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NETCOM in Norway is a mobil telephone provider that became popular because a promotion 2for1 on Tuesdays, people buy a ticket and one is free. So they make this publicity bring together generations. Take a look... it is very inspirational ...

NETCOM in Norway is a mobil telephone provider that became popular because a promotion 2for1 on Tuesdays, people buy a ticket and one is free. So they make this publicity bring together generations. Take a look... it is very inspirational ...

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Eddie commented on Helping make everyday challenges easy to achieve

Not everyone has the luxury of designing an entire house around their aging parents, we just need to use some well-established principles of universal design to create a safe and comfortable home for elders, can be used in existing homes with some easy retrofitting.

Universal design is not, as some would think, strictly for the elderly or disabled. The concept of universal design is to make living and work spaces equally comfortable, safe, and accessible for all, regardless of height or physical ability. These follow ideas might help make a home safer for an older resident, but they're pretty smart for homeowners of all ages.

Easy on the Hands

You probably don't think much about turning a doorknob, but it can actually be quite a chore, even painful, for someone with arthritis or other conditions. Simply replacing doorknobs with lever-style hardware can make life easier for residents. Levers are also best on faucets, and illuminated rocker switches are better than the standard toggle light switches.

Friendly Floors

Slippery surfaces are not the only danger underfoot, although they're the most obvious. All floors should be made slip-resistant, such as by adding nonskid mats under area rugs (or getting rid of the area rugs completely). Trips are as dangerous as slips, so eliminate trip points like thresholds wherever possible, or reduce their height. For those who use walkers, low-pile carpeting is safest so the walker doesn't catch on deep pile and cause a fall.

Safe Stairs

For older people living on more than one level, stairs can be especially dangerous. Handrails are a must, on both sides of the staircase if possible. Lighting is also critical, so make sure the entire stairway is well lit from top to bottom. Clearly defined steps that show where the edge of the tread is can help prevent falls.

A Well-Lighted Place

The staircase isn't the only part of a home that needs good lighting. A dark room is an invitation to a bump or a fall, so make sure there's adequate lighting in every room, hallway, and doorway. Entryways are especially dangerous if not well lit. There are new presence sensors or smart bulbs that detect the presence and increase light.

Landing Places

Fumbling with keys, packages, the mail — all can distract and unbalance someone entering or exiting a home. In addition to providing lighting at entryways be sure to have a table, bench, or other surface nearby for putting things down.

Better Baths

Most people think of shower grab bars as the way to make bathing safer. There are other ways to help ensure safety in the bath. Think about adding grab bars by the toilet, too, or other places in the room where someone may need a helping hand. A step-in shower is safer than a tub, but if that's not possible add grab bars that help someone getting in and out. A single-handled faucet control reduces the chances of scalding at the sink, and a pressure-balanced control does the same in the shower. A hand-held showerhead is often easier to use for someone with limited mobility than a fixed showerhead.

The reason we need to support Universal Design. I am finishing my concept of "Universal Design " when we add and move elements in our houses according we are ageing...


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Eddie commented on Legally required to visit aged parents

Tatiana, there are so much to do about enforcing an emotional connection between parents and children and it is not when the parents are older but when parents concept the children.

Many parents don't give to their children time and contact in they growing process... If they do so their children will be present when they are older.

I live in the Country mothers can stop 1 year to take care about their children, women are active and equal with men. They don't need the State "force" by law because the generation connections are present and stronger by a simple act : EDUCATION.

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Eddie commented on Legally required to visit aged parents

http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia-pacific/2013/07/2013721139339724.html

This is was published by Al Jazeera regarding the same subject.

I don't have any prejudices about Chinese only think they created their own problematic system when they forced the 1 child politics as one child have at least 4 grand parents and 2 parents. The State cannot blame a person to find a job away, then this same person hasn't social benefits, health security system and welfare.

Make it easy is to create a stable social system focused that population increases their life expectation and important to "force " governments to invest on it !