New Bike-Like Mobility Device Helps People with Balance Issues

August 24, 2017 1 min read

A small startup company out of Brunswick, Maine has developed a cool new mobility device designed to help people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s Disease, brain injuries, tumors, and other conditions get around easier.
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Robotic Leg Brace Helps Rehabilitate Partially Paralyzed Patients

May 15, 2017 1 min read

Recently, we’ve seen the development of more and more robotic mobility aids to help people with disabilities get around. Toyota, working alongside Fujita Health University, has now joined in with their Welwalk WW-1000 system.
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Supreme Court Rules Schools Must Provide Higher Educational Standards for Students with Disabilities

April 17, 2017 1 min read

In a unanimous 8 to 0 decision, the Supreme Court has ruled that schools must provide students with disabilities the opportunity to make “appropriately ambitious” progress in their education. This overturns the previous standard set by the US Court of Appeals which stated schools must provide students with disabilities an educational opportunity that is “merely more than de minimis.”
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Family Builds Wheelchairs for Toddlers, Sends Them to Families for Free

March 08, 2017 1 min read

Two-year-old Isabella Shorr was born with spina bifida, a condition that left her paralyzed from the knees down.

“She wasn’t able to basically move around, so she was kind of stuck in whatever position we put her in,” said Isabella’s dad Jeffrey Shorr. “If she wanted to interact with her brothers and sister, it was basically sitting in one spot.”

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Scientists Are Now Working on a Mind Controlled Wheelchair

February 27, 2017 1 min read

Mobility aids such as rollators, walkers, and wheelchairs help those with disabilities navigate the world more easily. But for those who have lost most muscle control, they’re still not enough.
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Dance Teachers Association Releases Book on Rollator Dancing

January 16, 2017 1 min read

Elderly and Agile: The Rollator Dance Handbook, recently released by the German Dance Teachers Association (ADTV), tells care home workers how to give dance lessons to rollator users. The book covers everything from rhythm and time keeping exercises to lessons on the foxtrot, waltz, rumba, and samba.
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Singapore Backs Development of Self Driving Wheelchairs

December 08, 2016 1 min read

Over the past couple decades, self-driving cars have gone from being a sci fi concept to a reality, with semi-autonomous self driving cars now commercially available. Now the Singaporean government is working with businesses and health care agencies to create a self driving wheelchair by March 2017.
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English Teacher Tries Experimental New MS Treatment

June 02, 2016 1 min read

High school English teacher Judi Bremer has spent the last 25 years of her life battling Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a disease which attacks one’s nervous system leading to a variety of debilitating symptoms.
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Company Debuts Custom 3D-Printed Wheelchair

May 20, 2016 1 min read

One of the coolest things about 3D printing is that it makes product customization much easier. Now, London design firm Layer is using this technology to offer users customized wheelchairs.
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New Startup Wants to Be the “Google Maps” of Accessibility

May 04, 2016 1 min read

Matt McCann, one of the co-creators of Access Earth, was inspired to create the site after an incident in 2012. He was visiting London and had booked a hotel that claimed to be accessible. But when he got there, Matt found there were three steps between him and the main entrance, making it extremely difficult for him to get himself and his rollator inside.
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Wheelchair Fencing Grows in Popularity Around the World

April 14, 2016 1 min read

Like many wheelchair sports, wheelchair fencing is growing in popularity around the world. Unlike many wheelchair sports, wheelchair fencing is almost exactly the same as the original version of the sport, the only two differences being 1) The fencers sit in wheelchairs of course, and 2) Wheelchair fencing is a lot faster paced.
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Presidential Candidates Discuss Senior Healthcare Issues

March 31, 2016 1 min read

The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) recently hosted the Seniors Decide 2016 forum on senior issues at George Mason University. They invited every presidential candidate to participate, but only two actually responded-- Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders and Republican hopeful John Kasich. Sanders Skyped in and Kasich sent former congressman Tom Davis to attend on his behalf.
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Teams Around the World Compete for $1M Prize to Slow Aging

February 25, 2016 1 min read

The Palo Alto Longevity Prize is set to give away $1,000,000 to a team of scientists who can best figure out how to slow aging. The prize is broken into two parts. $500,000 will be given to the team that can best extend a mammal’s lifespan, and $500,000 will be given to a team who can “turn back the clock” in a mammal.
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Texas School District Makes Playgrounds Wheelchair Accessible

February 11, 2016 1 min read

10 year old Rylea Lambert lives with cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. This means she and her best friend Jayci Stubblefield couldn’t play on the playground together during recess. Until Stubblefield decided to change that.
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Tameru Zegeye Sets the World Record for Fastest Man on Forearm Crutches

January 28, 2016 1 min read

Tameru Zegeye can travel 100 meters in 57.0 seconds, all while doing a handstand on his forearm crutches. He is now the official Guinness World Record holder for “Fastest 100 m in forearm crutches - inverted.”
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83% of NYC Schools Violating Americans with Disabilities Act

