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Mobile and independent in everyday life – Help from rehabilitation teachers

Crossing a street or tying your shoes can sometimes be a challenge – when the ability to see worsens or is entirely lost for example. It then becomes even more important to relearn routes and aspects you have to deal with every day. Rehabilitation teachers provide the necessary assistance.Mobile and independent in everyday life – Help from rehabilitation teachers - Read more

Sport can help multiple sclerosis patients

Photo: Women doing sports [01/10/2014] A study developed at the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (Spain) has preliminarily concluded that people with multiple sclerosis may reduce perceived fatigue and increase mobility through a series of combined strength training and fitness exercises. The student of the Master's Degree in Sports Performance and Health Ramón Jesús Gómez recently presented the conclusions of the study.Sport can help multiple sclerosis patients - Read more

REHACARE 2014 - Final Press Report: Small plus and great atmosphere in the halls

[29/09/2014] 51,250 experts and people affected gathered information about aids for self-determined living / Demographic development as an innovation driver / New information formats went down exceedingly wellREHACARE 2014 - Final Press Report: Small plus and great atmosphere in the halls - Read more

StopInfo for OneBusAway app makes buses more usable for the blind

Photo: Blind woman at a bus stop [20/08/2014] A program called StopInfo integrates with OneBusAway and provides specific information on location, safety features and stop closures for each bus stop in King County. In particular, it seeks to collect and share information that blind people have identified as important when they ride the bus. It relies on bus riders using the application to update and provide information about each stop.StopInfo for OneBusAway app makes buses more usable for the blind - Read more

Self-determined mobility thanks to driver’s license

Being mobile and flexible is very important for people with disabilities. A driver’s license and an individually customized car offer autonomy and therefor can be the optimum solution.Self-determined mobility thanks to driver’s license - Read more

App to help elderly people get around on public transport

Photo: Demonstration of the app [25/07/2014] Getting around in a town or city is a necessity in order to carry out everyday tasks. However, knowing which is the most convenient bus to get to the centre or when you have to change buses is not always a straightforward task. This is now much easier for elderly people because the Tecnalia research centre has produced an app that offers the best alternative by providing clear information.App to help elderly people get around on public transport - Read more

REHACARE 2014

Welcome to the leading trade fair on "Self-determined living"! Welcome to the REHACARE International in Düsseldorf! REHACARE 2014 - Read more

Lack of accessible tourism costing economy billions

Photo: Man in a wheelchair at a lake [07/07/2014] New research from the University of Surrey and commissioned by the European Commission, has found that the European tourism sector is missing out on up to 142 billion Euros every year due to poor infrastructure, services and attitudes towards travellers with special access needs.Lack of accessible tourism costing economy billions - Read more

Autistic adults and their real-world driving experiences

Photo: Woman driving a car [30/06/2014] In the first pilot study asking adults on the autism spectrum about their experiences with driving, researchers at Drexel University found significant differences in self-reported driving behaviors and perceptions of driving ability in comparison to non-autistic adults.Autistic adults and their real-world driving experiences - Read more

June 2014: Mobility for all

An inclusive society needs accessible mobility solutions. For people with disabilities such conditions are often not given. Whether local or longdistance traffic – spontaneous and independent travelling is often weary and complicated. What the status quo concerning mobility looks like in Germany and other countries, you will get to know in our Topic of the Month June: Mobility for all.June 2014: Mobility for all - Read more

Mobility for all: Driver’s training for people with disabilities

Perhaps the most popular gift for a daughter’s, son’s or godchild’s 18th birthday is paying for their driver’s training. After all, what do young people love more than finally being mobile? In his driving school, Frank Sodermanns shows that mobility and driving a car is just as possible for people with disabilities than for people without them.Mobility for all: Driver’s training for people with disabilities - Read more

Mobility is (not) a matter of course

Going by bus, train or using your own car? Many people, who want to be or have to be mobile, ask themselves this question. People with disabilities usually do not make this decision easily and rarely spontaneously. After all, every means of transportation has its drawbacks, when it comes to independent mobility. Here is a brief summary.Mobility is (not) a matter of course - Read more

Mobility: "Germany needs laws for inclusion and accessibility"

