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Magazine: Year-round information portal on the topic of "Self-determined living"

Tahina Andale – That's how she rolls
Whether it's a cane or a walker, walking aids can make a significant contribution to greater mobility and a more self-determined life. Tahina Andale has also made this experience. Why the path to this realization was not always easy and what else has helped her to cope better with her chronic illness, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Alain Zanchetta – That's how he rolls
Alain Zanchetta is a fighter. He would have to overcome difficulties early on, but he has gained a lot of strength and confidence as a result. As a designer, he develops inclusive design products himself to help other people. At the same time, his job offers him the security and perspective he craves. At REHACARE.com he tells us how he rolls otherwise.
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Bastian K. – That's how he rolls
Bastian K. is a summer person at heart. He enjoys spending time with family and friends. In doing so, the lack of accessibility often causes him more difficulties than the progressive muscle weakness he has been living with for many years. When he is not on the road, he writes about his "life with PEG" on his own blog. On REHACARE.com he tells us how he rolls otherwise.
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Ann-Kathrin Ulbrich – That's how she rolls
Ann-Kathrin Ulbrich was heavily pregnant when paralysis suddenly appeared in her right leg. As a mother of three, she was then suddenly dependent on a wheelchair. But she rose to the challenge and is proud of it. How she manages her everyday life, which aid is indispensable for this and how she rolls otherwise, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Vanessa Lehnert – That's how she rolls
Vanessa Lehnert has been severely disabled since a traffic accident in her childhood. But even with her limitations, she is not dependent on help – and for that very reason often has to fight for acceptance. She would like to see more understanding in dealing with disabilities of all kinds. How else she rolls, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
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Spasticity Management: The New Exopulse Mollii Suit
Reduces spasticity, relieves pain, improves mobility: The Exopulse Mollii Suit is the world’s first neuromodulation suit that enables people with neurological conditions to enjoy a more active daily lifestyle. Daniel Hublitz knows how the suit works and who can benefit from it. He knows about the demands and requirements the new assistive medical device must meet.
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Inclusion in water sports: "Disability is no longer an issue once you get in the boat"
What does inclusive sailing entail? Just ask Elke Paatz. She practically grew up on a sailboat and has become disabled as the result of a sports accident. Paatz is the contact person for inclusive (adaptive) sailing on behalf of the German Sailing Federation (German: Deutscher Segler Verband), DSV.
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Ribcap: A weighted blanket to increase sleep and inclusion
A good night sleep contributes to a healthy life and a good mood. That is why equipment supporting and improving sleep quality is on the rise. Ribcap now developed a high-quality weighted blanket to increase not only sleep quality but also inclusion. The company targets an underrecognized group: people with different conditions that decrease their sleep quality.
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People with vision impairments: The Dot Pad bridges the information gap
The new Dot Pad is not only smaller and lighter, but also much cheaper than conventional tactile displays – making them more affordable and accessible for people with vision impairments. Dot Inc makes the online world of images more accessible and aims to improve other areas as well. In our interview the Senior Manager Mergel Takam talks about the advantages and technology behind the Dot Pad.
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Research and development: crash tests ensure safe design standards
When it comes to mobility, safety requirements take top priority. To drive research and development in this specific area, the company newly founded a research and development company, which operates separately from the successful car conversion entity. Its competence center for mobile safety opened its doors in 2021 in Apen, Germany.
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Mobile, more mobile, Mobili Kit: For more mobility into the narrowest corner
When mobility declines, the step up to a wheelchair can be very costly, both emotionally and organizationally. Benoit Systemes has found a solution here: With the Mobili Kit, you can still make a U-turn in even the smallest hallway – and in your own favorite chair. Tanya Veraksa told us about the advantages of the Mobili Kit and the story behind Benoit Systemes.
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New LEPUS E from HASE BIKES: Comfort Trike with Electric Start Assist
The LEPUS E from HASE BIKES is ideal for people with leg-strength issues. It features a start-assist function, that gets the wheels rolling without pedaling and accelerates the trike to 6 km/h (4 mph). Besides this start assist with motor power it offers a delta trike with full suspension and accessories for every need and purpose.
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Travelite transport chair: Lightweight travel companion
The Travelite transport chair by Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare offers convenience to travelers by folding and transporting in a carry bag. A lightweight design of only 9.3 kg and compact dimensions make it easy to transport, while the soft seat and backrest provide comfort.
