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“Blind Patients to Test Bionic Eye Brain Implants | prosthesis could help more people who have lost their vision than a device already on the market.” – MIT Technology Review

blind to sight

by Emily Mullin

“The maker of the world’s first commercial artificial retina, which provides partial sight to people with a certain form of blindness, is launching a clinical trial for a brain implant designed to restore vision to more patients.

“The company, Second Sight, is testing whether an array of electrodes placed on the surface of the brain can return limited vision to people who have gone partially or completely blind. For decades, scientists have been trying to develop brain implants to give sight back to the blind but have had limited success. If the Second Sight device works, it could help millions of blind patients worldwide, including those who have lost one or both eyes.

“The device, called the Orion, is a modified version of the company’s current Argus II bionic eye, which involves a pair of glasses outfitted with a camera and an external processor. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted the company a conditional approval for a small study involving five patients at two sites, Baylor College of Medicine and the University of California, Los Angeles.”

Continue reading this article at the MIT Technology Review.

“Dealing with the Dangers of Clutter”

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This article is shared by Lancaster County Link partner, Mary Ellen Mahoney of Caring Transitions of Lancaster County, PA.

“It’s important to be safe on the road and at work, but safety at home is an equally critical consideration—particularly in light of National Safety Month this past June.

“With the help of Chris Seman, president of Caring Transitions, a professional solution for senior relocation, downsizing, estate sale, and online auction services, we explore the dangers of clutter and provide tips on cleaning your home and clearing your mind for a senior living move.

“When clutter gets out of control

“Let’s be honest—many of us live in somewhat cluttered households. Seman points out that the average American home has more than 300,000 items.

“But is clutter really all that dangerous? Seman says it is: ‘Some of the more obvious dangers are the risks for personal injury, such as trips and falls.’ In fact, falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for adults age 65 and older, according to ‘Injury Facts 2017,’ the National Safety Council’s statistical report on unintentional injuries.”

Continue reading this article, click here.

“Get Off The Couch Baby Boomers, Or You May Not Be Able To Later” – NPR

get off“Young bodies may more easily rebound from long bouts of sitting, with just an hour at the gym. But research suggests physical recovery from binge TV-watching gets harder in our 50s and as we get older.” Lily Padula for NPR

“Count the number of hours you sit each day. Be honest.

“‘If you commute an hour in the morning and hour after work — that’s two hours, and if you sit at an eight-hour-a-day desk job that’s 10,’ says epidemiologist Loretta DiPietro of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University.

“Then you come home at, say, 6 p.m., eat dinner and crash into your recliner for another three to four hours,’ says DiPietro. ‘That’s 13 to 14 hours of sitting.’

“Being immobile like that for many hours each day does more than raise the risk of a host of diseases. DiPietro and her colleagues have good evidence that, as the years wear on, it actually reduces the ability of older people to get around on foot at all.”

Continue reading this article at NPR.

Community HealthChoices (CHC) Monthly Webinar Series | explanations on what’s ahead

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Be part of the many events planned throughout September | Lebanon County Suicide Prevention Month

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“Guide to Attending a Sporting Event for Disabled, Special Needs & Senior Citizens” – SportsFacts.org

sports and disabilities

“Showing up at the local stadium to support your favorite team and enjoy the atmosphere of a sporting event is one of the cornerstones of American life. In the past it was difficult for citizens needing special accommodations to attend but these days most facilities are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (often referred to as just ADA).

“Even with these advancements there are still strategies and tips that you’ll want to be aware of to get the most out of your experience. Here is our guide to having a great time at the ballgame as a disabled, special needs or senior citizen.”

Here are some excellent tips for enjoying sports events.

“PBS Announces Broadcast Premiere for THE VIETNAM WAR” | begins September 17 – PBS

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“ARLINGTON, VA — THE VIETNAM WAR, a new 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will premiere September 17, 2017, on PBS stations nationwide. The first five episodes will air nightly from Sunday, September 17, through Thursday, September 21, and the final five episodes will air nightly from Sunday, September 24, through Thursday, September 28. Each episode will premiere at 8:00 p.m. ET with a repeat broadcast immediately following the premiere (check local listings).

Beginning Tuesday, October 3, the series will re-air on a weekly basis through November 28, at 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings).

On September 17, concurrent with the broadcast premiere, the first five episodes of THE VIETNAM WAR will be available for streaming on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and PBS apps for iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast, and the final five episodes will be available beginning September 24. All episodes will remain accessible until October 3, when the series begins its weekly rebroadcast. During the rebroadcast period, each episode will be available to stream for two weeks. PBS station members with Passport, a benefit for donors, offering extended access to a rich library of public television programming can view the entire series (all 10 episodes) beginning September 17 (contact your local PBS station for details).  The series will also be available in Spanish and Vietnamese on streaming.

A trailer for the film is available hereContinue reading →

Memories of Glenn Campbell in the Friday Wrap-Up, August 11, 2017 | a message from the Secretary of Aging

Each week week the Office of the Secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Aging releases a Friday newsletter with information relevant to activities, issues and events for older Pennsylvanians and persons with disabilities across the Commonwealth.

In this week’s newsletter, the Secretary remembers Glenn Campbell and points to a Website begun by Campbell’s wife, Kim: “www.CareLiving.org, a website and social movement designed to provide information, inspiration, encouragement, empowerment, and hope to caregivers to care for themselves while caring for others.”

Click here to download the newsletter as a .pdf file. 

 

 

Friday Wrap-Up, August 4, 2017 | a message from the Secretary of Aging

Each week the Office of the Secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Aging releases a Friday newsletter with information relevant to activities, issues and events for older Pennsylvanians and persons with disabilities across the Commonwealth.

In this week’s newsletter, the Secretary notes:

“What’s often overlooked is that many seniors also experience this problem. During the past several decades, physicians have increasingly prescribed their older patients medication to address chronic pain from arthritis, cancer, neurological diseases, and other illnesses that are often more common later in life. What we are beginning to see is that at times, those prescribed opioids hurt more than they help – while they decrease the pain at first, over time, the pills have less and less effect, and patients need to take more and more to manage the pain. In the past 20 years, the rate of hospitalization among seniors that is related to opioid overuse has quintupled.”

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September 08 – Lebanon VA Medical Center 2017 Community Mental Health Summit – Register today!

VA MH SUMMITTo download the above information sheet as a .pdf for sharing / printing / elarging, click on the graphic or here

To reserve your seat at this summit, you must register for this event –

Click on the link below to register.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-community-mental-health-summit-tickets-36587572414