AARP International

Why are digital skills critical for older persons? CSocD56 Side Event, 2 February 2018.

How can we invest in life‐long learning and continuing education to ensure that older persons have the chance to acquire digital skills? 2. In what ways can we make innovation and technology accessible to older persons so that they don’t miss out on their benefits? 3. How can older persons use innovative technologies to contribute to poverty eradication and the well‐being and prosperity of their societies? 4. How can we develop and disseminate user‐friendly information to assist older persons to respond to the technological demands of everyday life? 


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    • Jun 20, 2018

    Luxury senior housing with age, needs-based pricing model primed for Hong Kong market

    Premium senior housing developments in Hong Kong are few and far between, but experts say the demand is growing and a certain model for selling them will become a major trend. One luxury complex, The Tanner Hill, for those 60 and older, caters to all their needs, including accessibility and hobbies, and their families, with amenities such as a playroom to help keep children occupied. The model includes a lease system called a life lease. Pricing depends upon "the age of the tenant, size and location of the unit" according to the Hong Kong Housing Society. For example, an 85-year-old resident opting for a 350-square-foot flat would pay about $204,000 as a one-off fee. Meanwhile, a 60-year-old seeking a larger unit, around 1,200 square-feet, would pay about $1.9 million. more info

    • Jun 19, 2018

    India crafts age-friendly certification framework for hospitals

    India's base framework for age-friendly hospitals was developed in 2016 and was submitted to the Indian Medical Association (IMA) 'Care of Elderly' group. The body urged all private and public hospitals to adopt the age-friendly concept, with a pilot project ongoing in Renai Medcity. The concept goes beyond hospitals offering discounts and benefits for the aged - it aims to ensure physical infrastructure, process of care, communication and services, emotional and behavioral environment and written hospital policies. Once the final framework is ready, at the end of the year, it will be shared with hospitals across the province of Kerala, the regional IMAs and nationally. If hospitals follow the framework, they will be certified as an age-friendly hospital. more info

    • Jun 19, 2018

    Mercedes innovates to support aging workforce in Germany

    Mercedes-Benz is waging a company-wide campaign to combat ageist attitudes and embrace older people in the workforce. Sylvia Huette-Ritterbusch, a Mercedes personnel expert, says the carmaker created an exhibit to challenge aging stereotypes, which is open in Berlin. The structure feature two doors: one reading 'old' one reading 'young.' Many retired visitors, who feel young at heart, she says, come in through the young door. Once inside, there are tests to measure memory, balance, ability to work in a team, grip strength, jump height and how easily they can relax. It gives a biological age and estimated years of life experience. Mercedes' production head Markus Schaefer says it demonstrates how every age shows potential, and that age diversity means diversity of experience, perspectives and ideas. Mercedes also introduced demographic audits to encourage age structure and demographic cooperation discussions among employees and management. The average age of Mercedes' 136,000 employees in Germany is 44.7 years. Rival BMW expects workers aged over 50 to make up more than 35% of its workforce by 2020, from 25% in 2014. more info

    • Jun 19, 2018

    Longitudinal study aims to prevent chronic diseases in Singaporeans

    Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) launched a 20-year study to better predict and prevent chronic diseases among its citizens as they age. This will be the first large-scale, comprehensive longitudinal health study on Asians, with as many as 100,000 to 200,000 Singaporeans involved. Called the Health for Life in Singapore (Helios) study, researchers recruited 800 participants so far and hope to have 10,000 participants by the end of next year. The data will provide a comprehensive resource that can improve disease prediction, early detection, prevention and treatment of diseases like diabetes and obesity. Singaporeans and permanent residents ages 30 to 84 are eligible to participate in Helios. more info

    • Jun 19, 2018

    Reserve Bank of Australia: Young, immigrant taxpayers boost economy, aging population supports

    The Reserve Bank of Australia says skilled immigration measures are bringing more taxpayers into the country to help fund the aging population's housing and welfare. Policy members of the RBA's board of directors debated the fact that surging population growth was "in large part" driven by overseas migration of younger people as Australia faces a growing anti-immigration sentiment. The RBA reports a wave of young immigrants has not only driven demand for house prices and stoked ongoing infrastructure investments but has bolstered the economy, overall, which will carry the social supports needed by the elderly. more info

