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Kompott 'robotic agent' helps the elderly stay connected, enjoys a nap

Full-fledged humanoid robots helping the elderly are certainly well and good, but what about somebody that just needs a little help staying in touch with their family? They might one day be using something like this so-called Kompott “robotic agent” designed by some students at the Zurich University of the Arts Interaction Design lab. As you can see, it’s actually just a robot head, which has a touchscreen for a face and a couple of sensors that let you tap it on top to wake it up, and on each side to scroll through items. To simplify things even further, the bot also boasts both voice recognition and text-to-speech, and a single button on its chest that lets you access a list of contacts. Of course, it’s still just a prototype, but it does appear to be fully functional – head on past the break to check it out in action.

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Simple Ways To Prevent Falls In Older Adults

As we age, the risk of falling increases and becomes increasingly perilous. A fall can be a real health setback for a frail, elderly person. And, more older adults are dying from falls today than 20 years ago. A recent study showed that more than 25,000 U.S. adults age 75 or above died from a fall in 2016, up from more than 8,600 deaths in 2000, and the rate of fatal falls for this age group roughly doubled.

But the risk of falling can be minimized, says Dr. Elizabeth Eckstrom, professor and chief of geriatrics at Oregon Health & Science University. “A lot of older adults and a lot of physicians think that falling is inevitable as you age, but in reality it’s not.”

NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Luisa Torres spoke to Eckstrom about the most common causes of falling among seniors and the best ways to prevent them.

Read the full interview here

5 Steps to Improve Your Hearing

Many of us have already experienced or will experience some amount of hearing loss. This can be due to aging or noise-induced factors. Exposure to loud sound over time can permanently damage the ears and result in hearing loss.

If you find yourself struggling with hearing and feeling the need to turn up the TV or your music louder, you may be experiencing hearing loss. Here are five steps to improve your hearing and prevent further damage.

Wear protection

If you know you will be around loud noise and won’t be able to avoid it, like at a large event or while using power tools, wear ear plugs. You can find ear plugs at most grocery stores and they can severely protect your ears from damaging loud noise.

Limits

To keep volumes at a moderate level on devices or stereos, consider adding a volume limit. Most devices have a feature where you can set a maximum volume. This way, you won’t be able to turn your volume up to the actual maximum.

Give yourself a break

Research has shown that being in a quieter setting can train your ears to better focus on the quiet sounds and increase overall hearing. Try to take even just ten minutes a day and go somewhere secluded where there is not a lot of external noise and disruption.

Foods

These foods have been shown to improve hearing and prevent hearing loss.

  • Salmon and other fish: The omega 3 fats and Vitamin D found in Salmon and other like foods have been shown to strengthen the blood vessels in the ear’s sensory system, which then can improve hearing. Research has shown that adults who eat fish twice a week reduced their risk of age-related hearing loss by 42 percent.
  • Spinach, asparagus, beans, broccoli: These foods are high in antioxidants and folic acid. Antioxidants can help lower the risk of hearing loss by reducing free radicals in your body that can damage the nerve tissue in the ears.
  • Dark chocolate, oysters, cashews: Foods high in zinc like dark chocolate, oysters and nuts can improve your body’s resistance to age-related hearing loss.

Acupuncture

A study conducted by the College of Oriental Medicine in South Korea measured the effects of acupuncture on patients with sudden sensorineural hearing loss and found that half of the patients showed improvement in hearing after acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture points can stimulate the strength in the auditory cortex to the brain, thus increasing the brain’s ability to react to auditory stimuli.

Learn how to be aware of the symptoms of hearing loss including difficulty understanding what people say, having to raise the volume higher and muffled sounds. If you think you are suffering from hearing loss, try these tips and contact an acupuncturist today.

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What are the health effects of ash?
  • Ash  may be irritating to the skin, nose, and throat, and may cause coughing. Fine  particles can be inhaled deeply into lungs and may aggravate asthma and make it  difficult to breathe.
  • People  with asthma or other lung diseases, pregnant women, children, and older adults  should not be in the vicinity while cleanup is in progress because it is easy  to stir up ash. Do not allow children to play in ash. Clean all children’s toys  before using. Clean ash off pets and other domesticated animals, and do not  allow pets on contaminated sites.
  • AVOID  direct contact with ash. If you get ash on your skin, in your eyes, or in your  mouth, wash it off as soon as you can. 

Additional Information:

  • Fires  often result in large amounts of ash, other debris (broken glass, exposed electric  wires), and contaminated dust, which may contain toxic substances such as  asbestos, arsenic and lead. If your child is exposed to any of these  substances, wash the child with soap and water as soon as possible and call  Poison Control for further advice.
  • Cleanup  efforts may expose you to ash and other fire decomposition products that may  cause irritation and other health effects. Ash contains tiny particles (dust,  dirt, soot) that can be deposited on indoor and outdoor surfaces and can be  inhaled if the ash becomes airborne during cleanup. Ash from burned structures  is generally more hazardous than forest ash.

If the air is smoky and hot, what can people do to protect their health when they do not have air conditioning/HVAC?
  • Leaving  the area may be best for those with health conditions that put them at higher  risk for illness.
    • Go to a local public building with air conditioning such as a movie theater, mall or library 
    • Seek a local clean air shelter.
    • Seek shelter at a friend or relative’s home away from smoke.
  • If you must stay put: 
    • Stay as cool as possible and drink plenty of  water. 
    • Set up an air purifier in a basement room, if  possible.
Is Possible to Trust Doctors Again After Medical Harm?

