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INNOVATION AND WELL-BEING FOR THE ELDERLY: THE CHALLENGE OF RCH

04/05/20

THE RICHNESS OF OLDER PEOPLE

If you, young people, knew and if we, the elderly, could”, “if you do not want to die young you must get old”.    Which of us has never heard his/her grand-parents stating something similar at least once?

We tend to forget the real meaning of the elderly in our lives and communities too often.  Now more than ever, it is important to remember they are the ones who daily give us many examples of wisdom, knowledge, awareness, civility and unconditional love for their children and grand-children.

 

INNOVATION AND WELL-BEING FOR THE ELDERLY: THE CHALLENGE OF RCH

Their faces are sculpted as masterpieces and show the signs of time as old books, but still full of knowledge.

 

RCH: A RESPONSIBLE AND DIFFICULT CHOICE

However, in our daily frenetic life, something happens: those faces, filled with knowledge, get inexorably old and the chance of keeping independence and lucidity is, unfortunately, not for everybody.

 

INNOVATION AND WELL-BEING FOR THE ELDERLY: THE CHALLENGE OF RCH

Families and communities have to manage this phenomenon: accommodating their elderly parents at home is not always possible, albeit with the help of welfare associations, professionals in this field and healthcare workers present in the territory.   For many, the time comes to make that “tough decision”, which means choosing the residential care home (or RCH) to rely on to take care of their dear ones.   That is when one must confront financial, functional and psychological issues; especially when these older persons still possess their own cognitive functions, you have to deal with a sense of guilt, the pain caused by the departure from their house, their loved ones and their habits.      But then personal dignity comes into play, as well as the difficulty for older persons to let strangers help and assist them.

 

RCH: TOWARDS A CONSTANTLY EVOLVING AND INNOVATIVE MODEL

Technological innovation is continuously growing in all sectors and is combined with a demographic phenomenon involving the steady ageing of the population. People aged over 60 are expected to be 2,1 billion by 2050: a natural phenomenon communities will have to handle.

Now more than ever, RCH must adopt an increasingly dedicated and professional approach, thus exploiting technologies which can contribute to treat older persons’ disorders.

 

INNOVATION AND WELL-BEING FOR THE ELDERLY: THE CHALLENGE OF RCH

The needs of the elderly are more and more connected to physical and mental well-being, the maintaining of their independence and the respect for the human dignity.  Whereas in the past residents’ peace of mind was entrusted to the mere providing of health cares and, in the most advanced facilities, to the entertainment organised to promote socialisation, today science and technology offer a lot more.

It is no coincidence that some European top-class RCH are already introducing some technological innovations that were originally intended for completely different markets.   That is true for Zerobody, which was born to meet the mental and physical needs of sportspersons, workers and travellers, and then proved to be a precious ally even for the elderly.

 

ZEROBODY AND FLOATATION IN RCH

Thanks to an innovative system suitable for everybody, with neither contraindications nor age restrictions, Zerobody can bring floatation benefits to older persons and their residential care facilities.

INNOVATION AND WELL-BEING FOR THE ELDERLY: THE CHALLENGE OF RCH

 

These, in short, are its amazing benefits:

 

It lowers high blood pressure.

Hypertension affects both men and women aged from 50 years old and it is a problem that increases with age. The walls of the main arteries harden and peripheral blood vessels become narrower: The heart is obliged to pump blood more strongly which leads to a blood pressure increase.

Zerobody promotes blood pressure reduction because, thanks to body weight loss due to zero gravity and the absence of contact points, and accelerates venous and lymphatic circulation, thus allowing a greater intake of oxygen and nutrients to organs and tissues.

 

It promotes the sleep-wake balance 

The change of their daily routine, rhythms and habits, the nostalgia for distant memories, the enforced sharing of spaces with other people, the distance from their children, the obsessive and constant worries, these are all patterns that may lead an older person to depression and sleep disorders.

Insomnia produces a drop in focus and concentration, thereby worsening memory and promoting irritability.  On the contrary, elderly persons who sleep well regenerate and protect their brain, improve their mood and, therefore, the whole body functioning.

Zerobody promotes falling asleep thanks to a relaxing effect which is so strong that it eliminates negative thinking; muscles relax, the breathing slows down, joint pains are relieved and the brain finds peace.

 

It relieves muscle and joint pains

Almost all older people suffer from muscle and joint disorders; many of them complain of arthrosis-related pains (the so-called rheumatism), but these are often muscle or nervous disorders.  Undoubtedly, a poor joint lubrication, a low tissue oxygenation, the use of drugs and the poor physical exercise do not help older people in finding relief.

Zerobody is a real cure-all: the gravitational weight loss dramatically decreases articular stress, the spine stretches and a better blood circulation brings nourishment and oxygen to painful areas, with a consequent relief for the elderly.

 

It helps healthcare workers and physiotherapists in performing delicate manoeuvres

During floatation, the older person body assumes a relaxed and constriction-free posture. The lack of gravitational weight allows healthcare workers and physiotherapists to perform some delicate manoeuvres to stimulate the joints, resulting in muscle toning and a better blood circulation. Moreover, these massage movements all over the body in a supine position may soothe aching muscles.

INNOVATION AND WELL-BEING FOR THE ELDERLY: THE CHALLENGE OF RCH

 

It has a positive impact on bedsores

We all know that this is a persistent problem that causes pain and serious issues for older people. Dry floating allows the body to remain suspended over water without being in contact with it; on one side, this relieves the pain and, on the other one, it provides a respite for the elderly from bedsores-related stress for the entire duration of the session.

 

It relaxes the nervous system

Older persons often tend to lose their cognitive skills as a result of both normal ageing and neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s.  Hearing impairment first and, afterwards, loss of speech result in moments of nervousness and restlessness for the elderly who suffer from these symptoms; this condition generates distress for them and difficulties in managing it by healthcare workers.

Thanks to all the above-mentioned reasons, Zerobody has the amazing power to offer peace and quiet, thus positively acting on blood pressure, heart bet and breathing.

 

It fights brain ageing

Thanks to its contents, developed in partnership with a neuroscientific research institute, Zerobody is equipped with 6 Mindfulness audio guides. Many studies have now corroborated the practice of this mental exercise, as a tool to slow down brain ageing and stimulate cognitive functions.

 

Zerobody has no contraindication and is used by 95% of the elderly who have access to it, providing both physical and psychological benefits.

 

If you manage a RCH or you work for it, contact us at info@zerobody.com for more information.