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Teen Creates App to Organize All The Family’s Caregivers After Grandmother Gets Alzheimers

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThere seems to be an app for just about anything these days, but for a hands-on, ‘round-the-clock task like dementia care, is there really “an app for that”?When Logan Wells’s grandmother was first diagnosed with dementia, her family chose to care for her at home so she could enjoy her three-mile daily walks and a social life with friends. Logan’s parents, Hallie and Eric, and his aunt Lisa set out to organize a schedule for Nannie and all her companions.Hallie told Colonial Times Magazine, “When we first started, there were pieces of paper all over Nannie’s house: the chore chart on the fridge, the calendar on the kitchen counter, the medication check-off.” But, as Nannie’s condition declined and more specialized care was required, the family in Lexington, Massachusetts, began introducing professional caregivers into the mix. With six family members and three professional staff, the teenager witnessed the overwhelming number of tasks created by constantly having to update the team through texts, emails, and calling multiple numbers—and he wondered if there was a better way.50 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with dementia, but despite the large adult population going through similar circumstances, it’s common for families to feel isolated and overwhelmed.Seeing the stress it was putting on his mom to coordinate all medical appointments, medications, and be the main point of contact for all the helpers, Logan did what he could to help. He also began learning programming from online tutorials with the plan to develop an app that would coordinate all the data and calendar information.RELATED: Thanks to Student’s Hunch, Seniors With Dementia Are ‘Coming Alive’ Again With the ‘Magic’ of Virtual RealityDevelopment of the app quickly became a family project. Logan’s dad, Eric, helped with his background in technology and programming; his twin brother Devin and sister Delaney provided input for the prototype; and Logan’s mom and aunt tested the initial version and provided crucial feedback.Later in the development process, they brought in software consultants to provide security features, and help to scale up the app so it could be offered to families everywhere. The result is CareZare.Logan and his father then took it to a local senior care facility and collected feedback from test groups of care professionals who knew how massive amounts of health and behavioral data could be streamlined and improved.The pair also met with families facing different types of care challenges, such as adult family members with developmental disabilities. “We started to think – we can build this so it’s useful to other people,” Eric said. The suggestions they received were integrated into the app.POPULAR: New Research Links Five Simple Lifestyle Choices to a 60% Reduced Risk of Developing Alzheimer’sWith the free app, users can log activities, track tasks (such as, if patient took their meds), keep an up-to-date calendar and have all of your contacts in one place. The app inventors say that future enhancements include integration with Google and Apple calendars, weather updates that could help care team members plan ahead, and even streaming video feed from home security cameras.When asked about log-in problems experienced by a few users who then left poor reviews, Logan Wells told GNN, “We had a steep rise in users in a short amount of time which caused some issues, but those are now resolved.”Currently, CareZare is offered for both Android and iPhone devices.So, yes, even for the myriad challenges that families face in helping care for one of their own, there really is an app for that. CareZare launched in November of 2017.“It has been a godsend, honestly, from the communication point of view,” Logan’s aunt Lisa said. “Before, you could spend half your day just calling people and trying to figure things out.”MORE: After Breakthrough Trials, Alzheimer’s Vaccine That Uses the Body’s Immune System May Soon Be Tested on HumansNannie can be very proud of her grandson, who spent so many of his teen years working to improve the lives of his family members, and so many others.MULTIPLY the Good by Sharing the News on Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Children who understand emotions become more attentive over time

first_imgShare What is going on in the minds of young children when it seems they are daydreaming or appear to be scatterbrained?A study that my coauthor, Susanne A Denham, and I conducted recently shows that inattentive children may sometimes be absorbed in trying to figure out the emotions of their parents, siblings, teachers and friends.Young children are vitally interested in which emotions these important people in their small social world are feeling in respect to them and others, why they are doing so and whether their emotional displays are “real” or “fake.” Share on Facebook Pinterest Share on Twittercenter_img Email LinkedIn We found that children who have a better knowledge of emotions have no need to ponder these questions. They become free to pay attention to their social partners, to play and to academic learning, among many other things.Why emotion knowledge mattersThe research project, named “Elefant” – short for “Emotional Learning is fantastic” – surveyed 261 children from 33 kindergartens in Lower Saxony, a state in northern Germany, as well as their teachers and parents.Two separate surveys over an interval of 14 months were conducted. The study tested children’s “emotion knowledge”: that is, their ability to identify facial expressions of emotions and typical situations that give rise to emotions, such as happiness when receiving a birthday gift.It also included knowledge of strategies for controlling one’s own emotional expressions. A further component was the slowly developing insight that people often differ in their emotions because they appraise situations in light of their own preferences and beliefs.Along with this, children’s self-regulation of their behavior, their memory span and their language skills were tested.Children, especially young boys, who come from low socioeconomic status and do not understand complicated language usually tend to have more attention problems than others. The Elefant study confirmed these findings.In addition, it found that children who had a better understanding about emotions had fewer attention problems later on even after such demographic factors had been taken into account.In fact, children who understood more about emotions in the first survey managed to shape up their attention skills more than those who initially were largely ignorant of their own and others’ emotions.What is ‘emotion knowledge’?As the capacity to understand emotion progresses, one’s own behaviors and those of others become more predictable. This, in turn, absorbs less attention and promotes helpful behavior. It also leads to positive social relationships and academic achievements.Children with limited “emotion knowledge,” on the other hand, often seem distracted. Their attention may be occupied by the explanation of their own confusing emotional states, the negative emotions of others or the regulation of their own emotions.In addition, these young “emotional illiterates” tend to harbor more ill feelings because they believe that others will harm them. They tend to become more often angry and aggressive and have less productive relationships with teachers and peers.Last but not least, their academic achievements are compromised.Implications for children with ADHDThis study expands on previous research on the development of attention deficit problems (ADHD) in children.The common assumption in research was that children’s deficits in memory, attention and inhibition that are often summarily called executive functions partly explained their symptoms of ADHD.With our study, we find that children’s knowledge of emotions provides a better explanation for their attention control than other factors, such as demographics and executive functioning.“Emotion knowledge” should therefore occupy a more central role in future studies and in kindergarten education. Lessons on emotion knowledge should be included in training for teachers so as to help young children improve their attention.By Maria von Salisch, Professor of Developmental Psychology, Leuphana University and Susanne A Denham, University Professor of Pscyhology, George Mason UniversityThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.last_img read more

