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New and Unexpected Risks, a Challenge when Ageing

New and Unexpected Risks, a Challenge when Ageing

New and unexpected risks become increasingly challenging as we move on in life. That’s partly because we have already invested heavily in coping with the risks we encountered earlier on.

Risk management has become an important part of everyday modern life. This responsibility weighs heavy on us. The more since it covers so many topics, such as physical, emotional, and social risks.

To avoid responsibility and self-reflection is the worst strategy anyone can take if challenged by new and unexpected risks. The best way to charge these risks is head-on, but with as much care as possible.

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How to Cross Personal and Social Boundaries?

How to Cross Personal and Social Boundaries?

Why does a woman of 90 say: “I am not old. My neighbour is old.” And how old is your neighbour? “91.” With her statement, the 90-year-old woman emphasizes her independence. She warns you not to cross her personal boundaries. To cross personal and social boundaries is an effort.

The fear of crossing personal and social boundaries is a common human quality. Most people don’t want to ask others for help. The fear of losing independence is the biggest psychological threshold. On the other hand, nearly everybody is willing and prepared to help others. 

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Japan, a Country at Old Age. Why is Japan Ageing so Fast?

Japan, a Country at Old Age. Why is Japan Ageing so Fast?

Why is Japan ageing so fast? What can we learn from a country at old age such as Japan? Japan is a very encouraging and inspiring example. It’s the country with the highest life expectancy rate in the world. Moreover, in 2033 a third of the Japanese will be 65 and over.

Already in 1980, Japan was called an ageing society. In 2005 Japan surpassed Italy and became the country with the highest number of people aged 65 and over. Japan really is at old age. This means that Japan has a lot of experience with ageing. How does it cope and what can we learn?

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Have you Ever Thought of Ballroom Dancing as a Form of Exercise?

Have you Ever Thought of Ballroom Dancing as a Form of Exercise?

My parents used to go to Benidorm every year for 8 months. So I would visit them at least once every winter season. My mother loved walking through the surf and most of the time I would accompany her then.

When we walked in the morning everything was quiet, but if we were late and it was already afternoon, we would hear music long before we were on the boulevard.

This music came from several big cafes where they had cleared the centre of tables and chairs to create an empty spot that served as a dance floor.

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How Well Do you Understand your Everyday Communication?

Do you Understand your Everyday Communication?

The older I get the more aware I am of the peculiarities in my everyday communication. After all these years I think I understand everything and do not need to explain too much.

For most of the time that is true. But on some occasions, my ears are tuned to what I want to hear and my partner asks where I am with my head.

These are the moments that I become aware that nothing is more complicated as good communication. In this article, I will try to explain what makes good communication so difficult.

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Do Assistive Technologies Counteract Ageing Conditions?

Do Assistive Technologies Counteract Ageing Conditions?

All sorts of conditions determine our everyday behaviour and fix us in time and space. They seem to leave us very little room to manoeuvre. For instance, given time we will age. Fortunately, all kinds of assistive technologies can help us to cope with the conditions that inherently accompany ageing.

In a nutshell, assistive technology (AT) is anything, from an item to a piece of equipment to a piece of software to an entirely new product that helps increase, maintain, or improve the functional abilities of people.

Do assistive technologies help us or do they counteract everything we can do better ourselves?

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What is Digital Health and what Good is it to Us?

What is Digital Health and what Good is it to Us?

Digital health has seriously taken off during the past few years. But what is digital health? No computer, as yet, has been able to cure any ailments.

Is digital health perhaps about those cute little digital dogs, called Aibo? They keep you company when you’re lonely.

Or is digital health about those numerous digital health-training programs for medical staff? Or the advanced computer storage and processing devices, without which no nurse or doctor would be able to perform their job. Even more complicated are surgical robots.

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Our Mobility Defines our Quality of Life Substantially

Our Mobility Defines our Quality of Life Substantially

The importance of mobility is demonstrated by the enormous leap in the quality of life of older people took over the last 20 years.

This improvement is predominantly attributed to denser public transport, cheaper cars, scoot mobiles, rollators, improved electric wheelchairs, taxis-to-share and the like. 

Our quality of life is defined by our mobility. That sounds a bit odd from someone who spent a substantial part of his life in traffic jams and overcrowded trains. But there is another side of the coin. Another type of mobility that is even more important.

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How to Avoid Hearing Impairments? A Concern for Everyone.

How to Avoid Hearing Impairments? A Concern for Everyone.

The other day I wrote on Facebook that a hearing impairment can affect anyone. I introduced some common courtesy suggestions when you participate with people who suffer such impairments.

Hearing impairments primarily seem to be physical problems. However, for the ones suffering, these impairments are a social problem as well.

The risk of social isolation is substantial. This signifies that the responsibility of ‘fixing’ hearing impairments rests on everybody’s shoulders.

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How Do you Cherish your Sweet Memories?

How Do you Cherish your Sweet Memories?

The other day sweet memories awoke. A friend of mine posted a map of a small village at the Belgium border where I used to cycle with my race bike.

Especially when the sun was shining and I had some time off, I frequently went for a ride there. His post made me go back in time.

My memories of these rides swiftly and vividly came back to me. I was amazed at how precisely I could picture the tracks I used to ride.

Where I had to go left. Where the roads were rough. Or where I was going down or up and had to push for some extra power. Sweet memories indeed.

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