A robot designed to help care for elderly people has been invented at the University of Salford.
“Carebot” P37 S65 can be programmed to remind them to take medication and exercise, answer questions and even tell them jokes.
Researcher Antonio Espingardeiro, who developed the robot, said it could help care home staff and improve residents’ quality of life.
It can recognise faces and recall the requirements of each patient, he said.
The robot can also be programmed with speech therapy and object recognition exercises to help people with dementia.
It is capable of acting as a video link to keep in touch with doctors and family, playing games and giving updates on the news.
The robot, standing at about the height of a person, can also carry meals to residents.
Mitchell: Beyond that congresswoman, you’ve got to go beyond that if you’re going to get anything from the other side.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to her credit, said there was no need to talk about benefits cuts when there was more savings to be wrung out of the health care system. But clearly, Mitchell is channeling the zeitgeist when she says that the Republicans are going to “need” some benefits cuts.
Mitchell, like so many other wealthy, celebrity pundits sees these “popular” programs as something frivolous that Democratic voters are hanging on to out of immature petulance and they just need a stern Daddy to come along and take away their toys for their own good. The fact that these “toys” are equivalent to Andrea Mitchell’s yearly dry cleaning bill doesn’t change the fact that they represent the entire hand to mouth existence of millions and millions of elderly people who are too sick and too old to go out and become wealthy TV stars.
Old-age poverty is an increasingly worrisome problem in Germany. In a SPIEGEL interview, 74-year-old Renate Apel discusses how, even after working and paying into her pension for some 40 years, her life has become one of deprivation and want.
As Germany’s population ages, its birth rate declines and a smaller proportion of its citizens are paying into the state retirement fund, meager pensions for elderly citizens are becoming an increasingly troubling issue.
German Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Ursula von der Leyen recently published alarming figures on the future level of German pensions that have sparked widespread concern over the looming danger of old-age poverty.
Likewise, figures from the German government’s new report on provisions for old age, to be published in November, show that of the roughly 25 million employees in the country between the ages of 25 and 65 who make social security contributions, more than 4.2 million earn a gross monthly salary of less than €1,500. This only entitles these individuals to the legally guaranteed basic social security. The tax-funded payment was introduced in 2003 as a supplement to help elderly people who have low pensions and opt not to apply for welfare assistance eke out a subsistence-level existence.
German parties across the political spectrum are now scrambling to develop a new pension concept, but they have yet to make much headway. Meanwhile, pensioners like Renate Apel, 74, are struggling to make ends meet. For four years, Apel has been coming every Tuesday to a food bank run by the Hamburger Tafel (“Hamburg Table”), a charity organization that distributes surplus food and groceries from supermarkets, restaurants and other businesses to the poor.
Why in some states it’s important to pay the taxes ahead of the mortgage if you are in financial trouble.
The rules for property tax sales can be confusing, especially to elderly people who can’t keep track of their finances and people in minority-heavy communities that were targeted by subprime lenders. Here’s how it works:
- The government files a public document called a tax lien saying that it can seize the property if the taxes remain unpaid.
- If the taxes aren’t paid, the government auctions the lien to investors. Past investors include JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and people who respond to Internet get-rich schemes, the report said. Homes typically are sold at steep discounts.
- For a limited time, the homeowner may buy back the home by paying to the investors the purchase price of the lien, plus interest, fees and other costs. That’s possible because investors haven’t bought the home itself - they have purchased the tax lien, which gives them the right to seize the home later.
- If the owner fails to pay all the costs, investors can sell the home at a big profit compared with the cost of buying the tax lien.
The report said state governments should make it easier for homeowners to retake their homes after tax lien sales. It said they should limit the interest and penalties investors can charge and increase court oversight.