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Supporting people with health concerns common with age

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How can technology support people with diseases and health conditions that are common with age?

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Smartwatch to Support People with Hypertension

I call my parents almost everyday and last time I called I had a chance to talk with my mom about her hypertension (which is very common to age) and how her new smartwatch helps. My mother has been dealing with hypertension since over a decade ago - the disease got worse when she was pregnant with my youngest brother about 4 years ago (she was 43 at that time). One day my dad caught her collapsing in the living room, it was her hypertension and she was then hospitalised for 3 nights....

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Vaccine injection robot

Not really just age related, but I'm wondering if anyone has come across a robot that could be used to inject Covid 19 vaccines?  I've found automatic injection systems for cattle but nothing so far for people.  Given the need to inject milions of people and the conventional solution of training people specifically to do this I'd argue that an automated system should be safer and more consistent.  And probably several stations working side by side, supervised by one clinician could be much...

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Hearing loss: The danger of silence

Most people believe hearing loss is inevitable as we are getting older and it should be “harmless”. Recent research published in The Lancet journal (one of the best in the field) showed that hearing loss could make us two times more likely to have dementia.   The dementia lancet commissioned report found that up to 1 in every 2.5 dementia cases is preventable when modifying the risk factors. Hearing impairment is the highest modifiable risk factor for...

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Heart failure and struggles in everyday life

Around 650,000 people live with the heart failure in the UK. The common symptoms include severe fatigue, oedema (can be painful!), and breatlessness. My grandmother has an advanced form of the heart failure. Her symptoms include excessive sweating at night, which makes her suffer from insomnia and change bedding and nightgown 2-3 times per night. She is also tired, sweaty and out of breath doing any types of chores e.g. mopping, changing bedding, having bath, etc. If she did not take drugs...

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Dementia: stimulating activities, independent life, etc.

I would like to start a conversation about dementia (memory loss) in older people. Around one million of people live with dementia in the UK which costs £26 billion per year to manage. Depending on a cause, dementia can progress slowly or rapidly, ultimately leading to the complete loss of memory and congnitive abilities. Carers for people with dementia identified several problems the patients are facing, two of which are: Providing appropriate and stimulating recreational activities for...

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Elderly people taking multiple pills

My mother-in-law is fiercely independent and lived at home alone taking multiple pills.  She would have benefitted from having a foolproof device to assist her taking all her pills at the correct time.  Her poor memory meant that she forgot whether she’d taken her pills which meant that she repeatedly overdosed her medication. 

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Sugar sensors and insulin pumps for diabetic people

There are around 4.7 million people with diabetes (irrespective of type) in the UK, which is equal to almost 7% of diabetics in the British population. The life expectancy with diabetes is severely reduced, e.g. type 2 and 1 diabetes reduces lifespan in average by  10 and 20 years, respectively. The reduction in lifespan is partially explained by the fact that diabetes makes other diseases of aging more severe (e.g. atherosclerosis which leads to heart attack). NHS spends around 10 billion...

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