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    • Aug 22, 2019

    U.K. county seeks to capture economic opportunities of aging

    Greater Manchester's Local Industrial Strategy emphasizes its ambition to capture the economic opportunities of aging. The report suggests how the ILC, in partnership with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Ageing Hub, may take advantage of the opportunity for the county to develop products and services to meet the needs of an aging society and support economic growth and prosperity. It notes consumers aged 50 and over spend over $610 billion each year in the U.K. In line with these trends, this report looks beyond the stereotypical older adult to consider the whole 50 and over population as people in their mid and later life. more info

    • Aug 22, 2019

    Greater awareness of mental health shows many older adults are choosing to work later for social aspect, routine

    ILC-UK blogger Stuart Lewis notes while the number of over 70s in employment has more than doubled in a decade, many are choosing to work longer to top up pensions, help children and grandchildren, or survive and pay the bills. A wider awareness of mental health in society, however, has more people choosing to work later because they enjoy doing so, along with the social aspect or routine it provides. He argues the use of talented older workers presents one of the single biggest opportunities to improve the happiness, wellbeing and productivity of older adults. more info

    • Aug 21, 2019

    Home care resident in Scotland dies in accidents every two days

    National Records of Scotland figures revealed there were 187 deaths in 2018 as a result of accidents, falls, poisoning, self-harm and assault. Care Inspectorate figures revealed the number of care home injuries rose by over 50% in the past five years from 882 in 2014-15 to 1,325 in 2018. There were 7,400 incidents when elderly people could have suffered 'harm or loss,' including 3,000 accidents. Other incidents included medication errors, attacks by other residents, injuries from 'flying objects,' choking or contact with harmful substances. more info

    • Aug 21, 2019

    U.K. company plans to redevelop office space for senior housing

    In an effort to increase senior housing in Leeds, Audley Court planners seek to redevelop a site at Scarcroft Lodge into a 172-home community care village with car parking and communal facilities for people aged 79 and above. The village will offer flexible care levels, up to high-level, 24-hour care including monitoring three times per day. more info

    • Aug 21, 2019

    Paper on Australia's retirement system explores increased number of pensioners, life expectancy

    The Options for a Better, Integrated System of Retirement report by Australia's Actuaries Institute was welcomed by the National Seniors Australia CEO, John McCallum. He notes it represents a significant contribution to the retirement income debate with suggestions on how to improve the system, including proposals to simplify the means and income tests of the age pension.
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    New technology hub to support older Australians living at home - Aged Care Guide
    'Carebnb' partnership offers time out for carers - Community Care Review more info

    • Aug 21, 2019

    U.K. prison installs stairlift as it faces aging population

    A top-security prison, Falklands, installed a stairlift to help elderly inmates as aging prisoners request walking frames, thermal underwear and wedge pillows. Cells and showers at the prison have been adapted for less mobile and older inmates as England and Wales reacts to the impact of the aging jail population. About 17% of the prison population is 50 or over and jails are having to adapt their facilities and offer activities to keep less mobile inmates active. more info

    • Aug 20, 2019

    Hong Kong should invest in better hiking trails for elderly, says architect

    According to Benny Chan Chak-bun, a fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, Hong Kong residents often go hiking in country parks along with their children and elders. With this activity growing in popularity and the number of the elderly in society, there's a need to improve the facilities in the country parks in order to provide the appropriate hiking trails for seniors of different levels of physical fitness. He recommends the Hong Kong administration hold open design competitions to discuss how the parks should look, including:

    • Easy hiking trails for children and seniors and the disabled who are confined to wheelchairs or suffer from visual impairment, and slightly more difficult trails for the hikers who have to walk with canes. Only physically fit and experienced adult hikers should be allowed to hike the most difficult trails, he believes;
    • Clean and accessible public toilets are a necessity when it comes to building hiking trails;
    • The erection of more and clearer hiking trail signs to prevent hikers from getting lost, with the addition of QR codes so hikers can access more detailed information on safety and the environment; and
    • Enhancing existing ferry piers on islands with hiking trails so they're more elderly friendly.
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    • Aug 20, 2019

    Czech students live in nursing homes, obtain cheap rent in exchange for helping seniors

    As a means of combating high rents in Prague, students can get an apartment in a nursing home. The pilot project hopes to help both students and seniors, with students expected to invest at least 30 hours per month helping the nursing home's other residents through activities designed to aid in social integration. Prague is copying a similar project in the town of Karviná in Moravia, where the Archa Community Center provides free room and board to a university student who must spend 14 hours a month developing a cultural program for its senior citizen residents. Other programs have shown success across Europe. more info

    • Aug 20, 2019

    Malaysian cleaning service company seeks to expand into elderly care

    Malaysia-based cleaning services startup Maideasy is seeking to raise money for its series B funding round. A Maideasy co-owner said the company wants to use the capital to expand its services across Malaysia, as well as enhance the startup's marketing efforts. She declined to specify the amount they were looking to raise, but hinted the company would also look to go beyond cleaning services by forming partnerships to offer services such as elderly care and child care. more info

    • Aug 20, 2019

    Stagnant wage increases create financial stress at home, force Australians to work longer

    Australian Bureau of Statistics data notes the proportion of Aussies working or looking to work has never been higher. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) explains there was a notable increase in the participation rates of women aged between 25 and 54 years and workers aged 65 years and over. The RBA argues, rather than retiring at age 65 many Australians are continuing to work, offsetting the drop which normally occurs in the job market, and with inflation outpacing wages, households are increasingly struggling from the rising cost of living.
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    Australia's older generations are richer than before, while younger ones are falling behind - The Guardian more info

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