Dad, Gradma Won't Get Off My Nintendo Wii
In the upcoming Judd Apatow film Funny People, Adam Sandler, referring to his mother, says “I sent her an email and she tried to email me back on a toaster.” If that's so hilarious, then why are seniors now reshaping the technology industrial complex?
It was the Nintendo Wii that launched the latest tech craze, as senior centers from Chicago to London began investing in Wii's to keep their denizens active. With activities like Wii bowling, tennis, and baseball keeping seniors moving on their feet, residents older than many Galapagos tortoises became enthralled with the game.
Last year, a company called Clarity noticed a potential vacuum in the market and introduced the ClarityLife C900, a cell phone specifically designed for the elderly featuring no contacts, just four buttons and a big red switch for emergencies. A number of social networking websites targeting the elderly have also emerged, including Jive, a mouseless networking concept that uses a one-plug router to facilitate communication between friends and family.
Technology is even beginning to replace the caretaker. QuietCare, an innovation from home security company ADT, allows people to track seniors living alone through a series of sensors and text messages. Accenture Labs has developed a wired medicine cabinet that can identify seniors and instruct them on how to take their pills. It all adds up to a potential boom market--which is a rare thing in these recessionary times.
Recently MIT’s AgeLab launched the Age Gain Now Empathy System, or AGNES, a program to help engineers better understand the needs of seniors. And with one quarter of Japan’s population expected to be 65 or older by 2013, tech companies like Sharp and NTT DoCoMo are busy researching how their products can best serve the needs of the elderly. They’re not about to start beating you at Halo, but seniors won’t be the butt of Judd Apatow jokes much longer. Well, maybe.
Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.
- Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
- Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
- Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
It's the first time the association hasn't hired a comedian in 16 years.
- The 2018 WHCA ended in controversy after comedian Michelle Wolf made jokes some considered to be offensive.
- The WHCA apologized for Wolf's jokes, though some journalists and many comedians backed the comedian and decried arguments in favor of limiting the types of speech permitted at the event.
- Ron Chernow, who penned a bestselling biography of Alexander Hamilton, will speak at next year's dinner.
A glass of juice has as much sugar, ounce for ounce, as a full-calorie soda. And those vitamins do almost nothing.
Quick: think back to childhood (if you've reached the scary clown you've gone too far). What did your parents or guardians give you to keep you quiet? If you're anything like most parents, it was juice. But here's the thing: juice is bad for you.
A study on flies may hold the key to future addiction treatments.
- A new study suggests that drinking alcohol can affect how memories are stored away as good or bad.
- This may have drastic implications for how addiction is caused and how people recall intoxication.
- The findings may one day lead to a new form of treatment for those suffering from addiction.
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