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Soft robotic prosthetics for diabetic amputees
American Institute of Physics scientists are developing a new type of prosthesis based on microfluidics-assisted soft robotics that promises to significantly reduce skin ulcers and pain in patients who have had to undergo amputations between the ankle and knee due to diabetes.
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THERA-Trainer: Early mobilization in intensive care
The company THERA-Trainer launches broad awareness campaign "Early mobility matters" to inform about the potential of early mobilization in intensive care. Early mobilisation saves resources and demonstrably brings great benefits to patients. The campaign aims to raise awareness and provide practical solutions for implementation.
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Using robotic pets in memory care
The University of Utah has developed a protocol for using robotic animals with older adults with dementia. Research has already held several sessions with people with cognitive impairment and found that the robotic animals do have an effect. With the introduction of Ageless Innovation's Joy For All Companion pets in 2015, widespread use of robotic pets as therapy "animals" seemed within reach.
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Breath-driven concept set to transform access to hand prosthetics
Researchers at the University of Oxford have developed a new prosthetic hand powered and controlled by the user's breathing. The new air-powered hand provides a lightweight, low-maintenance and easy-to-use body-powered prosthetic option particularly well suited for children and those in low and middle-income countries.
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nTIDE June 2022 Jobs Report: Employment reaches all-time high for people with disabilities
According to the National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability the employment rate and labor force participation for people with disabilities increased. This may be due to the need for individuals and families to earn additional income due to rising prices.
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Early Alzheimer's detection up to 17 years in advance
A team of researchers has developed an immuno-infrared sensor that can detect signs of Alzheimer's disease in the blood up to 17 years before the first clinical symptoms appear. The aim of the simple blood test is to determine the risk of developing Alzheimer's dementia later, even before the toxic plaques can form in the brain.
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QUICKIE and ZIPPIE are Mobility Product Award 2022 Winners
The QUICKIE Nitrum Hybrid & Actice Rigid lightweight wheelchair and ZIPPIE Q300 M Mini have won Mobility Product Awards 2022. The Mobility Product Award program honors outstanding product and technology developments by manufacturers of complex rehab technology and mobility/accessibility products.
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ETH Zurich develops wearable exomuscle
A wearable exomuscle made of textile has been developed at ETH Zurich to give people with limited mobility more strength and endurance in the upper body. The first prototype was tested in a promising study. Now the product will be further tested and improved in order to successfully bring it to the market.
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100th ReWalk Exoskeleton Supplied in Germany
ReWalk Robotics announces the 100th placement in Germany with an exoskeleton. The 100th insured in Germany is Lukas Gloßner, who is happy about his ReWalk exoskeleton.
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Multiple sclerosis management: Scientists advocate for further research on exercise training
A Kessler Foundation team found out that a rigorous design of randomized controlled trials provided evidence of the neuroprotective effects of exercise training in people with multiple sclerosis.
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Rehabilitation through music: THERA-music app supports movement therapy
The medical technology company THERA-Trainer and the Max Planck spin-off JYMMiN have developed the app THERA-music to promote motor learning processes in age-related diseases.
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Ready to go in a flash: the new Empulse StreetJet traction device
The new Empulse StreetJet traction device from Sunrise Medical features a patented "One Touch" docking mechanism, various pneumatic tire options and other advanced solutions to promote effortless progress for wheelchair users.
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Construction planned: Centre for Neuro-Robotics and Cybernics
CYBERDYNE Inc and the Social Security Organization (SOCSO) broke ground on the National Neuro-Robotic and Cybernics Centre, one of the largest medical complexes in Southeast Asia. It will be built in the in Bandar Meru Raya and is designed to provide comprehensive treatment to 700 patients.
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Tover's new music game gets people with dementia moving
When today's elderly people were young, they listened to the hits from the fifties and sixties. That is why Tover is now launching their newest game "Music Hits". Marije, game developer at Tover, says: "Music is a very powerful tool for elderly people with dementia."
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Ottobock presents NeuroMobility solutions at REHACARE 2022
The integrated treatment approach: This year, Ottobock comes to the fair with new, holistic approaches and technologies. Freedom of movement, quality of life and independence are the focus.
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A smart jumpsuit tracks infants' motor development
New wearable technology creates new possibilities for assessing the neurological development of young children. Early motor assessment is essential for supporting the early detection of neurodevelopmental problems and their therapeutic interventions.
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PINO CARGO: The new tandem bike suitable for various needs
The PINO CARGO from HASE BIKES shows how easy it can be to live without a car. It offers exceptionally good cycling mobility for couples and young families. With its reclining seat in the front, adults as well as children can be seated comfortably. At the same time, the lower porter rack allows for transportation of heavier things.
