Wednesday, February 08, 2006

I've been looking for this for a while

It's kind of relevant. It talks about how the future of gadgets may lie in the elderly as the focused topic, especially when you consider the "baby boom" era (for many of us, our parents) are going to be reaching that bracket in the next 10 years or so and with the last UK census showing that the average number of children per married couple has dropped from 2.4 to 1.1 you can see how the pressures the American associations (in the article) forecast they will suffer in the next few years can easily translate into the NHS and the like here.

for those who are not bothered about reading it, I'll sum it up quickly...

the article discusses that their maybe a shift of gadget design to help the elderly with the problems and disabilities they gain with age because without it the 35 million baby boom era people in America, of which, 5,500 are turning 65 everyday will bankrupt the already overstreched (some class it as already broken) Medicaid system in America (are similar but seriously more underfunded version of our NHS) when they are all trying to get treatments for their conditions. Of course the UK, Japan and most of Europe are preparing for this but I think this is relevant to us when you tie this with the current RNIB campaign called Open Your Eyes which talks about the 2 million Britons who are currently at risk of loosing their sight needlessly and this number is bound to increase as our baby boom era get older and many will ignore this campaign and become reliant on technology for the blind and an NHS system which doesn't have enough people paying taxes into to keep properly afloat.

Here's the articles if you want more:

BBC News: Rosy outlook for gadgets for elderly
RNIB: Open Yours Eyes campaign


At 08 February, 2006 02:06, Blogger Daniel Trimm said...

as a bit of an explanation for the title...

I love reading, I am an avid reader of fictional and non-fictional material, I am also sad enough to enjoy furthering my general knowledge, meaning that the bbc news website is one of my best friends. Unfortunatley I can be quite useless at keeping a timestamp on when I picked up something and so anything past 2 weeks happened a few weeks back, past 2 months was a few months back and past 2 years happened so long ago I cant remember when, but I remember it in detail.

This is where the bbc news website lets me down, it lacks a decent archive search and their search system digs in so much detail into the bbc website that using keywords to look for archived articles is a nightmare and because of the amount of stories (of course the majority are of just absolute best quality) that the bbc news website pumps out, using our old friend google for a decent search using keywords can prove to be a nightmare, especially when you happen to forget the full details of the article which could help you use keywords that will bring it up from the heap of the rest which bare no resemblence to your desired outcome. This has been the stage I have been at until tonight when I finally found a keyword combination that yielded a success!

On another note, it's ironic that the RNIB would use a 3 column website which just leads to clutter for its users and url's that you couldnt dream of memorising, unless you're Raymond (if you're confused as to who Raymond is, watch Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man, great film)


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