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Playfully accessible in rehabilitation and leisure time

Dear Sir or Madam,

Conquering virtual worlds, uncovering secrets or being the successful athlete you might not be in real life. Video games offer the opportunity to do so. They are an escape from stressful everyday life, stimulation for one's own creativity or offer the opportunity to get back into shape physically. In our current Topic of the Month we have looked at how accessible they are for people with disabilities and what so-called exergames can do, especially for elderly people.

Have a playful week,

Anne Hofmann
Editorial team
Graphic: 26 - 29 September 2018, REHACARE International Trade Fair for Rehabilitation and Care, Düsseldorf, Germany


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Playfully accessible in rehabilitation and leisure time

Topic of the Month

Photo: A boy playing video games with his father; Copyright:
Whether for the body or the mind – video games make you moveable and keep you fit. And virtually it doesn't really matter whether you cannot walk or whether you are a little more immobile due to age. That's why video games have meanwhile conquered both the rehabilitation industry and the leisure activities of people with disabilities. Find out how exergames put seniors in motion and how a quadriplegist plays current games in our Topic of the Month January: Playfully accessible in rehabilitation and leisure time.
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Research & Health

Deep brain stimulation linked to longer survival for Parkinson's patients

A treatment called deep brain stimulation (DBS) could extend the life of people with Parkinson's disease. Researchers at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital in Illinois found that patients who received stimulation via an implanted device had a modest survival advantage compared with those treated with medication only.
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Doctor re-examines evidence on UTIs in patients with spinal cord injury

People with spinal cord injuries rely on catheters to empty their bladder. When a well-respected publication concluded that catheters could be reused without an increased risk of infection, it didn't sit right with a Vancouver clinician and researcher.
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Michael Mohr – That's how he rolls

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Photo: Michael Mohr (middle) at the "vilmA" award with laudatory speaker Claudia Dunschen and state president of NRW André Kupper; Copyright: private
Michael Mohr was one of the eight "vilmA" award 2017 winners that the VdK North Rhine-Westphalia annually chooses. The 40-year-old from Düren donated his prize money to his heart's desire. What this is, what he is grateful to his parents for and why he would like to see more independence from people with disabilities, he tells us on
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Auxiliary Means

Intelligent wheelchairs, predictive prostheses

If you use a wheelchair or have a prosthetic leg, small obstacles can become insurmountable barriers. Now, researchers at Fraunhofer IPA have developed a way to detect uneven ground, tiered levels or steps using radar. The information gained can be employed in orthopedic technology to control and stabilize prostheses or wheelchairs.
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