Quickly hopping on the underground or taking a taxi to get from A to B? For wheelchair users this is generally not possible without a great deal of planning – at least in Germany. But how are things in other countries?Mobility: "Germany needs laws for inclusion and accessibility" - Read more

Physical activity helps maintain mobility in older adults

Photo: Older man who is nordic walking in the forest [02/06/2014] Exercise can help keep older adults healthy. Now a study, the first of its kind to look at frail, older adults, proves that physical activity can help these people maintain their mobility and dodge physical disability.Physical activity helps maintain mobility in older adults - Read more

Physical Function and Sense of Autonomy Determine Life-Space Mobility in Elderly

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Photo: Older man with a wheeled walker [09/05/2014] Physical function and sense of autonomy are independent determinants of life-space mobility in older people. This was found in a study conducted at the Gerontology Research Center of the University of Jyväskylä.Physical Function and Sense of Autonomy Determine Life-Space Mobility in Elderly - Read more

Midlife Occupational Physical Activity Limits Mobility in Old Age

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Photo: Man carries wood [25/04/2014] Strenuous occupational physical activity in midlife increases the risk of mobility limitation in old age, whereas leisure-time physical activity decreases the risk. This is found in a study which followed up 5,200 public sector employees for 28 years. The study was conducted at the Gerontology Research Center in Finland and the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.Midlife Occupational Physical Activity Limits Mobility in Old Age - Read more

New Stroke Research Combines Brain Stimulation and Gait Training

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Photo: Gait training [14/03/2014] A University of Illinois at Chicago researcher will test whether brain stimulation combined with gait training can improve patients' ability to walk after a stroke, under a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.New Stroke Research Combines Brain Stimulation and Gait Training - Read more

For Older Drivers One Drink May Be One too Many

( Source: REHACARE.de )

Photo: Older woman drinking wine [10/03/2014] You may have only had one glass of wine with dinner, but if you're 55 or older, that single serving may hit you hard enough to make you a dangerous driver.For Older Drivers One Drink May Be One too Many - Read more

Chronic Neck Pain Common Among Car Crash Victims

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[27/01/2014] A new study led by University of North Carolina School of Medicine researchers is the first large prospective study to evaluate musculoskeletal pain outcomes after motor vehicle collision in the United States.Chronic Neck Pain Common Among Car Crash Victims - Read more

Improving Driving for People with Parkinson's Disease

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Photo: Elderly man in a car [10/01/2014] Deep brain stimulation may have a beneficial effect on driving ability for people with Parkinson's disease, according to a new study. Deep brain stimulation uses a surgical implant similar to a pacemaker to send electrical impulses to the brain.Improving Driving for People with Parkinson's Disease - Read more

Hybrid Cars Are a Status Symbol of Sorts for Seniors

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[04/11/2013] Prestige, price and quality are major influences on older people's decisions to buy 'pro-environment' vehicles, researchers say. Paying extra bucks to "go green" in a hybrid car may pay off in self-esteem and image for older drivers, as well as give a healthy boost to the environment, according to a Baylor University study.Hybrid Cars Are a Status Symbol of Sorts for Seniors - Read more

Improving Public Transportation for People with Disabilities

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Photo: Wheelchair in a subway [30/10/2013] Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, are collaborating on a five-year, $4.6 million federally funded project to advance physical access and public transportation for people with disabilities by bringing together computer science technology and the principles of universal design.Improving Public Transportation for People with Disabilities - Read more

You Are Never too Old for Sports

Being healthy! That’s what many elderly people wish. They also know that sport and exercise have a great influence on the physical well-being. What’s left is the decision, which form of sport is the right one for you.You Are Never too Old for Sports - Read more

Driving Cessation Hinders Aging Adults' Volunteer and Work Lives

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Photo: Elderly woman driving a car [30/09/2013] For many senior drivers, it is only a matter of time before they are forced to give up their car keys due to failing eyesight or other health issues. Now, University of Missouri researchers have studied how aging adults' driving cessation influences their work and social lives.Driving Cessation Hinders Aging Adults' Volunteer and Work Lives - Read more

Safe Navigation For Visually Impaired Persons

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Photo: New Device [11/09/2013] The project “A Mobility and Navigational Aid for Visually Impaired Persons” wants to help visually impaired persons to orient themselves in new environments by means of computer-aided vision. For development of a smartphone software solution, the research group around Rainer Stiefelhagen at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is awarded the US$ 83,000 Google Faculty Research Award.Safe Navigation For Visually Impaired Persons - Read more

