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    • Jan 22, 2018

    WHO designates California community 'age friendly city'

    Cupertino, Calif., was designated an age-friendly city by the WHO. The city is expanding housing alternatives for seniors who want to remain in the community, establishing better transportation solutions and ensuring any activity oriented to seniors is inclusive to all cultures. more info

    • Jan 22, 2018

    Project Mend-A-House provides in-home care for seniors

    Project Mend-A-House is rolling out a healthy living program called Caring Connections designed to provide seniors with in-home visits and transportation for wellness and quality-of-life needs. The program will be run by volunteers under the direction of a retired social worker who will work with George Washington University nursing students completing their community health clinical. The students will perform in-home health assessments while the volunteers will make visits or drive clients to wellness visits or quality-of-life excursions. more info

    • Jan 21, 2018

    Nanjing Time Bank trades volunteer hours for goods, services, cash

    Time Bank, a government initiative in Nanjing, China, is allowing volunteers to store service time and exchange it for money, food or assistance. Volunteers will store time at the bank after every service performed, and it can be exchanged for the individual and/or his family after a total of 20 hours - 70% of the time can be exchanged for other services, 20% for items from the Charity Supermarket and the remaining 10% can be converted into cash. Universities have begun adding volunteer work to their credit-based systems and students who log a certain amount of volunteer hours assisting the elderly can accredit that to their final scores. more info

    • Jan 19, 2018

    Project launched for seniors in Ontario, Canada supports clients and caregivers

    With a grant of over $1,200 from the municipality, Learning the Ropes, a six-week program, will be provided for people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and their caregivers. The program is meant to help people with strategies for living at home as long as possible, as well as be a support for caregivers. The focus is on lifestyle changes, memory training and psychosocial support. more info

    • Jan 15, 2018

    Part-time retirement in the Netherlands leads to reduced labor participation

    Part-time retirement will lead to a reduction in labor participation, according to Raymond Montizaan of Maastricht University, who researched the possible effects of part-time retirement on the labor participation of older employees in the Netherlands. Montizaan researched the hypothesis that gradual retirement would help to reduce work pressures and enables workers to continue working for longer. "Part-time retirement is actually counterproductive," Montizaan says. "If employees continue to be stimulated to retire part-time, we can expect that this will slowly lead to a change in the social norm and that employers will need to rearrange their labor process." more info

    • Jan 15, 2018

    Florida seniors to test driverless cars

    Senior citizens who live in a central Florida retirement community will take self-driving vehicles for a ride in the world's largest self-driving experiment, traveling 750 miles of roads in The Villages retirement community near Orlando. Voyage, an autonomous vehicle (AV) startup specializing in a robo-taxi service, will pick them up at their homes and drive them free of charge to and from where they would ike to go with only a "technician" on board to monitor the system. Later on, the technician will be dropped and a transportation fee added. Eighty percent of The Villages' residents, whose average age is 72, have smartphones and will be able to access this free service through an app provided by Voyage. more info

    • Jan 15, 2018

    Finger food menu benefits patients living with dementia

    Patients living with dementia at Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital in Bangor are benefiting from a dementia friendly menu which now includes finger food alternatives. The main concern was that individuals with dementia may not be able to eat full meals at regular times and may require finger food meal alternatives and snacks to be available at any time to optimize dietary input. The menu helps patients to feed themselves when their condition means they may not recognize food otherwise or items like knives and forks. more info

    • Jan 13, 2018

    Tech advancing long distance and remote care for family caregivers

    An aspect of caregiving that has received increasing attention is how to care for elderly parents via long-distance or remote means. Best Buy has created gadgets that provide a smart-home tech installation that can help monitor elderly loved ones. Medical Guardian is another company that created a system which provides a remote way to monitor elderly loved ones' activities through sensors and connected apps. more info

    • Jan 12, 2018

    Rebuilding Together organization helps seniors age in place

    Rebuilding Together, a national non-profit organization, brings volunteers and communities together to improve the homes of low-income homeowners, most of whom are seniors who live on Social Security. The organization has a checklist it uses to assess homes before teams begin work, which includes making sure stairs and individual steps are safe and secure, discovering any obscure tripping hazards as well as detecting moisture problems that can lead to mildew and attract pests. Rebuilding Together emphasizes aging in place for the seniors that make up 80% of its clientele. The non-profit learns about persons in need from social agencies, referrals, hospitals, non-profits, therapists and persons may self-apply. more info

    • Jan 10, 2018

    U.K. communities launch project to cut isolation

    A project, to help alleviate social isolation for older people in England, will involve the establishment of an over-55's social group to serve both Rudheath and Witton. The group is being launched by Rudheath and Witton Together and the Cheshire Community Development Trust as part of Project 55. The social group will include a variety of activities from visiting speakers, learning new skills, board games and chat. more info


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