World first robotic hospital bed

A new autonomous robotic hospital bed, costing around the same as the standard hospital variation, has been created by a Sydney university in a bid to revolutionise hospital practices and patient transportation.

A team from the UTS Centre for Health Technologies in collaboration with KTH Royal Institute of Technology has developed the world's first robotic hospital bed frame and mattress.

The Flexibed replaces all seven types of hospital beds, incorporates the multiple beds' movements, including suitable Trendelenburg (head lower than feet) and reverse Trendelenburg positions for surgery.


Posted by editor on Wed, 16 Sep 2015 13:09 | Permalink

4 Essential Tips on Reducing Your Risk of Falling

Every year, one in three adults aged 65 or older will suffer a fall. Not only is taking a tumble quite discouraging – and painful! – but falling can lead to greater health issues such as bone fractures and head traThe good news is that there are many things you can do in order to reduce your risk of tumbling, as well as actions you can take to keep your body in tiptop shape. Here are a few things to try:


Posted by editor on Wed, 16 Sep 2015 13:09 | Permalink

Why Technology Is The Catalyst For A New Era Of Aging In Place

In Stanley Kubrick's epic 1968 film "2001: A Space Odyssey," Hal, the defiant onboard computer, foreshadows a future of runaway artificial intelligence. More recently, fears about machines making work obsolete and apocalyptic visions of robot revolts have been subjects of discussion in think tanks, academic institutions and media outlets. As futurists debate the merits and risks of new technologies, we know today that technological progress is providing solutions for a new generation of older adults who seek to remain active, contributing and connected to their families, friends and communities. As we note in our recent Milken Institute "Best Cities for Successful Aging" report, an overwhelming majority of older adults express a desire to age at home and in place. Technological advances may be an answer to that challenge.


Posted by editor on Fri, 11 Sep 2015 12:09 | Permalink

Aged care workforce an international challenge: US expert

Australian aged care providers are not alone in their difficulties recruiting and retaining staff, with aged services around the world experiencing workforce woes, which signalled the need for global strategies, a leading international authority on aged care has said.

Dr Robyn Stone, executive director of the LeadingAge Centre for Applied Research, said more action was needed on strategies to attract and retain staff, increase productivity through technology, and better support the informal care sector.

Posted by editor on Fri, 11 Sep 2015 11:09 | Permalink

Here's Why Markets (and Local Governments) Should Follow the Millennials Lead

Why do most Americans have it in their heads that retirement means to take it easy and to back off from life? If you ask a person born in between 1946 and 1964 what retirement means to them, I bet you'd hear a very different perspective. It wouldn't include resting, sitting back, being passive and detaching from life. You'd find the opposite.

Posted by editor on Fri, 11 Sep 2015 11:09 | Permalink

Alzheimer’s disease linked to common viruses

While everyone has misplaced keys from time to time, this type of forgetfulness is normal. On the other hand, forgetting your child’s name or how to tie your shoe is a serious neurological problem called “Alzheimer’s disease.” While it is the most common form of dementia, it also has the most potential for damaging the brain’s neurons. Changes in the affected person include memory loss, the ability to think clearly, as well as odd behavior.

In previous years, Alzheimer’s was considered a chronic disease that resulted from cause and effect that included lifestyle factors. However, new research has proven an association with infectious disease. In fact, studies are showing up to 95 percent of the American population has been infected by a disease that could eventually result in Alzheimer’s.

Posted by editor on Fri, 11 Sep 2015 11:09 | Permalink

Your Changing Role

Many family members comment that caring for an aging parent feels like a "role reversal." They have become the parent and their parent is the child. There certainly may be similarities in terms of your parent's dependence upon you.

You are likely to run into problems, however, if you try to assume a parental role. Even persons with severe memory loss remember years of independence. They do not respond well to being shut out of decisions or told what to do. Like any adult, they want to be respected.

It can be frustrating to see your family member denying problems, making poor choices, and resisting your help. And sometimes your parent's decisions affect your life. However, unless he or she has dementia and is truly incompetent to understand the consequences of decisions, it IS your loved one's right to make those decisions.

As a result, caring for an aging parent becomes something of a dance. Sometimes you walk arm in arm. Sometimes you take the lead. Sometimes you follow. It's a delicate balance.

Posted by editor on Fri, 11 Sep 2015 11:09 | Permalink

20 Warning Signs Your Parent Needs Help at Home

Maybe you've noticed that dad's unopened mail is piling up. Or mom, once meticulous about her appearance, is wearing wrinkled clothes and not doing her hair. Perhaps there are bruises on your aging parent's arms. When you bring up the subject, you hear, "Everything is fine. There's no need to worry."

Admitting they need help would mean they can't take care of themselves anymore, and no one wants to lose their independence. "Denial is the unrealistic hope that a problem is not really happening and will go away by itself. Admitting they need help and accepting assistance is not easy for people as they age. It represents a loss of independence. Denial plays a major role – and signs get ignored," says Paul Hogan, Founder and Chairman of Home Instead Senior Care.

Posted by editor on Fri, 11 Sep 2015 11:09 | Permalink

Drop of blood can show biological age and predict Alzheimer's Disease

True biological age is written in the genes and can now be read by scientists using a simple blood test

A blood test which shows how well people are ageing can predict the onset of diseases like Alzheimer’s, researchers believe.

Scientists have identified a set of genes which must be functioning properly for ‘healthy ageing’ in 65-year-olds.

How well those genes are working can be added up into a ‘healthy age gene score.’ The lower the score the more likely disease is present or likely to develop.

Posted by editor on Fri, 11 Sep 2015 11:09 | Permalink

Aging In Place With Home Care

Aging in place is defined by the Centers for Disease Control as "the ability to live in one's own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level." The value of aging in place is recognized more now than ever before. Aside from the psycho/social benefits of the elderly remaining home for as long as possible, with institutional care being extremely costly, a home health aide at the appropriate time is the ideal solution.

Posted by editor on Fri, 11 Sep 2015 11:09 | Permalink