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Virtual experience gets the elderly to exercise


Virtual Reality can get the elderly in nursing homes to be happier about exercising. A new research project from Aalborg University shows that the technology motivates older people in nursing homes to get moving.
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It's not your ears, it's your brain


"Could you repeat that?" The reason you may have to say something twice when talking to older family members at Thanksgiving dinner may not be because of their hearing.
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High blood pressure and brain health are linked


High blood pressure, especially in middle age, is associated with an increased risk of cognitive impairment later in life, according to a new statement from the American Heart Association.
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Millions of people with osteoporosis remain undiagnosed and untreated


An International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) report issued for World Osteoporosis Day on October 20 identifies 10 major care gaps and solutions to the global healthcare crisis arising from fragility fractures.
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Can older adults with dementia continue to drive? More study is needed


How do you know when it's time for an older adult with mild dementia to stop driving? Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. It can impact a person's ability to drive safely. Although all people with dementia will have to stop driving eventually, each case can be unique based on the individual.
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Laughter-based exercise program has health benefits


Incorporating laughter into a physical activity program that is focused on strength, balance and flexibility could improve older adults' mental health, aerobic endurance and confidence in their ability to exercise, according to a study led by Georgia State University.
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Culturally sensitive care: "Treating people equally and fairly but not the same"


There are 80 million people living in Germany. This also means there are many different cultures living together. Schools and daycare facilities already provide special choices for children who speak another language. But what is the situation like in nursing homes and care facilities? And what exactly is culturally sensitive care?
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Blessing or curse? Using robots in the healthcare sector


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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Intelligent mobility assistants support the elderly


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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Living a self-determined life and getting older with great advice


Getting older raises many new questions and challenges. They run the gamut from health-related to very existential aspects such as old-age poverty for example. That’s why it helps to have competent experts available during this phase of life to ask for good advice now and then.
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Self-determined living in old age


More quality in old age is not only ensured by good counseling when it comes to specific questions. Also the right auxiliary means for safer mobility as well as a living surrounding adapted to one’s own needs play an important role. You will get to know more about these aspects in our Topic of the Month February: Self-determined living in old age.
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Senior living: No need to go into a nursing home


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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"PIKSL focuses on the removal of digital barriers"


Digital transformation does not only cause problems for persons with disabilities. Companies are also facing digital barriers they need to overcome. The PIKSL Lab makes digital inclusion its priority: together, individuals with and without disabilities work on removing digital barriers. In this interview with, Project Manager Tobias Marczinzik explains the PIKSL concept.
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"The number of older drug users in need of care will increase considerably"


Right now, the care sector is not prepared for this fact yet: drug addicts are getting much older than previously believed. At the same time, many typically age-related restrictions start to appear far earlier with them. This poses new challenges in health care provision.
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"Comprehensive accessibility would benefit all of us"


What is it like when you have to manage everyday life in a wheelchair? And what effects do age-related limitations have on mobility? Interested parties can experience this with the help of a wheelchair course and an age simulation suit. spoke with Hedwig Reiffs from the Self-Help Organization of Physically Disabled Persons Bonn, who recently attended this kind of adventure day.
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