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Independent People at Home -
Quote of the Month
you have learned how to disagree without being disagreeable, then
you have discovered the secret of getting along whether it be
business, family relations or life itself."
Bernard Meltzer, American Law Professor
Smart Tech: Will Robo Cars
Eliminate The Need For "The Talk"
Smart or "robo-cars" are on the rise and their features may soon
become standards. "From proactive safety systems (like cars that
self-slam their brakes for errant pedestrians) to parental controls
that can limit radio volume for teen drivers" writes Missy Sullivan
for Smart Money Magazine.
Social media is hot and driving the trend in the autoworld for voice-activated, wireless Web
surfing. Soon our cars will be reading our text messages aloud or
locating the closest Chinese restaurant.
"Eventually, government officials say, smart cars will even be
connecting to -- yes -- smart roads, which won't just lie there
sprouting potholes but will beam data about traffic, construction
and driving conditions to passing motorists."
Does the rise in use of the these automated safety features, also
known as "pre-collision systems" mean we don't have to have
"it's time to hang up the keys" talk with our parents? Probably not yet. Analysts are looking at
2015 before manufacturing costs start going down for these systems and
available in a wider range of cars.
And, also in the works, self-driving cars being tested
on the streets of San Francisco by Google. Engineers at
Ford are experimenting with in-cabin health monitors,
like measuring glucose levels.
There's a mobile device for every age group. New findings from media research firm Affinity suggest the growing range of connected gadgets entering the mainstream are attracting distinct audiences. The way it breaks down: E-readers are for baby boomers, PC tablets for Gen Xers, and smartphones for millennials.
Home Safety: Fall Prevention
In case you didn't know Sept. 23 was National Fall Prevention Day in
the United States and, in case you missed it, in August the MetLife
Mature Market Institute published a booklet called "The Essentials: Falls and Fall
Prevention" produced in cooperation with the National Alliance for Caregiving.
The free booklet provides information on the risk factors for falls
and contains a number of tips that people can use to help
themselves and their loved ones avoid falls. Most falls are not
age-related and many can be prevented, but age often plays a role in
the type of fall or injury.
"Accidental falls cause the majority of injury-related visits to the
emergency room in the U.S. and they're the leading cause of
accidental death in people over the age of 65," said Sandra Timmermann, Ed.D., director of the MetLife Mature Market Institute.
"In children, falls are the most common cause of injury visits to
the hospital, accounting for two million such trips each year."
For elders, the publication stresses the importance of taking care
of vision, hearing and other health-related issues. As people age
they are more likely to have chronic illnesses that increase the
chance of falls and they may be taking multiple medications whose
side effects may cause unsteadiness. It is important for individuals
and their family members to notify their doctors of changes that
could lead to risk for falls.
Environmental hazards are particularly dangerous and are the easiest
to safeguard against. For elders the following should be addressed
to assist with fall-prevention:
Keep their homes well lit and free of clutter.
Fix loose carpeting, uneven flooring and unsafe outdoor walkways.
Make sure stairways have railings, that bathtubs and showers have
grab bars and that furniture is neither too high, nor too low to
Move cautiously, rather than suddenly.
For more guidance to fall prevention you may
click here to download a
copy of the booklet.
Independent Living: Stay Tuned
AIPatHome.com and the
Independent Living Consultants are working together
to produce an online tour of the
Chairs and Cares
Model Accessible Home to show people (nationally and
internationally) how to live independently and age in
The home is owned by the
North Central Technical College and located on their
campus in Wausau, Wisconsin. It's a 2-story, 4600 square
foot home with 3 car garage. This house is not lived in
and never will be. Its sole purpose is to be a
demonstration home for independent living.
The online tour will feature videos, photo galleries and
detailed product information - similar to our tours in
showcase section of AIPatHome.com. The Chairs &
Cares tour will be updated quarterly to feature
different products i.e., furniture, fixtures, appliances,
equipment and technology, that are available to create
a truly accessible home.
The C+CMAH Tour will be promoted to Independent Living
Centers nationwide as well as consumers and
aging-in-place professionals internationally. Social
media tools (Facebook, Twitter), international video
distribution by Blip TV, AIPatHome e-publications and
joint marketing sites will be used.
& Cares House is is similar to the Bilbrook AT Home in
Staffordshire, England. "A fully working home that
demonstrates AT (Assistive Technology) within a health and social care
centre. This speeds access to assessments, helps train
professionals and demonstrates solutions to the public.
The home showcases the whole spectrum of AT, from grab
rails to the latest telecare and telehealth monitors. It
allows people to see the range of options available to
them, understand how they work and ultimately how they
can improve their lives."
Walk-in demonstration homes are a great way to reach a
lot of people who are able to go to them. We're excited
to be able to show the C+CMAH to many, many, more people
by having it online, bringing it to them.
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