The fact that people are living longer lives represents one of the crowning achievements of the last century, but also requires careful planning on the part of governments. A new IIASA study investigated the prevalence of activity limitations among older adults in 23 low- and middle-income countries, to help policymakers prepare for the challenges associated with the world’s aging population.[Read more…] about Planning for a growing elderly population
IPsoft, the leader in Enterprise AI, and GlobalDWS, the international systems integrator and solution provider of innovative technologies, have joined forces to enable Amelia, IPsoft’s industry-leading conversational AI solution, on GlobalDWS’ innovative service robot platform. The result of this agreement is a new Disinfection Service Robot (DSR) that combines GlobalDWS’ autonomous, voice-enabled robot platform with an Amelia-driven COVID-19 Assistant.[Read more…] about IPsoft joins forces with GlobalDWS to Launch Service Robots Powered by Amelia
After putting their company and retirement savings on the line, John Rexroad and his wife Teri are available to share their remarkable efforts supplying and donating masks to America following the recent retooling of their Connecticut based manufacturing plant. They are donating masks to anyone who can’t afford them, and all sales will earn no profit ( only charging his costs).[Read more…] about Senior couple risk everything providing masks to America
A heart attack can happen when there is a sudden complete blockage of an artery that supplies blood to a section of the heart. As a result, some of the heart muscle starts to die.
Most of the time, older adults are dependent on family members or caregivers to understand the signs and to get medical aid. Here are tips from Dr Sriniwas Thakur, Consultant Geriatrician, on what you should and shouldn’t do when some elderly person suffers from a heart attack.
This year’s flu season is shaping up to be an especially serious one, and it’s important for clinicians to promptly recognize, diagnosis, and treat influenza in hospitalized patients, especially in vulnerable populations such as older individuals.
A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, however, indicates that adults aged 65 years and older who are hospitalized with fever or respiratory symptoms during influenza seasons are less likely to have a provider-ordered influenza test than younger patients.
A new study reveals that, among patients of advanced age with stage III lung cancer, African Americans and individuals who live in lower income areas are more likely to not receive any treatment. Published online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study also found that patients who receive the standard of care treatment for their cancer live longer.
The health benefits of playing football and the importance of exercise and social contact for healthy ageing are well established. But sometimes, the physical demands of play at full speed may make it unsustainable for some older adults.
Walking football can be a way of playing football differently. Indeed, it’s enjoyable and moderately demanding and may be an adapted form of exercise for older adults.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in the seven major markets of the US, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, and Japan, saw the majority of diagnosed incident cases occurring in women (65.76%), with just over 7.40 million cases, while men accounted for 34.24%, with just under 3.85 million cases in 2016, according to GlobalData, a data and analytics company.
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 Paris Healthcare Week is the major annual meeting dedicated to professionals working within the French health ecosystem. It will take place from the 16th to the 18th of May 2017 in Paris Expo, Paris, France.
The 2017 International Conference on Frailty and Sarcopenia will take place from April 27th to April 29, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. During this event, some important clinical and drug trials will be presented. Discover the program!
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.
TIME Magazine has selected the impact on dementia of a brain training exercise – developed and tested with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – as one of the 100 New Scientific Discoveries of 2016. That exercise is commercially available only in the BrainHQ brain training platform.
UK’s ageing HIV population is facing a social care ‘timebomb’, warns a healthcare charity in a report which records incidents of stigmatisation and discrimination within care homes.
“Our Hong Kong foundation” proposes subsidies for health screening and chronic disease consultations for low-income elderly people. This system aims to prevent chronic diseases and to minimize future medical and social costs.
The launch of Airbnb-emulator Freebird Club, a platform dedicated exclusively to seniors, is scheduled for June, after creator Peter Mangan received the European Commission’s Social Innovation Competition for its role in fighting off loneliness among seniors. [Read more…] about Fostering social integration: launch of a senior-only “Airbnb”
The increasing life expectancy leads to a higher demand regarding new and up-to date treatment methods. MEDICA is one of the biggest expositions in the medical field worldwide, presenting new medical discoveries and technologies.
MEDICA is held in Dusseldorf alongside COMPAD starting today, 16th of November until to Thursday, 19th of November. [Read more…] about MEDICA 2015 – the world forum for medicine
Falls are still the number one cause of accidental deaths for people over 65 years old. They can have severe effects on a senior’s physical and/or psychological condition. A new study suggests that bloodstream, respiratory and even urinary infections can cause falls not only for elderly people, but younger people as well.
Agnes Fenton comes from New Jersey and recently celebrated her 110th birthday!
