It’s 2018 and we all know heroes don’t always wear capes. In fact, they also vary in age. You can be a budding 8-year-old lifeguard or a middle-aged charitable millionaire. Whatever the case, not one hero is like another. This retired grandpa is a champion to NICU babies — he cradles them for a living.
“There are a lot of benefits to that warm connection of being held—when a baby puts their face against your heartbeat, there’s a benefit there. I came to love it, but not just because of the connection with the babies, but the whole atmosphere of the hospital.” [said grandpa David Deutchman.]
Deutchman volunteers at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and has been doing so for 12 years. Prior to baby-cuddling, his official job title was in international business marketing. Now, the father of two is a dad to hundreds, if only for a day or so.
“I talk with mothers and sometimes I hold their hand, because holding a mom’s hand is just as important as holding a baby,” he says. “There’s a lot of stress for these parents. Having somebody tell them they can go get breakfast and assure them I’ll be there with their baby, it means something to them. It’s important.”
While NICU babies can be fussy, a bit of spit-up does little to faze Deutchman. I sure do wish he was my grandpa.
World records and the elderly don’t usually ring a bell, unless you’re talking giant casseroles. All the same, some aren’t letting the “old and wretched” stereotype fly, especially not George Corones. The Australian swimmer recently broke the 50-meter long course record by 35 seconds — and he’s 99-years-old!
“It was an exemplary swim for me, well balanced… and I was ready to hit the [wall] at the end very hard with my hand,” he [said].
The superstar senior swam the length in just 56.12 seconds, for the 100 – 104 years men’s category. I didn’t even know people lived that long. Corones’ swimming career was put on hold during World War II and re-commenced at the age of 80.
“I gave it up at the beginning of the war [World War Two], and I don’t think I had a swim of any description until I retired,” he added.
“I started swimming again for exercise.”
Looks like exercise brought this aging man of steel a long, long way! (To the Commonwealth Games trials, to be exact)
Robots aren’t going to take over the world. Or so we think. With existing devices that swim and perform surgery, I wouldn’t be too sure. Though much of modern technology is for the millennial generation, some cater exclusively to baby boomers. ElliQ, a companion bot, is one of those devices, helping the elderly remain in tip-top shape.
“Our goal is to leverage a combination of our proprietary technology, emotive interaction models, and gerontology insights with elegant design to empower older adults to intuitively interact with technology and easily connect with content and loved ones and pursue an active lifestyle,” explained Dor Skuler, CEO and founder of Intuition Robotics.
The robot, which resembles an uncanny lamp, narrows the gap between its older users and current apps. Basically, it’s a dystopian life coach. ElliQ caters to a client’s specific needs. It offers communication, fitness, and health services without being… too weird.
“ElliQ could never replace human interaction, but it can be an important motivating factor in keeping older adults healthy and active when living alone.”
Sure, co-habituating with a talking appliance may sound unorthodox, but maybe isn’t in this day and age.
Soup kitchens have been a regular source of free meals for the needy and are branching out across the nation. Backed mostly by volunteers and, occasionally, independent farmers, establishments are fighting world hunger a day at a time. To make its own donation and break a world record, Green Giant cooked up a 637-pound green bean casserole.
“We wanted to celebrate our inaugural year in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade by baking up some excitement while helping so many people in this incredible city,” Jordan Greenberg, Green Giant’s vice president, said in a statement.
The tasty dish, which comprised of 780 cans of green beans, fed a whopping 2,000 elderly New Yorkers. A handful of Stella 34 Trattoria chefs took the lead, accompanied by the Green Giant mascot himself. While the serving trumped the last record-setting casserole by 81 pounds, the event was all about giving back.
[Greenberg] added that the company “has been a staple in Thanksgiving feasts for more than 100 years.”
The amount of enthusiasm on social media proves that green bean casserole truly never gets old.