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Creating healthy environments

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How can technology help create friendly and accessible environments for all ages and abilities?

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Extra directional step & stair lighting.

Extra lighting fixed to under the step or stair hand rail.  This enables more directional, focast lighting. This would reduce shadows obscuring views of the steps and stairs.

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Reduce trips and falls

Could 'pavement edge curbs' be in a brighter colour and have a reflective strip on the edge. That also shines in the dark. Also this could help when there are steps Or different levels of 'shared spaces' will  make it easier to see & understand where the road etc starts.

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Personalised Reminders - Pills and Appointments

Compliance in both should improve if reminders are set and monitored by healthcare providers and privileged and trusted care givers. Reminders, either fixed intervals, or a day ( or more if needed ) ahead of the appointments will likely enhance patient adherence, and ultimately treatment outcome. A separate and new App or preferably tweaking existing built-in ones on both the major platforms ( iOS, Android, Windows and Harmony ) will help.

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Focused diets

I'm not an expert dietician by any stretch of the imagination but I do know how important certain foods and vitamins are for different things... What about creating a range of easy-to-follow diet plans aimed at the needs of elderly people? If we look at the common problems they face, is there a way we can ensure they are getting the best vitamins, minerals, etc from their nutrition and energy sources?

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Adult-sized playgrounds to encourage physical activity at all ages

My proposal is to rethink what play means in society by redesigning urban outdoor gyms. By turning them from exercise-centred focus to play-centred philosophy, where instead of bars and machines, different movement challenges are presented to the users to favour engagement. By creating environments designed specifically to enable play for the adult population we could change the paradigm of exercise. Cities should have spaces that allow us in an equitable way, to take a casual training...

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Let's trial impact-absorbing footways in our cities!

Have you ever heard somebody complaining about their knees hurting when walking or running? perhaps you have experienced yourself, just as I have. But imagine for a second that your city is connected by network of walking and running friendly footpaths, in which the concrete pavements have been replaced by impact-absorbing, more comfortable surfaces. You could still enjoy of the access to the city amenities, shops, and other daily life places that you enjoy, but connected through a different...

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Falls and fractures at home - can we make homes safer?

As people get older, they are more likely to fall over due to muscle weakness, visual impairment, poor balance, side effect of medications, unsafe housing or some other medical conditions. Falls cause distress, pain, loss of confidence, and make older people anxious of going outside, what is detrimental for their health and mental wellbeing. Some statistics: In 2017-2018, there were 220,160 emergency hospital admissios related to falls in patients over 65.  Fractures from falls alone...

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We need more awareness about the importance walking infrastructure

Have you ever wondered why footways are the way they are? I guess many of us hardly ever think about them. They are part of our urban jungles in the most ubiquitous way, unnoticed, until you trip with a uneven slab, or it becomes to narrow to navigate whilst pushing a baby trolley, or self-propel a wheelchair, or too high to lift your heavy suitcase... sometimes they simply disappear under overgrown weeds or piles of rubbish, forcing you to walk on the carriageway.  But, how all these...

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