Archive for October, 2012

Another state legalized “driverless cars”–promising news for seniors who would benefit

October 9th, 2012 1 Comment

California recently approved legalization of a “driverless car,” the third state to do so (Nevada and Florida are the other two states). These cars of the future, developed by Google and major automobile companies, may be the answer for seniors who wish to remain independent, even though they realize they shouldn’t be behind the wheel of a traditional car. While these innovative cars are being developed, advanced technology in current new cars has been beefed up, helping older drivers.

Examples of new technology that helps seniors:

  • Headlights that automatically adjust to improve night vision and decrease glare
  • Emergency response systems enable emergency responders to quickly arrive
  • Rear-view cameras help people see what’s behind them without them having to physically turn around
  • Blind spot detection helps when changing lanes
  • Parallel parking assistance
  • Warning devices to alert drowsy drivers
  • Crash warning systems to alert drivers of an impending collision

For further details, read the US News & World Report story on Yahoo at http://yhoo.it/SK2W0y.

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Our October issue of Home Care News by Angels is ready!

October 5th, 2012 No Comments

Visiting Angels NJ is eager to report that the October issue of “Home Care News by Angels” is ready for you to read. We strive to bring you interesting topics concerning the senior population in each issue. Check it out!

In this issue, you’ll learn about:

  • Websites Connecting Family & Friends During Health Challenges
  • World Osteoporosis Day
  • October is Long-Term Care Planning Month
  • Gadget Corner
  • Senior Humor

Read the October issue today!

Movies, popcorn, field trips — a unique overnight program for dementia sufferers in NYC

October 2nd, 2012 No Comments

Hebrew Home at Riverdale, a nursing facility in Bronx, NY, has developed a unique overnight program for dementia sufferers. The program is called ElderServe at Night, and is aimed at Alzheimer’s and dementia sufferers who tend to stay awake all night, making it difficult for family members to sleep. The program arranges to pick up the patient at night, and delivers them back home in the morning (allowing family caregivers to get some sleep). During the night, they are offered a variety of activities such as watching movies (with popcorn), cooking (with supervision), tactile and sensory activities, resting rooms filled with music and twinkle lights, even field trips if they are able to get out. As the nation ages, and the need for such elder care NJ service increases, this idea is certain to take off. Read the AP story at the Wall Street Journal’s website: http://on.wsj.com/QooEVH.