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DoxBox Trustbot: Putting the GO in Algorithmic Oppression

“I think we – I mean people, humans – always think things can’t get any weirder. In 2019 I started working on DoxBox Trustbot, my show about the unhealthy, asymmetrical strangeness of the deals we do with technology companies. DoxBox is an animated artificial intelligence who lives in a pink and gold box and loves J-Pop. It will ask you questions about your phone and the apps you use, then give you advice about how you could be safer and happier….”

Read on to find out more…

Camden People’s Theatre: https://cptheatre.co.uk/artist_blogs/putting-the-go-in-algorithmic-oppression

How to Prevent Falls and Provide Comfort in a New Home for Seniors

“… advice for setting up a safe living situation in your twilight years.”

the National Association of Senior & Specialty Move Managers® blog


By Estelle Erasmus, Washington Post, January 25, 2022

My parents lived together their whole lives, first in their suburban home, later in an apartment and even later in an independent-living apartment in a senior community. But last year, when my dad, suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, had to be placed in memory care, my octogenarian mom had to live by herself for the first time in her life. She is not alone in facing a change in living situation in her older years.

For the millions of seniors in the United States (predicted to grow from around 58 million to around 88 million by 2050), life transitions such as experiencing widowhood, having a partner with dementia or downsizing after decades in the same home can be a huge challenge. One way to ease the adjustment is to ensure that any new home is comfortable, safe and adaptable to physical limitations.

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Deaths of visually impaired people sparks questions about safety at railway crossings in Japan

Barrier Free Japan

By Barrier Free Japan

January 9 2022

JAPAN Recent incidents at railway crossings in Japan involving people with disabilities have led people to ask how such incidents can be avoided.

Such tragedies are becoming a common occurrence in Japan. For example, on January 28th 2021, a local group for visually impaired people submitted a request to Tobu Railway to strengthen measures to prevent falls after an accident in which a visually impaired man fell and died at a station in Itabashi Ward, Tokyo.

This accident occurred on January 28 2021, when a visually impaired man in his 60s fell on to a railroad track at Shimo-Akatsuka Station on the Tobu-Tojo Line in Itabashi Ward and was hit by a train and died.

Three months before the accident, groups representing the visually impaired in Itabashi Ward and Toshima Ward submitted a request to Tobu Railway to strengthen fall prevention measures…

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Keeping Important Documents Safe and Secure

The Caregiver Cafe

By Roz Jones

We hope and pray that nothing will happen to our home, but it’s a good idea to be prepared “just in case”. You likely have insurance on your home and many material things in your house can be easily replaced should disaster strike. Other things like photos and important documents can be hard or impossible to replace. Missing documents can make it harder to rebuild after disaster strikes. That’s why it is a good idea to keep them safe and secure.

Invest In A Fire Safe

A good fire safe will survive a lot of damage. Invest in a quality one for any documents you want to keep at home. You can get a fairly small box that can be stashed away in a closet or cabinet. Make sure both you and your spouse know where the safe is kept and has a key to open it.

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Action for Ageing

297 Tips To Improve The Health, Safety And Wellbeing Of Your Ageing Loved Ones. Chris Minett and Robin Minett ISBN 978-0-9568220-4-8

A pleasant surprise benefit of tweeting was being sent this interesting book. A colleague at www.cpea.co.uk was optimistic she could get some tips that would be helpful for her 83 year old mother and agreed to read it. She reports by way of our blog:

The book is well presented with an introduction and list of contents and the hints are set out in alphabetical order – Ageing, Alzheimer’s, banking, bathroom etc. Each topic has its own chapter and is attractively laid out; beginning with a simple fact/numerical comparison, often relating to costs. There is then an explanation of issues, things for a carer to consider along with some essentials. Each section closes with an action list of things to do, web links and signposts for further more specialist information, which is mostly helpful. The text is interspersed with cartoons and pearls of wisdom from carer Min. However fewer pearls would have been wiser.

There is much helpful information contained within the book but it is rather thick and information is somewhat unruly and could be better organised. For example there is some useful information about key locks, which many people would not know about until they needed one, but it could usefully have been linked to the section on security. Likewise kitchen safety could be better linked to fire in the home and the section on fridges. There are various sections covering safety in different parts of the home and similarly different sections on gadgets, aids and Telecare.

The book feels rather expensive at £19.95. A smaller tome at less cost may tempt more people to purchase the handy hints – and make no mistake they are useful. However if ‘prevention is better than cure’ then at under 7p a tip what I have learned may prove priceless to my mum.