The Japanese have become infamous for some of their seemingly crazy inventions: from round, whole-glass sized ice cubes to the solar cigarette lighter. But this crazy invention just might be the future of elder care. The Verge covers Toshiharu Mukai’s invention in more detail. Mukai hopes the bear will be more than just cute and powerful — that it will take care of you in the future.
OK, maybe it’s not quite true. Maybe you can’t think yourself into reaching Methuselah’s ripe old age. Nevertheless, there is an increasing body of science that says the connection between what we think we are and what we actually are is much stronger than we would think — and the causality flows more from the thinking to the being than the other way around. Rick Daugherty talks about the value of keeping a positive outlook in your senior years. Why not give it a shot? Take the stairs! Say “hello” to a stranger! Be Bold! Be a social butterfly! What’s the worst that can happen?
We all remember growing up and creating “preparedness” kits for emergencies. The specific emergency might have been different depending on where you were raised — from earthquakes, to tornadoes, to hurricanes, to blizzards — but you learned in school how to be prepared, to keep matches, and flashlight batteries, and extra water on hand, etc…. As adults, we may have assembled such kits for our families, and even practiced drills. But too few of us put thought into the changing needs of these kits as we or our loved ones age. The U.S. Government’s “Ready” campaign provides some great tips that you should review.