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Sensor systems identify senior citizens at risk of falling within 3 weeks

29/08/2016

Each year, millions of people-especially those 65 and older-fall. Such falls can be serious, leading to broken bones, head injuries, hospitalizations or even death. Now, researchers from the Sinclair School of Nursing and the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri found that sensors that measure in-home gait speed and stride length can predict likely falls.
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Wearable tech helps adults with autism manage anxiety

19/08/2016

Reflecting back on incidents can help people manage their anxiety – though, traditional reflection aids such as written diaries are often abandoned. However, wearable technology could provide the solution.
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Brain-machine interfaces: Paraplegics regain feelings and movements

15/08/2016

Eight people who have spent years paralyzed from spinal cord injuries have regained partial sensation and muscle control in their lower limbs after training with brain-controlled robotics.
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Combining medications could offer better results for ADHD patients

15/08/2016

Three studies to be published in the August 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) report that combining two standard medications could lead to greater clinical improvements for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than either ADHD therapy alone.
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Virtual reality helps teenagers with autism learn how to drive

29/07/2016

Astronauts and pilots use them. So do truck drivers and Formula One race-car drivers. Now there is a virtual reality simulator specifically designed to help teenagers with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, learn how to drive.
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Social robots - programmable by everyone

27/07/2016

The social robots of the startup LuxAI can be used, for example, in the educational or health system, where they would support trainers and therapists in their work. The robots can be programmed to practice vocabulary with children or to make rehabilitation exercises with stroke patients.
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Guidance System with 3D sounds for the visually impaired

25/07/2016

The visually impaired will be able to use a new system of sensorial guidance that uses 3D sounds. The system was developed by Geko NAVSAT, a company that receives assistance from the Business Incubator at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) Science Park.
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Will software automatically describe movie plots in the near future?

18/07/2016

In order to understand the plot of a movie an audio version is very helpful for visually impaired people. Authors watch the whole movies and describe what happens in each scene. But wouldn’t it be possible for a computer software to do this kind of work? Researchers work on developing a program which automatically generates movie descriptions and reads them out.
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Blessing or curse? Using robots in the healthcare sector

21/06/2016

In the distant future? – But today already a reality: robot caregivers are designed to make the daily tasks of healthcare workers easier. Today these types of helpers are already being used in Japan. They lift people in need of care out of their beds, play cards with them or cuddle with dementia patients.
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"Ability4Refugees platform wants to provide auxiliary means for refugees with disabilities"

24/05/2016

Many people who had to leave their home country traveled in a wheelchair or used crutches. The stress of this escape was at times even more exhausting and taxing for some than for others. REHACARE.com spoke with Sigrid Arnade (ISL e.V.) and Eva-Maria and Andreas Mohn (Andreas Mohn Foundation) about the Ability4Refugees platform that aims to improve the availability of auxiliary means for refugees.
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Tourism: Auxiliary means for accessible travel

02/05/2016

For their vacation planning, people with disabilities must rely on hotel information – when it comes to accessibility for instance – to be accurate and make sure the accommodations truly meet their needs. But what if you already had some bad experiences? Or what if there are simply no appropriate accommodations available in certain areas?
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How can I help you? – An accessible shopping experience please!

01/04/2016

Wide aisles, a lot of room between the shelves, non-slip flooring and easy-to-read price tags – this is especially important for senior citizens and persons with disabilities when they shop. But in the real world, things are often very different: shopping carts that are hard to maneuver, narrow checkout aisles or undersized dressing rooms are all too common.
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Intelligent mobility assistants support the elderly

01/02/2016

Obstacles such as cobblestone streets, sloping paths or other barriers make the lives of senior citizens difficult. The more restricted they are in their mobility, the less they dare to do things. Then they often avoid going to their favorite park at the corner. The Assistants for Safe Mobility (ASSAM) project created intelligent solutions for walkers, wheelchairs and adult three-wheelers.
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Senior living: No need to go into a nursing home

01/02/2016

As we get older, there is a greater need for familiar surroundings that give us a feeling of security and safety. For many seniors, it is very important to live within their own four walls for as long as possible. Yet it is by no means a given that people can stay in their own home as they get old. Far too often, residences don’t meet their specific needs.
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Culture Inclusive: a bridge between cultural enjoyment and inclusion

04/01/2016

The cultural landscape is changing because inclusive services are becoming increasingly important. Until now, there was a lack of information to comprehensively implement the notion of inclusion. The Culture Inclusive project offers assistance: you can find information about inclusive cultural institutions on a cultural map that can be filtered by disability criteria.
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"The robot facilitates and promotes the connection between children"

15/12/2015

A robot that provides a link between hospital and classroom? The project Avatar Kids makes this possible: acutely ill children are able to actively participate in school activities with the help of a tablet computer. The teacher facilitates the communication. REHACARE.com spoke with Philipp Mahler of Avatar Kids about the opportunities this project provides.
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"With the Lorm Glove, deaf-blind people gain access to information on their own"

01/10/2015

Directly and on-site – this is what communication currently looks like for deaf-blind persons. The Lorm Alphabet they use is a spelling alphabet and is directly lormed into the palm of your hand. Communication over distances is only possible via an intermediary. A glove is now meant to change all that.
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October 2015: Useful everyday means

01/10/2015

A prosthesis user helps others how to handle their prostheses. Design researchers develop a glove which enables deaf-blind people to communicate much easier. And a competence network gives suggestions how products could be used by all people in the future. Find out more about all these topics in our Topic of the Month October: Useful everyday means.
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Practical and helpful: When products benefit everyone

01/10/2015

Daily helpers are meant to be practical and easy to handle. Yet not every user shares the same prerequisites. This makes a product design that truly meets all needs difficult to achieve. This is the starting point of the Design für Alle (English: Design for All) design concept and where it wants to change things.
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Prosthetics: "I build bridges between the technology, its users, the therapists and specialists"

01/10/2015

Whether it’s a walker or a prosthesis – handling a new everyday helper needs to be learned first. And who better to teach the best tips and tricks for handling them than someone who already uses these auxiliary aids every day? This was something prosthetic manufacturer Touch Bionics was thinking and made Claudia Breidbach, a user of a prosthetic fullhand made by TB, a so-called training manager.
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"Safe mobility starts with the right choice and adaptation of the wheelchair"

23/07/2015

Whether it’s a wheelchair or a walker – for people with disabilities, it is crucial to control their own mobility in a competent and safe manner. Yet not everyone truly feels confident in every situation with these assistive devices. That’s why REHACARE.com spoke with Nicole Seifert about ways to foster more trust in yourself and others.
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"Persons of short stature need to find their own kind of mobility"

01/06/2015

Going to the movies at night or for a beer at the pub around the corner – participation as equal members of society is defined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and many persons with disabilities view this as a given. In many areas of life, participation is also tied to mobility. Persons of short stature have very different approaches to this.
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Auxiliary means: Scarce commodities in Africa

02/02/2015

Medical care with auxiliary means is not sufficiently regulated in every country in the world. The social system in Senegal for instance does not cover the cost for this. People with disabilities therefore need to pay for their own required resources. But what happens if that is not possible?
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Inclusion is a human right – around the world

02/02/2015

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted at the end of 2006 by the United Nations General Assembly and took effect in 2008. But what is the situation like after seven years? What countries are implementing inclusion, which is requested in the CRPD and anchored as a human right and in what form? Here is an overview.
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