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【新唐人亞太台2011年2月16日訊】連續的低溫,導致中風及心肌梗塞機會上升。專科醫師提醒,銀髮族應調整冬季外出運動的時間,並選擇合適的運動,來減少因天色不佳或氣溫過低所可能產生的意外。


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(中央社柏林16日路透電)汽車業巨擘BMW今天啟用一座工廠,宣稱是因應德國技術工人短缺和低出生率的解決方案。BMW堅稱,這個瞄準長者的計畫不只是一條老人裝配線。

這座位於德國南部城鎮丁格芬的新工廠,特色是採用人體工學的工作站,有額外的護背、更好的照明,以及比各家工廠勞工都還要輕鬆的工作步調。

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Research News February 2011 

Elderly people living alone have a dangerous life: after a fall, they often spend hours lying on the floor before their situation comes to anyone’s attention and a doctor is contacted. A new system automatically detects predicaments like this and informs a trusted person. This makes it possible to live an independent life in one’s own four walls. 

Ms. K. is vision-impaired and can’t get around very well any more. Still, the 80-year-old, who lives alone, has no intention whatsoever of moving to a retirement home. Most elderly people think the same way. They want to stay in their accustomed surroundings as long as possible, where they can lead an autonomous life. What many fail to realize is that they are risking their health in the process. Cardiovascular problems are more frequent among the elderly, and the risk of falling is more prevalent: one person in three above the age of 65 falls once a year; among those over 80 the ratio is nearly one in two. Many of these accidents occur in private homes in the course of everyday activities, and often at night. Frequently it is hours before the injured are cared for. Even home emergency-call systems are of limited help when senior citizens cannot sound the emergency signal. They may be injured or disoriented, or may simply not have the emergency button on their person. Help could be forthcoming from an intelligent system that automatically identifies and responds to emergency situations such as these. One such solution is under development by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Their project is dubbed “ProAssist4Life” – shorthand for “Proactive Assistance for Critical Life Situations.” Project partners include the company CIBEK technology + trading, Binder Elektronik and the Westpfalz Klinikum.

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