Hansom: Damage limitation

first_img#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Awkward announcementLet’s kick off with Carillion, for a change. Timing, they say, is everything. Galliford Try’s construction boss Bill Hocking told one of my scribes that the joint venture building the Aberdeen bypass scheme in Scotland had been due to get a payment from Carillion the very day it went bust. Instead of the JV pocketing Carillion’s cash that morning, the remaining joint venture partners – Galliford Try and Balfour Beatty – were forced to announce a few hours later that Carillion’s implosion would leave them out of pocket by up to £80m. From boom to, erm, bust.Painfully funnyOne of my more internet-savvy associates saw a timely joke on the Twittersphere the other day. It went like this: “Three contractors pitch up at Downing Street to fix a fence. The first, from Birmingham, measures up the fence and says he can do the job for £900 – £400 for materials, £400 for his crew and £100 profit for him. Then the lad from Liverpool measures up and says he can do it for £700 – £300 for materials, £200 for the crew and £200 profit for him. The bloke from London dispenses with measuring up and merely says he can do it for £2,700. The Downing Street minder splutters: ‘How on earth can you justify that?’ The Cockney geezer says: ‘£1,000 for me, £1,000 for you, and we get the Scouser to do it for £700.’ The government official smiles and says: ‘Done!’ And that is how Carillion was born.” Funny, ‘cos it rings true …Construction Week cleans upThere has been an understandable furore of late around the representation of women at certain business functions, not least in the wake of the scandal of the recent Presidents Club fundraising event, where inappropriate behaviour by some of the all-male attendees towards a number of female hostesses was exposed. So it was good to see the organisers of UK Construction Week issuing new guidelines last week to exhibitors at the 2018 show, which will be held in October. It’s presumably designed to stop the sort of Las Vegas showgirl-style displays that were visible on one firm’s stand at the 2017 trade shindig. Will this new spirit, I wonder, be in evidence at next month’s property bash Mipim – famous for its raucous atmosphere – in the south of France?Driving homeIt has not escaped the notice of readers that we have a shortage of homes in this country. But the lengths some people will go to build one never ceases to amaze me. A couple in Enderby, Leicestershire, converted their garage into a second home – albeit a small one at the bottom of the garden – thereby contravening planning regulations, which stipulated the structure should house vehicles only. Having been rumbled, the pair were taken to court and fined nearly £2,000 each. The couple now have to gut the home and restore it to its former glory. Presumably the family Hyundai will be relieved. Bus shelterContinuing with housing, I was heartened to read about the Brenland family of Ipswich, who recently bought an old double-decker bus to house some of the town’s homeless people. The vehicle has a lounge area, a kitchen and a bathroom and can sleep up to 14. Those with a drugs or drink problem have to sign up to a rehabilitation programme, but otherwise this comes with no strings attached. The family has also opened a shop selling second-hand clothes and giving out free garments to those in need. There are similar bus shelter schemes in Milton Keynes and on the Isle of Wight. A case of good people doing good things, I think you’ll agree. An unusual must-seeWhen I think of tourists visiting this country, I always imagine they want to take in famous sights such as Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London. However, a more prosaic destination has been awarded a “Hidden Gem” accolade by tourism agency Visit England. The Institution of Civil Engineers’ (ICE) Infrastructure Learning Hub in the grade II-listed library at its Westminster HQ has been recognised for its visitor experience. Exhibition “Invisible Superheroes” highlights the role civil engineers play in the world. I hear the ICE bods are cock-a-hoop, especially because they feel it affirms what has long fallen on deaf ears – that the nuts and bolts of civil engineering is really, really interesting.Send any juicy industry gossip to [email protected]last_img read more

WATCH: Former Bulls props’ incredibly dangerous and cynical on-field act

first_imgFormer Bulls prop Pierre Schoeman might’ve made a great impression in his first year with Scottish side Edinburgh, winning the side’s Player-of-the-Year award as well as scooping up a new contract.But the 25-year-old has also been in the headlines for the wrong reasons after he engaged in an incredibly dangerous act during last weekend’s Pro 14 meeting with Irish giants Munster.Schoeman lifted the padding to the right-hand upright while Edinburgh were on defence in a move cynically designed to prevent a try being scored. The rule book dictates that a team will score a five-pointer if a player places the ball at the base of the padding.However, it’s also obviously there for safety too.Referee Marius Mitrea was only made aware of the incident by Munster’s players afterwards, who bafflingly only have Schoeman a warning.Munter coach and former Bok assistant Johann van Graan wasn’t impressed.“In my view you can’t touch the goalposts,” he said.“It is the safety of the game. You can’t pull that up; there’s been another incident in world rugby where that was a yellow and straight penalty try”For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more