Next time your spouse/partner complains that you are on the Internet too much, you can site this study that will be in an upcoming American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. The report suggests that middle-aged and older adults who use the Net may get a brain boosting. Using 24 “normal” volunteers between the ages of 55 and 76, half of the group had previous experience surfing. The participants showed similar brain activity when reading a book and those who went online also registered activity in the frontal, temporal and cingulate areas, which are those that control decision making and complex reasoning.
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Hop-on has released a new cellie intended for seniors. The HOP1890, available in the U.S. and Europe, features a Color TFT with large text and bigger buttons at a size of 105 x 47 x 18mm. The company provides a call center that will provide emergency calls, directory assistance and setup help. The phone also has GPS/enhanced location based services for those who wander and a one button location finder. This is all very well and good unless said users forget or lose their phone.
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The Japanese company Prop has developed a Human Airbag for seniors. The strap-on device deploys in a few seconds if the wearer falls and can’t get up. It consists of 3 airbags that inflate with compressed gas, protecting the head and back. Unfortunately, the vest will not work if the user falls forward. The safety gadget costs $1000.00 and we are thinking that maybe Prop could design a mini-version for toddlers learning to walk.
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