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    • Apr 19, 2018

    Municipalities in Japan offer services to seniors worried about dying alone

    The Yamato Municipal Government introduced a service focusing on people without relatives or the means to pay for funerals, cremations and other after-life arrangements. Once registered, seniors are issued a card bearing the name of their funeral operator and the city's contact information. City workers will also make regular visits to check on them if they live alone. more info

    • Apr 18, 2018

    Life expectancy in Ukraine needs to increase before retirement age will be raised

    Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Pavlo Rozenko said it's impossible to talk about raising the retirement age in Ukraine until the average life expectancy of Ukrainians increases. Rozenko noted that all government activities should be aimed at creating normal living conditions for residents, obtaining medical care, preventing accidents and premature death in order to reach the level of European countries in terms of life expectancy. The life expectancy of men in Ukraine is 63 to 65 years. more info

    • Apr 18, 2018

    Canadian province to invest in seniors centers

    Minister of Seniors Affairs in Ontario announced the recipients of Senior Active Living Center funding. The province is investing in up to 40 new centers across the region. With this expansion, the province currently supports programs at more than 300 Seniors Active Living Center locations. The programs offer seniors a range of activities from exercise classes to music clubs, workshops on video editing to the use of community kitchens, along with a number of social outings. more info

    • Apr 18, 2018

    Village in Japan boasts longest life expectancy, survey finds

    For the third consecutive time, the life expectancy for Japanese women in 2015 was highest in the village of Kitanakagusuku, in Okinawa Prefecture, hitting 89 years, a health ministry survey showed. The village of Nakagusuku and the city of Nago, both also in Okinawa, came in Nos. 2 and 3 at 88.8 years. For men, the average life expectancy was highest in Yokohama's Aoba Ward at 83.3 years. Asao came in second, at 83.1 years, followed by Tokyo's Setagaya Ward, at 82.8 years, Tsuzuki Ward in Yokohama, at 82.7 years and Kusatsu, Shiga Prefecture, at 82.6 years. Nishinari placed last for the fourth consecutive time for men and the second time in a row for women. more info

    • Apr 17, 2018

    Acacia welfare home opens facility in Singapore for destitute elderly men

    Acacia Home, for elderly destitute men, aims to reintegrate its residents back into the community by facilitating job placements and housing arrangements. Currently, the Admiralty facility is home to residents aged between 55 and 88. Residents who show potential to be discharged will stay in pairs in the space for three months and if they live well together, the home will help them apply for a rental flat unit under the Joint Singles program. The facility also offers rehabilitative programs such as addiction management and life skills therapy. more info

    • Apr 17, 2018

    Majority of Chinese seniors victims of fraud

    The number of China's elderly targeted by online fraud is increasing, according to Tencent and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Findings indicated that over two-thirds of elderly internet users fell victim to an internet scam and more than half chose not to seek help. Seniors require more support to enhance their ability and prevent them from becoming victims of fraud. more info

    • Apr 17, 2018

    Canada not prepared for the needs of aging population

    Canada currently has no ministerial representation for senior citizens and resources for the county's aging population is short-sighted. Seniors will account for 25% of the population by 2036 and increase to 28% by 2061. The province of Ontario has a minister for seniors and a number of programs proposed, however, not all of them have been implemented yet. more info

    • Apr 17, 2018

    In Korea convenience stores stock products to attract seniors

    Convenience store GS25 launched sales of incontinence pads at branches nationwide as part of an initiative to expand the number of elderly customers. The store sold the products at limited branches near large hospitals and senior care centers previously. GS25 plans to continue to expand the number of products targeted at older customers sold at its branches. The retailer plans to introduce more than 20 products by the end of this year. more info

    • Apr 16, 2018

    Samsung, Compaan launch tablet for seniors

    The device is a Samsung Galaxy Tab A with apps aimed at seniors and functions such as reminders for medication. The tablet can be controlled remotely to assist the main user with updates and installing apps. more info

    • Apr 16, 2018

    South Korea's elderly using discos to help combat loneliness

    Colatecs, a combination of cola and discotheque, have arisen for South Korea's aging population, as a growing number of lonely, impoverished and ailing seniors rediscover ways to entertain themselves. The club offers a safe, affordable place for seniors to dance and mingle. Despite the name, the discos best-selling beverage is a probiotic yogurt. more info

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