Monthly Archive: May, 2011

Gingrich reckons Alzheimer’s could cost $20 trillion.

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Now, 1 trillion already sounds high, but 20 trillion – really? That’s more than the annual GDP of the US. Throwing big numbers around just goes to show there needs to be some… Continue reading

Honda’s new mobility device, aka Segway 2.0

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Was just sent this – Honda’s newest concept for personal mobility, the catchily-titled U3-X: Kudos to them. Better than a Segway in terms of having your hands free, and for keeping people at… Continue reading

As time goes by, it gets tougher to ‘just remember this’ (link)

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“a Johns Hopkins neuroscientist suggests that our aging brains are unable to process this information as “new” because the brain pathways leading to the hippocampus become degraded over time. As a result, our… Continue reading

‘Pong’ pioneer Bushnell says video games may save your brain – Game Hunters: In search of video games and interactive awesomeness (link)

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Anti-AgingGames.com is introducing a suite of up to 30 online games today, ranging from simulations of police lineups and code-cracking to trying to remember what toppings are on a pizza, that it says… Continue reading

Healthsense and Verizon Partner for senior telecare

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Spotted this in FierceMobileHealthcare. I like the sound of the algorithm-based intelligence that Healthsense refers to – studying patterns and then identifying activities that fall outside the norm. That’s much more ‘human’ than… Continue reading

List of aging innovation resources

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Here’s a partial list that I’ll add to over the coming weeks of groups that I think are doing a good job around innovation and aging, together with a short summary, mostly taken… Continue reading

Why US Baby Boomers are Slow to Buy Smart Phones: Technophobes or Value Buyers? (Link)

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Why are US boomers hesitating to invest in smart phones? Theyare not techno-adverse – just visit any consumer electronics store and see whois buying the high-tech, high-style and indeed high-priced nexgen flat and… Continue reading

Brain Scans Show How Multitasking Is Harder for Seniors | Wired Science | Wired.com

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Gazzaley suspected that elderly people would focus excessively on distractions. Instead, their average brain activity was little different from their younger counterparts when presented with the distracting face. Differences emerged afterward: When the… Continue reading

Obesity in middle age raises dementia risk (link)

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People who are obese in middle age are at almost four times greater risk of developing dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease in later life than people of normal weight, according to a study… Continue reading

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