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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    • Feb 22, 2019

    Singapore's MSIWF awards grants for research advancing welfare of elderly

    The Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Welfare Foundation announced four grants for research focused on advancing the welfare of the elderly, empowering their caregivers and improving community support for seniors, including:

    1. Gerontologist Ang Xing Yee Amberyce for her research on community support for dementia care in Singapore. With inputs from caregivers and professionals caring for people with dementia her study aims to understand and propose recommendations on how the community can be effectively integrated to provide support dementia sufferers;
    2. Elisa Marie Crombie is a graduate student at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, and the award will continue her research into understanding the role of muscle stem cells in age-related muscle wasting (sarcopenia);
    3. Dr. Ravindran Kanesvaran from the Division of Medical Oncology at the National Cancer Centre Singapore will use the award to optimize cancer care research for elderly patients through the development of a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment Program; and
    4. Dr. Wong Seng Mun, Principal Speech Therapist at the Singapore General Hospital was awarded for her continuing research into the development of an automatic beverage thickening device for elderly with swallowing impairment (dysphagia).
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    • Feb 21, 2019

    Chinese adopt QR codes to streamline retail checkout process

    An increasing number of China's senior citizens adopted internet-based mobile technology and many have started to enjoy the convenience of mobile payment apps and QR codes. Si Xiao, president of the Tencent Research Institute, said the large elderly group is turning out to be a booming market in the internet age, and technology firms should keep in mind how seniors could have tastes and requirements different from other users. Furthermore, adds Wang Bin, co-founder and president of iyiou, the aging population brings opportunities to the market, especially the health care industry, and sectors targeting seniors show great capability is surviving periods of economic fluctuation. more info

    • Feb 21, 2019

    Retirement house in France offers students rooms at reduced rate

    To make students' lives more bearable financially, and provide opportunities for social interaction among the elderly, a retirement house in Montpellier is welcoming students rooms for rent at reduced prices in exchange for several hours spent daily with the elderly. The students spend three hours daily with their elderly house mates, many of whom lack regular visitation from family members. Similar measures exist in the French cities of Brest and Toulouse. more info

    • Feb 20, 2019

    Canadian app, Caren, helps families avoid caregiver burnout

    A Canadian health sciences researcher, Christina Chiu, developed the app, Caren, with a startup company, CareCrew. The app helps families manage the care of seniors living at home, helping users to share to-do lists and digitally log updates, which can be shared with a team of health care providers. Typically, caregivers are family members trying to manage their own lives as well as those of the seniors, and they end up stressed, says Chiu. When she discovered much of the stress was coming from miscommunication and disorganization, she created the app to fill those gaps. more info

    • Feb 20, 2019

    Elderly web users reshape China's online economy

    Citing several data sources, the article suggests elderly internet users are expected to bring the biggest growth dividends online in the future, while dividends from core internet users, those between 18 to 40 years old in the first- and second- tier cities, are decreasing. The number of elderly internet users is increasing at a faster-than-expected speed. As of June 2018, middle-aged and elderly internet users in China surpassed 200 million, including more than 40 million internet users over the age of 60. Data by WeChat shows more than 630 million users over the age of 55 were active on WeChat every month in 2018. However, Long Tianhong, a Beijing-based internet financial analyst, argues despite signs seniors are showing a growing addiction to the internet, they're more interested in saving money and making money online. more info

    • Feb 20, 2019

    China opens elderly care market to overseas investors

    China's National Development and Reform Commission and 17 other government departments issued a plan to fully open the domestic elderly care market in the country. The goal is to establish a comprehensive elderly care service system by 2022, with the family model as a basis, community as support and elderly care businesses as a supplement. Government analysts expect the resolution to respond to the needs of the aging population and the domestic undersupply of elderly care services. more info

    • Feb 20, 2019

    Spanish, French worry more about retirement than Americans: ING survey

    A survey by ING showed even those living in countries with strong social safety nets were anxious about their financial futures, with people from Spain and France reporting the most negative outlooks. In the U.S., 62% of respondents said they worried about having enough to retire on, while 69%, 67% and 66% of people in Spain, France and Poland, respectively, did so. The Dutch reported both the lowest amount of anxiety (40%) and highest expected retirement age (66.9). The average retirement age for Americans was 64.2. When retirees were asked if they enjoyed the same standard of living in retirement, 69% of the French said yes, while 27%, 28% and 30%, of those in the U.K., Luxembourg and the U.S., respectively, agreed. more info

    • Feb 20, 2019

    'Elderly colleges' in China teach seniors yoga, how to take selfies

    At Happy Seniors University seniors can access classes on ballroom dance, yoga and how to take a selfie using smartphones. The courses are taught by professors who are roughly the same age as the student's children and grandchildren. Some need to start from the very basics. Xin Yu, a teacher with Happy Seniors, said the university's smartphone course teaches students how to text and download apps before proceeding to more advanced content like shopping online and taking photos. Other courses include dancing and teaching senior tourists how to communicate in English when traveling abroad. more info

    • Feb 19, 2019

    Japan seeks to automate, innovate solutions to aging isolationist society

    According to blogger Nerea Inamar, Japan is in a unique position to find a happy medium where automation fills gaps and eases the overstretched labor market. Part of the government's economic plan is to create an age-free society where retirement isn't mandatory at 65, but people may choose to live actively as long as possible with the help of technology, such as smart walkers, automated pet companions and robots to care for the elderly. As industries continue developing wearable robots to assist workers with manual labor, helping Japanese workers stay employed longer, the robotics industry is itself becoming an export product for the country. more info

    • Feb 19, 2019

    Nursing home staff in Australia not properly trained in how to deal with dementia

    More than half of Australia's aged care workers have no dementia training despite the majority of those in nursing homes living with the disease, Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe told the aged care royal commission. She informed the commission that training for 70% of the country's aged care workers doesn't include mandatory or optional dementia education, adding at least 50% of people in residential aged care lived with dementia. More training would also reduce the overuse of anti-psychotropic medication on residents, she noted.
    Elderly being denied access to proper healthcare, says nursing federation - Financial Review more info


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