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Interview with Barbara Beskind
  • Jan 01, 2017
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Interview with Barbara Beskind

Meet Barbara Beskind, a 93-year-old designer who uses age to her advantage by inventing products that improve the quality of life for older people.

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    • Oct 22, 2019

    U.K. dementia day center receives donation from centuries-old charity

    Age UK Suffolk's Chilton Club, which provides days out for people with dementia, received a donation from the Mumford's Charity, which was set up hundreds of years ago to provide coal for agricultural workers. With the number of beneficiaries dwindling over the years, the charity's trustees decided to end the initiative and donate the remaining funds to seniors' organization. more info

    • Oct 21, 2019

    Danish village building a combination senior care home, kindergarten

    Vejle Municipality confirmed an elderly care center in the village of Gauerslund will be built with an adjoining kindergarten. The proximity will enable the elderly patients to mix with the children from time to time - a scenario that local Liberal Alliance councilor Anja Daugård believes with be healthy for the senior citizens. The plans received backing from the municipality. Construction should be completed by 2023. more info

    • Oct 21, 2019

    Number of over 85s in U.K. to double within 25 years, data reveals

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) found the U.K. population is set to rise by three million (or 4.5%) in the next decade, from around 66.4 million in mid-2018 to around 69.4 million in mid-2028. However, the ONS reported the number of 85-year-olds is set to double within the next 25 years. In mid-2018, there were 1.6 million people aged 85 years and over; by mid-2043, this is projected to nearly double to three million. The data prompted concern from elderly care charities and campaigners who fear an aging population is set to deepen an ever-worsening social care crisis.  more info

    • Oct 21, 2019

    U.K. research reveals footballers 3.5 times more likely to develop dementia

    A 22-month research project by the University of Glasgow's Brain Injury Group discovered there was a five-fold increase in the risk of Alzheimer's, a four-fold increase in motor neurone disease and a two-fold increase in Parkinson's. The report was unable to establish whether the cause of the higher levels of brain disease was due to repeated concussions, heading leather footballs or some other factor. However, the Football Association, which helped fund the research, said it would be setting up a task force to examine the potential causes more deeply. The Glasgow University study also found former footballers were less likely to die of other common problems, such as heart disease and some cancers, and lived on average three and a quarter years longer. more info

    • Oct 21, 2019

    Hong Kong's Elderly Health Service promotes healthy aging

    The Elderly Health Service in Hong Kong aims to improve the primary healthcare for the elderly, promote healthy living, improve self-care ability and strengthen the area of family support so that disability and illness can be kept to a minimum. The Elderly Health Service urges the elderly and their carers to be knowledgeable about normal aging, so they can distinguish between disease and aging and ensure early and proper treatment for diseases. The Elderly Health Service’s website hosts information about healthy aging, with sections on a healthy diet, mental health, exercise and relationships. more info

    • Oct 20, 2019

    Japanese retailers count on pension payday boost

    Every 60 days, Japanese retailers prepare for a spending bonanza when the elderly receive their pensions. According to a Nikkei analysis of point-of-sale systems at supermarkets, stores saw 1.7% more traffic in the first three days following pension payouts than the three days following when paychecks are issued. The difference grew one percentage point from 2008. Sales after pension payment days were 4.1% higher on average than sales after worker paydays last year, up 3.1 percentage points from 10 years earlier. Retailers are shifting their marketing to capitalize on the trend. Aeon Retail, which runs hypermarkets and shopping centers, gives a 5% discount to shoppers 55 and older who use certain credit cards on the 15th of the month. Similarly, shoe seller Chiyoda offers discounts to customers 55 and older on the 14th through the 17th of each month. Mid-size supermarket chain Inageya gives out free snacks, on the 17th of each month. Restaurant chain Ikinari Steak gives first dibs on seats to customers 70 and older, and TV and online shopping company Japanet Takata encourages pensioners to apply for its credit card. more info

    • Oct 20, 2019

    Netherlands, Denmark top global ranking of pension systems

    The Netherlands and Denmark have the best pensions systems in the world, according to a global study that reveals how nations are preparing aging populations for retirement. The countries both earned an A grade for the level of financial security provided in retirement. Australia came in third, with a B+ grade, while the top 10 was rounded out with Finland, Sweden, Norway, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada and Chile all on B. While retirement systems in many Asian nations improved from last year the report found they lack transparency and workers aren’t saving enough for retirement compared to their global peers. The study also explores the so-called wealth effect - the tendency for spending to increase with rising wealth. Mercer found that as pension assets increase, people feel wealthier and are more likely to borrow. more info

    • Oct 19, 2019

    Welsh campaign aims to tackle everyday ageism

    The Older People's Commissioner for Wales launched a campaign to raise awareness of how ageism impacts older people and society, and change attitudes so it's no longer seen as being acceptable. The Commissioner wants people to share examples of ageism they have seen or encountered, so she can challenge and hold to account those who use ageist language, perpetuate ageist stereotypes or discriminate against older people. The Commissioner developed an #EverydayAgeism hub, which provides resources for identifying and tackling ageism, useful facts and figures and case studies that illustrate older people's experiences. more info

    • Oct 18, 2019

    Canadian seniors foundation partners with tech company Hibou to help seniors age in place

    The Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation in British Columbia is partnering with technology company Hibou for a pilot program aimed at helping seniors age in place. Hibou is a cloud-based software system that connects seniors with their families while they maintain their independence. The senior will get a daily automated check-in phone call asking if they’re OK or need help. If they don't reply, somebody on their notification list will be alerted. Hibou hopes if the pilot program proves successful, senior levels of government might consider providing funding to the company through the United Way to provide the technology to more seniors, free of charge. more info

    • Oct 18, 2019

    Canadian province announces $3.64M to train more caregivers for seniors

    The provincial government in British Columbia is putting an additional $3.64 million towards training more caregivers for seniors. The money, being issued over the next two years, will go towards funding 418 more seats at post-secondary institutions to train people to work as care aids, community health workers and other roles to help the elderly. Fourteen universities and colleges in B.C. will receive the money to train more caregivers. more info

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