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Sensors help smartphones keep eye on solo seniors

Looking after an elderly relative who lives alone can be a huge source of worry. But what if your smartphone could automatically alert you if your mother has stayed in bed all morning or suffered a fall? Small sensors that monitor home activity and can send alerts to smartphones are marking it easier to keep an eye on seniors from a distance, helping them to live independently for longer instead of going to a nursing home. The products on display at the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone fair in…

No-sweat exercise may prolong life for the elderly: study

PARIS: A few hours a week of light exercise -- walking the dog, puttering about in the garden -- lower the risk of death in older men, even if workouts are brief, researchers said Tuesday. Their findings, reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, challenge two long-held assumptions about the benefits of physical activity for the elderly. To improve health and reduce the risk of dying, according to many national health authorities, workouts must be strenuous and more long-lasting. In Britain, for example,…

For compensation, Indian villagers send elderly to forest as tiger prey

PILIBHIT: An Indian village in Uttar Pradesh is witnessing a bizarre trend that villagers have adopted to seek government money. It’s happening near the village bordering Pilibhit Tiger Reserve where authorities suspect local families are sending older members into the forest as tiger prey, and their bodies then relocated to fields, to feign attacks and claim lakhs in compensation from the government, reported the Times of India. Villagers aren't entitled to compensation if their kin die in the reserve so they are…

Drink soup, don’t drive: Japan police tell elderly

TOKYO: Japanese police are offering noodle discounts to elderly citizens who hand in their driving licences, promising them cheaper ramen soup in exchange for improved road safety.  The edible offer comes after a series of deadly accidents caused by cars driven by the elderly -- a growing problem in a country where 4.8 million people aged 75 or older hold a licence. In the hopes of appealing to seniors' stomachs, police in the central prefecture of Aichi on Friday started offering the discounts via a tie-up with a…