Tourism for All: „We Want to Found a Nationwide Uniform Test Seal”

Whether beach or culture – vacation is for relaxing and recovering. That’s why you want to avoid needless uproar because of missing accessibility on site. In order to make it possible for vacationers to know in advance what they can expect at their destination, the National Coordination Office Tourism for All (NatKo) has invented a new test seal.Tourism for All: „We Want to Found a Nationwide Uniform Test Seal” - Read more

Hip Protectors with a Sporty Look

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Photo: Old woman with hip protector [16/08/2013] Norwegian researchers have developed a hip protector in a sporty design. Its looks are intended to appeal to the older people of today – who are quite particular about what they will wear.Hip Protectors with a Sporty Look - Read more

REHACARE 2013

Welcome to the leading trade fair on "Self-determined living!" - Welcome to the REHACARE International in Düsseldorf! REHACARE 2013 - Read more

Greater Convenience and Safety for Wheelchair Users

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Photo: Add-on module for wheelchairs [07/06/2013] With modern communication aids, users of electric powered wheelchairs can operate a PC and cell phone without human assistance. A new module is set to transform electric powered wheelchairs into communication hubs.Greater Convenience and Safety for Wheelchair Users - Read more

Older Drivers More Open to Talking about 'Driving Retirement'

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Photo: Elderly woman driving a car [05/06/2013] Clinicians often wait too long before talking to elderly patients about giving up driving even though many may be open to those discussions earlier, according to a new study.Older Drivers More Open to Talking about 'Driving Retirement' - Read more

Ecuador for All: German Women Power Makes it Possible

Over 13 percent of Ecuadors population are officially registered with a disability. But the estimated number of unreported cases is much higher. Especially the bad healthcare system and a lack of information are to blame for this. But two German women are undeterred by the conditions and commit themselves to hippotherapy and accessible vacation offers in the land at the equator.Ecuador for All: German Women Power Makes it Possible - Read more

Over Hedge and Ditch: Wheelchair Travelling Abroad

When wheelchair users travel, they want to be far away more and more. By now, this is possible in many countries because they are widely accessible. But Andreas Pröve does not need any accessibility. On his journeys he prefers looking for the real big challenges.Over Hedge and Ditch: Wheelchair Travelling Abroad - Read more

Mobility Shoes Take a Load off for Knee Osteoarthritis Sufferers

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Photo: Walking feet [10/04/2013] New research suggests that patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) who wear flat, flexible footwear (mobility shoes) had significant reduction in knee loading – the force placed upon the joint during daily activities.Mobility Shoes Take a Load off for Knee Osteoarthritis Sufferers - Read more

March 2013: Accessibility and Mobility

On the way to work or during a vacation – particularly wheelchair users feel often confronted with numerous obstacles in the public long-distance and local traffic. To what extent travel assistants can help and how accessible bus and train really are, you will get to know in our Topic of the Month March: Accessibility and Mobility.March 2013: Accessibility and Mobility - Read more

Experiencing the World – without Barriers

Curbsides, pebble ways or prone sidewalks – these obstacles can spoil the holiday mood of wheelchair drivers everywhere in the world. But it does not have to be like that. A good planning and maybe even trained company help.Experiencing the World – without Barriers - Read more

Obligation of Transport Must Be Established by Law

Bus and train bring many people from A to B – fast and easy on the environment. However, the public means of transportation keep on hand some incommodities for people with disabilities. That’s why different working groups and institutes exert themselves for more accessibility in public local traffic.Obligation of Transport Must Be Established by Law - Read more

Thigh Fat Maybe Responsible for Mobility Loss in the Elderly

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[20/02/2013] A new study shows that an increase in fat throughout the thigh is predictive of mobility loss in otherwise healthy older adults.Thigh Fat Maybe Responsible for Mobility Loss in the Elderly - Read more

Assessing Driving Capability in MS Patients

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Photo: Man in a car; linked to [03/12/2012] A simple, accurate testing protocol to determine driving fitness in individuals with multiple sclerosis is the aim of a three-year study at Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU).Assessing Driving Capability in MS Patients - Read more

