In 2016, AARP launched the Home Alone Alliance sm in collaboration with the United Hospital Fund, the Family Caregiver Alliance and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California at Davis. The Home Alone Alliance sm is a collaborative that brings together partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to create solutions that support family caregivers. AARP partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a Home Alone Alliance sm member, to release a video series instructing family caregivers how to perform mobility-related tasks.
The first time I ever heard the term "extenders" applied to human effort and not necessarily to equipment utilized by the handicapped was in the office of a doctor who actually had disabilities.
Warning: Do not tune into NBC's new "Ironside" with any expectation of a show resembling Raymond Burr's series of 40 years ago. As star Blair Underwood himself attests, they really didn't keep much outside of the name and the central conceit of a disabled lawman operating his own team. Oh, and Underwood's Robert Ironside tipples a bit of bourbon at the end of a long day, an homage to Burr.
It's only been a few weeks since I joined the ranks of 1.6 million Americans who use wheelchairs, and it has already changed me. I feel helpless in some ways and useless in others. I am in a different world, downsized and looking up, dependent upon others to get me where I'm going.
Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), who's been struggling with speech and using a motorized scooter to get around since sustaining a brain hemorrhage in 2006, announced on March 26 that he won't run for re-election.
Medical science routinely offers solutions to problems that our bodies or environment can not naturally fix. It's great when these are cool re-imaginings and re-purposing of existing products and procedures. Other times its fine-tuning that leads to good results. This week had a bunch of cool and slightly weird stories about solving some health related issues.
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