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Title: Blueroof Technologies


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Blueroof Technologies
  • The Development of a
  • Non-Profit Organization
  • Devoted to Extending
  • Elderly Independent Living

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Blueroof Mission
Mentoring
Youth Blueroof Senior
Citizens
Training Senior Smart house Housing Employment
Smart products Computer Training Live
and work in Entrepreneurship Remain in
community McKeesport
   
Blueroof Technologies Inc, is a non-profit
corporation that will use innovation, invention
and entrepreneurship to help senior citizens
remain at home in their communities and to
provide youth the opportunity to train and become
responsible and productive citizens. The main
components of Blueroof Technologies are        
Economic Development         Smart House
Technology         Housing for Seniors        
Technical Education for youth        
Entrepreneurship
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Blueroof Technologies
  • Concepts began as result of findings uncovered by
    a Allegheny General Hospital Community Project
  • Germinated an idea of combining technology with
    practicality

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City of McKeesport
  • Population 24,000
  • Unemployment rate 7.2 (PA is 6.1)
  • Subsidized housing 20
  • Seniors (over age 60) 25
  • NORC naturally occurring retirement community

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The McKeesport Aging Program
A Collaboration Between Center for Neurosciences
Research,Allegheny General Hospital and UPMC
McKeesport,UPMC Health System
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MAP Staff
  • Robert T. Rubin, M.D., Ph.D., Principal
    Investigator
  • Director, Ctr. Neurosci. Res., Allegheny General
    Hospital
  • Sharyn A. Gesmond, R.N., M.S.N., Research Nurse
  • MAP Office, UPMC McKeesport
  • Lisa L. Long, Ph.D., Research Psychologist
  • MAP Office, Allegheny General Hospital
  • Barry L. Farkas, M.D., M.P.H., Co-Investigator
  • Independent Researcher

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History - MAP
  • Started in 1997, supported by an endowment from
    an anonymous community donor
  • Mandate is to investigate community aspects of
    aging and neurodegenerative diseases affecting
    independent living of seniors
  • McKeesport and White Oak selected as sites
    because of demographics of seniors (2000 census)
  • McKeesport 21 65 years
  • 72 Caucasian, 25 African-American, 3 Other
  • White Oak 24 65 years
  • 98 Caucasian, 2 African-American
  • Clairton, at their request, recently joined MAP

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Keeping Elders Safe in Their Homes
  • Three-part study designed to enhance independent
    living for older adults i.e., keep them safe in
    their homes for as long as possible
  • Benefits their physical and emotional well-being
  • Enhances quality of life
  • Reduces risk of accidents and injuries
  • Reduces Medicare expenditures
  • In last two years, UPMC McKeesport had 141
    admissions age 60 for hip fracture and
    replacement
  • Total Medicare payments 2,141,288 or 15,186
    per patient, not including after-care (skilled
    nursing facility, physical therapy, etc.)

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Keeping Elders Safe in Their Homes Phase I
  • Five-year retrospective review of police and fire
    department records for contacts by seniors
  • Completed to date (May 2002)
  • McKeesport Fire Department all 5 years 5,696
    records reviewed 98 incidents determined
  • 2/3 were smoke-related most were burnt food
    forgotten on stove
  • White Oak Police Department all 5 years 25,655
    records reviewed 338 incidents determined
  • 20 vandalism 10 confusion, wandering
    10 home theft 10 DOA 2 intoxication, DUI
  • McKeesport Police Department 3 years 21,816
    records reviewed 1,090 incidents determined
  • 25 vandalism 20 home theft 10 DOA
    6 intoxication, DUI

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Keeping Elders Safe in Their Homes Phase II
  • In-Home Safety Surveys for seniors in
    independent-living arrangements (houses,
    apartments)
  • Room-by-room assessment of electrical, gas,
    heating, lighting, smoke alarms, fire-protection,
    ambulation hazards, home security, emergency
    notification methods, general home repair
  • As of August 2002, 168 seniors included
  • 102 Caucasian and 29 African-American (22) women
  • 27 Caucasian and 10 African-American (27) men
  • Preliminary findings indicate need for fall
    risk-reduction (e.g. stair treads, grab bars),
    bathroom accessibility, improved fire safety
    (e.g. working smoke alarms), improved home
    security (e.g. glass-block windows), improved
    outside access (e.g. handicapped ramps)

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Keeping Elders Safe in Their Homes Phase III
  • In-Home Personal Health Assessments for seniors
    in independent-living arrangements (houses,
    apartments)
  • Personal and family medical history, review of
    systems, current medications (Rxed and OTC),
    physical and cognitive status (MMSE, clock
    drawing), ADLs (including driving), health habits
    (nutrition, exercise, sleep, smoking, alcohol, MD
    visits, financial (health insurance, living will,
    advance directives, food assistance),
    family/social activities, use of available senior
    programs
  • As of August 2002, 170 seniors included (Phase II
    2)
  • Preliminary findings indicate need for depression
    screening, ADL assistance (e.g. shopping), more
    social contacts, wills/advance directives,
    education about Rxed medications and community
    programs

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Giving Back to the Community I   MAP
Participants and Community at Large
  • All Phase II/III participants given a package
    containing two 60-watt light bulbs, two night
    lights, flashlight with batteries, smoke detector
    (if needed), baking soda (for stove fires),
    non-skid bathtub mat, compartmentalized pill box,
    rubberized bottle opener, ruler with magnifying
    glass, pen, pencil, key chain with MAP telephone
    number, home safety and Senior Citizens Against
    Crime booklets
  • In 2000, three open community evening programs
    held at McKeesport High School
  • Aging Well
  • Community Safety for Seniors
  • Common Problems in Aging Medical and Legal
    Concerns

