Sonamba Wellbeing Monitor: No More Worrying About Your Senior(s)

Ajit Pendse, Founder and CEO of Pomdevices LLC, which brought us the Sonamba wellbeing monitor in October of 2010, does not have to worry about his elderly parents, who live by themselves. Thanks to Ajit's ingenious solution, if you have a senior friend or relative, you can take that worry out of your life as well. 

The Sonamba wellbeing monitor created by pomdevices will send you a message, "You might have a problem, it's time to check" or "All is well". It also provides medication reminders (Ajit says 80% of emergency room visits for seniors caused by failing to take medication on time). 

Sonamba also keeps the family connected: you can send new pictures to Sonamba remotely and exchange text messages. 

My Favorite Motivational Quotes

The power of words is undeniable.  They have the ability to motivate us into action, set that fire in our belly and help us to strive for excellence.  Here is a collection of some of my favorite quotes that speak to me about mentoring and mentorship:

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can. ~ John Wesley

Better Aging Experience in Store for Us

Walking around the exhibit floor at the AARP 50+ Expo in Orlando at the beginning of October 2010, I was amazed at the amount of innovative thinking that has gone into making aging more comfortable. The organizers have done a spectacular job informing the Expo’s attendees of various ways to enhance their quality of life. “We are constantly on the lookout for new technology and ideas that help people live their best life at 50-plus,” emphasized CB Wismar, Vice President of AARP Events and the marketing wizard in charge of managing the entire Expo.

We have new tools to help us stay fit, both physically and mentally, well into our old age — read on!

Caregiving and Maintaining Connections

Seniors like to maintain independence when possible, but caregivers worry. And everyone wants to stay connected to loved ones. There are ways to accomplish all of this.

The first three companies came out of the personal experiences of their founders, and so they have been completely battle-tested.

Peace of mind for caregivers, independence for seniors

Former U.S. Treasurer Anna Cabral on Retirement Planning for Financial Security

I asked Anna Cabral, the former U.S. Treasurer, for her advice on dealing with financial challenges in retirement at the AARP 50+ Expo in October, 2010.

Julia Valentine: What would be your advice to a senior who is, let’s say, over 75 years old, looking for ways to augment his social security income, which might not be enough, but has very little venues for work, or for being hired because of age discrimination? 

eCareDiary: Making Life Easier for the Caregiver

John Mills, founder and CEO of eCareDiary, created his company out of a personal need. John could not find any solutions to help him coordinate caring for his aging father with his siblings and professional caregivers, so he created his own. If you have a similar need, check out It has been battle-tested!

CogniFit: Train Your Brain for Overall Physical Health

CogniFit's Regional Sales Manager Laura Grabarnick says, "Brain has a far greater influence over our body's physical health than previously recognized." Learn about four ways in which CogniFit is unique in brain training to help your brain stay fit. More at

CAEL Helps Seniors Pick the Right Job

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) helps you search for and pick the right job. This non-profit organization offers unique assessments and interest inventory that help seniors discover whether the job is going to be the right fit for you. David Hansen explains how this works. Visit for more information.

Retirement in Latin America = Great Quality of Life for Less

Know your retirement options, and the best, cheapest places to retire! Great quality of life and low cost of living are becoming more accessible, as U.S. companies build out ex-pat communities in Latin America up to the U.S. standards (bumpy local roads notwithstanding). I interviewed Michael Cobb, Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of ECI Development at the AARP 50+ Expo in Orlando this October about Latin America being one of the best places to retire.

DirectLife: Small Changes that Make a Big Difference for Your Health

DirectLife from Philips is a personal activity monitor that can be used to measure your calorie burn and activity intensity throughout the day. Learn how this neat device measures your activity level and, by utilizing a website and a personal coach, makes recommendations that help tweak your behavior in the direction of health.

Posit Science DriveSharp: Fewer Car Accidents, More Independence for Seniors

DriveSharp helps reduce the risk of car accident by 50%! Ali Tran of Posit Science provides some excellent information if you would like to learn more. Visit the company's website at