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Technology helping seniors stay healthier, avoid institional care

Published 04/25/2012, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)/ MCT

When 80-year-old Paul Marrs arises each morning, nine sensors in his Belle Plaine, Minn., senior apartment begin tracking his activity and dispatching an array of data to a computer in Mendota Heights, Minn. — did he go back to bed, use the toilet, open the refrigerator? It’s a high-tech solution that is transforming services to frail seniors in Minnesota and across the country by spotting problems while they’re small. For some seniors and their families, it’s raised some privacy concerns, but for others, such as Marrs, it’s a godsend.

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