Archive | May 2013

Elderly with iPads

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A while ago I received an email from a developer at the Social Service Center in a municipality located in the south of Sweden. She had bought 30 iPads that she had distributed to disabled, elderly, drug addicts and mentally ill adults within the municipality. She wrote to me as she and her colleagues were amazed by the results! A young mentally disabled man who normally did not move much, all of a sudden became very active to everybody’s surprise. The personnel filmed him with an iPhone and sent to his parents who were thrilled. An elderly Czech woman with dementia got the opportunity to listen to her native language on the iPad. The happiness that brought to her was enormous. An elderly man known for always acting out and being aggressive became calm and happy simply from watching puppies on the iPad. An elderly lady photographed herself from different angles making sure she looked her best in every picture, strengthening her self-image and self-esteem.

In addition, the elderly could easily stay in touch with relatives, near and far, by using Skype. The drug addicts were able to go online and read magazines, play games, paint and play instrument through the iPad.

The woman who emailed me concluded by saying that these changes in behavior may look small and insignificant but for the people going through this it is of great importance. This is a great example on how we can update the way we provide care for the elderly and invite them to take part of the high-tech devices that have already become a natural part of our lives.

How Singapore is preparing for future elderly care

Affordable Excellence

William A Haseltine, President of ACCESS Health International, has written a book called “Affordable Excellence: The Singapore Healthcare Story. How to build and Maintain Sustainable Healthcare Systems”. For anybody interested in policymaking regarding elderly care, the last chapter about how Singapore is planning for the future, is of particular interest and well worth reading. This chapter explains why it makes sense for other countries to watch and study what Singapore is doing to prepare for a major increase of elderly in the population. The chapter gives an understanding of the demographic challenges that Singapore is facing and goes through all major initiatives that are undertaken to address these challenges, both public and private.
The book is published by the Brookings Institution and National University of Singapore Press and can be downloaded at no charge from the ACCESS Health website and from Amazon as an e-book, also at no charge.
Source:Affordable excellence : the Singapore healthcare story : how to create and manage sustainable healthcare systems / William A. Haseltine. – Singapore : Ridge Books, c2013.