07 June 2008

Keeping Updated on Important News

I took a global world quiz today and got 1 right. 1. That's worse than the statistics we had when we randomly filled out bubble sheets in 8th grade. And the one I got right was one that I totally guessed on and changed once (okay, so I guessed on all of them). I guess my NPR-reading habit isn't quite enough.

I have more important things to keep up date on, like my homework. Oh wait, that isn't happening. I guess more important would be helpful inventions that help people like my mom (not because of Alzheimer's, it's a bit of an inside joke). Read the following:

Fake bus stop keeps Alzheimer's patients from escaping

A nursing home in Germany built an exact replica of a bus stop in front of the facility. The only difference is that buses never stop there.
“It sounds funny,” said Old Lions Chairman Franz-Josef Goebel, “but it helps. Our members are 84 years-old on average. Their short-term memory hardly works at all, but the long-term memory is still active. They know the green and yellow bus sign and remember that waiting there means they will go home.” The result is that errant patients now wait for their trip home at the bus stop, before quickly forgetting why they were there in the first place.

“We will approach them and say that the bus is coming later today and invite them in to the home for a coffee,” said Mr Neureither. “Five minutes later they have completely forgotten they wanted to leave.”

The idea has proved so successful that it has now been adopted by several other homes across Germany.

Mom, you just need to set up a fake one on 45th South. The only problem is, with UTA, those old folks already know that it will never come. Ha ha.

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