‘Kangaroo’ houses help Belgium’s elderly and immigrantsby Paola Battista - 2014.12.10
Almost 30 years since it was launched in Brussels, the concept of 'kangaroo housing' seems to be working. This initiative is little known, despite being well established in Belgium, and is an original and effective way of promoting intercultural dialogue while also looking after the elderly. How does it work? Older people live together with immigrant families, in the same house but on separate floors. The family helps the elderly person if they are in trouble or in need of any small daily chore. An example of the 'kangaroo' project was launched by 'Foyer Dar'Al Amal' association in Molenbeek – a district of Brussels where 60% of the population are immigrants and 25% are retired. The project has improved the level of safety felt by the elderly, who no longer feel intimidated but, rather, are looked after by their foreign neighbours. Overall, it has meant less isolation for both parties, less prejudice, de-institutionalisation and improved well-being.
Revolutionary anti-Parkinson’s watch will be on the market soon
Emma Watch is an avant-garde Microsoft project presented at the Build Conference 2017 in Seattle (Washington). It is a Smartwarch created by researcher Haiyan Zhang who tested it at the Microsoft center in Cambridge (UK), able to reduce hand tremors, characteristic to Parkinson’s. This is possible, thanks to the watch’s vibrations Read More.
Why elderly can ‘give up on life’ in care homes
Going into a care home can make elderly residents give up on life. A lack of mental stimulation often causes apathy which can lead to premature death. The charity Age UK says some care homes do not provide engaging activities, leaving frail pensioners ‘withdrawn and unmotivated’. The warnings follow a Read More.
Videogames among risk factors for Alzheimer’s
Playing violent "shooter" video games can damage the brain and might even increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease, researchers claim. A study by the University of Montréal has shown habitual players of action games have fewer neurons in their hippocampus, a key memory centre in the brain. The discovery challenges previous Read More.
A belt that helps people with Parkinson’s not to fall
A belt that helps people with Parkinson’s in balancing their movements. This is the latest innovation by researchers at the University of Houston. They have created a wearable belt lined with vibrating actuators that creates a personalized, in-home rehabilitation program with “touch guidance” based on a patient’s individual range of Read More.
Free pizza for all elderly citizens living alone
Pizza for everyone. In Bagno a Ripoli, near Florence, the local administration and the Red Cross created a project that provides free pizza door-to-door for the elderly. The target are old people who social services are already following. The idea to assist this population (primarly those who are alone) in Read More.
If anaesthesia is among the causes of Alzheimer’s
Over65 hit by postoperative delirium risk Alzheimer’s three times more than other old patients. It has been affirmed by an American study published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia. Authors have involved a sample of elderly people over 65 without any diagnosis of cognitive problems before surgery. After analysis, they Read More.