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Bethel the Kodiak bear one of the oldest

I’m not sure what human decade she is. I noticed in the video that she has teeth. Too bad she only gets salmon once a year, but the Kuskokwim River is rather far away (and at the opposite time of year).

Bethel the Kodiak brown bear, celebrating birthday in Australia

Bethel the Kodiak brown bear, celebrating birthday in Australia

Not grizzly at all… Bethel the kodiak bear lounges in her enclosure at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. (ABC news)

Australia’s oldest bear has celebrated its 32nd birthday.

Bethel the kodiak [sic] bear also has the distinction of being one of the oldest of its species in the world.

It’s become a birthday ritual that never fails to delight the grand old dame of Taronga Zoo.

“She was bashing at the door as soon as she could smell that salmon coming in,” said zookeeper Deb Olsen.

“She knows that it’s a special day when she sees the big salmon there.”

I noticed while reading up on Bethel’s birthday bash that the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) has a tag or category for news feeds called aged-care. Click on the ink below to add it to your news reader.


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    Tolstoy’s bicyclist scholars, Phylliss Turner, MSc, nonagenarian

    Phylliss Turner, MSc graduate
    Photos aren’t allowed in comments, 😦
    https://theelderlies.wordpress.com/2007/05/01/tolstoys-bicyclists-nola-ochs-95/#comment-19820

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    Vibrating beds as osteoporosis exercise

    There’s no detail about this study. It has possibilities but it requires reasonable balance reflexes. An earlier news article points out some of the dangers in using just any old vibrator.

    Public release date: 19-Feb-2007, Research Australia
    Good vibrations: Aging bones may benefit from a good shaking

    While running and jumping are some of the best ways to maintain or improve bone strength and help prevent fractures, they aren’t the safest activities for the frail, elderly or physically impaired.

    Dr Belinda Beck, senior lecturer at Griffith University’s School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, said there was some evidence that low intensity loading performed at a sufficiently high frequency may also improve bone mass.

    She has recently received funding to test the effects of a whole body vibration device – a platform that participants stand on while it vibrates at up to 30 cycles per second. “Bone generally responds to exercise that is high intensity but older people can’t do that without the risk of hurting themselves. We need a stimulus that is effective on bone but does not cause damage.”

    Dr Beck said the device was originally designed to enhance muscle strength in athletes as the vibration forces muscles to contract more. It was also likely to help improve balance.

    “Whole body vibration offers an opportunity to improve bone strength, muscle strength and balance – three of the known risk factors for hip fractures in the elderly.” The vibration device will be installed in a retirement village on the Gold Coast, providing easy access for women over 65 years of age who choose to participate in the study.

    Osteoporosis-related fractures are most common in older women, particularly those with other risk factors such as low body weight, a history of low calcium intake, and little or no physical activity.

    “This is a simple, low intensity alternative that is perfect for people who can’t do more strenuous physical activity,” Dr Beck said.
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    Joy into cycling for disabled

    Wednesday, November 22, 2006

    Tempo Tricycle specialises in producing tricycles especially designed for those with disabilities….
    One of the company’s products was showcased last week to a school teacher and national athlete Joseva Verevou.

    “Many families have bike riding as a healthy, cheap and fun activity,” Mr Isham said.

    “However, what happens where one of them has no arms or cannot use them, that person has to stay behind or the whole family stays home,’ he said.

    …the Fijian-designed and made glider … is a recumbent, where the rider is a prone position and pedals out front.

    “You steer it by simply leaning right or left and the bike goes that way, pedalling backward to brake.”

    Mr Isham said the cycle was just one of the 135 different cycles and accessories that the company made in Lautoka for exercise and rehabilitation for people with disability.

    I can’t find the Fiji office information but the main manufacturer website is

    They have quite a range of cycles.

    Mr Isham is Sales Manager, Tempo Tricycles International
    Manufacturers of Rehabilitation, Industrial, Vending & Recreational Cycles
    11/6 Pinacle Street, Brendale (Brisbane) QLD 4500, Australia .
    Phone: (07) 3881 1104

    For more information about Mr VEREVOU’s projects, see

    For more than 20 years, Japan International Cooperation Agency has organized two training courses, “Leaders of Persons with Disabilities” and “Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Promotion of Persons with Disabilities” to promote the creation of a society in which persons with disabilities can take part. To date nearly 400 people have attended the two courses.

    Tips for events managers working with older people

    There are limitations within various web log software (especially if one can only afford the free sites) to identify what people are interested in when they stop by. I don’t care if there are meganumbers**, but I do find it really useful to check every now and again to see what information visitors might be interested in on this site; whether they found bad links; whether they found useful information (maybe I’ve used the wrong terminology; maybe they have used the wrong terminology); etc. The readership information is useful to remind me that people from diverse backgrounds stop by so I shouldn’t use colloquialisms (or I should define them), etc.

    [**Ok, the numbers matter in that once there were more than just my friends and relatives stopping by, my responsibility to keep things up-to-date, tidy, and clear increased.]

    But I also like to know what else is out there that may be relevant or to find better information than what I have run across by checking out other people’s searches. Here’s a great example from someone who used http://www.google.com.au/ to search for “seating for older people” (thank you)—

    “[PDF] Tips for events managers working with older people
    File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat – View as HTML
    for people with vision impairment. • Is there adequate seating for older people during. intervals? Does seating have arm-rests and a. suitable height? …
    www.maca.nsw.gov.au/pdf/including_us_too!.pdf -”

    Including Us Too: Tips for events managers working with older people. January 2001. Free
    How do you ensure your event is designed so that older people will be able to attend and enjoy it? This is a handy guide to with practical ideas of what to do and not do to make your event popular and successful with older people. By Margaret Tucker. 16pp. ISBN 0 7313 9829 7. New South Wales [Australia] Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing

    The tips / checklist is in pdf format, unfortunately. But it has specific questions to ask (hooray!), e.g., How many stairs do participants have to climb? and some not so specific, e.g., Is there adequate seating for frail older people to wait in comfort? Overall it is an excellent resource and really exciting to see the thought and consideration put into it.

    [The html version is available from Google here, but get the original if possible. http://tinyurl.com/gxe5g]

    Check out their discussion papers and other publications, too.

      A fair go, a fair share, a fair say, for older people in NSW

    The NSW Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing regularly publishes discussion papers, reports, fact sheets and brochures. They are written for a range of audiences. Some are for community education – either for older people or for others working with older people. Other publications are discussion papers, with the aim of widening debate on a particular topic. Some are research papers, with or without recommendations to government.

    http://www.maca.nsw.gov.au/publications.htm


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