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Next-gen stroke rehab: Robot at home
Exoskeleton controlled by brain, developed at University of Houston, now in clinical trials.
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Multiple Sclerosis: Virtual reality may effectively support traditional rehabilitation
By increasing sensory input and promoting multisensory processing, virtual reality may increase the effectiveness of traditional cognitive rehabilitation and exercise training in individuals with MS, according to Kessler Foundation researchers.
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Wheelchair trends 2021 – try and train for more mobility

Parasports in the time of Coronavirus – restart and reset on hold
To overcome the challenges resulting from the pandemic, sports clubs and associations had to get creative. Reinhard Schneider, Chairman of the Disabled and Rehabilitation Sports Association of North Rhine-Westphalia e. V., knows about the future challenges disability sports face due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on sports associations.
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Height-adjustable, versatile and adaptive – wheelchairs for kids
A wheelchair should fit your needs and support your life wherever it may take you. In theory, you can find the perfect model from many available options. But for one group of people, the choices are more limited – children. Meanwhile, they are the ones in dire need of assistive technology that helps them play with their friends and fosters their independence.
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Labor force participation of people with disabilities in the time of Coronavirus – opportunities and stumbling blocks
Not many of us are lucky enough to find our dream job and stay in it until the day we retire. Sometimes this might be due to health and medical reasons, which could necessitate occupational rehabilitation. If people have a severe disability, Germany’s Federal Integration Offices, or Inclusion Offices along with the pension insurance providers are the responsible authorities.
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Rollators: lightweight mobility aids with style
They used to have an image problem. But now, rollators or walkers, are anything but boring or stuffy. For many, they are treasured state-of-the-art companions for everyday life and a way to express their personality.
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The right assistive technology promotes active sports participation
Whether it’s activities in the water, snow or at home – exercise is a great way to boost your health and feel better. A wide range of assistive technology also makes this an option for people with physical disabilities or mild dementia. Some of these tools allow users to enjoy sports in spectacular, beautiful backdrops – in both winter and summer.
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Lionel Messi and OrCam: Enhancing self-determination in the lives of people with visual impairments
Off the soccer field, professional footballer Lionel Messi is known for his commercials for Pepsi, Lay's or Dolce & Gabbana. Now he has also become the brand ambassador for OrCam MyEye and shines a bright light on this unique assistive technology. Why did the two decide to form this rather unusual partnership?
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Crisis-proof: moso navigates confidently through the coronavirus pandemic
Years of business expertise, in-house production, and new personnel competency – the Motion Solutions GmbH is well-positioned to withstand the challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemic and continues to offer its customers the best service. CEO Gierse discusses the role products like the COSEAT and EasyStand play in this setting and reveals the expectations the moso team has for the future.
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Accessible hiking in the mountains: The X8 off-road power wheelchair takes users to the top
From the valley to the hut in a wheelchair – and no shuttle bus or mountain railway required. Wheelchair manufacturer Sunrise Medical teamed up with various partners as part of a joint initiative to turn this idea into a reality.
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Joëlette Kid makes outdoor experiences more accessible
Going on new adventures with the whole family is fun for everybody. At least, if the necessary assistive devices meet the needs of their users. So does Joëlette Kid – the new all-terrain chair by Ferriol-Matrat. In an interview with REHACARE.com, Alison-Lore Bourget told us about the special features and how especially the children react to their new possibilities.
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Mobility: Small hand control systems with a big effect
Simple, ergonomic, reliable – the multifunctional handles, ACCEL BIKE and ACCEL QUAD, enable improved participation in a mobile and self-determined life. What the two solutions have in common and yet differ, Pierre Gouraud, International Sales of Sojadis Equipement, reveals in an interview with REHACARE.com.
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EXTRA: Made to measure sports wheelchair for a better performance
Solid and adapted – this is how auxiliary means for competitive sports such as wheelchair basketball should be. That's why EXTRA wheelchairs from Turkey offers made to measure sports wheelchairs to professional sports people. REHACARE.com talked to Demirhan Serefhan, Managing Director of EXTRA, about the importance of customization and valuable feedback directly from the basketball court.
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Photo gallery: A safe island for siblings
Since May 2020, the sibling support of the Angelika Reichelt Kinder- und Jugendhospizes Joshuas Engelreich (English: Angelika Reichelt Children and Youth Hospice) has been taking place in the newly created so called Geschwisterinsel (English: Sibling Island). You can gain a small insight in our photo gallery.
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