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.
We all want to remain mentally sharp as we get older. Fortunately, a lot of the factors regarding cognitive decline are well within our control, as a new study
by the Institute of Medicine points out. It recommends five ways to decrease cognitive decline and stay sharp as you age.
Sam Pearce has worked on a lot of inventions, from non-invasive surgery devices to early handheld computers. His most recent invention is a classic-- the wheel. Read More
It was a little over two years ago that Drive Medical came out with their popular Drive Nitro 4 Wheel Rollator. Now they’ve released three new versions-- the Tall Height Drive Nitro, the Short Height Drive Nitro, and the Heavy Duty Drive Nitro. Read More
The University of South Carolina is home to about 2,000 students with disabilities. Despite this, and despite the fact that it’s been 25 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act, parts of the campus still aren’t accessible
The fashion industry has often been criticized for its narrow choice of models. But recently, many designers have taken steps toward increasing diversity
, specifically by including disabled models in fashion shows.
Scientists have found yet another way to help mice live longer (a subject we’ve written about several times before
). The hope of course is that these treatments will also work for humans. The goal isn’t just lengthening life; it’s improving the quality of life.
Drive Medical have just come out with their latest rollator-- the iWalker Euro Style Rollator.
Its cross-brace design adds stability and makes it easy to fold. Simply lift up on the handle located in the middle of the seat to fold the rollator, then use the plastic clip to hold it in place. This innovative feature makes the iWalker easy to store and travel with.
Scientists such as Dr. Jonathan Rossiter from the University of Bristol think they may make traditional mobility aids obsolete. How? With “smart trousers
” that help disabled and elderly users walk.
As difficult as it sometimes is for disabled people to get around in the US, things are even worse in Uganda. Very few buildings are accessible. There’s a lack of transportation. And there are few activities for disabled people to do.
Fortunately, Uganda’s Paralympic Committee is working to change this. They provide a variety of disabled sports including rowing, soccer, and swimming. But perhaps their most popular sport is wheelchair basketball.
Most of us take our mobility for granted. Many of us can walk without the use of a mobility device. And many of those who can’t have easy access to affordable wheelchairs, crutches, rollators, and other mobility devices.
But not everyone is so lucky. That’s why the Wheelchair Foundation has given away over 980,000 wheelchairs in more than 150 countries.
Myth:Wheelchair users are paralyzed and confined to their wheelchair.
Reality:Many wheelchair users can walk. Their strength may be limited, so a wheelchair allows them to travel farther and be more independent. But even in cases where the wheelchair user is paralyzed, “confined” isn’t the right way to think of it. People don’t consider the able-bodied “confined” to their car or bicycle. In the same way, wheelchairs are just another form of transportation.
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the Ms. Wheelchair America pageant honors the achievements of disabled women and provides the winner a platform from which she can advocate for others with disabilities. The winner isn’t chosen based on mere physical beauty, but on being “the most accomplished and articulate spokeswoman for persons with disabilities.”
Although most tech companies these days focus on youth, the aging Baby Boomers population is a large and growing market. That’s why IDEO, the company who invented the first computer mouse, has hired Barbara Beskind
, a 90 year old inventor, to help create new gadgets for the elderly.
This year as part of World Cerebral Palsy Day, a competition called Change My Life in One Minute asked entrants to invent something that could make a significant difference to someone living with a disability. The students at the University of Virginia did just that, and won the competition with their innovative new solar powered wheelchair
With an average lifespan of 71 years, humans are some of the longest living creatures on earth. However, a few animals have us beat. Some turtles can live for over 100 years, some fish can live for over 200 years, some clams can live for over 500 years, and some jellyfish are said to be immortal. But the longest living mammal, whose genes may be able to help us live longer and avoid cancer, is the bowhead whale. They can live for over 200 years. Read More
Recently, iWalkFree came out with the newest version of their hands free crutch-- the iWalk 2.0.
It offers several advantages over traditional arm crutches. Most importantly, it frees your hands and arms so you can continue doing all your daily activities. Secondly, it’s more comfortable than a traditional crutch which gets painful after extended use.
If you live with a wheelchair, then the winter can bring extra challenges. Here are some tips from actual wheelchair users on how best to stay warm and get around this winter. Read More
You might not guess that one of the highest life expectancy places on the globe
is a small, smoggy city in Southern California. But the residents of Loma Linda, CA frequently reach age 100 and beyond. Their longevity is largely due to their religion; Loma Linda is home to many Seventh-day Adventists whose religious beliefs enforce a healthy lifestyle.
According to a 2012 list
by the World Health Organization, Japan has the longest life expectancy in the world. Men live to an average age of 85 and women to 87. For comparison, American men live to an average age of 77 and women to 82.
In the past, studies have shown the Mediterranean Diet can have huge health benefits, such as decreasing the risk of chronic disease and cancer. But now, a new study from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital has shown that the diet may even slow down aging and lengthen your life. Read More
The residents of Sardinia, Italy have some of the longest lifespans in the world. Not only do they live longer, they also suffer fewer diseases and enjoy more years of healthy life than almost any other group. Why? Read More
Scientist Miguel Nicolelis has given monkeys the power to control wheelchairs with their thoughts.
No, these aren’t telekinetic monkeys. They’ve just had electrodes planted deep in their brains that interact with special high tech wheelchairs. Using this new thought technology, the monkeys are able to steer their wheelchairs and go grab grapes.
The new Roll With Me
app is super easy to use. If you’re in the Chicago area, all you have to do is insert your current location, where you want to go, and when you want to leave. The app will then tell you the best way to get there using only wheelchair accessible public transport.
A new study by the University of Copenhagen and the National Institute of Health has shown that “brain aging can be delayed in mice if they are placed on a high-fat diet.”
The scientists were studying Cockayne syndrome, but their results could affect a wide range of aging related conditions. Cockayne syndrome is a disorder that causes children to age more rapidly. Currently, most people with the condition don’t live past age twelve.
Archer Hadley cannot get in or out of his high school without someone else’s help. He uses an electric wheelchair due to cerebral palsy, and his school, Austin High, doesn’t have automatic doors. Read More
A new study by the University of California, San Francisco (USCF) shows that drinking non-diet soda speeds up the aging process as much as smoking.
The study looked at more than 5,300 Americans between ages 20 and 65. Scientists took DNA samples of each participant to determine their biological age, and the participants were asked to record their diet.
On Friday October 10th, Wendy Davis-- Democratic candidate for Texas governor-- released an ad attacking her Republican rival, the current Texas governor Greg Abbott. The ad begins with a black and white image of a wheelchair
, and informs viewers that...
Mobility technology is better than it’s ever been, and new innovations keep emerging. Here are five unique new wheelchair designs
worth checking out.
This October, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging is observing Residents’ Rights Month
. They will be educating seniors who live in long term care facilities about elder abuse/neglect and how to prevent it, so seniors can advocate for their rights.