High-tech Gadgets Monitor Seniors’ Safety At Home

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Seniors learn how to protect themselves at annual Safety Fair

More nighttime bathroom trips can indicate a brewing urinary tract infection. A change in gait, such as starting to take shorter or slower steps, can signal increased risk for a fall. Basic motion sensors can’t detect that. So Rantz’s team adapted the Microsoft Kinect 3-D camera, developed for video games, to measure subtle changes in walking. (Yes, it can distinguish visitors.) The researchers installed the sensor package in apartments at the university-affiliated TigerPlace community and in a Cedar Falls, Iowa, senior complex. On-site nurses received automatic emails about significant changes in residents’ activity. One study found that after a year, residents who agreed to be monitored were functioning better than an unmonitored control group, presumably because nurses intervened sooner at signs of trouble, Rantz said.
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Seniors Take Pedestrian Safety Into Their Own Hands

New York is a city of walking, with the vast majority of streets and bridges accessible by foot. This very convenience makes the city an appealing one to seniors, some of whom feel less secure using public transportation or traveling farther distances as they age. We only ride the subway when we have to, said Hazel Clark, a member of the East Brooklyn senior group. If theres a bus line well try to take the bus line, because [subways] have no elevators and no escalators in this area. The Metropolitan Transit Authority has 468 subway stations across the five boroughs, but only 74 of them are now equipped with elevators, ramps or other accessible features, according to its official website . Currently, less than three percent of federal transportation funding is dedicated for pedestrians and bicycle projects, according to the Tri-State Transportation Campaigns statement lamenting the new transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), which reportedly will cut back on funding for the pedestrian and cycling projects . Three major pedestrian-bicycle initiatives Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, and Recreational Trails are combined into one program. Many of the citys pedestrian projects have received federal funds through these projects in the past, including the 9th Avenue Sidewalk Enhancement in Manhattan and the Willoughby Street Plaza for pedestrians in Brooklyn.
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Senior driving safety still taboo subject

Stanford senior Ed Reynolds will sit out the first half of the fifth-ranked Cardinal’s game against Washington State on Saturday for targeting. Reynolds was ejected from last Saturday’s 42-28 victory over Arizona State after lowering his head and hitting Sun Devils quarterback Taylor Kelly in the helmet with less than seven minutes remaining to play. Stanford coach David Shaw said Tuesday that Reynolds did not argue the call and has since expressed remorse for the hit. Shaw agreed with the penalty, saying the punishment is necessary to discourage that activity in college football.
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Cardinal senior safety Reynolds will sit out a half for targeting

The seniors today were brought up in a community setting where everyone took care of each other, said Susie Leon, the Vice President for Peoria County Triad. Scams target seniors now. Other activities at the fair included cholesterol, hearing and balance-fall screenings, and $28 flu shots free with a Medicare part B card. Glad to get my ears tested after a long time, said 66-year-old Peorian Russ Hall. I enjoyed the panel. The questions were good, things I wouldnt have thought of. And when they asked them, I was informed. A panel of experts answered questions from a crowd of 200 senior citizens about recent scams that ask for their personal information as well as medication and driving regulations. Velma Johnson, a 71-year-old Peorian, found the panel a good resource in keeping her updated on rules of the road. How police are protecting elderly people, its good to know, Johnson said.
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In this May 22, 2013 photo provided by the University of Missouri, Bob Harrison prepares a snack in his TigerPlace apartment in Columbia, Mo., as different sensors mounted near the ceiling record activity patterns. The sensor technology is unobtrusive and does not interfere with his everyday tasks. Researchers at the University of Missouri are studying high-tech monitoring systems that promise new safety nets for seniors living on their own.

“Adult children are just ill-equipped to deal with this conversation because it means coming to grips with their parents’ mortality,” said Andy Cohen, the CEO of Caring.com, which provides information about caring for aging parents. “Taking away driving abilities is a symbolic step towards end-of-life, and it also marks the beginning of the adult child stepping into a caretaker role,” he said. Yet more than a third of the people said there should be restrictions on their parents’ driving, including limits on night driving and long distances. But taking away seniors’ driving privileges has broader implications. “When you take a person’s car away, you’re doing more than just affecting their mobility, you’re affecting their independence,” said Dr. Elizabeth Dugan, a geriatric expert at the University of Massachusetts. “We’ve never before had people live this long and be able to drive, and so this concern about aging drivers really marks a demographic shift,” she added in an interview.
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