Helping the Disabled, One Invention at a Time

In this season of thanks and giving, Bill Deimling of Cincinnati considers himself one of the lucky ones. That’s because he gets to give more than he receives. Deimling, 72, is a co-founder of May We Help, a Cincinnati-based volunteer organization that creates custom-designed devices to help people with disabilities live more independently. The Vietnam veteran and retired mold maker is clear about the group’s mission: “We don’t do home improvements — anybody can do that. And we don’t make …

Most People 65 and Older Need Help, Study Finds

According to a new disability study, two-thirds of people 65 and older need help to perform what are known as the activities of daily living (showering or bathing, eating, dressing, getting out of bed or a chair, walking and using the toilet). Help can take the form of using scooters, grab bars, canes or other people to stay well-functioning. While not surprising, this large figure is significant. It should give public health experts better insight into the needs of this older group-which may …

Make Reaching a Little Easier: Strength and Dexterity Solutions

Have you taken a good look around your home to see if it will accommodate the changes your body will likely go through as it ages? Have you done a similar scan at the home of an older relative or friend where you might be helping out? It’s not a bad idea. We make sure our homes are protected and we’re vigilant about making them safe for children. Why not make them more comfortable and convenient to accommodate the normal …

A Powerful New Way to Save Money

The bicycle: It’s one of the best inventions of all time, the essential precursor to the automobile that led to modern brakes, gearing and much more. And now it’s reinventing itself, in ways that can help you save money and stay healthy. The latest variety is an electric-assist bicycle, or eBike, and it deserves some consideration. You still have to pedal this bike to make it move, but not as hard. You arrive at your destination without sweating in the …

Will Your Mom’s Retirement Community Give Her CPR?

According to its website, Glenwood Gardens in Bakersfield, Calif., says “our caring staff are trained and equipped to give aid or assistance whenever needed or requested.” They claim it offers “the best in independent living, assisted living, memory or nursing care. Glenwood Gardens is the place to be.” I guess that would be if you weren’t having a life-threatening breathing problem. I spent the day scrambling to get the facts about the now infamous incident last week at Glenwood Gardens’ …

Aging At Home, With The Help Of Technology

Some call it the “bonus years,” others call it a challenge.  Either way, we’re living longer lives (in 1900, the average life expectancy was about 47…now it’s about 78) and more than ever we want to remain active, healthy and most importantly independent . And for most, that means one thing: AARP research indicates 9 out of 10 people want to stay in their own homes as they age. With retirement lasting as much as 20, 30 or even 40 …