Sunday, June 18, 2017

Special Online Shops for Indian Senior Citizens

​Today I learnt how to compile a list on listly.c​om.
Very easy to make a list of places / links / people / products / etc.

I wanted to share this cool list with you:
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Special Online Shops for Indian Senior Citizens

https://list.ly/~5OmT6

It can also be seen in my blog here:

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Self vibrating tooth brush -- quip


Read this if you are lazy about brushing your teeth
(and desire to get it done automatically)
or crazy about dental care like these Americans. 

What next, I am keen to ask!


Dr P Vyasamoorthy
30 Gruhalakshmi Colony, Secunderabad 500015 Telangana
LL 040-27846631 / Mobile: 9490804278

Who, in your opinion, is the worst abuser of Caste Protection Laws in India.?


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Easyseat - Innovation


Watch this brief video about a device for the disabled, designed by a Japanese Engineer, KT Chun. IT is designed such as to help the elderly disabled person to move in / out of toilets / lifts and roll into pathways outside the house. This wheelchair is fully automated but with a difference. To be manufactured and sold money is needed. Therefore the idea is put up in kickstarter site to elicit funds. You can at least spread the news through FB or Twitter

Save the video if you want, as it might vanish soon if funding does not materialise!
Dr P Vyasamoorthy
30 Gruhalakshmi Colony, Secunderabad 500015 Telangana

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LL 040-27846631 / Mobile: 9490804278

One more item to be shifted to "In the past" part in my bio: "Senior Citizens Forum, Vice President"

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Free supply of Assistive Devices for BPL Seniors


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Narendra Modi government to launch 'Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojna' for senior citizens - The Financial Express


Narendra Modi government to launch 'Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojna' for senior citizens

Senior citizens, living below the poverty line, will now get for free assistive devices like hearing aids and wheelchairs under the government's Rs 477 crore scheme which is
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set to be rolled out next week.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: March 19, 2017

 A similar camp will be organised on March 26 in Madhya Pradesh's Ujjain district. (IE)
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Senior citizens, living below the poverty line, will now get for free assistive devices like hearing aids and wheelchairs under the government's Rs 477 crore scheme which is set to be rolled out next week. The proposed 'Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojna' will be launched at a camp in Andhra Pradesh's Nellore district on March 25 by Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot and Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu.

A similar camp will be organised on March 26 in Madhya Pradesh's Ujjain district. "The aim of the scheme is to bring the older people from the economically weaker sections into active life and build an aged-friendly society by providing them with devices to maintain near normalcy in morbidity," said a senior official in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

The government has set a target of distributing assistive living devices among 2,000 identified beneficiaries for free in each camp, he added.

"Following this, the camps will be organised in two districts of each state for the whole year. The Minister, in December last year, had written to all the chief ministers to identify the beneficiaries in those districts," the official said.


The devices to be distributed among the beneficiaries will be of high quality and conform to the standards laid down by the Bureau of Indian Standards.
He said that to avail the facilities under the scheme, a beneficiary should be of at least 60 years and will have to be certified by competent authority as a person living below the poverty line.
According to the official, the department had suggested three names for the scheme out of which the Prime Minister's Office has given nod to 'Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojna'.
The scheme aims to address the disabilities like low vision, hearing impairment, loss of teeth and locomotor disability.
The beneficiaries will get walkers, crutches, wheelchairs, tripods, spectacles, hearing aids and dentures among others.
"The government wanted to roll out the scheme in January, but had to postpone it in view of the assembly elections in five states," he said.
There are 10.38 crore senior citizens in the country as per the Census of 2011 and 5.2 per cent of them suffer from some sort of old age-related disability.
"It is projected that the number of senior citizens will increase to around 173 million by 2026," the official added.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Teenage girl's adjustable walker boon for elderly, disabled - India.com

​Title is misleading. Adjustable walker designed by a teenage girl for the elderly...
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Teenage girl's adjustable walker boon for elderly, disabled
New Delhi, Mar 17 (PTI) A 19-year-old has invented a special modified walker with adjustable legs to help the elderly and differently-abled persons climb up
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and down the stairs with ease.


New Delhi, Mar 17 (PTI) A 19-year-old has invented a special modified walker with adjustable legs to help the elderly and differently-abled persons climb up and down the stairs with ease.
Shalini Kumari, a resident of Patna, is one of the 14 persons including innovators, writers and artists who are currently living as guests of the President in the Rashtrapati Bhavan as part of a two-week In-Residence Programme.

Shalini said the idea came to her mind when she saw her grandfather struggle while climbing stairs as traditional walkers were not apt for walking on an uneven surface.
"It is really difficult and sometimes impossible for the elderly, differently-abled persons or those recuperating from lower limb problems to climb up or down the stairs using conventional four-leg walkers," she said.
Shalini observed that the four-leg walkers were not flexible enough to provide support for climbing stairs, and providing flexibility to them was the key.

"My grandfather enjoyed walking on the terrace, but found it difficult to walk up the stairs. It was then I decided to prepare a modified walker with adjustable legs," Shalini said.

Shalini sent her proposal to make modified adjustable walkers to the National Innovation Foundation (NIF), an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology set up to provide institutional support to innovators, and her idea was appreciated by officials who assured her all possible help in making her dream project a reality.

The walker with spring-loaded, self-locking front legs was finally prepared with the help of NIF, she said.
She has won a number of awards for her innovtion including IGNITE award of the National Innovation Foundation (NIF).

