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    • Mar 15, 2018

    Florida community receives $15,000 AARP Community Challenge Grant

    The Town of Cutler Bay, Fla., was one of the 88 communities selected to receive a Community Challenge Grant from AARP. The $15,000 in funds allowed the community to install outdoor fitness equipment at Cutler Ridge Park. The Town of Cutler Bay was the first municipality in South Florida to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities and has worked  to create a livable community for residents of all ages. more info

    • Mar 14, 2018

    U.K. community receives funds to fight social isolation among elderly

    Appointment Buddies, a community project aimed at helping over 50s battle isolation in one of the most deprived areas of the U.K., received funding, to help 240 socially isolated residents gain better access to healthcare services and improve their wellbeing. Seven community projects across London, ranging from arts events to emotional therapy, have been awarded $363,000 of National Lottery funding. Buddies help people make doctor's appointments, prepare them for what they want to say to doctors or nurses, wait with them and support them with travel arrangements and collecting prescriptions. more info

    • Mar 14, 2018

    Senior center in Australia focusing on community, industry engagement to grow services

    Lyndoch Living in Victoria, is hosting a one-day conference focusing on the benefits of strong community and industry engagement in building local businesses and keeping up with the pace of the aging population. Lyndoch Living is redeveloping its site as a seniors living precinct that will connect to the community and provide spaces and opportunities for collaborative activities with others in the region. more info

    • Mar 13, 2018

    Seniors in U.S. projected to outnumber children by 2030

    People over age 65 will outnumber children by 2035, according to projections by the Census Bureau, with the median age of the U.S. population expected to grow from age 38 today to age 43 by 2060. By 2030, all Baby Boomers will be older than age 65, expanding the size of the older population so that one in every five residents will be retirement age. The ratio of older adults to working-age adults is projected to rise with an estimated three-and-a-half working-age adults for every retirement-age person by 2020. more info

    • Mar 13, 2018

    U.K. design school for people with dementia helping to gather ideas for dementia-friendly environments

    Dementia Centre, a international research, education and consulting service provided by HammondCare, created a design school for people with dementia. The school will see people with dementia and a supporter work together with design experts, to learn the skills needed to become more involved in the process of designing dementia-inclusive environments. The program will allow people living with dementia to contribute their ideas and knowledge to the creation of dementia-friendly environments. more info

    • Mar 13, 2018

    Seniors in Canada and the U.S. prefer to plan their funeral over their final years

    More than 75% of seniors feel more comfortable planning for their funeral than planning for their final years, according to a survey by Home Instead. All of the participants were surveyed in either the U.S. or Canada. Findings showed:

    • Seventy-six percent of seniors believe talking about and planning for their final years makes them feel more prepared;
    • Seventy-three percent have taken steps toward preparing for this time financially;
    • More than 50% of seniors who have made plans have yet to move beyond the planning stage and make actual arrangements; and
    • Only 13% have prepared financially for long-term care.
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    • Mar 13, 2018

    MOH in Singapore to increase dementia-friendly communities

    The Health Ministry in Singapore plans to increase the number of dementia-friendly communities from six to 15 in the next three years. In these communities, residents and businesses are trained to recognize signs of dementia and help those who might have them. Yishun was the first such community set up by Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) and the Lien Foundation under the Forget Us Not initiative, which provided training for about 20,000 people from 90 organizations nationwide. more info

    • Mar 13, 2018

    Company to convert cruise ship for senior living

    Storylines, an ocean-liner that sells on-board seniors condominium, plans to set sail in 2020. The liner will offer 302 staterooms that can be lived in part- or full-time. The ship will have a team of nurses and a doctor on board and plans to offer its own health insurance options. The boat is scheduled to leave Miami in 2020 on a five-year circumnavigation around the globe. more info

    • Mar 12, 2018

    South Korea's elderly overtaking the workforce to make ends meet

    South Korea has more employed people over 60 than those in their twenties. As poverty affects almost half of South Koreans over the age of 65, many take on jobs to make ends meet. Figures showed in 2017 four million South Koreans in their twenties were economically active, while those in their sixties stood at 4.2 million, up from 3.9 million the previous year. Many of the country's top companies push staff to retire before the age of 60, despite South Koreans having one of the highest life expectancy rates in the world. This forces many older people to search for new jobs as the state pension is minimal. South Korean President Moon Jae-in is looking to alleviate the situation by increasing the monthly stipends by 2021. more info

    • Mar 12, 2018

    Pharmaceutical industry booming in Japan as population ages

    Japan remains the world's second-biggest pharmaceuticals market, behind only the U.S. and China. To address the needs of Japan's aging population, the government is responding by easing life science regulations and accelerating the approval of new drugs in a campaign to promote current pharma companies, both domestic and foreign and to attract companies to the Japanese market. The changes are all related to Abenomics, Japan's plan to match economic growth with innovations in healthcare. more info


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