    • Jun 18, 2018

    OECD could see $3.5T GDP boost from raising employment rates of older workers

    Extending people's working lives to reflect the aging of their populations could release untapped value for their economies, up to $3.5 trillion, across the OECD in the long run, according to the 2018 update of PwC's Golden Age Index. Iceland, New Zealand and Israel are the leaders in boosting employment rates among older workers, the index shows. Current employment rates for workers aged 55 to 64 vary across the OECD, from 84% in Iceland and 78% in New Zealand to 38% in Greece and 34% in Turkey. The top-performing countries share characteristics, including a labor market that supports flexible working and the implementation of reforms targeted at older workers, such as redesigning jobs to meet physical needs. Successful policy measures include increasing the retirement age, supporting flexible working, improving the flexibility of pensions and providing further training and support for older workers to become digital adopters. The findings include that financial incentives can influence people's decision to stay employed and that longer life expectancy is associated with longer working lives.  more info

    • Jun 18, 2018

    Iceland boasts one of the highest life-expectancies in Europe

    Statistics Iceland reports that during the last 30 years, life expectancy in Iceland has increased by six years for men and four years for women. The 10-year average (2007-2016) shows that men in Iceland and Switzerland have the highest life expectancy in Europe, 80.5 years, followed by Liechtenstein (80.1 years) and Sweden (79.9). The same 10-year average shows Spanish and French women have the longest life expectancy in Europe, 85.5 and 85.4 years. Women in Switzerland come third (85) followed by Italy (84.8), Liechtenstein (84.2) and Iceland (83.9 years). The life expectancy of American males is 77.1 years, and 80 years for U.K. males. The corresponding figures for women are 81.8 in the U.S. and 83.5 in the U.K. more info

    • Jun 18, 2018

    New Zealand platform connects seniors living at home with carers

    The head of innovation at New Zealand’s Mycare says the country’s care system for the elderly is broken and needs to change. Sam Johnson adds that while people want to age at home, there's no infrastructure to support them. Mycare provides a service that connects carers and people looking to do odd jobs with those in their homes that need this help. The infrastructure also can open up social opportunities for seniors feeling lonely or isolated, Johnson says, providing them with an important new friendship, while relieving family caregiver stress. more info

    • Jun 17, 2018

    Japan's fitness clubs entering special care sector to offset competition

    Large, full-service fitness clubs in Japan, primarily visited by people 60 and over, are facing a challenge: their members are aging rapidly, while health-conscious Millennials flock to smaller startups. These small-club operators are starting to move into the elderly market. Women-only club Curves' short, group-oriented programs have proven popular among seniors in the country. After building 1,800 small outlets, its Japanese franchise partner bought the chain from its U.S. parent in February and aims to revamp its struggling overseas operations. To offset current and future losses, some of the traditional Japanese facilities are exploring niches within the elderly market. Renaissance's Genki Gym, a fitness-focused nursing home, is growing, planning to open 14 facilities this year. It targets people 65 and over classified by the government as requiring nursing care. Central Sports is turning towards nursing care prevention by sending trainers or lending facilities for exercise events held by cities and districts which focus on preventing citizens from entering expensive nursing care. more info

    • Jun 16, 2018

    WHO designates Polish municipality as Age-Friendly City

    Gdynia municipal authorities have resolved to improve its senior population’s well-being and involvement in civic society in order to improve all aspects of their lives. For its efforts, the city was recognized by the WHO as an Age-Friendly City. In 2004, Gdynia was the first Polish city to establish an institution representing its older residents: the Gdynia Council of Senior Citizens. Leaders have established the first municipal department dedicated to promoting active engagement among senior citizens - the Senior Citizen Engagement Centre - and the University of the Third Age, which is senior citizen-focused, has been in place for a number of years. In addition to daycare facilities, the city is developing support environments such as community centers and clubs. more info


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