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Fashion and lifestyle: Comfort meets functionality

Dear Sir or Madam,

Clothes make the man (and woman) – and people have quite different needs and demands on clothing. For those who live with a disability, the motto "comfort meets functionality" is often particularly important. We took a closer look at what this can look like in the current Topic of the Month: Fashion for people with disabilities.

And by the way: That even assistive devices can be stylish and modern is shown by the transfer boards from meinHOLTZ, which were one of the eye-catchers at REHACARE 2019. What distinguishes them? We asked.

Have a healthy week,

Nadine Lormis
Editorial team REHACARE.com

Graphic: 23 - 26 September 2020, REHACARE International Trade Fair for Rehabilitation and Care, Düsseldorf, Germany

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We asked ... meinHOLTZ
News from the field of Recreation & Culture
Topic of the Month
News from the field of Work & Education
How We Roll
News from the field of Research & Health

Transfer boards by meinHOLTZ: "Assistive devices can be practical, modern and stylish at the same time"

We asked ...

Photo: Transfer board ready for transfer lies on the seat of the wheelchair; Copyright: meinHOLTZ
Is it a skateboard with no wheels? No, it’s a transfer board made by meinHOLTZ! These modern boards help people who use wheelchairs to easily move from one surface to another on their own. Not only does this make transfers easy, but the assistive devices also look stylish and sophisticated.
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Recreation & Culture

Road to Tokyo: With the tandem from Berlin to Tokyo

Inclusion rocks and rolls! This is the motto for the ambitious project of Sven Marx and Jürgen Pansin, who are riding on a special tandem from Berlin to Tokyo.
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Comfort meets functionality – fashion for people with disabilities

Topic of the Month

Photo: Young wheelchair user in a green setting with a somewhat more extravagant outfit; Copyright: PantherMedia/spongePo
Whether Velcro fasteners, magnetic buttons or slightly wider legs for the prosthesis or orthosis – when it comes to fashion for people with disabilities, there are many details to consider. These vary greatly depending on the type of disability. What requirements wheelchair users and people of small stature have and how the clothing industry reacts to them, you can find out in our Topic of the Month March: Comfort meets functionality – fashion for people with disabilities.
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Work & Education

Study to examine the role of specialist nurses for people with Parkinson’s

Specialist Parkinson’s Nurses are critical to the care of people living with the condition. They help people manage their medication, offer advice and information about living with Parkinson’s, and give emotional support to both the person with Parkinson’s and their families or carers. A nationwide project is aimed at getting a better understanding of the role of Parkinson’s Nurses.
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Alexandra Leyer – That's how she rolls

How we roll

Photo: Alexandra Leyer; Copyright: privat
Active relapses of multiple sclerosis show up in MRT images as white spots. And exactely these spots made Alexandra Leyer live her life more consciously and love it above all. Therefore she writes down her experiences in her blog called Wunderflecken ('wonder spots'). Which person solved many other of her inner conflicts, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
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Research & Health

Physiotherapy could be done at home using virtual reality

Current physiotherapy techniques require patients to complete exercises at home, which doesn't include much guidance. Virtual reality (VR) combined with 3D Motion capture could allow movements to be translated onto an avatar the patient can follow.
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Research & Health

Picking up a pingpong paddle may benefit people with Parkinson's

Pingpong may hold promise as a possible form of physical therapy for Parkinson's disease. People with Parkinson's who participated in a pingpong exercise program once a week for six months showed improvement in their Parkinson's symptoms, according to a preliminary study.
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Research & Health

For 'blade runners' taller doesn't necessarily mean faster

Before hitting the track to compete in an officially sanctioned race, some elite Paralympic sprinters must do something most runners would find incredibly unsettling: remove their legs and swap them out with ones that make them shorter.
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