Georgia Tech – Innovations to Help Elders Age at Home
A device called “digital family portrait” captures on screen an elder’s daily activities and transmits the information to an adult child or caregiver. It keeps tracks of how well the senior is sleeping, her eating habits, whether she was active during the day— or if her usual routine has changed and she is sleeping more. It also records weather conditions and indoor temperature.
Read more about the “digital family portrait” as well as information about other new inventions. Learn how Georgia Tech is working towards creating new devices to help elders age at home.
Zinc Plays a Key Role in Better Aging – Keeps Seniors Healthy
Two recent studies addressed the role of zinc in maintaining health in older people. One, a 12-month study of 50 nursing home residents 65 years old or older found that people with low levels of zinc, 70 micrograms per deciliter or less, had twice the incidence of pneumonia and took nearly 50% more antibiotic prescriptions during the study period than individuals who had normal levels of zinc.
Read more about this study and see what researchers discovered in the second study which looked at 50 community-based elders.
Panasonic’s Robotic Bed Converts into a Wheelchair
Panasonic has created a robotic bed that can transform into a wheelchair, allowing the elderly or people with disabilities to get up without assistance. When it comes to devices to aid the elderly and disabled, the Japanese are leaders in innovation.
Read more about what is currently available in Japan and hopefully will be available in the US in the not so distant future.
Need a Little Extra Fiber?
Looking for ways to add a little fibre to your diet? How about adding ground flax seeds, wheat germ and/or chia seeds when making your favorite muffins.
Read more about how you can get extra fiber without giving up the foods you love.
Insufficient Levels Of Vitamin D Puts Elderly At Increased Risk Of Dying From Heart Disease
The study found that older adults with insufficient levels of vitamin D die from heart disease at greater rates that those with adequate levels of the vitamin. Because older adults tend to spend more time indoors their exposure to the sun is limited. In addition, as we age our ability to make vitamin D is reduced. The study found that current daily recommendations of vitamin D may not be enough for older adults to maintain optimal health.
Learn more about this essential vitamin!
Atrial Fibrillation Linked to Dementia
Findings from a study of more than 37,000 patients showed that patients with atrial fibrillation were 44 percent more likely to develop dementia than patients without the heart disorder. Younger patients with A-fib were at higher risk of developing all types of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s. Patients under age 70 with A-fib were 130 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s.
Learn more about these findings and their implications.