Articles on "Assistive Technology"

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 […]

Superman’s Mom Helps Launch Living Proof for Senior Citizens
September 8, 2004 12:00 am

Superman’s Mom Helps Launch Living Proof for Senior Citizens

Barbara Johnson of Princeton is delighting in the active life she was denied in her youth. At 72, she is a competitive rower with an impressive list of awards for sculling and sweep-oar rowing in eights, fours, and singles. The pride of her medal collections is a first place in the prestigious “Head of the Charles” race. Johnson’s strength, stamina, and courage are remarkable-but not altogether surprising considering she is Superman’s mother. That is, the real-life mom of Superman actor […]

Still Helping Our Troops
April 28, 2004 12:00 am

Still Helping Our Troops

Dorothy Gatta was only 16 years old when she began to assert herself as an independent, self-assured woman. It was at this tender age that she left home and moved to New York to dance for the Rocket’s at the Roxy Theater. After living at the local YMCA for a year, she returned home to finish her education, but she was back in New York dancing at Radio City Music Hall soon after graduating. A now accomplished dancer, Mrs. Gatta […]

July 24, 2003 12:00 am

How To Feel Safe at Home with Personal Response Systems: Home Health Aide

A personal response system (PRS), sometimes called a PERS (personal emergency response system) answers the need of many older Americans for both security and independence. Many organizations, including the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), encourage their use, but for the consumer choosing from among the many brands on the market, buying a PRS can be confusing. What is a PRS? A PRS is a relatively simple tool to help keep the user in contact with friends, family, and, if […]