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    • Jul 19, 2018

    Home sharing between seniors, Millennials gaining popularity in Canada

    A growing number of Canada's seniors are living in homes that are too big, while young people squeeze into small, expensive apartments. One solution is to share the living space already built, to mutual benefit. The concept of home sharing is getting attention in small towns and cities across the country, including a pilot project in Toronto. Boston recently expanded the use of a housing app called Nesterly - co-developed by a Canadian MIT-grad - which creates home-sharing matches between seniors and cash-strapped university students. Across the country, affordable-housing advocates have proposed home sharing as a creative option for communities trying to balance a rapidly aging population and a shortage of affordable, longer-term rental properties. more info

    • Jul 19, 2018

    Irish town to see first Age Friendly living development

    The first official Age Friendly retirement village in Kildare, Ireland is in the works. The development, at the site of a historic grain store, aims to create an all-inclusive complex close to existing town center amenities and in proximity to couples, families and single professionals. It's hoped it will encourage older people to stay in the neighborhood of Rathangan and retain independence. more info

    • Jul 18, 2018

    Older Asian workers most vulnerable to workplace automation

    Marsh & McLennan Companies' Global Rick Center's latest report found older workers in China and other Asian nations are most vulnerable to displacement from increasing adoption of workplace automation. This is expected to have significant economic and societal consequences in this region, where low-skilled workers between 50 and 64 are an increasingly greater proportion of the active workforce. Five out of the top six countries at risk due to displacement were China, Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea and Japan, the report said. more info

    • Jul 18, 2018

    U.K report: One million older people out of work due to ageism

    U.K. MPs on the Women and Equalities Committee say the government is failing to enforce age discrimination laws, resulting in more than a million people aged over 50 locked out of the workplace. In a report on older people and employment, the committee says the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the government must be clearer about ageism and unconscious biases which are unlawful under the Equality Act 2010. They say the government needs to work harder with the EHRC to come up with specific plans to address this. The Centre for Ageing Better echoed the committee's calls and adds that employers need to ensure they have more age-friendly employment policies and practices. more info

    • Jul 17, 2018

    Research: England fails to prioritize palliative care strategies

    King's College London researchers found that England failed to prioritize palliative and end of life care. Their analysis of Health and Wellbeing Strategies of 150 local authorities across England discovered only 4% cited end of life care as a priority. In 43 of the 78 strategies, end of life care was mentioned in connection with specific medical conditions, with aging and dementia the most cited. The study's lead author, Katherine Sleeman, said the work highlights the large variations in palliative and end of life care and requires greater scrutiny of local health and care strategies to avoid the unintended creation of a palliative care post code lottery. more info

    • Jul 17, 2018

    Sri Lanka's aging population, low birth rates put strain on health system

    At the Opportunities and Challenges in Private Healthcare Sector forum in Colombo, Sri Lanka, it was heard that the demand on health resources will begin to rise as the population ages and a strategic plan has to be in place. Inpatient care in hospitals in Sri Lanka is at a high due to patients suffering from liver, kidney disease and other physical injuries, hospitalized for longer periods incurring a higher cost. It was also said that lower birth rates in Sri Lanka than in neighboring countries compounds the need for action, including injections of funds into caregiving. more info

    • Jul 17, 2018

    Canadian doctors: Rising number of seniors fuel need for $21B in health care funds over next decade

    Canadian physicians are calling on the federal government for about $21 billion over the next decade to pay for increasing health care costs due to the aging population. A Canadian Medical Association analysis says annual top-ups to the existing federal health care transfer program are needed. This comes as seniors issues are expected to be on the political radar with several high level meetings. The government will shuffle its cabinet with a possibility that a minister dedicated to seniors will be named. more info

    • Jul 17, 2018

    Germany takes aim at elderly caregiving woes

    In response to growing concerns over a gap in care for the elderly, a joint effort by Germany's health, family and labor ministers is in the works, with the hope of filling 13,000 caregiving posts. Konziertre Aktion Pflege (Concerted Action Care) focuses on the following aspects:

    • Improved training programs, including higher wages;
    • Working conditions, including giving workers more free time in the hope of also winning back former carers;
    • Digitalization to improve and modernize care;
    • International recruitment; and
    • Better salaries that will be boosted by tariff commitments across Germany's care homes. Salaries of up to $3,500 per month are being discussed.
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    • Jul 17, 2018

    Japanese manga provide more stories on older characters

    Japan is seeing a genre of manga featuring elderly people as the leading characters. The stories incorporate problems elderly people might encounter, such as driving the wrong way on a highway or having their home becoming overwrought by hoarding items they consider treasures and don’t want to part with. Other themes include love affairs between the elderly, blossoming friendships between older and younger characters and the onset of dementia. Readers in their 40s, 50s and older are responding well to the works, saying they open a positive dialogue about aging. more info

    • Jul 17, 2018

    Care home tablet initiative connects Maltese elderly with friends, family, world

    A pilot project that saw older people living in select Malta care communities equipped with tablets to keep in contact with family and friends is being expanded throughout the country. The initiative, launched by Parliamentary Secretary for the Elderly and People with Disability Anthony Agius Decelis, exposes the elderly to new technologies through tablet use along with the improvement of wifi connections in the homes. The participants are given six sessions in order to learn how to use to the technology. Not only does it allow older people in homes the opportunity to remain in contact with their loved ones, it provides them with a source of keeping up with the news and community groups. more info

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