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.
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.
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
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.
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. Read More
When you think of roommates, you probably envision college students or early twenty somethings living together. But more and more, senior citizens are moving in together as a way to successfully age in place. Read More
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.
If you’ve ever wished your wheelchair could connect to the internet, then Swedish company Permobil has the wheelchair for you. At this year’s CTIA Wireless conference, they unveiled their first “smart” wheelchair
. It’s their popular, but expensive, F5 model wheelchair only with an AT&T internet connection.
Since its invention in 1968 by Swedish wheelchair user Els Britt Larsson, wheelchair dancing has been growing in popularity around the world. Benbrook, TX is the latest place for it to catch on. A local YMCA is now offering wheelchair dance lessonsfor young girls. Read More
Biannually, the Milken Institute puts out a list of the Best Cities for Aging in Place
. They look at 84 data indicators in 8 different categories and prioritize them by what factors matter most to Americans over 65. Specific data indicators include things like availability of special needs transportation, average wait time in hospitals, and number of movie theaters.
3D printing has made product development feasible for not just professional engineers, but anyone with passion and enough money for a 3D printer. This includes people like unicyclist and street performer Kate Reed and fencing enthusiast and entrepreneur Nathaniel Tong. Read More
David Sinclair, molecular biologist and genetics professor at Harvard Medical School, is trying to develop a pill that will extend human life and reduce “heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and cancer.” But not only is he developing it, he’s also testing it on himself
and even his loved ones.
Mike Nestor has been an architect for more than 25 years. He and his wife Paula would like to build a treehouse for their son Brandon who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. But town officials aren’t letting them
A new study from the Netherlands says that COPD patients can walk longer, farther, and more comfortably when using a rollator.
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a lung disease which restricts airflow and makes breathing difficult. According to the CDC, it affects 4 to 9% of US adults.
For many disability rights groups, including the United Spinal Association, transportation equity is a top issue. And they’ve been able to bring about major changes. Some of the world’s biggest cities, including London, San Francisco, and Chicago, now have 100% wheelchair accessible taxi fleets. New York City is still a long ways off, but has agreed to make half their taxis accessible by 2020. Read More
“The good news is that we’re living longer. The bad news is… [we’re] not really prepared for it,” said Janice Luvera, global brand leader at insurance company Genworth.
Many people don’t like to talk about, or even think about, the problems that come with aging. Which is an issue if you’re an insurance company specializing in long term care insurance.
Aging in place is becoming more and more popular amongst seniors across the country. But aging in place successfully requires effort and knowledge. Here are several life hacks
you can use to age in place and get more out of your golden years.
A new study out of New Zealand has confirmed what you may have already intuited-- different people age at vastly different rates. After all, we all have friends who appear to be younger or older than their chronological age. According to this study
, that’s because although most humans age one biological year for each of their chronological years, some age more slowly, and some age up to three biological years per chronological year.
Those who are buying a walker for the 1st time are often forced to choose between style, features, or durability. This can make purchasing a walker stressful and frustrating. If you or a loved one is at the time of life when a walker has become a necessity, be sure that the walker you choose meets these 5 criteria. Read More
It’s not every day you see a wheelchair that can climb stairs. And it’s certainly not every day you see a wheelchair that doesn’t have wheels. But inventor Alan Lee has created just that with the B-Free Chair
Summer is here, making this the perfect time for ice cream, cook outs, and-- if you’re lucky enough to live near a coast - beach trips! Here are a few tips so you can stay safe and have fun in the sun. Read More
After Michael Broadnax, a minister in Brentwood, Tennessee, suffered a stroke, his wife Charlotte installed a wheelchair ramp so he could get in and out of his house. Now, their neighborhood’s Homeowners Association (HOA) is threatening to sue them. Read More
More and more seniors are choosing to age in place, staying in their own homes instead of moving in with a loved one or to a retirement community. This means happier, more independent living for many seniors, but it also comes with certain dangers-- the biggest of which is falling. Read More
From time to time, we like to write about new and innovative mobility aids on this blog. This has included several “off road” wheelchairs that can handle hills, creeks, beaches, and the snow. But until now, we had never seen a wheelchair that can climb stairs. Read More
Wilmington, North Carolina. 15% of the county’s population is 65 or older, and that number is only going to grow as baby boomers continue to age. That’s why the city’s senior city planner Christine Hughes has developed a plan
to turn the city into the perfect destination for aging in place. The plan consists of four main parts.
If you feel the standard wheelchair simply does not have enough wheels, then check out the HexHog
, a six-wheeled all terrain wheelchair.
Ryan and Lana Weimer have five kids, three of whom have been in wheelchairs their entire lives due to muscular dystrophy. Every year, Ryan asks his kids what they’d like to be for Halloween. And every year, he makes the “biggest baddest” costume he can for them. Read More
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wasn’t a big exerciser in his younger years. But when he as approaching 60, he decided to take up competitive running. Now he’s 63 and estimates that he’s run more than a hundred races during the last few years. “I have found that focused training will deliver the same benefits for aging athletes as for anyone of any age,” said George.
More and more seniors are choosing to “age in place,” continuing to live independently in their own home instead of going into assisted living. This can be very rewarding, but comes with its own set of challenges. Here are tips for how to successfully age in place Read More
Caregiver and occupational therapist Lynda Shrager has worked in geriatric rehabilitation for more than thirty-five years. According to her, one of the best things seniors can do to be more successful at aging in place is own a pet.
“My experience reveals that patients who have pets are typically happier and more engaged in many of life’s activities,” said Shrager.