Independent Living

Consumers’ and workers’ perspectives about consumer-directed services in the United States

Jamie G. Swaine, B.A.; Susan L. Parish, Ph.D., M.S.W; Leah Igdalsky, B.A.; Robyn M. Powell, J.D. Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA Disability and Health Journal, July 2016 Volume 9, Issue 3, Pages 464–471 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2016.01.002 Background Consumer direction is a service delivery model that shifts decision-making from […]

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Quality of life and independent living and working levels of farmers and ranchers with disabilities

Danielle M. Jackman, Ph.D., Robert J. Fetsch, Ph.D , Christina L. Collins, M.S. Disability and Health Journal April 2016, Volume 9, Issue 2 Published online: September 30, 2015 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2015.09.002 Background The status of farmers and ranchers with disabilities has been understudied. Understanding this population’s quality of life (QOL) and independent living and working (ILW) levels […]

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Promoting Community Independence for Veterans with Disabilities

AAHD has joined the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) efforts supporting proposed legislation to promote community independence for veterans with disabilities. The October 31 letter is here: PDF.

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Assistive technology use of older American Indians in a southeastern tribe: the native elder care study

Goins RT, Spencer SM, Goli S, Rogers JC.  Department of Community Medicine, Center on Aging, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia 26506, USA. rgoins@hsc.wvu.edu.  J Am Geriatr Soc. 2010 Nov;58(11):2185-90. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2010.03140.x. The objectives of this study were to examine the prevalence of assistive technology (AT) use, type of assistance used for each activity of […]

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Elderly persons in the risk zone. Design of a multidimensional, health-promoting, randomised three-armed controlled trial for “prefrail” people of 80+ years living at home

Dahlin-Ivanoff S, Gosman-Hedström G, Edberg AK, Wilhelmson K, Eklund K, Duner A, Ziden L, Welmer AK, Landahl S. BMC Geriatr. 2010 May 26;10:27. doi: 10.1186/1471-2318-10-27. SOURCE:   Vårdalinstitutet, The Swedish Institute for Health Sciences, Universities of Gothenburg and Lund, Sweden. Synneve.Dahlin-Ivanoff@gu.se BACKGROUND:   The very old (80+) are often described as a “frail” group that is particularly […]

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Support in everyday activities with a home-based electronic memory aid for persons with memory impairments

Boman IL, Bartfai A, Borell L, Tham K, Hemmingsson H.    Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol. 2010;5(5):339-50. doi: 10.3109/17483100903131777. Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Danderyds Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden. inga-lill.boman@ds.se PURPOSE:  The purposes of this study was to examine the possibilities of a home-based electronic memory aid with sensors for persons with memory impairments, as support to carry out everyday […]

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Electronic aids to daily living: be able to do what you want

Verdonck MC, Chard G, Nolan M.   Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol. 2011;6(3):268-81. doi: 10.3109/17483107.2010.525291. Epub 2010 Oct 12. Occupational Therapy, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Rochestown Ave, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Ireland. great.sci@gmail.com PURPOSE:  This study explores the experiences of Irish people with high cervical spinal cord injuries living with electronic aids to daily living (EADL) and the […]

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Assistive Technologies Research: Independent Living for Elderly Persons

An intelligent emergency response system: preliminary development and testing of automated fall detection. Lee T, Mihailidis A. Intelligent Assistive Technology and Systems Laboratory, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto, Canada. J Telemed Telecare. 2005;11(4):194-8. We have designed an intelligent emergency response system to detect falls in the home. It uses image-based sensors. A pilot […]

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