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Playing catch can improve balance, prevent falls in seniors

Photo: Senior playing ball with a boy [23/01/2015] The simple training exercise of catching a weighted medicine ball can improve balance and may help prevent falls in the elderly, according to research at the University of Illinois at Chicago.Playing catch can improve balance, prevent falls in seniors - Read more

Hearing-aid intervention helps individuals gradually adjust to devices

Photo: Woman talks to elderly woman holding a hearing-aid [21/01/2015] Now, a University of Missouri researcher has developed an intervention that helps older adults gradually increase their hearing-aid use and satisfaction with the devices.Hearing-aid intervention helps individuals gradually adjust to devices - Read more

Care-O-Bot: Robots as multifunctional helpers

Photo: Service robot gives a rose to a woman [16/01/2015] Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA have now developed a new service robot: the fourth generation of the "Care-O-Bot". While its predecessors from 1998 onwards were used primarily in the development of technological fundamentals, the Care-O-bot 4 is a modular product family providing the basis for commercial service robot solutions.Care-O-Bot: Robots as multifunctional helpers - Read more

Carers for the elderly experience stress and their careers suffer

Photo: Elderly woman with wheeled walker and a caregiver [07/01/2015] An ageing population means that increasing numbers of people need to spend time caring for elderly relatives. These carers experience high levels of stress; and if they are also in work, their careers are affected and their employers too could suffer if they lose the services of skilled people for sustained periods. Now, two University of Huddersfield researchers have begun to investigate.Carers for the elderly experience stress and their careers suffer - Read more

Technophobia may keep seniors from using apps to manage diabetes

Photo: Elderly man using a smartphone [07/01/2015] Despite showing interest in web or mobile apps to help manage their Type 2 diabetes, only a small number of older adults actually use them, says a new study from the University of Waterloo. Approximately 2.2 million Canadians are living with Type 2 diabetes, 2 million of whom are age 50 or older.Technophobia may keep seniors from using apps to manage diabetes - Read more

Training elderly in social media improves well-being and combats isolation

Photo: Elderly man using a laptop [15/12/2014] Training older people in the use of social media improves cognitive capacity, increases a sense of self-competence and could have a beneficial overall impact on mental health and well-being, according to a landmark study carried out in the UK.Training elderly in social media improves well-being and combats isolation - Read more

Sharpening state spending on seniors

Photo: Elderly woman with wheeled walker and a caregiver [21/11/2014] As our society ages, a University of Montreal study suggests the health system should be focussing on comorbidity and specific types of disabilities that are associated with higher health care costs for seniors, especially cognitive disabilities.Sharpening state spending on seniors - Read more

November 2014: Disability in old age

When people grow old their individual needs change – whether with or without disabilities. What do deaf seniors attach great importance to? And what is especially important to old people with learning disabilities? You will get answers to these questions in our current Topic of the Month November: Disability in old age.November 2014: Disability in old age - Read more

"Elderly people with or without disabilities live as neighbors"

( Source: REHACARE.de )

[03/11/2014] Over the past few decades, the life expectancy of people with learning disabilities has significantly increased. Right now, the first generation of seniors with learning disabilities is coming of age. Individual and age-specific needs are also changing, as we get older. Especially the living environment should meet these needs. More and more specialized living accommodations are being developed."Elderly people with or without disabilities live as neighbors" - Read more

Breaking down barriers for deaf seniors

( Source: REHACARE.de )

[03/11/2014] Many people want to stay in their familiar surroundings for as long as possible when they get older. If that is not an option in their own four walls, people often consider living accommodations that meet their personal needs. There are not very many special services for deaf people in Germany.Breaking down barriers for deaf seniors - Read more