATIONAL SOCIETY OF COLLEGIATE SCHOLARS (NSCS)

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high-achieving first-and-second year students. With its three pillars of scholarship, leadership and service, NSCS is proud to provide career and graduate school connections, leadership and service opportunities and gives out more than a million dollars in scholarships (often with multiple recipients per award), awards and chapter funds annually. NSCS has 320+ chapters nation-wide and nearly two million lifetime members globally. NSCS is a 501c3 registered nonprofit, certified member of the Association of College Honor Societies, member of the National Collegiate Honors Council, American Association of Community Colleges, and 100 percent FERPA compliant, per an independent review by AACRAO.

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American Med Spa Association’s New Practice Guidelines Support Registered Nurses (RNs) Working Without Onsite Supervision in Medical Spas


“The statement that RNs, physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) require direct supervision to perform ablative laser treatments is currently under consideration, based on the fact that the definition of “ablative laser treatments” isn’t clear.”

The American Med Spa Association (AmSpa) seeks to clarify its recommendations for RNs and physician oversight found in its newly released Guidelines for Non-Surgical Medical Practice (Medical Spas).

It has become clear from AmSpa’s valued members and the industry at large that there is a misconception about what the wording in the practice guidelines indicates in regard to RNs working without onsite supervision in medical spas. The following is to clarify what the practice guidelines are recommending with regard to RNs and supervision. The Guidelines for Non-Surgical Medical Practices (Medical Spas) recommend the following (depending on your state’s regulations):

1. RNs CAN operate non-ablative lasers, light treatments and energy device treatments without direct onsite supervision.

2. RNs CAN perform microneedling treatments without direct onsite supervision.

3. RNs CAN perform the injection of fillers, neuromodulators and PDO threads without direct onsite supervision.

The statement that RNs, physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) require direct supervision to perform ablative laser treatments is currently under consideration, based on the fact that the definition of “ablative laser treatments” isn’t clear. AmSpa will be putting out a final decision on this in the following weeks.

In the verbiage of Guidelines for Non-Surgical Medical Practice (Medical Spas), the term “general supervision” is used. Legally, treatments offered under “general supervision” are services being furnished under the physician’s overall direction and control, but the physician’s presence is not required during the performance of the procedure.

AmSpa will be hosting a virtual roundtable next week with leading RNs in the industry to discuss what the AmSpa Practice Guidelines mean for RNs. Stay tuned for more information on how to sign up to attend this free roundtable to get clarification on what AmSpa’s Practice Guidelines are recommending for RNs. Comments on these Practice Guidelines can be directed to info@americanmedspa.org.

About the American Med Spa Association (AmSpa)

The American Med Spa Association (AmSpa) provides business and legal resources to medical spas and aesthetic practices across the country. AmSpa’s events—including Medical Spa & Aesthetic Boot Camps and Medical Spa Show—provide business and legal best-practices to anyone entering the medical spa space or looking to improve their existing practice. AmSpa members receive access to legal summaries of laws governing medical spas in their state, discounts, a robust and growing webinar library, and many other benefits. For more information visit http://www.americanmedspa.org, call 312-981-0993, or email info@americanmedspa.org.

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Safe Space Scan Technology Announces New Line of Accurate Infrared Technology


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“We have been able to attract clients such as UMiami Health, Broward School District, Blue Cross Blue Shield and the New York Yankees due to the accuracy and reliability of our product. Adding to our product line allows us to offer solutions in high traffic areas”.

Safe Space Scan Technologies were founded in early 2020 as a response to the global COVID-19 pandemic for use in complying with CDC guidelines for the reopening of U.S. businesses, healthcare facilities and government buildings.

Since then, their dedicated team of developers have been working hard to further advance the technology as part of their continued efforts to help reopen the economy in a safe and healthy environment. The newest devices that launched this week include:

10 Person Scanner (3S-15G)

  • Using clear technology for accurate temperature readings and mask detection, this model can screen up to ten people at once, and also has Wi-Fi capabilities to be used for busier entrance points. Some key features include audio customization, facial recognition and, like all of their products, can send notifications for abnormal temperature readings.

4 Person Scanner (3S-08G)

  • This model has the ability to scan up to four people at once, with Wi-Fi and touch screen capabilities. Thermal imaging technology gives a quick and accurate reading, even when people are wearing hats, glasses and masks.

