We are living in times when technology is reshaping everything, from how we operate in the workplace to creating a global economy that is knowledge based. But with workplace operations in flux and a shift toward a knowledge-based economy, there is a greater requirement for accessibility, collaboration, communication, and mobility – with accessibility being the crucial element in attracting business.
Accessible technology is allowing each computer user to address his or her personal needs, whether due to limitations caused by aging, language and learning impairments, or physical disabilities. Having this technology is a win-win situation for business as it serves the customer, helps the employee, and maintains good relations with partners.
Pressure sores are a condition where the skin breaks down due to sitting or lying too long in one position. Pressure sores, sometimes called pressure ulcers or bed sores, are a significant risk for people who are bed-ridden and may cause death in extreme cases. This includes many elderly, especially those in nursing homes and rehab facilities where they lie in bed or sit in a wheelchair for extended periods.
For people who are bedridden, common places for pressure sores are the back or sides of the head, rim of the ears, shoulders or shoulder blades, hip, lower back or tailbone, heels, ankles and skin behind the knees. For people who use a wheelchair, common places for pressure sores are on the buttocks, shoulder blades, spine, and backs of arms and legs where they rest against the chair.
If you could live to be 150 years old, would you want to? What if those years were ‘good’ years – extending not only your age, but quality of life as well? In her book, 100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, From Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith, Sonia Arrison presents a discussion of both dramatic advances in research and medicine, and the philosophical debate that surrounds the subject of helping to increase peoples’ lives.
A Personal Story
All my life while growing up at home with my parents, the kitchen has been the center of all family gatherings, it is where Mom and Dad taught me how to cook, and it is where I made my announcement that they were going to be grandparents for the first time.
These days, my parents are elderly and forgetful (dementia?). It concerns me when they are in the kitchen cooking. Things formerly taken for granted are now potential fire hazards.
In an article about vitamin B-12, The Wall Street Journal, 1/18/11, Melinda Beck notes that, lacking it, we lose “a key nutrient needed to make red blood cells and DNA..”
The Mayo Clinic Web site,http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vitamin-B12/NS_patient-vitaminb12, has this to say, “Vitamin B12 is an essential water-soluble vitamin that is commonly found in a variety of foods such as fish, shellfish, meat, and dairy products. Vitamin B12 is frequently used in combination with other B vitamins in a vitamin B complex formulation. It helps maintain healthy nerve cells and red blood cells and is also needed to make DNA, the genetic material in all cells.” Vitamin B-12 is stored in our fat tissues.
Speaking at a town hall meeting at Iona Senior Service Center in Washington, DC (July 26, 2010), James Firman, president and CEO of the National Council on Aging1, described a recently completed national survey. The survey’s objective was to determine how much senior adults know about the recently passed health reform legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act2. Conducted by Harris Interactive3, the survey found that, sadly, most have very little, or inaccurate, information about the Act.