Posts about 'Compass Aging'

Who will care for the caregivers?

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Here’s an article from the New York Times talking about elder caregivers. You should read it, including the comments.

This is such a wicked problem. I’m not sure there’s a clear way out.

Senior well-being assessments

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

We just launched a new product called Care Assure.

The idea is that we can provide an friendly, objective assessment of your senior to let you both know how she’s doing. I think this will be useful, because an expert can spot potential issues before they become real problems.

Please check it out and let me know if you think it would be useful. (Or, buy it if you need it now!).

Another launch. More progress.

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Yes, I realize I’ve been a little light on the posting ’round these parts lately. (And don’t even talk to me about the state of 39 Essays. That’s turning into the project of a decade, not a year.)

Anyway, part of the reason I’ve been dark is because we’ve been working towards another launch, one that went out the door this morning.

Potentially most interesting in this release is that we’re incorporating expert senior-living advice from some of the top experts in Massachusetts (and eventually around the country). And no, I’m not just rewriting Abuzz.

Onward.

An outstanding book on caring for aging parents

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

I’ve been doing a lot of reading to get up to speed in my role at Compass Aging.

By far the best book I’ve read is A Bittersweet Season by Jane Gross, the original editor of the New York Times’ New Old Age blog. It combines a memoir of her time caring for her mother with a journalistic review of the industry and the challenges elders and their children must endure.

If you are older than 30 or have loved ones north of 60, you should read this book. You’ll thank me later.

We’ve launched

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Happy new year!

I started a few weeks ago as the VP of Product and Technology at a startup called Compass Aging. And today, we just pushed live the first public beta of the product!

We’re building a tool that will help adult children of aging parents take control of all the challenges and opportunities that come along with that stage of life. The vision is big, and this first public beta represents about 20% of the functionality. (So, yes, things are likely to be pretty dark in these parts over the next few months…)

What’s most interesting in this first version:

The Care Plan tool. What we’ve done here is to build out the first version of a tool that takes the concerns you have for your loved one and builds a plan customized to those concerns, with additional information and suggestions on how to take control.

The Care Safe. This might be my favorite piece. We’ve built out the first version of a centralized place where you (and your siblings and other concerned folks) can keep track of everything that’s happening with your parents, including to-dos, notes, important documents, etc. Just keeping everyone on the same page and bought in to the plan is going to be a major win for folks.

Housing Search. Choosing a senior-living option is one of the most important (and expensive) decisions you’re going to have to make. We want to be best in the world at helping you make that decision.

We’ve started in Newton, Needham and Wellesley. As we figure out what information is most useful for the consumers, we’re going to build this out nationwide. The IA geek in me is very excited about this project.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

p.s., Big visions require great teams. I’m hiring for about a dozen positions right now. Check them out here: Jobs at Compass Aging.