Wi-Fi Single Person Scanner (3S-07TW)

  • Safe Space Scan’s first model equipped with the original thermal camera, now comes with Wi-Fi and ethernet capabilities and can read each person’s temperature within a half of a second.

“We have been able to attract clients such as UMiami Health, Broward School District, Blue Cross Blue Shield and the New York Yankees due to the accuracy and reliability of our product,” said Steven Shulman, President at Safe Space Scan. “Adding to our product line allows us to offer solutions in high traffic areas.”

The 10 Person Device uses Flir Technology as the 4 Person Camera uses Guide. The original Unit uses Heimann Sensor technology, the world technology leader in infrared thermopile arrays for person detection and thermal imaging. Safe Space Scan Technologies have the most competitively priced products on the market, a quick turnaround time and come with a warranty. Learn more and order online at safespacescan.com or call sales at 888-819-7226

About Safe Space Scan Technology:

Safe Space Scan Technologies is a US Corporation based in Boca Raton, FL. The operators have been developing and offering much needed electronic safety devices to the US Marketplace for decades. The Safe Space Scanner could be the most needed safety device offered to reopen our economy. There has been a strong demand and Safe Space is using resources to keep inventory in stock. Contact 1-888-819-SCAN with any questions or go to https://safespacescan.com to learn more.

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OperaCare, LLC Releases Telehealth Platform to Home Health industry


The company positions it as “the perfect addition to the Telehealth care planning guidance already available to all OperaCare users.”

The existing guidance mentioned was explained by company founder and CEO Michael McGowan during a product demo this week. He told us OperaCare has always promoted a medical scribe system, where an OASIS nurse consults in real time with a QA nurse during the OASIS visit.

“Up to now,” he said, “we have recommended they do this by phone, with the speaker turned on so the patient knows there is a second nurse on the call. Now they can do it virtually face to face, adding another social dimension to make the patient more comfortable as the two nurses discuss the case.”

The advantage of the consultation, with the in-home nurse having her hands free while speaking with the patient and the QA nurse recording the visit on an office computer, is that the QA function is completed as soon as the OASIS visit ends. “We have some clients sending RAPs the same day,” he added.

“With a video visit,” McGowan concluded, “the remote nurse can even observe the patient’s gait, posture, skin tone, speech, and other visual cues.”

COVID and Cash Flow

“Telehealth visits offer home health agencies a way to protect their patients and the clinicians who care for them during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kristi Bajer, BSN, RN, COS-C, OperaCare’s Vice President, Clinical Operations.

She added a word about the financial advantages of Telehealth. “At a time where cash flow is tight, even without direct reimbursement from Medicare, Telehealth visits save significant money on PPE, face to face visits, and mileage reimbursements, often totaling as much as thousands of dollars per week.”

“For those agencies interested in Telehealth or live QA but unsure how to proceed, our solution will give them the help they need to increase reimbursement, accelerate cash flow, and enhance STARS outcomes,” added McGowan.”

Features and benefits of the new platform include:

Protects Patients and Clinicians from COVID-19

Reduces labor costs by $300.00 – $450.00 per 30-day period of care

Saves time, increases productivity and eliminates PPE and mileage costs

Produces RAP ready claims in hours and eliminates after-hours charting for clinicians.

Current OperaCare clients and others interested can begin to use the new Telehealth platform as of September 21, 2020. Its cost will be incorporated into OperaCare’s monthly fees.

http://www.operacare.com

About OperaCare

OperaCare is a built by a former State/CMS Region IX OASIS coordinator and president of OPERACARE. Based in Socorro NM. The company utilizes proactive OASIS analytics to accelerate cash flow while establishing financial predictability, and eliminating after hours clinician documentation.

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Voting Could Be More Difficult for People with Disabilities This Year


Voting is one of our most important civil rights, but it isn’t always accessible for paralyzed veterans and others with disabilities. Recently, Al Kovach, Immediate Past President of Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), teamed with YourUpdateTV on a national campaign to address this important issue.

A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/YDwdnEgAn9U

A report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office found less than half of polling locations were accessible to voters with disabilities in the 2016 election. People in wheelchairs have reported inaccessible sidewalks, doorways too narrow for a chair, inadequate handicapped parking and other barriers when voting. This year during the COVID-19 pandemic, things could be even more challenging for voters with disabilities, due to added cleaning and distancing protocols, longer waits, fewer polling locations and the risk of contracting the virus.

