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    • Sep 29, 2018

    Canadian patients over 50 prescribed opioids more often, but suffer more serious side effects, report finds

    The National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly released a report on opioid use by older Canadians. According to the report, older adults experience higher rates of chronic pain and disease than the general population and are therefore routinely prescribed opioids to deal with conditions such as arthritis and cancer. While researchers criticized the general lack of available data dealing with the effects of opioids on older patients, or with rates of abuse of the powerful painkillers among that age group, they pointed to a study carried out in B.C., Manitoba and Saskatchewan that found 20% of patients over 65 were prescribed opioids, versus 12.5% of the general population. The report also cites research showing older adults are at a higher risk of side effects than younger people because their bodies don't process the drugs as efficiently. It's urging health care professionals to gear treatment to the specific needs of older people. It recommends better research to improve pain management and a comprehensive study of the effects of longer-term opioid treatment on older people. The report calls for better staff training and improved data-sharing between different jurisdictions to figure out which kinds of opioid prescription strategies are working and which aren't. A national opioid strategy addressing the needs of older people would also help, researchers said. more info

    • Sep 23, 2018

    Singapore health hub aims to meet seniors' health, social needs

    A hub that aims to meet the health and social needs of elderly residents in the east was officially opened in a residential area of Singapore. The SilverCare Hub comprises two healthcare facilities and a senior care center. Seniors can use the local facilities while benefiting from seamless care as the different groups can share medical and other information. While each of the three facilities has its own staff, they work together, providing services such as physiotherapy, dementia daycare, community rehabilitation, counseling and primary care. Those requiring more complex or specialized care can be referred to Changi General Hospital. more info

    • Sep 22, 2018

    Taiwan's average life expectancy rises to age 80.4

    The average life expectancy in Taiwan increased to 80.4 years in 2017, according to statistics from the island's civil affairs authority. It cited better medical services, food safety awareness, better quality of life and the popularity of fitness as reasons for the increase in average lifespans over the decade. The survey shows the lifespan of Taiwanese men in 2017 averaged 77.3 years while that of women reached 83.7 years, both a record high. Among the six major cities in Taiwan, the life expectancy of Taipei citizens was the highest, recorded at 83.6 years in 2017. In 2017, life expectancy for both men and women in Taiwan were higher than the respective global averages. more info

    • Sep 21, 2018

    Hospital admissions of elderly people on the rise in U.K.

    The number of elderly people admitted to hospitals in Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust rose by 9% in five years, according to NHS data. These figures refer to the number of episodes of care for patients rather than the number of patients. They include all the emergency and scheduled admissions at hospitals. Age UK says in many cases these admissions could be avoided with more funding and better services. Nationally, the number of admissions increased by 13% on average. more info

    • Sep 20, 2018

    Japanese theater festival for elderly actors launched

    Japanese theater director Yukio Ninagawa launched Saitama Gold Theater in 2006 filling his troupe with amateurs who were all older than 55. Now, nearly 100 groups of senior-citizen actors can be seen across the country, while countless thousands are taking to stages around the world. The launch of Saitama Arts Theater's World Gold Theater festival features two elderly dance programs from England and Australia and a seniors' theater from Singapore. Also on the bill will be two outdoor performances by Saitama Gold Theater, while more than 700 members of the Saitama theater's recreational Gold Arts Club will sing and dance in French playwright Moliere's "The Imaginary Invalid." There will also be symposiums and workshops on related themes and topics. Medical experts have cited taking part in theater as being good for older people as the balance, mobility and strength involved in performing has a positive effect on health in general. There is are also the psychological benefits to be had from increased social engagement. more info

    • Sep 20, 2018

    Health Screening program offers Singapore's seniors subsidized health checks, aids

    More seniors are set to benefit from health screenings, with the launch of a partnership between the Ministry of Health (MOH), Temasek Foundation Cares and the business community to support Project Silver Screen, which helps subsidize the cost of health screening for seniors. The program is free for Pioneer Generation citizens. For Singaporeans who are 60 and over, it costs $2 for Community Health Assist Scheme cardholders and $5 for others. Project Silver Screen vouchers of between $15 and $200 will be given to those who need aids such as spectacles, hearing aids and dentures. more info

    • Sep 20, 2018

    Unemployment a risk for elderly workforce in the Netherlands, researcher finds

    A comparison between the Netherlands and Finland from the Finnish Centre for Pensions shows retirement includes multiple transitions that take place over several years. Many people get some other type of pension or benefit before they retire on an old-age pension. In the Netherlands and Finland unemployment or sickness often result in an early, permanent exit from the labor market. Following benefit and pension reforms, elderly workers in the two countries tend to stay in employment longer. Whereas late careers have remained relatively stable in Finland, there has been a slight increase in transitions between work and benefits in the years before the retirement age of 65 in the Netherlands.
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    • Sep 20, 2018

    Nearly one in three Europeans will be over 65 by 2050, creating strain on retirement funds

    By 2050, nearly one in three Europeans will be over the age of 65, a trend that promises to strain the finances of retirees and their families, as well as the societies in which they live. The Netherlands has the highest income replacement rate (101%) among the world's developed countries, greater than Germany (50.5%), Japan (40%), the U.S. (49.1%) and the U.K. (29%). But even the Dutch system is considering reforms because of demographic changes that have seen its citizens live longer and its birthrate fall. Many nations are considering shifting more responsibility for retirement away from pension funds and corporations and toward individuals, notably with defined contribution plans. more info

    • Sep 19, 2018

    Age UK study finds some communities are hotspots for loneliness

    According to the Age UK survey, the risk of loneliness for people aged 65 plus is far greater in some areas than in others. The relative risk of loneliness is based on the Census 2011 figures for the factors of marital status, self-reported health status, age and household size. The four factors predict around 20% of the loneliness observed among older people 65 plus.
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    • Sep 19, 2018

    Age UK to mark Older People’s Day in Kidderminster

    Age UK Bromsgrove, Redditch & Wyre Forest (BRWF) is celebrating Older People's Day on Oct. 1, 2018. The charity is bringing together a number of local partners and organizations who will raise awareness of support and services that are available to older people. more info

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