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Kids React to: Typewriters

on Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Do you ever have to ask your children or grandchildren for help when trying to work out how to use some of today’s gadgets and technologies? Well, now the tables have turned! This group of kids between the ages of six and thirteen were asked how to use a typewriter – something some of them have never seen! Most recognise the typewriter from movies and antique shops, and rely on fearless determination and trial and error to work out how to use it. 

Still Alice: A Look at Living With Alzheimer’s

on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In the film Still Alice, Julianne Moore portrays a 50 year old Professor at Columbia University in New York City. She is a gifted linguistics researcher and lecturer, a wife, a mother and a person living with early onset dementia.

Dementia, of which Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type, is a general term for a decline in a person’s mental capability – severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s accounts for around 60%-80% of cases with symptoms ranging from memory loss, the ability to focus and pay attention, visual perception impairment and a vagueness in everyday conversations. It’s a disease that doesn’t have a cure. 

Melbourne Cup winner ‘Sub Zero’ visits the elderly at Benetas St George’s

on Friday, January 23, 2015

Residents from Benetas St George’s, a residential aged care home in Altona Meadows, were completely star struck this morning when 1992 Melbourne Cup winner and champion horse ‘Sub Zero’ paid them a visit.

The visit highlights Benetas’ commitment to providing appealing, exciting and meaningful social activities for residents and their families, as a part of its social inclusion program.

PARO – The Therapeutic Robot Helping The Elderly

on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sitting in her favourite armchair in the sunshine at Aurrum Brunswick, an elderly lady gently stroked the fluffy white fur of the creature in her lap. She spoke softly to it and in return, the creature lifted its head and made friendly, almost lifelike sounds in return.

She had made a new friend – in the form of PARO, a robotic baby harp seal. PARO is described by its inventor, Dr Takanori Shibata as “a therapeutic companion robot, designed to improve sociability and communication between patients and caregivers.” 

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