January 21, 2016 1 min read

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a civil rights law which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. It requires that public facilities, such as schools, be accessible to disabled individuals. However, despite the act being signed into law over 25 years ago, a recent federal investigation found that 83% of New York City’s public schools are not fully accessible.
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Long Term Care Facilities Lack LGBT Inclusion Policies & Practices

January 14, 2016 1 min read

“LGBT older adults are disproportionately affected by physical and mental health issues and are more likely to live alone than their heterosexual counterparts,” says journalist AJ Trager in a new article for PrideSource. Despite this, a recent study by Eastern Michigan University professor Dr. Beverly Mihalko found that most long term care facilities lack proper inclusion policies and practices for their LGBT residents.
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Relatives of Disabled Children Create Open Source Smart Wheelchair

January 07, 2016 2 min read

A team of 8 relatives of disabled children and 8 professionals have come together to invent a smart wheelchair that can be used by kids with severe disabilities. Most electric wheelchairs are operated by joysticks, making them unusable to children who don’t have the right motor or cognitive abilities. But the new wheelchair is customizable and can be operated by a simple push of a button, tilt of the head, voice command, or a pacifier, depending on the needs of each child.
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Disability Rights Groups Support Uber’s Expansion

December 31, 2015 1 min read

Uber, the popular ride sharing app, has taken a lot of business from taxi companies and changed the way people buy rides today. Not surprisingly, it’s run into its fair share of opposition and controversy. Back in August, we wrote about how the United Spinal Association was opposing Uber’s presence in New York City because most Uber drives don’t have wheelchair accessible cars.
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NIH Invests in Robotic Mobility Aid

December 24, 2015 1 min read

The National Institutes of Health have just invested $2,200,000 in robotic health devices, including the Smart Walker.

The Smart Walker is being developed by Dr. Xiangrong Shen at the University of Alabama. This walkable robot has four jointed smart legs and can operate in two different modes: smart power assist and smart mule.

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School Bans a Blind Girl’s Cane

December 17, 2015 2 min read

7 year old Lily-Grace Hooper is blind and uses a cane to get around her school. Or at least she did until her school, Hambrook Primary, banned her from using the cane, claiming it posed a tripping risk to Lily-Grace’s teachers and fellow classmates.
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Scientists Think Drug Could Extend Life Expectancy to 120

December 10, 2015 1 min read

The life expectancy of girls born today is 82.8. For boys, it’s 78.8. But a group of scientists believes they may be able to extend humans’ life expectancy by one third, making it a whopping 120 years. How? With a cheap diabetes pill.
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UK Inventor Wins Top Prize for Eye-Driven Wheelchair

November 26, 2015 1 min read

Patrick Joyce, an inventor from the city of Wells in the UK, has won top prize at the 2015 Hackaday Conference for inventing an eye-driven wheelchair.

Joyce’s invention, the Eyedrivomatic, uses the same Eyegaze software which allows users to control computers through eye movement, but instead hooks it up to the controls of a powered wheelchair.

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To Your Health: 5 Anti-Aging Drinks

November 19, 2015 1 min read

Many drinks contain antioxidants or other compounds that help fight diseases associated with aging. Here’s a list of five, ordered from least to most fun.
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Singapore Develops Brilliant Plan for Helping Aging Population

November 12, 2015 2 min read

Singapore is one of the fastest aging countries on earth. In 2011, 9.3% of the population was over 65. By 2030, it’s estimated that 19% will be over 65. Fortunately, they have a comprehensive plan to help their senior citizens as they age, one that experts say the US would be wise to emulate.
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Asthma Drug Reverses Cognitive Aging in Mice

November 05, 2015 1 min read

Scientists may have discovered a powerful new anti-aging drug in the commonly used asthma drug montelukast (Singulair).

One of the causes of degenerative brain disorders is inflammation of the brain. Asthma drugs like montelukast fight inflammation by blocking receptors which trigger it. So scientists from the Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg, Austria hypothesized that such drugs may improve cognition as well.

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Company Invents the Smart Rollator

October 29, 2015 1 min read

A few weeks ago, we wrote about a company developing a smart wheelchair. So it shouldn’t be that surprising that now another company has developed the smart rollator.
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Deleting Genes May Increase Lifespan, Study Says

October 22, 2015 1 min read

The secret to a long and healthy life may be to simply delete the genes that cause aging, a new study suggests.

Researchers from the University of Washington and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging joined together for a 10 year research project on aging, in which they discovered 238 genes that cells actually live longer without.

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Researchers Design Smart Home to Assist Aging in Place

October 15, 2015 1 min read

As Baby Boomers age, the number of Americans 85 and older is expected to triple from 2010 to 2050. Some people are concerned that there won’t be enough in-home health care providers and nursing homes to meet the demand.
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8th Annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day Is Success

October 01, 2015 1 min read

Every year on the first day of fall, September 23, the National Council on Aging celebrates Falls Prevention Awareness Day to “raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults.” When the event was first started back in 2008, only 11 states participated. But now on the 8th Anniversary, 48 states and the District of Columbia are getting involved.
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