Exoskeleton Offers New Degree of Independence

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Photo: Brian Schaffer and the exoskeleton; linked to [28/11/2012] A team of engineers at Vanderbilt University's Center for Intelligent Mechatronics has developed a powered exoskeleton that enables people with severe spinal cord injuries to stand, walk, sit and climb stairs.Exoskeleton Offers New Degree of Independence - Read more

Optimised Clothing for Wheelchair Athletes

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Photo: sports man with hand bike; linked to [21/11/2012] More functionality and comfort for wheelchair basketball players and hand bikers. Within the framework of a research project, scientists at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim are aiming to optimise functionality and comfort of sportswear for wheelchair users.Optimised Clothing for Wheelchair Athletes - Read more

Paralympian Tells How Technology Changed Her Life

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[12/11/2012] Jenifer French, a sailor who won a silver medal at this summer's London Paralympics, describes in a new book how cutting-edge medical technology from the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation Center allowed her to resume an active life after being paralyzed 14 years ago.Paralympian Tells How Technology Changed Her Life - Read more

Acceptance of Help From Robots

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[22/10/2012] Most older adults prefer to maintain their independence and remain in their own homes as they age, and robotic technology can help make this a reality. Acceptance of Help From Robots - Read more

Vehicle Conversions: No off the Shelf Cars

When people with physical impairments want to drive a car, they cannot simply get into any vehicle and start driving. Depending on the disability, the vehicle needs to meet specific conditions; generally, a customization is necessary. The German Association of Disabled Car Owners (“Bund behinderter Auto-Besitzer/BbAB) provides help in regards to conversions.Vehicle Conversions: No off the Shelf Cars - Read more

Mobility in Spinal Cord Injury

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[19/09/2012] Kessler Foundation has begun testing the upgraded Ekso in individuals unable to walk due to spinal cord injury. Ekso, a wearable, battery-powered robotic exoskeletal device, has been undergoing clinical investigation at Kessler since October 2011, when the research team received the second commercial unit.Mobility in Spinal Cord Injury - Read more

REHACARE 2012

Welcome to the leading trade fair on "Self-determined living!" - Welcome to the REHACARE in Düsseldorf! REHACARE 2012 - Read more

London 2012: In the Grip of the Paralympics Fever

Long jumpers, javelin throwers and sprinters – the athletes of the Paralympics in London are all fire and flame for the most important competition in the world. The organizers of these events have caught the Paralympics fever as well. In the current documentary on REHACARE.de top athletes speak about their ultimate goals and of their secret fears.London 2012: In the Grip of the Paralympics Fever - Read more

Auxiliary Means: Until the Prosthesis Fits

After accidents and amputations, prosthetics help in replacing missing body parts. However, for the devices to function optimally, they have to be fitted well to the wearer. A comprehensive process – from manufacturing to walking training. Auxiliary Means: Until the Prosthesis Fits - Read more

Senior Citizens: Asking Those to Whom it May Concern

Too small keys, too small writing: The design of the new coffeemaker or of the new mobile phone is not always well thought through. The development of many products often disregards the users. Above all senior citizens can tell you a thing or two about it. Now the Senior Research Group from Berlin, Germany wants to change this.Senior Citizens: Asking Those to Whom it May Concern - Read more

First GPS for the Blind

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[25/06/2012] A new application for devices with Android operating systems, called OnTheBus, helps people find their way and move around in large cities. The application is useful especially for people with visual, hearing or cognitive impairments.First GPS for the Blind - Read more

Globetrotter in a Wheelchair: "Men with Kalashnikovs Have Arrested Me"

Far countries, foreign cultures – this are the challenges Andreas Pröve faces up to over and over again with enthusiasm. His wheelchair does not hinder his thirst for adventure, on the contrary: Just because many people do not think he is capable of doing it, he ventures the apparently impossible.Globetrotter in a Wheelchair: "Men with Kalashnikovs Have Arrested Me" - Read more

Dementia: Understanding the Patient Brings Better Care

Patients suffering from dementia often cannot articulate themselves clearly. If they constantly shout out incomprehensible words or even react aggressively towards their surrounding, it can be a difficult situation for the people caring for them. Scientists are therefore researching support possibilities to unburden the interaction for both parties...Dementia: Understanding the Patient Brings Better Care - Read more

