Newest Robot Assistants Debut at Tech Show in Sanghai

Earlier this week, dozens of manufacturers debut new models of robot assistants known as companions, helping humans with everything from health to workflow.

 

Robot assistants have been implemented in many stores in China (Photo, PHYS.com)

 

On June 6th, Shanghais’s SEC show, an annual consumer electronics exposition which displays the latest and greatest of tech companies accomplishments. One of these technological breakthrough is a new generation of robot assistants, known as  “caregivers”, which were debuted by over 50 companies.

Although these hyper intelligent collections of nuts and bolts can be utilized for a variety of tasks such as police work, firefighting, and education, a vast amount of the focus surrounding their application has to do with care giving for the sick and elderly.

You can read about these new robots here.

Oakland Non-Profit Provides a Means of Socialization for Seniors

Senior Center Without Walls provides over the phone courses for seniors, giving them a new avenue for continuing education, as well as a social outlet.

 

Photo: Gabrielle Lurie, The Chronicle

Senior Center Without Walls is an Oakland non-profit that has been making waves in the local news lately because of their mission; to continue education for seniors and give them a social outlet in which to connect with each other, regardless of physical limitations.

Created in 2004, the organization offers over 80 classes to seniors in the bay area and beyond, with subjects ranging anywhere from philosophy to  communication.

Students can participate and/ or facilitate classes among their peers, often times giving them the social experiences and connections that a shocking 1/5th of adults lack.

Over 600 seniors call in to various programs provided by SCWW on a daily basis, contributing to learning experiences such as their class on health and wellness, as well as participating in more social activities such as phone bingo and trivia challenges.

The program also encourages socialization between its participants, with the aim of some groups facilitating conversation. With topics ranging from history and philosophy to politics and current events, the administrators of the program ensure that the interactions these individuals have never go stale.

Senior Center Without Walls is located in Oakland, California and accepts calls from the hours of 9am to 5pm seven days a week. 

You can learn more about their organization, and register for a session on their website here

Some information from this article was originally published by SF Gate and can be found here

HBO’s Newest Documentary Sheds Light on Life After 90

Some believe that the elderly are less active and healthy and productive than the rest, HBO’s newest documentary aims to change that.

 

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From left: Dick Van Dyke, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks and Norman Lear

In the most recent release from HBO Documentaries, If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast, veteran actor and comedian Carl Reiner aims to engage audiences around the world in the differentiating narratives of individuals above the age of ninety years young.

Through interviews and exposition, the show describes how seniors in the late double digits can live healthy and maintain a productive lifestyle, despite the stereotypes insisting the contrary.

Being a man of Hollywood esteem, Reiner calls in some big guns to help drive home his point that seniors can be just as active as the generations that will surpass them.

Cameo appearances from silver screen heavy weights such as Dick Van Dyke, Betty White, and Mel Brooks narrate the steps seniors can take to secure their health and wellness in later age. Activities ranging from exercise, dieting, and overall maintenance of mood and mindfulness turn out to all play a vital role in achieving this goal.

With its main objective being to discredit some stereotypes held by individuals in relation to the elderly, this film chooses to portray its interviewees in the same youthful and spirited light that their actions have always conveyed. It provides a good starting point, and encouragement for, the conversation of senior health, wellness, and livelihood in general.

If You’re not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast was released by Home Box Office Entertainment June 5th, 2017

You can watch the trailer here, and the entire film here with an HBO Go account or cable subscription.