Robots can stimulate both the bodies and minds of older people. Pepper, an android developed by Softbank, is used in the common room of some care homes in Japan as a sort of master of ceremonies who provides quizzes, karaoke melodies, gym exercises and other activities that entertain and stimulate. Pepper can recognize the joy and the boredom of its audience and adapt activities to match. Pepper...
Date: Apr 18th 2017
The report on the social and economic costs of obesity in the region serves as a call to action to tackle Latin America’s biggest public health challenge: obesity. In Latin America, as elsewhere, it is little surprise to find that overweight and obesity have followed a number of population level developments: - rural-urban migration - changes in the nature of work (less manual...
Date: Apr 12th 2017
In fact, robots are at work in many communities of care today. They are gradually being introduced to support seniors and their caregivers. The Silver Wing Care Home in central Tokyo is a pioneering institution equipped with the most up-to-date care robots, which provide comfort and intellectual stimulation for the elderly residents. In one example, they use a robot in the shape of a...
Date: Apr 12th 2017
We found this same focus on the future at Kotoen, a unique center in Tokyo where children and seniors spend the day together. The interaction between old and young creates what can only be called an explosion of joy. It started in 1962 as a home for seniors who had no relatives to look after them. Later, the center added a day care for children aged 6 or younger. About 100...
Date: Apr 5th 2017
The Sodexo Group’s internal think tank has published its Retrospective for 2016 to provide an overview of the Institute’s own activities and share external insights from the past twelve months. Among the reports published by the Institute in 2016 were those based on its round-table Dialogues on memory care and the world of work in the 21st century. The first report highlights the...
Date: Jan 20th 2017
Money is a short-term motivator with limited appeal Yes, money is important, but it is only a baseline expectation. People expect to be paid a fair wage, without which no amount of ‘perks’ can attract or retain them. This might also explain why take home pay is still the number one factor in the decision to take or stay at a job in countries with weaker economies, such as Poland and Brazil...
Date: Jan 5th 2017
When Parenting magazine and the National Education Association in the US conducted a study looking into the roadblocks associated with parent-teacher communication, the results were very telling. While 88 percent of parents consider teachers as “partners” in their child’s education, less than half (48 percent) felt that there was a sufficient amount of parent-teacher meetings. Similarly...
Date: Nov 16th 2016
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