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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    • Apr 18, 2019

    Japanese woman populates declining village with life-size dolls

    In Nagoro, in the mountains of western Japan, life-sized dolls outnumber humans 10 to one, the product of a woman's effort to counter the emptiness and loneliness felt in the village decimated by depopulation. Only 27 people live in the village and the youngest person is 55 years old. Nagoro's plight is replicated around Japan. The country is on the verge of becoming the first "ultra-aged" country in the world, meaning 28% of people are aged 65 or above. According to experts, around 40% of Japan's 1,700 municipalities are defined as "depopulated." more info

    • Apr 17, 2019

    Economist wonders where Canada's workers will come from when Boomers retire

    According to Pedro Antunes, chief economist at the Conference Board of Canada, as employment growth in the country has been strong, reducing the number of unemployed to record low levels, the number of Baby Boomers continues to retire and school leavers declines. Canadian employers are faced with the challenge of finding workers with few left among the unemployed. It's incumbent on Canada to identify how it can tackle the common barriers that impede the labor force participation of under-represented groups such as women, Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities, Antunes adds, suggesting policies lifting labor force engagement among these under-represented groups are not impossible but require leadership and funding. more info

    • Apr 17, 2019

    Life expectancy in Russia rises to 72.9 years

    The average life expectancy in Russia hit a high in 2018, rising 0.2 years to reach 72.9 years. One of the country's goals is to reach an average life expectancy of over 80 years. The Healthcare and Demography projects are focused on reducing working-age mortality, deaths from circulatory diseases and cancer as well as reducing over working-age mortality rates. more info

    • Apr 17, 2019

    Australia's National Heart Foundation receives grant to develop walking program

    The National Heart Foundation of Australia received a $715,300 grant from the Sport Australia Better Ageing program to develop its 'Walk Wise' initiative. The program aims to boost physical activity rates among Australians aged 65 and over through walking. It will be rolled out over two years in a three-pronged approach:

    1. Advocating for walk-friendly streets and communities;
    2. Educating older Australians and professionals who work with them about the benefits of physical activity; and
    3. Increasing the reach and scope of Heart Foundation Walking to target older Australians.
    more info

    • Apr 17, 2019

    Canadian county grant program supports age-friendly housing projects

    Simcoe County in Ontario, Canada is offering homeowners and developers funding for renovation projects or housing developments geared at helping seniors. Projects that include "accessible, adaptable and inclusive design modifications for occupants aged 60 or older" are eligible to apply for grants under a $500,000 incentive program approved by Simcoe County council earlier this year. more info

    • Apr 17, 2019

    Number of South Korea's farmers, fishermen falling, aging

    The number of farmers and fishermen in South Korea kept falling last year amid the fast-aging population, customs office data showed. As of Dec. 1, the population of farm families declined 4.4% to 2,315,000. The figure for fishery households fell 2.5% to 51,500 in the cited period, while the number of fishery families reduced 4% to 116,900. The biggest age group in the farm households was those aged 70 or higher, which stood at 745,000, or 32.2% of the total, in 2018. Those aged 65 or higher made up 44.7% last year, up 2.2 percentage points from a year earlier. For the fishery households, the biggest age group was those in their 60s which accounted for 28.6% of the total. Those aged 65 or older took up 36.3% of the total last year, up 1.1 percentage points from a year ago. more info

    • Apr 16, 2019

    China will boost funding support for elderly care sector

    The Chinese government said it would push for more financing support for the elderly care sector to help accelerate the development of the industry and ensure the needs of an aging population are met. The government will cut fundraising costs for elderly care institutions and encourage others to raise capital through public listings and bond issues. It will allow more insurance funds to invest in elderly care projects and encourage financial institutions to extend affordable loans to elderly-care service providers, it said. Banks, trusts and other financial institutions will be supported to develop financial products that can meet the long-term needs of the elderly.  more info

    • Apr 15, 2019

    Elderly in small-town New Zealand struggle with losing bank branches amid digital transformation

    As banks remove branches from small-town New Zealand due to advances in digital transactions and apps, the elderly are being left anxious and alone, unable to adapt. The banks claim fewer people are doing their banking in person making the branches no longer viable. An Age Concern NZ spokeswoman said on top of age-related barriers, such as limited mobility, poor hearing and little experience with technology, the elderly also struggled with messages that could appear at odds. On one hand, groups such as Age Concern and banks were encouraging the elderly to trust online banking methods and security, but on the other to be fearful of scammers operating in the same digital space - often pretending to be banks. Age Concern NZ said elderly people in rural communities were losing personal contact with bank tellers, who would often recognize exploitation. more info

    • Apr 15, 2019

    Experts say planning, investment makes Canada one of best places to cope with aging population

    In Canada there has been long-standing anxiety, often expressed in media reports, that aging Baby Boomers would bankrupt the health care system and saddle the rest of the economy with an overwhelming burden. However, a group of Canadian experts in aging and the economy say research contradicts this, at least in this country. Instead, Canada is one of the developed-world countries best placed to cope with an aging population. They add data on health and aging, high levels of education and a long tradition of welcoming immigrants are among Canada's demographic assets. more info

    • Apr 15, 2019

    Northern Ireland finds over-50s, those living alone face highest risk from house fires

    The North Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) revealed in the last three years, 19 people lost their lives in accidental house fires, with 17 (89.5%) of them aged over 50. Nine people who died were aged 50 to 59 and a further eight were aged 60 and over, prompting NIFRS to lower its 'people at risk' age definition by 10 years. Figures also revealed there have been 2,529 accidental dwelling fires in the past three years, with almost 90% of fatalities involving people who lived alone. The reduction in age, coupled with other risk factors, will enable NIFRS, working in conjunction with more than 80 other agencies across the voluntary and statutory sectors, to target fire safety resources where they are needed most.  more info


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