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ictor and Barbara Moore are in their
prime - retired, energetic and finally
able to enjoy the life they worked so
hard for. While they lead active lives and
enjoy their independence today, they want
to keep it that way.
There's yoga in the park, dinner
downtown and evening bike rides on the
greenway.
They know their kids worry. They know
it's going to be a difficult conversation.
But they also know if they don't have the
conversation with their kids - their kids will
have the conversation for them.
The Moores' story is more common
than you think. Today, thousands of aging
parents are choosing to stay at home.
We understand it's a difficult balance to
make sure loved ones are safe while still
respecting their wishes.
While the answer will vary depending
on everyone's situation, advancements in
technology and smart home capabilities
are making staying at home a reality.

Peace of mind
According to the CDC, accidental falls
are the leading cause of injury in older
Americans. Every year, one in three seniors
suffers a fall due to lack of balance or
medical issues, and those that don't

receive immediate care can face dire
consequences. Having cameras and motion
sensors in the home along with a medical
alert system are one of the most effective
ways to ensure that, should a fall occur,
you'll get help as soon as possible.
Additionally, there are practical steps
you can take to avoid falls by addressing
potential hazards in the home (rugs,
slippery stairs, etc.) and installing safety
bars in bathrooms.

More affordable than you think
From lower energy bills to better water
usage, having smart home technology
can actually save you money. Additionally,
implementing a medical alert system can
be extremely cost-effective. Sit down with
your loved ones and compare the monthly
cost of a telehealth services with nearby
retirement homes, independent living
facilities and assisted care locations. The
difference in cost can be extremely eyeopening and may help break down their
preconceptions about affordability.

technology have actually made them
more user friendly and convenient. There
is a solution for every home. For example,
many features can be activated just by
talking. And because most of the features
can be automated, they're not disruptive
to your everyday life at all.
Additionally, professionals will help
set up everything in person so that you
and your loved ones can understand the
technology and have all your questions
answered before the system is turned on.
Whatever decision you reach with your loved
ones, taking the time to talk to them about
your wishes and reviewing all the options
is critical. The decision to start using smart
technology might feel like a big step, but
it doesn't have to be. Connect with a Cox
Homelife advisor to evaluate the needs of
your home and lifestyle, and we'll personalize
a package that works best for you.

Simplicity is key
Smart home technology and medical alert
systems have evolved significantly over the
years, but that doesn't mean it's gotten
more complicated. In fact, advances in

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