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Photo: elderly man (left) and a robot (right); Copyright: Anne Guenther/FSU Jena

Robots popular with older adults

25.03.2020

A world without robots is almost inconceivable. They take on tasks in production processes and are also being used in the service sector. For example, machines created to resemble humans are helping to care for elderly people. A study by psychologists of Friedrich Schiller University Jena suggests, that older people are less anxious and hostile regarding ‘human robots’ than previously thought.
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Hearing aids may delay cognitive decline

09.03.2020

Wearing hearing aids may delay cognitive decline in older adults and improve brain function, according to promising new research.
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Photo: Male care worker serving dinner to a senior man; Copyright: PantherMedia/Monkeybusiness Images

Smart diaper can notify caregiver when it's wet

24.02.2020

For some infants, a wet diaper is cause for an instant, vociferous demand to be changed, while other babies may be unfazed and happy to haul around the damp cargo for lengthy periods without complaint. But if worn too long, a wet diaper can cause painful rashes, and miserable babies -- and parents.
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Safe smart living and aging in place

07.01.2020

Our living space reveals a lot about us. It undergoes many changes as the years go by and – with any luck - adapts to our circumstances. Sooner or later accessibility becomes an important issue for all of us. When it comes to our own four walls, this may consist of technology that enables us to live a self-determined life or may involve smart home devices and assistance systems.
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Photo: Patrick Dohmen in the LernLaden; Copyright: WDR/EUKOBA

Accessibility: "We need a shift in awareness in the retail sector"

22.12.2016

Shopping with a disability is no easy feat: almost every store is not accessible. But what does accessibility in retail actually mean? REHACARE.com spoke with Patrick Dohmen of the EUKOBA Association about the idea behind the LernLaden (English: Learning Store) and the awareness and sensitization project for retailers, employees and apprentices.
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Blessing or curse? Using robots in the healthcare sector

21.06.2016

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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Photo: meeting in the PIKSL Lab

"PIKSL focuses on the removal of digital barriers"

26.01.2016

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 REHACARE.de, Project Manager Tobias Marczinzik explains the PIKSL concept.
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Photo: Hedwig Reiffs with a visitor and a wheelchair driver

"Comprehensive accessibility would benefit all of us"

12.02.2015

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. REHACARE.com 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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