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Springhill Home Care Group Korea Reviews Seoul Employs Elderly to Tackle Phone Waste South Koreans are among the world’s most frequent phone upgraders, buying about 15 million new mobile phones each year, according to a recent report by market research firm DigiEco. One of the problems that create is the handling of all the discarded older phones. To tackle the issue of electronics waste, or e-waste, the Seoul city government started a program called Eco City in 2009 to collect used electronics. It runs a waste handling facility called Seoul Resource Center in the northeast of the capital and employs elderly or low-income people to break them down and process the parts. Eco City is unique in that it is an entirely government-funded and directed operation. In Tokyo, the municipal government invited private companies to set up recycling facilities, while China has struggled to deal with large amounts of e-waste both produced domestically and imported. Seoul’s Eco City says each discarded mobile phone has between 2,500 won and 4,000 won (about US$2.23-$3.50) worth of metals in it, including rare earth metals such as neodymium. At intervals of six months or a year, companies can bid to purchase the waste that has been gathered and sorted by Eco City. Whatever can’t be sold or reused is incinerated. Eco City Chief Executive Lee Dong-hyun explains that the program was conceived after identifying a way that e-waste could be useful. “Our country lacks natural resources. We started this center after we realized that a lot of the kinds of things we need, like metals, were already in the country but were being thrown out,” he said. Private recyclers also handle e-waste but generally just extract the most valuable parts from items and discard, or in some cases export, the rest. Some say that in addition to handling e-waste with more care, it would also be helpful to change South Korea’s culture of frequently replacing electronics, so as to limit the amount of waste that is created in the first place. “We buy new devices not because what we have actually needs to be replaced, but just because we want something newer, with a nicer design or some new features,” said Lee Won-young of the Korea Association of Electronics Environment, an industry group. http://springhillc http://news.spring  (Aug 1, 2013 | post #1)

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Springhill Care Group: Don’t Let Nursing Homes Keep Elderly Married Couples Apart http://www.care2.c om/c2c/groups/disc .html?gpp=66744 &pst=1697308 &saved=1 According to a new study from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, seniors work hard to keep their marriages alive and well, even after one spouse falls ill and goes into a long-term care facility. Community-dwelling spouses were greatly drawn in the lives of their partners who are inside the institution, and that a lot of the couples remained active together may it be inside or outside the nursing home Researcher Robin Stadnyk was surprised to discover about this. Stadnyk is a post-doctoral researcher in the University of Alberta’s Department of Human Ecology. She reviewed data from a qualitative study of 52 community-dwelling spouses in three Canadian provinces: Alberta, Manitoba and Nova Scotia, for her PhD research. According to her research, the participants were heavily involved in their spouses’ lives, not only through caretaking duties like doing laundry and helping with personal hygiene, but also through nurturing activities that brought them closer together. “Most participants described close relationships with their spouses before the placement in a long-term care home. They simply found ways they could continue that closeness within the institutional walls,” Stadnyk noted. Marriage-sustainin g activities included watching TV together, studying travel brochures and reviewing diaries to relive old memories, even taking painting lessons together. For regular weekly and even daily visits, some spouses do is they bring their partners home. A loving story of an 82-year-old man in the study took weight-training just so he could lift his wife in and out of the car for the weekly trip home. “The findings defy the common assumption that the partnership of marriage effectively ends when one spouse enters a care facility,” Stadnyk said. Changing roles as give-and take-partners to compassionate caretakers, husbands and wives of partners with dementia carry on with nurturing their marriages. One of the things they do is they are making sure treats were available for their spouses and another was they make to it to attend special events. “Many related these activities to their wedding vows, ‘In sickness and in health, for better or for worse’,” Stadnyk said. Other halves with partners who are institutionalized moreover created methods to deal with their new loneliness. This is described by one participant as ‘limbo’. It is finding ‘safe’ activities such as family or church outings and limiting their interactions to same-sex social groups. Stadnyk suggests that rehabilitation workers help couples continue to find ways to connect when one spouse is in a nursing home. Quiet, private spaces are needed so couples can share quality time. Improvements to policies to respect the private lives of residents are also needed, Stadnyk said. Private accommodations, rather than shared rooms, are often desired by couples and are increasingly being offered in newer facilities. But even simple changes such as knocking on a resident’s door before entering are appreciated by spouses, Stadnyk said. A secure place for personal items like diaries would also allow couples to keep special possessions private. “One nursing home even allowed a couple to keep a refrigerator in the resident’s room, which made it easy for the couple to share snacks.” It is important that practitioners help couples find things to do together. He/she should also encourage the well spouses to discover activities on their own to sustain their identities. Source: http://springhillc ves/255  (Jul 23, 2013 | post #1)

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Springhill Korean Savvy Group Korean Reviews SKorean pop ...

Springhill Korean Savvy Group Korean Reviews SKorean pop star Rain discharged from military http://springhillk oreansavvygr.blogs inghill-korean-sav ml SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korean pop sensation Rain is out of the military. Under cloudy skies Wednesday, Rain fired off a crisp salute and thanked a large crowd of mostly media and women who'd gathered to commemorate his discharge after 21 months of mandatory service. The fans held signs reading in Korean and English: "We waited for you" and "Rain's coming." One Japanese fan said she'd been waiting for more than a day to see the "entertainmen t soldier." The 31-year-old served in an army unit that provides TV and radio programming that promotes the military. Rain, whose real name is Jung Ji-hoon, has made seven albums and acted in several South Korean and Hollywood films. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2011. He hasn't said what his future plans are. South Korea requires all able-bodied men serve about two to three years in the military, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War. Source: http://communities 526 http://susaneaston  (Jul 10, 2013 | post #1)

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If something seems too good to be true, assume it's a scam. Maybe this is the only way we can really be certain of anything, no particular scam. Just go and follow your instinct and use your commonsense.  (May 22, 2013 | post #6)