Technology

Gadget aid for the elderly (意念控制机器人造福空巢老人)

Researchers developed a remote-control that can send simple instructions to cell phones, house lights and other modified devices by the user's facial expression. It is intended for people with mobility difficulties, including the elderly. The remote-control device includes a headphone-like brainwave scanner and a receiver that connects to a laptop.

e-Care Link Service (智平安服務)

This service is provided through a Home Tablet. By pressing the "e-Care Link" botton on the tablet, user will be connected directly to a 24-hour Call & Care service center to enquire information or seek assistance. When a user seeks hospitalization for medical treatment, the user’s family/emergency contact person will be informed, and the relevant health record and electronic medical record will be sent to the A&E Departments under the Hospital Authority to facilitate appropriate medical treatment. Elderly could use this service by paying a monthly fee.

eElderly (長青網)

The eElderly website targets a wide range of users including third-agers and older persons (aged 50 and above) so as to promote digital inclusion. eElderly contains news, information on discount shopping, learning materials, social media, and  other useful information for older persons and NGOs.

Computer literacy course for active pensioners (Курс компьютерной грамотности для активных пенсионеров)

The project was arranged through collaboration among the regional branch of the NGO "All-Russia Society of Deaf People" and the Northern (Arctic) Lomonosov Federal University with a grant from the Federal Government. To promote online education among pensioners, volunteers assist older persons to learn to adapt to the life in a digital community. In 2012, the classes were planned for three times a week, for 6 weeks. 

Family Ribbon

Inspired by personal experience, Mr. Osadchiy launched the Family Ribbon, an online service that gives newcomers to the Internet a quick course on how to use Skype, Facebook and online photo services. Family Ribbon’s mission is to enable older persons to use the online communication tools quickly and successfully, to enhance family communications. The programme also has a function to remind seniors when to take their medicines or remember their grandchildrens’ birthdays.

Cyber family (사이버 가족)

Research Institute of Science for the Better Living of the Elderly implemented the intergenerational "cyber family" programme in 2005, funded by the Korean Commission for Youth. Online exchange and discussion was held between middle school students in rural areas and older persons in cities. Students posted what they wanted to share (e.g. worry about their study) and older persons posted replies based on their wisdom and experience. The group also had several offline activities to meet one other in person. 

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