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Giving Back to the Community II   Home
Improvements
  • Home improvements accomplished for 34 sites,
    based on deficiencies identified in Phase II
    study several other sites awaiting availability
    of funds
  • Electrical upgrades, grab bars, access ramps,
    glass block windows, new bathrooms, roof repairs,
    etc.
  • Basic support (2500) from McKeesport Community
    Development Block Grant, now entering its third
    year
  • Additional support from other community agencies
    (Action Housing, McKeesport Housing Corporation,
    Nazareth Housing Services, Twin Rivers Council of
    Governments)

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Giving Back to the Community III   Personal
Health Improvements
  • Personal-health improvements targeted for Phase
    III participants
  • Referral to primary-care physicians for
    identified health problems, lack of vaccinations
  • Referral to social-service agencies and programs
  • Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging (ADL
    assistance)
  • Meals-on-Wheels
  • Local community senior facilities and food-bank
    services
  • Property-tax rebate programs
  • Utility company energy-assistance programs
  • Given Neighborhood Legal Services Association
    pamphlet on elder-law (wills, advance directives,
    financial issues)

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MAP Collaborations I
  • Clinical Epidemiology of Dementia in General
    PracticeNational Institute on Aging, AG16705,
    4/99 3/04 Mary Ganguli, M.D., M.P.H., UPMC /
    WPIC, P.I.
  • Assessing workup and diagnosis of dementias in
    primary-care-practice patients in relation to
    their functional impairments
  • The earlier the diagnosis and treatment of
    incipient dementias, e.g. Alzheimers disease,
    the longer seniors can remain in
    independent-living arrangements

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MAP Collaborations II
  • McKeesport Center for Smart AgingRobert A.
    Walters, P.E.., PSU McKeesport
  • Develop business and research center for smart
    products for seniors
  • Design and build McKeesport Senior Smart
    Houseretrofit existing senior housing
  • Energy management, video monitoring and
    conferencing for health and safety
  • MAP can detail home-safety and personal health
    needs
  • MAP can refer independently living seniors to
    beta-test Smart House and as long-term residents
    of Smart Housing clusters
  • MAP can facilitate Smart House medical monitoring
    through UPMC McKeesport or other hospital

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  • SMART Technology
  • for
  • SMART Aging

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Goals
  • 1. Develop technology and build new homes that
    will keep seniors at home longer, safer and
    healthier
  • 2. Provide training program for seniors in
    technology usage
  • 3. Develop area for cluster of Senior Smart Homes

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Smart Technology
  • The use of computer hardware and software and
    Information Technology to control, monitor and
    optimize household appliances and systems.

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House built by McKeesport High School
Construction Technology students
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Add Smart House technology to McKeesport High
School homes
  • Must be
  • Low cost
  • Low maintenance
  • Energy efficient
  • Adapted to senior life styles
  • And Wired

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McKeesport Senior Smart House functions via www
  • Energy Management Appliance and lighting control
  • Video monitoring and conferencing
  • Security
  • Safety
  • Health
  • Wellness

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McKeesport Senior Smart House functions via www
  • Energy Management
  • Remote adjustment of thermostat
  • Improve efficiency
  • Appliance and lighting control
  • Turn on lights remotely
  • Stoves on/off
  • Water left running

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Internet Functions
  • Video monitoring
  • Who is at the front door?
  • Video conferencing
  • Family, Medical, Shopping
  • Security
  • Fire and smoke alarms
  • Intrusion

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Internet Functions
  • Health
  • Blood pressure, temperature, EKG, weight,
    medication, etc.
  • Safety
  • Activity monitors, alert buttons and fall
    detectors
  • Wellness
  • Diet, exercise and preventive medicine

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Internet Functions
  • Cyber Nurse
  • Visits a number of patients each day via the
    Internet.
  • Video conferencing to see and talk to
    patients.
  • Database of patient records and activity

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Beta House
  • McKeesport Aging Program house
  • In residential area
  • Smaller house (1000 sq ft)
  • 2 bedrooms, slab foundation
  • Seniors will live in house for several months
  • Test ideas and concepts

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Training for seniors in IT
  • Research associates
  • Computers and components
  • Computer usage-Senior computer interface
  • Internet usage including email
  • Advanced technology

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Develop cluster of Senior homes
  • Close to hospital
  • Share resources
  • Share services
  • Currently will be using donated land next to a
    senior citizen high-rise to build up to six
    cottages

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Smart Cottage for Seniors (Conceptual) FRONT
VIEW
  • Shown are the initial designs for the Beta SCS
  • Two-bedroom, 1000 square foot ranch
  • Bedrooms are oversized and all the doors and
    hallways are extra-wide
  • Bathroom is designed to handle wheelchairs, with
    extra space around the fixtures and appliances

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Wiring
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Wiring
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The connected home
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Technology Components
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Research Center
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Current Participants
  • State of Pennsylvania Lt Gov. Baker-Knoll
  • Allegheny Hospital McKeesport Aging Project
  • FBI Community Outreach Program
  • Allegheny County Sports Exhibition Authority
  • Manchester Craftsmens Guild
  • Office of U.S. Senator Rick Santorum
  • Hanson Design Group Architects
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