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Stairlifts Can Be Integral Tool for Home Healthcare

Lifestyles - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 11:18am
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(NewsUSA) - People are getting older. Not only does this mean there will be more elderly who want to "age at home," and retain their independence, but there will be those who require in-home care from age-related health problems and surgeries.

Consider this: the number of Americans 65 and up is expected to nearly double by the middle of the century, when they will make up more than a fifth of the nation's population, according to a Census Bureau Report released last year.

What this means is that it will be more important than ever to ensure that homes can be retrofitted to accommodate this demographic.

To that end, installing a stairlift may be just what the doctor ordered. For home healthcare providers or loved ones who have to care for someone who is disabled or coming off of surgery, a stairlift makes sense.

"Caregivers for disabled persons are ... becoming more aware of products to help them," Jerry Keiderling, president of Accessible Home Improvement of America told HomeCare Magazine in an interview.

While there is a certain stigma related to stairlifts of old, Keiderling said that technology developments now center on electronic components and aesthetics.

"Today's stairlifts ... have a much more pleasing look," he told the magazine. "They don't look like the service hoist at the local garage. Longevity is also a key component. Some of these systems are used quite often, and they need to last."

Experts agree, saying older people want something that is discreet and that has the ability to be stored away when not in use.

Unlike older models, new designs such as those sold by Orlando-based Acorn Stairlifts are powered by two small-12 volt batteries located under the seat. The chair and built-in footrest can be folded up when not in use, and all lifts have sensors around the perimeter of the foot platform that will stop the lift when triggered.

While cost can be a factor in the decision, experts say that the risk of a family member injuring themselves while lifting a patient far outweighs the cost of installing a chairlift.

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Google's new CEO: Who is Sundar Pichai?

Business News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:53am
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Annie Lennox's daughter saved, body found

CNN World - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:49am
Searchers canvassing the Hudson River for missing kayaker Ian Jones found a male body matching his description around noon on Monday. Jones, 32, the boyfriend of singer Annie Lennox's daughter, Tali Lennox Fruchtmann, has been missing since the couple's kayak capsized Saturday in Dutchess County in upstate New York.

Categories: International News

Tennis star fights 'kissing disease'

CNN World - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:48am
After a disappointing few months in which she exited Wimbledon and the French Open early, two-time grand slam winner Petra Kvitova has been diagnosed with mononucleosis.

Categories: International News

Beckham hits at Daily Mail over pacifier

CNN World - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:46am
David Beckham scored a goal for parents Monday, striking back against all the critics who tell us they know how to parent our children better than we do.

Categories: International News

MH370: Malaysia sends team to Maldives

CNN World - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:46am
Malaysia has said it will send a team to the Maldives to inspect debris found on the Indian Ocean archipelago to determine whether it might be related to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Categories: International News

MH17: Possible missile parts found

CNN World - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:46am
Authorities investigating last year's downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine are examining what could be surface-to-air missile parts that were found in the area, a Dutch-led prosecution team said Tuesday.

Categories: International News

U.S. F-16 crashes in forest

CNN World - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:46am

Categories: International News

Idaho huntress defiant despite social media backlash

CNN World - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:31am
Far from cowering, keen Idaho hunter Sabrina Corgatelli has been flaunting her kills, posting verses from the Bible apparently to justify her hunting ways.

Categories: International News

Inside the world of trophy hunting

CNN World - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:31am
How much does a big game hunt cost? And how does it effect local wildlife? David McKenzie explains.

Categories: International News

Conservation hunting: Boon to wildlife or unjustifiable sport?

CNN World - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:27am
Can so-called conservation hunting actually benefit wildlife? Or is the killing of endangered animals for sport unconscionable, no matter what?

Categories: International News

Opinion: Why killing lions may actually be good

CNN World - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:27am
The death of a celebrity often makes the headlines, but it is less common that the death of wild animal has the same effect. However, it appears that the entire world has mourned the loss of Cecil the lion, killed on a private game reserve bordering a national park in Zimbabwe. But is the recent barrage of attacks on trophy hunting, and the U.S. dentist who killed Cecil, justified?

Categories: International News

Cecil the lion: 'We knew this is how we would die'

CNN World - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:25am
The killing of Cecil the lion was a blow to researchers who fear for his cubs' future -- but many in Zimbabwe see lions as a threat.

Categories: International News

Stand up, sit less; here's how to do it

Health - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:23am

Categories: Health

Russia slides deeper into recession, prospects are 'grim'

Business News - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:22am
It keeps getting worse for Russia.

U.S. F-16 crashes in Germany; pilot safe

CNN - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:21am
A pilot ejected from a U.S. F-16 before it crashed Tuesday morning in a forested area in Germany's Bavaria region, the U.S. Air Force said.

Categories: National News

Making Cities Smarter With Connected Cars

Lifestyles - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:20am
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(NewsUSA) - We live in an age of new mobility, where the landscape of our digital life is expanding and evolving at unprecedented speed. Wireless connectivity has spread from computers and smartphones to cars, homes and cities, and it's simplifying and improving our way of living.

The rise of "smart" objects and machines powered by machine-to-machine (M2M) technology has been a huge catalyst for the Internet of Things -- a web of connected objects and devices that communicate with one another to make life easier. The automotive industry is leading the way forward with more than 23 million connected cars on the road today and projections for 152 million by 2020.

Connected cars enhance our lives with rich services, including advanced 3D navigation, automatic emergency calling when accidents occur and always-on mobile WiFi. They can automatically exchange information with other smart objects, such as traffic lights, to help reduce road congestion and improve navigation. They can also direct drivers to the nearest open parking spot and turn on the heat and stereo system before arriving home.

The possibilities are exciting and limited only by our ability to securely manage wireless service plans for the long life of vehicles and smart city solutions.

Until recently, updating connected car systems was costly and time-consuming, requiring a visit to a dealership to change electronic components embedded under the dashboard. Consumers will soon be able to securely update wireless features and even add new vehicles or smart home devices to existing mobile service plans via a mobile device app or website visit. The new "on-demand connectivity" solution makes it much easier to adopt new technology or instantly take advantage of special offers without additional service contracts or monthly invoices.

"In an increasingly connected world, it is vital to remove barriers for growth," said Gemalto Vice President Juan Lazcano. "On Demand Connectivity allows people to easily manage their connected devices while helping mobile network operators improve service offerings and customer loyalty. It's a win-win scenario."

The best part is Gemalto's solution adds a layer of data security that ensures personal information is protected when service plan updates are made. This allows all of us to trust in the connected cars and smart cities of the future. For more information, visit

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