Monthly Archives: July 2011

Intel and GE Collaborate to Create Device to Improve Senior Health

Two of the world’s largest high tech companies, Intel and General Electric, have joined forces through Care Innovations Connect to design a new product to address social isolation in older adults and monitor their health. After ongoing research in the field concerning senior health, the device presents the senior with wellness surveys that return information to the caregiver, brain fitness games to maintain mental aptitude, and simple social networking tools to allow the senior …Read more ›

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Americans Will Need Long Term Care, Want It At Home

Nowadays, people are getting older and living longer. Modern medicine has gotten us to the point where a large percentage of people are pushing their bodies’ limits by simply remaining alive. Unfortunately, this has negative consequences.

According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, over two thirds of people over 65 will eventually need long term care. Long term care is defined as assistance in daily activities such as eating or bathing. …Read more ›

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Japanese Cell Phone Keeps Track of Aging Parents

Japanese cell phone company KDDI has come out with a new phone targeted at families with seniors that undergo dementia. It has many features tailor-made for these senior citizens, and also features geared to keeping their children at ease.

The Mi-Look has a waterproof body and three buttons. It automatically emails relatives, letting them know their senior’s location and distance walked when he leaves the house. The Mi-Look also has an emergency buzzer, operated by …Read more ›

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New Study Finds the Bane of Alzheimer’s: Grapes

Researchers from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine have finished a study about the effects of grape derived polyphenols on mice. The hope was that as polyphenols would prevent the generation of certain kinds of beta-amyloid peptides, beta-amyloid*56, the substance could prevent Alzheimer’s disease. This was predicated on the fact that the peptide was the cause of the neurotoxicity of the dementia that comes from Alzheimer’s.

The beta-amyloid did, in fact, reduce substantially. This goes …Read more ›

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Adult Day Care Services Reduce Caregiver Stress, Study Shows

Affectionate and organized as they must be, it should surprise no one that family caregivers of seniors with dementia undergo a great deal of stress. A team of scientists from Penn State and Virginia Tech universities observed the effects of placing seniors in adult day care on their caregivers.

The results were as should be expected: with the difficulties of caregiving distributed, they were rendered more relaxed and thus, better capable of dealing with their …Read more ›

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The Eight Types of Dementia

Dementia is defined as a progressive state of mental deterioration characterized by memory problems or confusion. There are multiple causes of dementia, all leading to the destruction of brain cells. The common causes are enumerated below:

  1. Alzheimer’s Disease- The most common type of dementia, Alzheimer’s accounts for 60-80% of cases. Symptoms include difficulty remembering names or recent events, impaired judgement and disorientation, and confusion.
  2. Vascular Dementia- When the brain is subject to decreased blood flow, the …Read more ›
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Nursebot Pearl, Meet Mom. Mom, Meet Nursebot Pearl.

Can robots ever replace people as caregivers? Researchers think they might. While no machine can provide the intimacy and compassion of another human, these scientists has created a robot to assist those with ongoing health concerns. This invention would allow seniors to live independently for longer.

This robot is a result of the culmination of years of work by the Personal Robotic Assistants for the Elderly project, a mission started by researchers at the esteemed …Read more ›

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Lower Class to Lose if Ryan Plan Implemented

Poor and disabled Americans have the most to lose if House Republican Paul Ryan gets his way with the budget. House Republicans want to make some deep cuts to Medicaid, changes that would greatly harm the older Americans who depend on it if passed.

Now, Medicaid is granted to people who meet requirements for minimum eligibility and the states themselves can add on to that. The federal government bears the brunt of the cost, varying …Read more ›

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Are Niche Retirement Communities Just A Fad?

There are retirement communities for everybody. From RVs to Tai Chi, there are communities designed around the most eclectic interests, and more are being created every day.

Andrew Carle, the founding director of the senior housing administration program at George Mason University, said, “These ‘affinity communities’ are one of the biggest trends in retirement living.”

This rise in communities can be attributed to the aging of almost 80 million baby boomers. Baby boomers define themselves by their …Read more ›

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One Test Your Parent Doesn’t Want To Miss

When your parents get to a certain age, especially if there is a history of cardiovascular problems in your family, hypertension should be high up on your list of worries. Hypertension is defined as blood pressure greater than 140/90 mmHg and affects over two thirds of adults over 75.

Those who suffer from hypertension can be treated, often successfully. In a study on 700 octogenarians, blood pressure lowering medications effectively reduced the risk for strokes …Read more ›

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