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Dementia: How ichó gets an echo


Dear Sir or Madam,

By 2030, more than 74 million people worldwide will be affected by dementia. In order to make it easier for nursing staff, therapists and relatives to communicate with patients and to support them individually, three graduates from Duisburg focused less on technical devices and more on the form of a small ball. Technology is nevertheless behind it, but those affected do not have to operate it, but benefit from it. We asked the Duisburg start-up how ichó gets an echo out of people who otherwise seem rather absent and what other applications the small ball still has.

Have a nice week full of communication,

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

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Work & Education

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Conny Runge – That's how she rolls

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Photo: Conny Runge while her Zumba® class; Copyright: private
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Research & Health

Physical activity and fitness – an effective approach against dementia?

By 2030, about 74 million people will be diagnosed with dementia – a number that experts have estimated because of demographic changes. Previous studies have identified that physical inactivity during midlife is a major but modifiable risk factor for dementia.
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Research & Health

New study highlights benefits of weekly nutrition classes to improve type 2 diabetes

Prescriptions are not enough--diet changes and nutrition education make the difference in people with diabetes, according to a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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Canada: Where accessibility is a part of life right from the start

Topic of the Month

Photo: Moraine Lake at Banff National Park; Copyright: panthermedia.net/James Wheeler
Known for its beavers, bears or the recent return of the bison, maple syrup or its love of hockey – Canada is the personification of nature and vast distances. Thanks to its many national parks, this North American country is a must-see for any nature lover. When it comes to accessibility, the Canadians provide an infrastructure people with disabilities can only dream of in this part of the world.
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Recreation & Culture

Wheelchair Basketball: Germany announce teams for Hamburg 2018

Germany have named their men and women’s teams who will start at their home 2018 Wheelchair Basketball World Championships, which take place from August 16th to 26th in Hamburg.
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Recreation & Culture

Dance aids healthier aging

Queensland Ballet and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) released the results of a joint project examining the health and wellbeing benefits of ballet for older Australians. The project found participants experienced higher energy levels, greater flexibility, improved posture, and an enhanced sense of achievement. They also felt happier and enjoyed a sense of community and friendship.
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"ichó brings people with and without dementia together and provides a way to share stories, experiences and impressions."

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Photo: An elderly lady catching ichó. The ball starts to glow in red and orange colors.; Copyright: ichó system - icho-system.de
Like the golden sphere in the fairy tale of the Frog King, ichó (Greek for echo) is meant to bring back lost motor skills and cognitive functions to people with dementia. The project of four former graduates of the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences aims to offer individual support through a person’s favorite music or fairy tale.
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Auxiliary Means

Smartphone 'scores' can help doctors track severity of Parkinson's disease symptoms

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Social awareness increases prove brain changing in adults with autism

Research shows virtual learning platform enhances neural health and social cognition in high-functioning adults on the spectrum.
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Politics & Legal Issues

Equal access to healthcare is still denied to persons with disabilities in Europe

More than 80 million persons with disabilities in Europe are still unable to fully access healthcare. Good quality health services are still not a reality due to a host of issues from inaccessible facilities to lack of appropriate training for healthcare professionals and health policy makers.
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Politics & Legal Issues

Inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action: EU working on guidance for humanitarian organisations.

In February, the European Disability Forum was invited to a consultation meeting by the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) in Brussels. They are currently working on a guidance paper to include persons with disabilities in the humanitarian actions they fund.
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