Tongue Drive System Goes Inside the Mouth

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[27/02/2012] The Tongue Drive System is getting less conspicuous and more capable. Tongue Drive is a wireless device that enables people with high-level spinal cord injuries to operate a computer and manoeuvre an electrically powered wheelchair simply by moving their tongues.Tongue Drive System Goes Inside the Mouth - Read more

Carrier at the Cemetery: A Different Kind of Inclusion

In the fields of gastronomy or the landscaping there are numerous integration companies. Why not at a cemetery, as well? This is what the city government of the German town Worms thought and started the successful project „Integration at the cemeteries of Worms“.Carrier at the Cemetery: A Different Kind of Inclusion - Read more

When Teens with Autism Want to Drive

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[11/01/2012] In a study to investigate driving as it relates to teens with a high-functioning autism disorder (HFASD), child development and teen driving experts found that two-thirds of teenagers with HFASD who are of legal driving age in their state are currently driving or plan to drive.When Teens with Autism Want to Drive - Read more

Lying and Sitting More Comfortably

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[16/12/2011] People who have to sit at work often have back pain. People permanently confined to bed are even worse off – they frequently develop bed sores. New smart cushioning is intended to eliminate the discomforts of lying and sitting. An integrated sensor system equalises pressure selectively.Lying and Sitting More Comfortably - Read more

Fighting at Many Fronts

If on a battlefield the opponents attack from all sides, the fight seems hopeless. Like this battle a mother has been fighting for her multi-handicapped daughter for many years. However, she will certainly not give up! Fighting at Many Fronts - Read more

REHACARE international 2011

Welcome to the leading trade fair on "Self-determined living!" - Welcome to the REHACARE International in Düsseldorf! REHACARE international 2011 - Read more

REHACARE 2011: The price of inclusion

Accessibility and inclusion - these are the goals set by legislation and lobbyists for disabled people. Not just integration, but the right of full social acceptance of each person as an individual. With this in mind manufacturers, interested parties and representers discussed rehabilitation, nursing care and aid in Düsseldorf at the REHACARE.REHACARE 2011: The price of inclusion - Read more

High Speed ​​and cuddly seals - Opening Report REHACARE 2011

Helpers, who are individually customized are able to assist people with disabilities in all walks of life: When moving, with their personal care or communication. Nowadays HighTech plays a crucial role - as the trade fair REHACARE in Düsseldorf shows. High Speed ​​and cuddly seals - Opening Report REHACARE 2011 - Read more

Driving Errors Increase with Age among Older Drivers

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[06/06/2011] Even healthy adults with a safe driving record tend to make more driving errors as they age, including potentially dangerous mistakes, such as failing to check blind spots, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association. Driving Errors Increase with Age among Older Drivers - Read more

Guide Vests: Robotic Navigation Aids for the Visually Impaired

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[01/06/2011] A group of researchers is creating a high-tech aid for blind and partially blind people who have long depended on white canes as their only tool for getting around. A design first shown a year ago is now being further developed.Guide Vests: Robotic Navigation Aids for the Visually Impaired - Read more

Breaking Down Barriers to Voting for Seniors

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[18/03/2011] A study of a process called mobile polling – where election officials register voters onsite, then bring voting ballots to long term care residents and provide voter assistance as needed – found that nursing home residents, staff and election officials all agreed that mobile polling is better than current voting methods.Breaking Down Barriers to Voting for Seniors - Read more

Making ADHD Teens Better Drivers

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[26/01/2011] A University at Buffalo (UB) researcher's work with a state-of-the-art driving simulator is making better drivers among those considered to be the most risky motorists on the road: teens with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).Making ADHD Teens Better Drivers - Read more

Driving Simulators Help Elderly Improve their Road Skills

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[19/01/2011] Older drivers could benefit from training programs that put them behind the wheel – in a driving simulator, with an observer who helps them develop their skills. Driving Simulators Help Elderly Improve their Road Skills - Read more

Top-class sport with a handicap: MobiCup 2010

About seven million people with a disability live in Germany. According to a recent study the interest in disabled sports is increasing constantly - not only due to the recent German success at the Paralympic Games in Vancouver. Therefore it is no surprise that at the first Mobicup - a actionday of sports for the disabled - a lot was going on. Top-class sport with a handicap: MobiCup 2010 - Read more

 
 

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