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8 Handy Gadgets That Will Help You Hear Better

It's not just the elderly that experience the loss of hearing.  We boomers spent a good deal of our youths blasting our auditory hair cells to bits with the Rolling Stones et als.  Hearing aids are not cheap and may not even be suitable for everyone, having their own drawbacks, but there are plenty of gadgets available that can help hard-of-hearing folks in specific situations like watching TV, conversation, hearing signals in your home or car, or talking on the phone, and they're helpful even if you do use hearing aids.

10 Best Low Budget Gifts To Help With Back Pain

If you're over 30 you've probably suffered from back pain some time or other in your life.  In fact, 60 to 80 percent of adults suffer from chronic or periodic back pain, so chances are you have a friend or family member who could use some relief from his or her back pain when not at the doctor, physical therapist, chiropractor, or acupuncturist.  Here are some of the highest-rated low-budget gadgets that can be used solo, without the aid of others. 

The Path To Better Robots Lies In Teaching Them Human Interaction

If we're to create robots that can truly relate to human beings, they can't simply be developed in a laboratory. That's a recipe for disaster. Instead, more researchers across the world are turning to other men and women to help them develop their machines...through simple interaction.

5 Unique Indoor Planter Gifts For The Winter Gardener

There's something very personal about receiving a plant.  And if you receive a plant in winter, when all outside is stagnant or frozen, it's really special.  I was browsing Uncommon Goods the other day and found a range of really creative indoor planting schemes for unique gifts.  They have dozens, but here are five of my faves....

Freedom For You, Relief For Your Back: WiTouch Wireless TENS Machine

.... Portable TENS gadgets have been produced for home use, but they still require dealing with the wires and pads that attach to your skin and that is an even bigger pain than the one in your back. So a smart company in Chattanooga, TN, Hollywog, has invented the first wireless TENS machine: the WiTouch.   

Want The Benefits Of Horseback Riding Without The Hassle? Compact Core Exerciser

Ever notice the posture of a horseback rider?  Straight back, flat tummy.... Most folks don't realize that horseback riding is exercise, but sitting up straight while your body weight is shifting back and forth and up and down requires flexing and relaxing appropriate core muscles. The Compact Core Exerciser mimics the movements of horseback riding as well as its effects on your body.

 

Two D'Arsonval Home Facial Devices May Help Make You More Gorgeous

If you have the time and money for regular salon facials, you don't need these at-home facial products.  The D'Arsonval multi-functional skin care machines should be considered by everyone else, however, because they do make a difference in how you good you look and feel if used for 10 or 15 minutes a few times a week to control acne, reduce fine lines, improve your complexion, and even stimulate hair growth  - on your head. 

Effective Hair Removal Home Electrolysis Machine: Pinchless And Affordable

One of least rewarding chores of female beautification is face and body hair removal.  It's a boring activity, it can be painful, and it's fruitless because the hair always grows back in what seems like no time.   Here's a great gadget from Hammacher Schlemmer called the Pinchless Electrolysis Hair Remover that claims it will remove all your unwanted hair once and for all.  And, unlike expensive salon treatments, you can use it yourself at home.

 


Coordinated Aerobic Exercise & Strength Training: The Low Impact Fitness Trampoline

Few of us today have time to do all the types of exercise we need to stay fit.  Not only should aerobic exercise be an integral part of our daily routines, but strength training is also very important.  Fitness experts advise you to focus your strength training on upper body or lower body, rotating them on different days and, further, on large muscle groups and small muscle groups. If you can't spend a few hours at the gym every day, here's at least one exercise machine that works several muscle groups and gives you an aerobic workout too: The Low Impact Fitness Trampoline.

 

Upwalk Anti-Stumble Socks Help Keep Senior Citizens On Their Feet

Upwalk anti-stumble socks from Japan's Terumo Corporation are designed to help senior citizens avoid tripping over different kinds of household flooring surfaces. The socks feature a specialized sewing technique that creates a pulling sensation on the front of the foot, lifting the toes and shifting the center of gravity back toward the heels.

Awards For Senior Living Products Show That The Aging Population Is Big Business

With millions of baby boomers hurtling head long into their golden years and resources for seniors limited, the business of caring for the elderly is about to boom as much as all those babies did. Keeping older Americans healthy and able to live independently will be more important than ever. SeniorHomes.com has created the Best Senior Living Award to recognize the companies creating the best products for the coming wave of older people.

Stand Up Straight With The Biofeedback Posture Trainer

Some of us never had very good posture, but we tend to slump even more as we age.  Bad posture is not only unattractive, it can cause a variety of health problems - back pain, breathing problems, and fatique, among them.  No one wants to wear a back brace all the time to keep their posture in line, but an occupational therapist has created a device that can help you correct your posture in very short training periods each day using biofeedback....

Remodeling Your Home For Retirement

Thirty percent of the U.S. population are baby boomers, according to the American Association of Retired People (AARP), and a recent survey conducted by the group found that 84 percent of us want to stay in our homes after we retire.  If you are a member of that majority, you might need to think about doing some remodeling to make your home more accommodating to your needs as you age.

Can Robots Care for Humans?

A look at new work that is being done by workers at the Carnegie Mellon Universityin hopes of helping older people to live at home longer and better, with the help of robots. The bot currently in development, but not in production, is designed to help clean up and bring objects. It won't replace humans, but it could help add to their efforts. 

Robots: How Close is Too Close?

It looks like some people are willing to get really, really close to their robots. A new survey that was out by Huffington Post and YouGov, shows that a number of people who are going to have a robot would be wlling to have sex with it. The number is not that high yet, but the feelings on cheating are mixed.

What's The Least Expensive Way to Get A Smart Home?

A look at the least expensive way, for now, to start on your path to smart home. We will take a look both at the least expensive of the custom system options that are out there and how you might want to hookup with your wi-fi carrier in your area to get the best deal on the start to a smart house. Just be ready for some DIY steps if you do.

How Grandma Got Her Groove Back - Fujitsu's GPS Cane

Next time your aging loved ones want to get some fresh air or run some errands on their own, let them! Fujitsu's GPS Cane prototype provides older generations with easy-to-follow directions, health monitoring, and an important link to Next Generation technology. Oh yeah, it helps them walk too!

Lastest Eyewear Technology Now Available: Self-Adjusting Eye Glasses!

....Think about it. You read newspapers and hard-copy books at one distance, tablet and notebook computers at another distance, do crafts and hobbies at other distances.... And how far away do you have to hold food and personal care products these days to read the contents?

Generational Memes: YOLO vs YOOO, Tenacious Teens vs Obsolete Oldies

Millennials vs. Boomers cover both ends of the age spectrum. There's an X and a Y in between, but according to most authorities, a generation of folks is approximately 15 years apart, where they are defined by their own uniquely similar characteristics.

Japan's First Police Cat Rats Out Criminals

Beware the long paw of the law! Potential lawbreakers in Kyoto, Japan had better think twice before engaging in criminal acts because Iemon, Japan's first police cat, is on patrol... when he's not curled up asleep at the station, that is.