The modified walker, which costs nearly Rs 3,000, has an innovative self-locking mechanism through which front legs of walker can be raised while climbing up stairs and lowered while climbing down, Shalini said.
"It is very stable, light weight, adjustable to all sizes of stairs and can also be used while walking on inclined surface. This walker is useful for children, elderly people and specially abled persons," Shalini said.
An ergonomically designed product, the walker weighs four kg. It can be used regardless of a person's height and weight.

She hoped the product would soon be available in the markets as a number of companies are showing interest in her innovation.

The participants of the In-Residence Programme said they were deeply thankful to the President as they got an opportunity to interact with prominent people, including ministers.
"It has been an amazing experience living here at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. I met President Pranab Mukherjee on
Wednesday with the group. I feel encouraged and motivated after meeting him," she said.
The group includes artists Dheeraj Yadav and Rahul Shailendra Kokate, writers Dr Ashokkumar P Chavda and Prabal Kumar Basu, and innovators Surjeet Singh, Moa Subong, Girish Badragond, Mansukhabhai Prajapati, Subhash Ola, Paresh Panchal, Santosh Pachar, Ajay Kumar Sharma, Shalini Kumari and Akash Manoj.
They said that they were infused with fresh energy and enthusiasm after meeting the President and were determined to contribute to the welfare of the society in their own way.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.




Sunday, February 19, 2017

Golden Oak - A senior citizens home for Dementia

Golden Oak – A Senior Citizens Home for Dementia care

Today I was happy to participate in the inauguration of a Senior Citizens Home for patients suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It is the first of its kind in Telangana and AP as it exclusively devoted to dementia care. It is a thirty bedded assisted living facility offering individualized / personalized care that includes: Diet plan, medical supervision,  physiotherapy, frequent outings, interaction with family members over Skype etc. Dormitory, single bed, twin sharing accommodations (AC) are available. Families may leave their elderly for periods of a month or three months or for longer terms like a whole year. This will be useful as a respite for care givers or perhaps when you need to go abroad for any reason.

Golden Oak is located in Malkaram Village in Shamshabad  (RR District) some 40 KM from Secunderabad. Within a km from here is also located Asha Jyothi Psychiatric Rehabilitation centre, already functioning for several years. Both are units of reputed ASHA hospital for psychiatry in Banjara Hills.

The whole facility was formally inaugurated by Dr Raghu Rami Reddy; Various sections were inaugurated by other dignitaries, one of them – a multipurpose lecture hall – by me, as well.
Dr K Chandra Sekhar, MD of Asha Hospital,(whom I know from the initial days of ARDSI Hyderabad Deccan Chapter) welcomed all and gave an overview of the project. It has twin objectives: 1.Assisted living and specialized care for elderly with dementia who actually going through a second childhood . 2. Respite care for family members / caregivers. The chief guest spelt out why such a facility has become a necessity now, emphasizing that caring persons with dementia is a divine service.  Mr Gopala Rao, who was instrumental in making this dream a reality, was felicitated.

Dr Amulya Rajan gave a presentation on the need for respite care in dementia. Caring for a dementia patient can be very exhausting; As far as the DIL is concerned, it is taken for granted that it is her duty. Making choices on behalf of such patients who are dependent and vulnerable is fraught with problems. Ms Saadiya Huzurk made a presentation on Person centered care. Essentially she clarified that each AD patient is unique and no single formula will work. Therefore changes in approach and delivery of care needed. There are always surprises and shocks to face and handle.

Mr Sasidharan, GM, Asha Hospital proposed a vote of thanks. We were treated to scrumptious lunch. We had plenty of time to explore all sections of the facility, Services will start by March.
Charges for various offerings are being worked out. I liked the specialized comfortable furniture with decor, self explaining signs on shelves / storage, senior friendly fixtures in toilets, spacious TV hall, hygenic Dining Hall etc.    

Contact: 040-66752222 (Monday to Saturday 10 am to 5 pm)







Saturday, February 18, 2017

ALIVEKART - online shop for assistive devices

ALIVEKART
AliveKart is a pioneer in innovative products for seniors. Our online store has a range of products which we have improvised to suit the needs of elders.
Some of our unique offering are
1.       Senior & Diabetic Friendly Footwear,
The major features of the range is included below.
·         . Insoles made of extra soft Micro Cellular Polymer for superior comfort
·         Three width options to accomdate different foot sizes
·         Premium velcro straps
·         Synthetic Non Allergic Leather to ensure no reaction to skin
·         Padded Inners for superior comfort
·         Robust Polyurethane Soles
(Please click on the link https://www.alivekart.com/collections/apparel to know more)
2.       EasyPotty is an innovative toilet stool which can help elders with constipation and other bowel related issues.  A brief on the product is with the below image.
(Please click on the link https://www.alivekart.com/products/easypotty-motion-stool-7  to know more)
3.       Grab Bars: Alive brings to you a premium range of home grab bars and supports. 135 Deg Grab Bar be used in your bathroom and closet to offer sturdy support. A premium off white color on a ridged handle ensure sufficient grip even with wet hands.The versatile grab bars are made of a 1.5mm SS rods with a nylon coat. They also come with a one year warranty against any manufacturing defects.

(Please click on the link https://www.alivekart.com/search?type=product&q=grab+bars to know more)