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Entropy is a measure of how much energy is lost in a system. If a system loses too much energy, it will disintegrate into chaos. Negentropy is the opposite where you measure how much energy can be gained.
Here’s how to apply these scientific principles to reverse energy loss and gain some extra time in your day to do the things you like:
A concept from physics called negentropy could help your life run smoother
Since digital hearing aids became available a quarter century ago, their audio quality in complex situations like a cocktail party has inched forward thanks to developments like directional microphones and pre-programmed settings for common sound environments. Now hearing aid manufacturers are trying to take a bigger leap forward using artificial intelligence to make noisy environments clearer than ever. The new products use deep neural networks trained on giant data sets to isolate and sharpen the right sounds for people with hearing loss.
The top consideration for a lot of baby boomers planning to downsize has become proximity to adult kids and grandchildren. “They’re more and more interested in being near those they love, willing to give up that dream of what they were going to do in retirement to be near family,’’ says one Boston area realtor. For those looking at 55+ communities, another realtor says the downsizers want to be more connected to nature, placing a premium on nearby walking trails, dog parks, and outdoor relaxation and entertaining to include fire pits, fireplaces, and outdoor kitchens.
Hearing aid makers tackle the technology's ‘number one problem’ with AI (statnews.com)
Baby boomers reassess downsizing during pandemic (boston.com)
Researchers have found that Sherlock Holmes’ method of remembering things really does work. His mnemonic technique is called the "method of loci" where you mentally navigate around a familiar place, such as a path (or Holmes' palace). To remember a piece of information, you "drop" it along the path and later retrace your steps and "pick it up."
The CDC says its ok now for nursing home residents that have been vaccinated to get hugs again from their loved ones, and all residents may enjoy more indoor visits. Today's nursing homes, also called skilled nursing facilities, include medical care and meals and sometimes offer activities and programming to keep residents engaged. They're also used as rehabilitation centers for older people recovering from illness or injury between hospitalization and going home. Many have memory care units separated from other residents to assist those with dementia or Alzheimer's.
To understand how and why nursing homes evolved into their current iteration requires going back to the 17th century. See link below.
Sherlock Holmes' famous memory trick really works | Live Science
Nursing home residents can get hugs again, feds say (apnews.com)
How’d We Get Here? The History of Nursing Homes | Next Avenue
China’s looming elder-care crisis has provided an opening for fraudsters and Ponzi-like investment schemes. By 2025, more than 300 million people in China will be 60 or older, according to the Chinese government. By 2050, that number is estimated to rise to half a billion.
Traditionally Chinese families have taken care of elderly parents. In the wake of China’s now-defunct one child policy, and because of mass migration to big cities, fewer people can care for the growing gray population. The government provides care to only the most vulnerable, known as the “three no’s” — those with no family, no financial support and no ability to work.
China’s government has turned to the private sector, promising subsidies and tax benefits for companies that build homes. But the cost of building a nursing home is high, and the rewards are often too low because most people cannot afford high-quality care. In Beijing, for example, the monthly bill at retirement homes can be as high as $1,500, according to one report, triple the average retirement paycheck of $535 a month.
To surmount those challenges, some builders skirt laws that forbid them to accept money from residents before the retirement homes are built. Instead of preselling a home or a bed directly, those builders create side investment products that promise high interest rates in addition to future membership benefits.
The authorities and elder-care experts say financial products often turn into Ponzi-like schemes. Money raised from later investors is sometimes used to pay earlier investors. If they can’t presell enough homes or beds to start construction, the project evaporates — and so does the money.
China's Retirement Home Industry is Plagued by Ponzi Schemes - The New York Times (nytimes.com)