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Devices, Tools, Objects relating to better quality life as grow older.

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Analysis & Exploration: Devices, Tools, Objects

Adventures of Designing a Universal Toenail Clipper

Recent Ithaca College Occupational Therapy Student Rebecca Helbraun discovers the challenge that toenail cutting poses for older adults; does some research; and invents, designs and prototypes a new solution. She shares her journey here.

 

 

Joe Maxwell's Universal Design Kitchen

This article describes a piece of universal design (a kitchen) from 83 yr old designer Joe Maxwell. When you read about Joe's kitchen design below from the 1950's you can't help wondering why we don't see more Universal Design in mainstream products.

 

 

Improving Cinema Experience for the Vision Impaired

I recently became aware of an entire ecosystem of services to help people with all levels of vision impairment enjoy movies. These services provide an audio description of the visual scene. It's a bit like subtitles, but for the blind. Of course these services can help those with other vision impairments as well. This article explains how this all works.

 

 

A Conversation You Haven't Had with Your Doctor...But Should

Drug company advertisements often end with the phrase “Ask your Doctor about…” followed by the newest drug being promoted. While surely they mean to ask if the new drug is right for you to start taking, I suggest a different question to ask your Doctor:

“Of all the drugs prescribed for me, which one is most important for me to take correctly?”

If you, or a person you care for, are struggling to manage a complicated drug regime, you may unknowingly be

...

 

 

So You Want to Build a Pill Dispenser? Focus on Filling!

Do you have an idea for a pill dispensing product? Good for you. You’ve seen the problem and complexity of multiple medication and you have an idea to make it better. I commend you.

At NightingaleRx we’ve learned a few things from evaluating other pill dispensers and studying the medication management landscape. Here are a few things to keep in mind that may assist in your endeavors:

 

 

Trends in Technology Use by Older Adults

Pew Research has released a report that shows a substantial increase in the use of technology by older adults. They increased the use of the Internet, smart phones, and TV.

 

 

Explorer Discussions: Devices, Tools, Objects

SF Explorers use Amazon Echo Show to Reach Across the Country

The San Francisco Explorers participate in a cross country video call demonstration of the use of an Amazon Echo Show. .........Read more

I Want to Do My Own Driving Evaluation

Explorer Ron frames the question: "How does one decide whether or not to continue driving?" Should it be one's self, or someone else? .........Read more

Explorers Conceptualize a Better Grabber

In this fun brainstorming session, explorers conceptualize in detail a more versatile 'reacher-grabber' tool than those which are currently available. .........Read more

Rosalie Sings the Praises of Amazon's Alexa

Explorer Rosalie reports to the group on her experience from Amazon's first Echo and newer products and Alexa skills, including "Let's Chat". .........Read more

Kai Demonstrates His Volaris Rollator Walker

Explorer Kai tells the group why the Volaris rollator-type walker attracted his attention, and why he chose the Volaris brand to meet his needs. .........Read more

Amazon Echo Stimulates Explorers' Imaginations

This group of older adult explorers discuss the Amazon Echo device. A pair of enthusiastic explorers introduce the product which they have recently started using. .........Read more

 

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Useful Products & Resources: Devices, Tools, Objects (shared by our Explorers)

CallToU Caregiver Call Button

 
CallToU
 

CallToU is a wireless call system intended for indoor use to alert the intended helper that assistance is needed by the user.

 

Bemer Therapy Products

 
Bemer Therapy Products
 

Bemer products are intended to produce beneficial health effects by stimulating the vascular system in the smallest blood vessels.

 

Zinger Chair

 
Zinger chair
 

The Zinger Chair is a mobility device designed to be more agile and portable than standard wheelchairs.

 

EZ Cruiser Portable Mobility Device

 
EZ Cruiser Folding Wheelchair
 

The EZ Cruiser Portable Mobility Device is a folding power wheel chair designed to be taken by travelers on air and cruise lines.

 

MedaCube

 
Medacube
 

MedaCube is designed to prompt the user to press the screen in order to receive the prescribed dose from a bin that opens to dispense the pills.

 

FallCall Lite

 
FallCall Lite
 

FallCall Lite is an iOS software based system including the Apple Watch, iPhone and Homepod intended to serve as a monitoring system with voice activation capability.

 

UPWalker Upright Walker

 
UPWalker upright walker
 

The UPWalker upright walker is a rollator with elevatable lower arm support and upright handles intended to allow the user to stand upright during use.

 

FamilyGram

 
FamilyGram
 

FamilyGram is an iPhone app intended to connect family or friends and to foster connections via a private social network.

 

Trendoux Touchscreen Gloves

 
touchscreen gloves
 

Trendoux touchscreen winter gloves include conductive pads at finger and thumb tips intended to allow the wearer to operate touchscreen devices without having to remove the gloves.

 

 

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