The centenarian has surprised her relatives and doctor with her iron constitution. She justifies her lifespan and good shape with the special diet she has followed for 70 years. She drinks three beers and a glass of whisky every day. [Read more…] about 110-year-old Agnes Fenton has a special secret to explain her impressive lifespan
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.
A team of German and French researchers recently identified a new peptide that could be involved in the Alzheimer disease.
The η-amyloid – or eta-amyloid – belongs to the same family as the beta-amyloid involved with the development of the disease. It has escaped notice from researchers for thirty years. According to research teams, its discovery could impact some clinical trials that are currently ongoing.
Contrary to popular belief, elder people don’t have any particular trouble sleeping because of their age. The results of a Swiss study from the University of Lausanne actually show that the quality of sleep tends to improve rather than worsen with age.
Another study from America show than men and 65+-year-old people sleep better when they keep in touch with nature.
On October 15th, the first International Health and Wealth Conference (IHW) will take place in Algarve, Portugal. It will be the first European conference to link Healthcare and Wellbeing with other complementary sectors, like Tourism, ITC, Corporate Finance and Real Estate. [Read more…] about Portugal: 1st International Health and Wealth Conference
A recent study of March, 2015 in the European Respiratory Journal reveals astonishing news: the air quality in nursing homes affects lung health of residents. The study was realized in 50 various nursing homes in seven countries.
REGAIN wishes to involve the elderly and to make them responsible and involved in their own health. By answering questions, the players are stimulated, share their experiences and their knowledge.
In the United States, major insurance companies like UnitedHealth Group, Humana, Cigna and Highmark offer their clients to wear a connected bracelet to save money on insurance.
According to these insurance companies, wearing the Fitbit bracelet allows insured persons to become aware of health issues in favour of a healthier lifestyle. However, this trend has been criticised in the name of private life and the protection of health data.
In 2010, the Blue Button was launched in the United States at the initiative of President Barack Obama. The Blue Button is an application every American can use to download all of the data from their medical file.
In Europe, the Netherlands wish to set up an equivalent of that system.
A study from the University of Manchester reveals that in Great Britain, seniors remain sexually active after they turn 70 years old. The study was published in the American journal « Archives of Sexual Behavior ».
Indeed, according to a survey of more than 7.000 British seniors. A third of them have at least two sexual relationships a month.
In France, the results of a recent survey revealed that 50% of seniors experienced sexual arousal as much as they did before.
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?
Research suggests art could improve older people’s health on several levels: cognitive functions, memory, sense of well-being, stress, etc. Art and health institutes alike are pushing for more answers and developing programs targeted to older people to help them improve their life through art. [Read more…] about Does art improve your health?
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.
A long-term British study from University College London found out that seniors feeling younger than their actual age may live longer than seniors feeling older than they actually are.
In the United States, the cannabis market tends to gain ground. Several American states are legalising cannabis, some for medical use only, others for both medical and recreational use.
The debate between those in favour and against cannabis legalising is still going strong. The New York Times published an article in late July promoting its legalisation.
More and more Americans are in favour of the decriminalization of cannabis, whatever their age. This includes the elderly, especially boomers. Many admit they consume cannabis for therapeutic and recreational use.
In June 2014, the British television station Channel 4 news has made a coverage of topics about sexuality and the elderly at the age of the Internet. The taboo that surrounds elder people’s sexuality remains strong. Contrary to popular belief, sexuality isn’t limited to youth, which is what Channel 4 news wished to prove by investigating sexuality and sexual practices for the elderly in Great Britain. [Read more…] about Older people and sex in the Internet age
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.
The competitiveness clusters of Lyonbiopôle, Minalogic, Plastipolis and I-CARE are partners on the European project Health2CARE. They recently announced their support to 4 promising projects focusing on personalised health.
Researchers at the City University of London published a study which reveals that one of the main causes of blindness on an international level could be detected by tracking how our eyes work in front of a television. The study was funded by the Fight for Sight charity.
According to a Chinese American study published in Nature Communications, video games are likely to reduce states of depression for the elderly. The results of the clinical tests was conducted on a group of elderly people from 60 to 89 years old on whom antidepressant had no positive effects. Their state improved after spending time playing video games that were developed to improve the brain’s abilities. [Read more…] about To treat depression for the elderly, video games are more efficient than medicine
QardioArm is a wireless connected and designed sphygmonanometer. Sold by Qardio, the project was first introduced and funded on Indiegogo crowdfunding platform in January 2014.
This connected blood pressure monitor is compact, which can be carried easily to measure blood pressure wherever you are.
Hypertension is a chronic disease that affects many people in France and which can lead to heart attack or stroke.
[Read more…] about QardioArm : a connected and designed sphygmonanometer