Shattered trust. It’s a term people use to describe a betrayal in a romantic or professional relationship. A cheating partner. A back stabbing co-worker or boss. Most of the time it’s deal breaker, resulting in a break-up or someone leaving a job.

But what happens when that shattered trust involves medical harm?  Would you ever trust a doctor again if he/she had operated on the wrong knee or kidney? What if you had been misdiagnosed or were sexually assaulted by a doctor? Even worse, what if that harm was deliberate?

That’s what I had to confront after my father was deliberately harmed, which resulted in his death. This was not just one rogue doctor, mind you, but a concerted effort by a number of doctors and nurses at two hospitals and a nursing home to keep me unaware of what they were doing to him. 

By going through medical records after my father’s death, I learned that his primary care doctor had drugged him with Risperdal, Haldol, Ativan, Tylenol with Codeine and Morphine after admitting him to the hospital to determine the cause of back pain. (Risperdal and Haldol are antipsychotic drugs, which carry FDA black box warnings that they are not recommended for seniors because they can cause serious side effects and death.) All these drugs had been given without my knowledge or consent as power of attorney. My dad’s doctor and all the nurses denied he had been given anything to make him suddenly lose his mind. That, I was told, was due to hospital delirium, common in the elderly; it was recommended that he go a nursing home for rehabilitation for his back and his mind for a few weeks.

At the nursing home, however, the medical director prescribed more Risperdal and Haldol, along with double doses of Ambien and Vicodin – again, without consent or apparent need. That doctor never spoke with me about his care, refusing to return my desperate calls as my father went into a death spiral due to the deadly side effects of the antipsychotics.  When he was rushed to the hospital after his 7th fall in 12 days, the doctor slipped in and falsified a “Do Not Resuscitate” consent form.  The physician who was called in to consult denied any drugs had caused his mental decline; he turned out to be on the board of the medical malpractice company that insured the nursing home doctor.

My father was dead less than two months after going into the hospital.  Ironically, the cause of his back pain was spinal stenosis, which could have been treated with outpatient physical therapy and over the counter medication.

This betrayal of care had a profound affect on my entire extended family. No one trusted doctors or nurses anymore. My children were afraid to go to the doctor, and looked up anything they were prescribed for side effects before any pills were taken. My sister-in-law kept her father at home in his final years, not trusting any hospital or nursing home to care for him. Because I became a patient safety advocate after my father’s death, friends would call me in a panic if a physician recommended a nursing home for a parent.

So it was terrifying when we suddenly had to deal with doctors again when my husband was diagnosed with GIST cancer and sepsis last year.  Because it was a hemorrhagic tumor, the doctors wanted to act quickly, wanting to do perform surgery the next day. It was hard not to panic at the thought of trusting my husband’s life to a surgeon we had not personally chosen.

What helped is that in the three months leading up to that diagnosis, my husband’s doctors actually talked to us.  This was so different than the invisible doctors who deliberately harmed my father.  This time around, Ed’s cardiologist listened to our concerns, and tried to answer our (my) unending questions as we were referred to a pulmonologist, hematologist, and gastroenterologist.

Several factors helped this particular doctor/patient relationship.  First, I was not afraid to tell my father’s story, basically as a warning that I knew patient rights; more importantly, these new doctors were outraged that one of their own would treat a patient that way. Second, this new set of doctors was a good 15 years younger than those who treated my father. It made me wonder whether younger doctors are more in touch with treating the whole patient, and are not as willing to force the traditional “the doctor is always right” attitude. I felt that we were tracking down the cause of Ed’s symptoms together, because each step was explained along the way. Finally, by this time, I knew how to look up doctors on the Medical Board of California website to see if they had any disciplines, malpractice lawsuits, or criminal convictions – and to see where they went to medical school. I had downloaded the new doctor app on my phone so I could look up any new physician we met along the way within seconds. (I am also aware that complaints against doctors are not listed, and some documents have been taken down and not replaced.)

When we were told which surgeon would operate on Ed, this new group of doctors seemed genuinely pleased, almost relieved, that a reputable person would be taking care of their patient. Having that endorsement by other physicians we knew helped allay our fears.

Later, when Ed developed a sudden fever a few days after being released, I rushed him back to the hospital, concerned about sepsis – and worried that I would have to fight to convince doctors he needed treatment immediately. I knew that there was a small window to treat sepsis, and that medical professionals often misdiagnose or ignore symptoms until it is too late. I dropped Ed and my adult son off at the emergency room door, quickly parked the car, and literally ran into the hospital, fully expecting a fight to get Ed prompt treatment.  I was stunned and relieved to find that Ed had already been given an IV and a dose of antibiotics.  He was septic, and spent another five days in the hospital – but he received treatment within that critical window.

This experience with Ed’s surgery has helped to ease my fear of doctors and medical harm somewhat. It was not perfect though. I did report a hospitalist who refused to wash her hands and use gloves during multiple visits, declaring it “silly.” (She felt hand sanitizer was enough to kill superbugs.) However, I have gained confidence in dealing with doctors.

As an advocate, I now read all the accusations and disciplines that the Medical Board of California releases, so I am acutely aware that preventable errors and bad doctors happen more often than we would like. By being vigilant and questioning every step of treatment, I believe patients and their families can make a difference in the outcome of any procedure. I also believe that it is critical for a doctor to communicate with the patient to discuss and agree on the best course of treatment.

So has my shattered trust in doctors been repaired? No. Not even close.

I will always look up every doctor and verify everything I have been told. I just know better how to deal with the trust issue  – and the doctors that will cross our path in the future.