Articles on "Assistive Technology"

Real-Life Story–Buckingham’s Choice
April 29, 2014 9:18 pm

Real-Life Story–Buckingham’s Choice

When Edith Duff and her dining companion head to the dining room to enjoy lunch at Buckingham’s Choice, a continuing care retirement community in Frederick County, Md., the other residents take notice. While the spunky 86-year-old has no lack of friends, her lunch date today is far from typical—and may even be considered futuristic. Edith is eating with a robot. Edith’s robot is an iPad connected to a moveable base that can be remotely controlled by an outside user. Using [...]

The Impact of Hearing Loss
October 14, 2013 8:02 pm

The Impact of Hearing Loss

By Gora Ganguli Hearing loss is an ever-growing problem that robs people of their quality of life. Because it takes away the capacity to communicate and reduces social interaction between people, studies have shown that untreated loss leads to increasing isolation, depression and even dementia. Always thought of as an “elderly person’s problem” it is, in fact, occurring at much earlier stages of life than ever before, due primarily to the ever-increasing noise levels of modern day life and the [...]

November 13, 2012 7:49 pm

Silvers Summit at the 2013 Consumer Electronic Show CES® Preview

Offers Inspiring,Game-Changing Innovators Serving Baby Boomers and Seniors Google’s Vinton Cerf Featured Keynote Silvers Summit at the 2013 International CES® is upping the game in 2013, bringing to the world stage the most exciting technology for the 50+ market. Attendees will be inspired by innovations designed to entertain, engage and connect boomers and seniors in their everyday lives. Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the 2013 CES is scheduled January 8-11 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Produced by [...]

October 24, 2011 3:45 pm

Glow in the Dark Grab Bars?

Leslie Marks of the LifeEchos caught this interesting email promotion and we thought it would be fun to share with everyone in the spirit of Halloween! At ProAging we applaud Great Grabz with their creative approach to embracing a universal design product in this manner.  The grab bars can be a fun and functional addition for all ages and abilities.  

July 20, 2007 12:00 am

Living Senior: How To Receive Email Without a Computer

If you feel left behind by today’s technology, don’t despair. It changes so fast that only the geekiest — often the youngest — can ride the wave. A recent survey rated people’s habits, attitudes, and use of technology to place them in ten categories ranging from “Off the Network” (having neither cell phones nor Internet connectivity; typically older adults content with old media, average age 64) to “Omnivore” (voraciously using the most modern gadgets and services to participate in cyberspace [...]

Staying Busy, Keeping Routine: Rehabilitation Nursing Home
December 20, 2006 12:00 am

Staying Busy, Keeping Routine: Rehabilitation Nursing Home

Most mornings, Dr. William Simmons is out the door at his residence at the Hebrew Home by 10 o’clock in the morning and may not reappear until 7:30 at night. This routine is unusual for a Hebrew Home resident, but then again Dr. Simmons is an unusual gentleman who continues to share his talents, skills, and knowledge in professional and altruistic ways despite physical limitations. A Harvard-trained physician specializing in neurosurgery, Dr. Simmons travels to Georgetown University Medical School three [...]

December 21, 2005 12:00 am

Products to Keep You Active: 55 and over

Whether you are a senior seeking products that will improve your mobility and your lifestyle or a family caregiver looking for better supplies to care for your loved one, there are a variety of medical supplies and equipment providers available to help. Impressive advancements in medical equipment technology have afforded more Americans the opportunity to remain independent in a healthy and safe environment. Medical supplies and equipment fall into two major categories: medical supplies and durable medical equipment. Medical supplies [...]

Maintaining Independence with Personal Emergency Response: Home Care Agencies
November 4, 2005 12:00 am

Maintaining Independence with Personal Emergency Response: Home Care Agencies

Elenor has always been fiercely independent. Her retirement living decisions continue to reflect her independence. At 85 years old, Elenor lives in her own home. Despite the health problems she is faced with because of congestive heart failure, lymphoma in remission, and diabetes, she is adamant about remaining independent. Elenor has no nearby friends or neighbors and no way of getting around. She does have a wonderful, caring son and daughter-in-law. However, they live 15 miles away, and Elenor does [...]

March 1, 2005 12:00 am

Comfort in Knowing Safe Return Can Help in Home Care Agencies

How would you feel to wake up in the middle of the night and find your loved one missing? You don’t know where he is, and you cannot find him. Finally, you call the police, family members, The Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return Program, and friends to help search for him and pray that he will be found safe and unharmed. Sometimes, missing loved ones are found safe; but sometimes they are found hurt and battered and cannot explain how they [...]

Exactly Where She Wants to Be
December 21, 2004 12:00 am

Exactly Where She Wants to Be

Back in her home of 33 years, that is were Eleanor Gicking wanted to be. She has been living in the same house near Mt. Vernon since 1971 when she and her husband moved to the D.C. area. He worked with defense systems at Ft. Belvoir, and the couple raised three children. Following femur and hip repair surgery, Mrs. Gicking wanted to return to the comfort of her home as quickly as possible. After a fall over a phone cord [...]