Diana Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a protective cage, reaching a Key West beach on Monday, September 2, nearly 53 hours after jumping into the ocean in Havana for her fifth try in 35 years. The 64-year-old endurance swimmer had a 35-person team to help clear her path of jellyfish and watch for sharks.
Falls are common and a major cause of concern in older people. A proven treatment to reduce the risk of falls is exercise, but many older people are unable to undertake enough exercise and if the exercise is not regular or the person stops doing it, the beneficial effects are lost. The benefit of exercise is that it improves muscle strength and stamina. This study will look at a drug, called perindopril, commonly used to treat high blood pressure that may be of benefit in improving muscle function, stability and muscle tiredness in older people at risk of falls. We will examine people’s stability, i.e. how much they tend to sway while standing, and their muscle strength before and after treatment with a 15-week course of the drug. If the drug does improve the patients’ stability and reduces their risk of falls it might be a useful and easy to prescribe therapy for people at risk of falls in future.
For action: Jury members for the project generations @ school 2013
From 1 March to 30 June, in 300 schools from all over Europe, senior citizens and pupils dialogued together to then upload their photos and videos of the intergenerational activities with comments on the generations@school competition website (http://www..generationsatschool.eu/en/).
Now it’s time to select the most outstanding and inspiring intergenerational activities to be awarded with great prizes!
As a jury member, we will kindly ask you to carry out your national selection process until the end of August. A jury member would be asked to evaluate between 4 and 10 activities, which we estimate to be done in max 2 hours. Our team prepared detailed guidelines and an evaluation sheet with explanations to help you in the selection process.
We assure you that it will be an enriching experience you will enjoy as the activities are really great examples of intergenerational solidarity!
Just look at them: the graybeards and grannies smoking pot, the bodies tugged by gravity and wretched excess, all that late-age libido and feeble jump-stepping enabled by Viagra and Lipitor. Baby boomers — a stadium full of them. Is there anything worse?
The Vodafone Foundation has launched the first Mobile for Good Europe Awards to search for IOS and Android apps designed to improve people's lives and deliver substantial public benefit.
Creators of the winning apps, in categories including accessibility, mobilising public services, health and education, will receive a shared prize fund of €200,000 to be used for the development of their innovations.
The awards build on the success of the Vodafone Foundation's Smart Accessibility Awards, held in 2011 and 2012, which was a competition to find Android apps, which improve the lives of those disabilities and the elderly.
The Vodafone Foundation Mobile for Good Europe Awards are a joint initiative between the Vodafone Foundation, AGE Platform Europe (AGE) and the European Disability Forum (EDF).
Detailed criteria including eligibility and information on how to apply for the Mobile for Good Europe Awards can be found on the competition website. All entries must be received by 12:00 GMT on 15 October 2013.
In spite of a great push on implementation of the pain assessment guidelines, the report says, particularly in the care home setting, pain assessment is not widely used. In an attempt to address this issue, Pat and her colleagues have developed a pain assessment app.
The accelerating crisis in homecare for older people is the culmination of several years of policy decisions at all levels (Care cuts leave elderly stuck in hospital, 5 January). The galloping tendency of leaving the provision of care to private-sector, multinational agencies has left many areas with local oligopolies and the consequent market distortions; the rush to drive down price at the expense of quality sets the scene for scandal; the move to restrict homecare to those with critical needs means that only those in serious and even life-threatening difficulties will get help.
How soon should you think about preventing dementia? As early as the 20s and 30s and certainly by the time we're in our 40s, according to researchers from the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing at the University of NSW.
Non-profit organisations Siel Bleu, which provides adapted physical activity for the elderly, and SenseSchool, a social enterprise born in the MakeSense community which designs innovative programs for students to learn by solving concrete social and environmental challenges, partnered up to invent prototypes that will help improve Siel Bleu’s activities.