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It’s nice to have some alone time, but when you
live alone and don’t get out to socialize as often anymore, alone time can
quickly escalate into feelings of isolation and sometimes even depression. It’s
estimated that this is one of the factors that has lead to millions of older
Americans to suffer from depression.
However, avoiding these feelings could be as easy as turning on your computer or picking up your smart phone! According to Michigan State University Today , researchers have found that getting online regularly and exploring social media or emailing friends can reduce your chances of depression by more than 30%.
The reasoning behind this is pretty simple. “It all has to do with older persons being able to communicate, to stay in contact with their social networks, and just not feel lonely,” Shelia Cotten, a Michigan State University professor of telecommunication, information studies and media, said. It was concluded that being able to connect with people online lessened the chances of depression for all participants of the survey. The internet had the biggest and most positive impact on individuals that live alone.
An example of the impact the internet can have on someone comes from an 81-year-old woman who lost her longtime boyfriend. With him no longer around, she had a lot of time alone. Her daughter gave her an iPad for Christmas and set up a Facebook account for her. She quickly learned how to navigate the site (despite never using a computer before) and has been able to connect with family and friends.
The internet shouldn’t be a substitute for real life. But if you’re using it in moderation and you’re doing things that enhance your life, then the impacts are likely to be positive in terms of health and wellbeing.
As for your kids who might complain about you being on Facebook and commenting on what they do, or tell you that you post too much, just tell them you’re doing it for your mental health.
If you have any questions about protecting an aging loved one, call Oldham and Deitering at 937-898-7673.
There may come a time when you or a loved one begins to have difficulty getting around, and may consider purchasing a cane. Here are some things to consider when looking for a cane.
Do you need a cane for balance or support? If you just need help balancing, a single point cane will probably work best for you. However, if you're recovering from an injury, or just need a cane to help support you, a four tip cane may be the best option (also consider asking your doctors opinion).
The grip of your cane is a matter of personal preference, but a foam grip, or grip that's molded to fit your hand, are usually best. If you have trouble grasping with your fingers because or arthritis or joint pain, a larger grip may be a better solution. If you experience pain or numbness in your hands and fingers while using your cane you might want to consider purchasing one with a different grip.
Many canes are adjustable, but some are not. When checking for the fit of your cane your elbow should bend at a comfortable angle, about 15 degrees. You might bend your elbow slightly more if you're primarily using the cane for balance. With your arm hanging straight down at your side, the top of your cane should line up with the crease in your wrist. If your cane is too tall, it will take more effort to lift it, and if it's too short you could end up leaning, which can throw off your balance.
If you are using your cane for stability, you can use it in whichever hand is more comfortable. However, if you need it because of an injury it should always be held in the hand opposite of the leg that needs support. For example, if your knee pain is on your left side, you should use the cane in your right hand. The cane should then move forward as you step forward with the bad leg.
If you have to go up stairs, you should lead with the good leg. And when you go down stairs, you should put your cane on the step first and then step down with your bad leg.
Once you've purchased your cane, it'll be good to get in the habit of checking the tip. Much like the tread on car tires grips the road, the tip of your cane can help provide traction on most surfaces. Make sure the rubber tip is supple and the tread is in good shape. If the tip looks worn, buy a replacement tip at a pharmacy or medical supply store. You can buy canes at drugstores, discount retailers, medical supply stores and online, usually between $10 and $50. Medicare can sometimes cover canes with a written prescription from a physician.
Sweat isn't typically thought of as a good thing, but a sweating billboard in Brazil might end up saving lives.
Using a technology that releases a mixture of a lactic acid solution that mimics the smell of human sweat and carbon dioxide, which is in human breath, the sweating billboard is the latest in the fight against the Zika virus. In addition to luring the mosquitos with the smell of humans, it lights up at night t attract the bugs with the promise of warmth.
Designed under a Creative Commons license, the billboards can't be patented, which means their plans are available for other cities and countries to duplicate and build free of charge.
The creators of the boards, Posterscope and NBS, say that the insects are drawn to the aroma from the board from a distance of up to 2.5km (approximately 1.6 miles) away. Once they are lured into the traps, the bugs are able to live out the rest of their natural life without the threat of biting anyone.
Otto Frossard from Posterscope said that the billboard will remain empty, and not contain any advertisements. He also stated that the board would cost "a few thousand Reals" (1,000 Brazilian Reals is $280/£194) to make.
The billboards aren't without their criticisms though. Dr Chris Jackson, a pest control expert at the University of Southampton has stated that while the science behind the billboard is effective, he isn't sure how wise it is to put them in heavily populated areas. So far two of the Mosquito Killer Billboards have been installed in Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil.
"Maybe if it was not in a high-density place, where people are sitting perhaps with exposed legs... otherwise, you're pulling in hungry mosquitoes and providing them with exposed human flesh," Dr. Jackson continued.