Paralyzed Veterans of America represents veterans with spinal cord injury and disease, such as MS and ALS. These men and women served to protect our civil rights like voting. PVA wants to ensure all Americans can vote safely and securely with the ability to choose their preferred method, regardless of their disability. The organization is urging all people with disabilities to visit PVA.org/vote today to learn their rights and start making a voting plan now.

PVA advocates for accessible, safe voting with multiple options available to accommodate a vast array of disabilities. The purpose of the “Access Your Vote” campaign is to make sure that every American who wants to vote is able to do so, regardless of accessibility limitations.

For more information, visit PVA.org/vote

About Al Kovach:

Al Kovach, Jr., of Coronado, CA, served as national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America from July 2014 until June 2017. A member of the elite U.S. Navy SEALs, Kovach was paralyzed in a parachuting accident during a combat training exercise in 1991. Kovach has served at the highest levels of leadership within PVA since 2007. A lifelong athlete and a proponent of adaptive sports, Kovach is a two-time winner of the LA Marathon, a participant of the Paralympic Games, and has completed a 3,700-mile transcontinental triathlon. As a recognized leader in veterans advocacy, Kovach is a sought-after advisor for civic, community and corporate partners who share his commitment to improving the quality of life for veterans and all people living with spinal cord injury or disease.

About Paralyzed Veterans of America:

Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For more than 70 years, the organization has ensured that veterans receive the benefits earned through service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis. As a life-long partner and advocate for veterans and all people with disabilities, Paralyzed Veterans of America also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, and provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation. With more than 70 offices and 33 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans of America serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Learn more at pva.org.

About YourUpdateTV:

YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology.

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UMD iSchool Awarded NSF Grant to Design Personalized Self-Tracking Tech for Older Adults to Improve Physical Activities


Combined with the development of teachable interfaces, the project aims to enhance the motivation of older adults to engage in physical activities and with their own health data.

University of Maryland College of Information Studies (UMD iSchool) researchers, in collaboration with Penn State researchers, have been awarded a four-year $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund their Teachable Activity Trackers for Older Adults project. The project team is developing innovative wearable technology tailored to track the movements and activities of older adults, age 60 and over. Combined with the development of teachable interfaces, the project aims to enhance the motivation of older adults to engage in physical activities and with their own health data. In the long term, the project team hopes to make societal impacts in nurturing a culture of diversity and inclusion that benefits the lives of older adults.

“Smart watches and other activity tracking technologies have become widely available over the years, making self-tracking easier than before, but older adults have adopted them less,” said Dr. Eun Kyoung Choe, principal investigator from the UMD team and Associate Professor at the UMD iSchool. “One barrier is that current physical activity trackers do not effectively identify and track older adults’ activities. Wrist-worn devices are able to pick up steps, but they can also pick up other arm movements that could skew step counts.”

Self-tracking physical activities can support people of all ages in understanding their lifestyle behaviors, making healthy choices, and reducing the risks for chronic disease. For older adults in particular, movement behaviors are especially critical as they help to maintain functional abilities and allow them to live independently.

For older adults, this measurement challenge is even greater because they often walk slower so the signal from movement is more subtle. Dr. David Conroy, principal investigator from the Penn State team and Professor of Kinesiology remarked, “We’re going to expand beyond capturing the frequency, intensity, and timing of step counts to detect the type of physical activities that older adults are doing. Developing the technology needed for older adults to teach connected devices how to recognize different types of activities in their daily routine will improve health and safety monitoring and create new possibilities for behavioral interventions to promote healthy aging.”

Based on understanding older adults’ movement and non-movement activities that they wish to change, the UMD and Penn State research teams will design and develop new personalized, multimodal activity trackers that provide opportunities for self-reflection through teachable interfaces. “A revolutionary idea behind teachable interfaces is that the users themselves can teach the system how to recognize their movements more accurately by fine tuning it to their idiosyncratic movements and context,” said Dr. Hernisa Kacorri, co-principal investigator from the UMD team and Assistant Professor at the UMD iSchool.

They also plan to investigate the similarities and differences in usability for subgroups of older adults, such as people with mild dementia, and the adjustments needed to accommodate them.

