Ageing in prison is the subject of the new International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) report, published in October 2018. It explains how to identify and meet the needs of a very peculiar population: older prisoners.
In Europe, over-65 year old drivers are expected to become a quarter of all drivers on the roads in 2030. The car is becoming the dominant transport mode for older people and thanks to our rapidly ageing demographics our roads will be soon dominated by a new driver profile: the elderly driver.
Staying at home is not so easy when ageing, mobility is no longer the same. This is why adapting your house for more comfort and safety is important when you are close to retirement.
According to the « ANFE » (Association Nationale Française des Ergothérapeutes), the goal of the occupational therapy is to “maintain, restore and enable human activities in a secure, autonomous and efficient manner”.
In a booming industry, the profession of occupational therapist bases its practice on the link between human activity and health and aims to prevent, reduce or even eliminate disability situations by taking into account people’ lifestyle and their environment. Explanations.
Diabetes is a chronic disease which is characterized by an excess of sugar in the blood, called hyperglycemia. In this file, SilverEco.org tells you more about diabetes by answering 7 key questions.
A stroke (or cerebrovascular accident – CVA) is caused by the interruption of the blood supply to the brain, usually because a blood vessel bursts or is blocked by a clot. This cuts off the supply of oxygen and nutrients, causing damage to the brain tissue.
What can induce a stroke? What are the symptoms and how can we save the life of a person having a stroke?
The disease of agitating paralysis, more commonly known as the Parkinson’s disease, is a chronic and progressive movement disorder. Tremors are the most known symptom of Parkinson’s. But what is this disease about?
You will get details by reading the next paragraphs of this month’s file, which is related to the World Parkinson’s Disease Day.
There’s a new best country in the world to retire, according to the experts at International Living (IL), an authority on global retirement and relocation opportunities. In its Annual Global Retirement Index, Mexico is the best retirement place in the world.
Elder abuse can take several forms: it can be physical, sexual, psychological, moral, but also through neglect, be it intentional or not. It also includes extortion (for instance, forcing an older person to sign a cheque against their will), or other forms of financial violence, blackmail, abandonment, grave violations to someone’s dignity, or disrespect.
The World Health Organisation defines elder abuse as “a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person.” Elder abuse is a violation of Human Rights.
How prevalent is the phenomenon worldwide? How do you spot abuse? And what are different ways to fight it? [Read more…] about Elder abuse: what are warning signs and how can we prevent it?
Medical research is advancing by leaps and bounds, but a cure for Alzheimer’s is yet to be found. Nevertheless, several services and non-pharmacological therapies, as well as gerontechnology devices, exist to support those who suffer from Alzheimer’s, as well as their caregivers.
Staying in their own home as long as possible is one of the wishes most often expressed by the elderly. 77% of French seniors have declared themselves in favour of “ageing in place”, along with 90% of American seniors.
Visual impairments (or low vision) are characterised by a less detailed vision and an altered visual field. A visually-impaired person may be able to distinguish the shape of a face, but not the features, make out the outline of a hand, but not the nails, etc. They also report being constantly dazzled when outside.
Visually-impaired people are halfway between blindness and “standard” visual acuity and suffer impediments on a daily basis, to varying degrees. [Read more…] about What are visual impairments? How do you remedy them?
The Internet of Things (IoT) revolution is ongoing; daily objects are being connected to the Internet one way or another.
In light of the worldwide demographic transition, the IoT and Silver economy are connected in many ways.
One French person out of two aged between 55 and 64 years old practices a physical activity. Sport is not limited to young people, it’s even strongly recommended for the elderly.
Precautions are to take before starting practicing any sport, some studies show that exercise allows to prevent the consequences of falls and reduces loss autonomy risks.
Some sports, whether calm or more energetic, are specifically adapted to the elderly.
Here is an overview and some pieces of advice about physical practices adapted to the elderly. [Read more…] about Sports and the elderly: benefits and advice for a completely safe practice
Influenza or « flu » is a viral seasonal illness that affects the respiratory tract. Influenza occurs globally with an annual attack rate estimated at 5%–10% in adults and 20%–30% in children. Flu activity is currently (February, 3rd) widespread in most of the United States.
Influenza viruses can be especially dangerous for people over 65, among others. Epidemics are more likely to spread in collective accommodations (retirement homes, nursing homes…).
How can influenza and its complications be recognized and prevented?
Worldwide, nearly 36 million people suffer from Alzheimer or a related dementia. Although the diagnosis of Alzheimer is simpler and more reliable than it used to be, a diseased person can still need assistance to take meals. Meals are supposed to be relaxing moments; however, the caregiver can face difficulties. The person needing help can refuse to eat or be unable to use silverware by themselves. How can lunch, dinner or supper become enjoyable again? What food should be avoided and preferred?
Here are a few nutrition guidelines for Alzheimer patients.
Falls are the first cause of accidental death for people over 65 years old. It often affects one’s physical and psychological condition.
People who fall can lose self-confidence. They can fear falling again and they can become isolated. Falling down can have many consequences: they are often serious since they are linked to the gravity of the wound and the state of health of the person.
In what circumstances do older people usually fall? What are the best means to detect and prevent falls? How can someone get up after falling and what can we do to prevent falls?
Find all the answers here.
Improving your hearing can be a lever for fitness and well-being. Who would have thought?
We used to be concerned about hearing only to treat ENT disorders. However, a good hearing is now a significant positive marker of a healthy way of life.
We all wish to enjoy life and improve our way of living. We need to make a habit of taking care of our hearing in order to remain healthy and keep positive relationships with others. Here are a few good resolutions to stay fit.