10 ways to look after your mental health

450 million people around the world suffer some kind of mental illness. Older people, dependents and carers are among the risk groups. Between 10% and 15% of people over 65 are affected by depression and anxiety. Loneliness makes this situation worse.

To raise awareness of mental health problems, October 10th was established as International Mental Health Day.

At Neat Group, we have developed a simple infographic, based on the recommendations of the Mental Health Foundation, to remember some simple tips to look after your mental health in later life

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Neat promotes digitalization in an international congress focused on the challenge of ageing

Ageing and DependencyNeat Group participated in the second edition of the Intersectoral Congress of Ageing and Dependency: “A new look at the evidence”, held in the city of Jaén, Spain. During the event, Luis Alberto Pascua Rodrigo, Head of Sales of Assisted Living of Neat (SE&A) gave a talk entitled Digitalization, the new social way of getting connected.

Pascua Rodrigo highlighted the multiple advantages of digital technology in the socio-health sector, with special emphasis on connectivity, security, access to information at any time and from anywhere, optimizing costs, more time for care and the great possibility of creating customized care plans.

This international congress aims to be a vehicle for exposing the innovative ideas of different agents, who successfully address the challenges of this demographic change, through creative programs and innovative research and offering a space for reflection and active participation to the elderly, since they are the protagonists of this congress.

It was the ideal space to talk about different thematic lines such as decent ageing as citizens’ right; technology at the service of care, key factors in the promotion of personal autonomy, etcetera.

More than 400 people attended the event, including different personalities from the social health sector.

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Preventing falls in the elderly

falling-99184_640Falls and stumbles are the most common cause of people over 65 being admitted to hospitals in the UK. In fact, one out of three people over 65 years old will have a fall or a stumble and half of those will fall more than once a year. In addition, elderly who fall usually become more afraid of falling, and this fright can reduce their quality of life and their aptitude to do exercise often. That is why it is important to know how to avoid falls for the elderly.

Here are some tips for avoiding falls and stumbles:

  • Stay physically active
  • Have your eyes and hearing tested
  • Find out about the side effects of the medication you take
  • Non-slip mats in the bathroom
  • Stand up slowly
  • Good lighting
  • Move any clutter
  • Get help lifting heavy things
  • Use a cane or walker if your doctor says so

A fall can be very problematic, mainly for elderly people and their families. At Neat Group, we have created some technology to offer you and your family, the certainty that if anything happen there would be professional help immediately.

For example, a fall device can detect a fall and send an alarm to a telecare unit, which will alert a care team in case you need emergency services.

In this simple way, a telecare system can assure you someone is there ready to go your home and help in case you are unlucky enough to suffer a fall.


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WHO launch a new global action plan on physical activity

Plan AcciónThe World Health Organization (WHO) has launched the new “WHO Global action plan on physical activity and health 2018-2030: More active people for a healthier world.”

Science has proven that regular physical activity is key to preventing and treating noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and breast and colon cancer. Moreover, it is important to note that NCDs are responsible for 71% of all deaths globally.

In addition, end physical inactivity is not only a health challenge, but also an economic one because the financial costs are huge. According WHO, physical inactivity cost US$54 billion globally in direct health care, of which 57% is incurred by the public sector and an additional US$14 billion is attributable to lost productivity.

For these reasons, the action plan recommends a set of 20 policy areas, which combined, aim to create societies that are more active and can moderate physical inactivity in adults and adolescents by 15% by 2030.

For the development of this plan of action, WHO had the collaboration of not only governments and national public institutions, but also key organizations in sectors such as sports, health, transport, urban design and civil society, besides the indispensable contribution of the academic world.

At Neat Group, we believe that that physical activity is essential for active aging. That is why we have developed technological supports, such as mobile telecare, to enable sports and outdoor physical activities autonomously and safely.

You can download the action plan here.

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BED, sensor for the efficient and flexible care of patients

Teleasistencia Avanzada BEDIn Neat Group, we are convinced that advanced telecare can guarantee the independence and security of older people and dependents people. Advanced telecare completes the traditional telecare services with complementary technological support inside or outside the home.

Today, we want to present one of those “complementary technological supports” that guarantees the safety of older people both in their own homes and in care centers. We are talking about BED.

BED is a device that alerts caregivers to the presence or absence in the bed (or chair) of a user. A wireless device which does not require any installation since it works with an AAA battery.

BED allows two types of configuration depending on the mobility of each user; for those with limited mobility, an alarm will be sent at the same time as the bed is left, allowing acting quickly and anticipating any damage that may be caused by a fall or accident.

For residents with better autonomy, a return time is established, sending the alarm only if the resident does not return within the established time.

In addition, BED can be programmed so when the user gets out of bed, the light of the room automatically turns on, thus minimizing the risk of falls.

If you want further information about BED, as well as the rest of the devices that complete an advanced telecare system, you can consult our website here.

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Mobile telecare reduces the isolation of older people

In this blog, we have already written about the problems that loneliness can cause to older people and how telecare can relieve their sense of isolation.

In this occasion, we want to focus on a very useful solution that can be of great help for the older people who do not resign themselves to live locked up in their home and want to socialize with their neighbors or friends without having to give up the sense of security that telecare offers them. We are referring to mobile telecare.

Technologies such as geolocation or wireless telephone networks make possible to use a small device with the same functions as the traditional telecare device. However, it is important to maintain the collaboration between technology providers, public administrations and service providers to be able to provide an efficient telecare service outside home.

Neat Group proposal´s for mobile telecare is NEMO, a small device, lighter and easier to use than a conventional mobile phone with which, through GPS technology, the older people will be always located in case they become disoriented or confused. In addition, NEMO has the traditional emergency button with which they can launch an alarm in case of fall or incident, which will allow emergency services to find and help them quickly.

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Older people already have their own graphic symbol

pictomayores65A “Graphic Symbol of Older People” was presented on June 8,  at the headquarters of the State Reference Center for Personal Autonomy and Technical Aid (Ceapat, by its acronym in Spanish) in Madrid, a freely used pictogram for the signage of spaces and uses preferential or suitable for the elderly.

This symbol is the result of the collaboration of Ceapat professionals and the LideA Forum (Senior Leadership, by its acronym in Spanish). In its preparation, the universal design and evaluation criteria recommended by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) were taken into account, for example, being applicable to both genders and conveying a realistic and positive vision of older people who actively participate and contribute to society. Throughout the process, more than 350 people participated, very diverse at a functional, generational and cultural level.

Although this symbol was conceived in Spain, its use and promotion are feasible at an international level.

This pictogram can be downloaded here.

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