The UMD and Penn State teams are experts in human-computer interaction, health informatics, interactive machine learning, accessibility, aging, kinesiology, and physical therapy. The UMD team will be leading the design and development efforts, while the Penn State team will provide content area expertise on older adults’ physical activity, interpret findings from the co-design process, and assist with logistics for and interpretation of findings from the in situ deployment studies.

In addition to Dr. Choe, the UMD team includes Dr. Hernisa Kacorri, Assistant Professor in the iSchool and co-PI, Dr. Amanda Lazar, Assistant Professor in the iSchool and co-PI, and Dr. Young-Ho Kim, a postdoctoral researcher from the iSchool.

The UMD iSchool team is also supported by the UMD Division of Research assisting with the initial proposal submission through the “Strategic Growth Fund,” a mechanism designed to incentivise faculty to pursue and be more competitive for high-visibility, externally-funded research awards.

The PSU team includes Dr. David Conroy, principal investigator from the PSU site and Professor of Kinesiology, and Dr. Margaret Danilovich, DPT, PhD and Director of Research, Leonard Schanfield Research Institute at CJE SeniorLife in Skokie, IL.

The Teachable Activity Trackers for Older Adults project (grant no. 1955568 and no. 1955590) is slated to run from Oct. 1, 2020 through Sept. 30, 2024.

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About the University of Maryland College of Information Studies

Founded in 1965 and located just outside of Washington, D.C., the University of Maryland College of Information Studies (UMD iSchool) is top-ten ranked research and teaching college in the field of information science. UMD iSchool faculty, staff, and students are expanding the frontiers of how people access and use information and technology in an evolving world – in government, education, business, social media, and more. The UMD iSchool is committed to using information and technology to empower individuals and communities, create opportunities, ensure equity and justice, and champion diversity. https://ischool.umd.edu/

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LaurelCare Treatment Services Announces Opening of Jefferson Hills Substance Abuse Treatment Facility


LaurelCare’s Jefferson site will give the Southwestern Pennsylvania substance use disorder population a client-centric, full-continuum option for long-term recovery, while reducing overall healthcare costs for this population.

LaurelCare Treatment Services is happy to announce the opening of its second substance abuse treatment facility in Jefferson Hills, PA, slated for July 2020. The LaurelCare team is excited for the opportunity to expand its reach into new communities and for the facility to officially open in the Jefferson Medical Arts building adjacent to Jefferson Hospital.

The country, state, and specifically Western Pennsylvania are in the midst of both an opioid and substance abuse epidemic. The Mon Valley—which LaurelCare’s Jefferson facility will serve—has been particularly impacted by substance abuse issues while lacking adequate access to full continuum, outpatient recovery and treatment services.

The LaurelCare full-continuum, extended and holistic outpatient treatment model and facilities deliver client-oriented, traditional and evidence-based behavioral health treatment. Our unique approach helps patients recover from one or many types of medically classified substance abuse disorders.

LaurelCare has been treating both substance abuse and associated co-morbidities since its inception and is poised to service the increasing demand in the Mon Valley. We are passionate about offering patients high-quality substance abuse treatment and we pride ourselves on focusing on our relationships with our patients and payers alike. This commitment to maintaining relationships allows us to increase the accessibility of treatment to offer it to a more diverse array of individuals in need.

“As a whole, we are honored and privileged to serve our clients and meet them wherever they may be on their individual journey to a substance free lifestyle, both clinically through our continuum of care and physically by being in close proximity. We are incredibly excited for the opening of the Jefferson Hills facility,” remarked Phil Tanner, LaurelCare CEO. “LaurelCare’s Jefferson site will give the Southwestern Pennsylvania substance use disorder population a client-centric, full-continuum option for long-term recovery, while reducing overall healthcare costs for this population.”

About LaurelCare

LaurelCare is a licensed provider of substance abuse treatment programs by the Pennsylvania Department of Health‘s Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and accepts all major insurance carriers, inclusive of Medicaid. LaurelCare provides a full continuum extended and holistic outpatient treatment model and has facilities offering Medication Assisted Treatment (Long Term Outpatient Detox +/- 90 days), Intensive Outpatient (4-5 times per week, 1-1.5 hours per day, 8-12 weeks length of treatment), and Partial Hospitalization (4 times per week, 8 hours per day, 2-4 weeks length of treatment) program options. To learn more about our comprehensive list of services, visit our website http://www.laurelcare.com or contact us directly.

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