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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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    Portugal's pension system must better prepare for aging population: OECD

    An OECD report notes the country's aging population is placing pressure on pension finances. The population is projected to fall below nine million by 2050 from a peak of 10.7 million in 2009. The working-age population decline will be one of the steepest among OECD countries, with the number of 20-64 year-olds set to fall by 30% by 2050 compared with an average drop of 5% on average in the OECD area. Though the country reformed its pension system over the past decades, it must focus on strengthening the incentives and abilities of older people to stay in the workforce longer, says the report. more info

    • Mar 20, 2019

    Aged care in Australia financially unsustainable, says care provider

    Funding will need to be increased if the aged care industry is expected to employ more staff to deliver the care the community demands and the workforce wants to provide, says Patricia Sparrow, the CEO of Aged & Community Services Australia. A study found more than 40% of aged care providers are losing money. With about $15 billion needed to look after Australia's Baby Boomers, the royal commission will be investigating how to put the whole sector on sustainable financial footing to care for generations to come.
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    • Mar 19, 2019

    Canadian government allows seniors to earn more before triggering supplement claw back

    Seniors and their spouses can earn up to $2,600 a year each before triggering a reduction in their Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) benefit. The limit only applies to self-employment income. The latest federal budget removes the self-employment requirement, allowing others to collect the new reduction, set at roughly $3,750. The changes allow seniors to work longer and keep more money before facing a GIS reduction. more info

    • Mar 19, 2019

    Australian advocacy group demands more action, less research from government

    National Seniors Australia said a four-year national plan to respond to the abuse of seniors placed too much emphasis on further research and too little on addressing the issues. A promised online register of power of attorney orders and body to crack down on financial abuse of the elderly was missing from the plan, as well as standardized power-of-attorney laws across the country. As part of the plan, the federal government announced it would provide $18 million over four years for 12 trials of front-line services designed to support elder abuse victims, starting before the end of June. These consist of five specialist elder abuse units, three health-justice partnerships and four case management and mediation services. more info

    • Mar 19, 2019

    Japanese women face changing post-bereavement isolation as men live longer

    Japanese women often entered another phase of life when their husbands died, but with greater male longevity, the number of years widows can anticipate living in good health after their husband's death is reduced, notes death and dying expert Kotani Midori. Isolation has had an impact on men as well, she adds, noting an uptick in the number of male widowers living alone. more info

    • Mar 19, 2019

    Remote controlled robots in Singapore allow seniors to visit museums

    Seniors with mobility issues will be able to "visit" three heritage institutions with the help of a mobile tele-presence robot, says the National Heritage Board of Singapore. Beginning in June, they will be able to tour the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Malay Heritage Centre and Indian Heritage Centre and communicate with a museum guide without having to physically be inside each institution. The visitors need to install software and book online in advance. The visitors can control the robot through the institutions at their chosen pace and there will be a museum guide to accompany the robot and converse with the remote visitors. more info

    • Mar 19, 2019

    Seoul Metropolitan Government lottery convinces thousands of elderly drivers to surrender licenses

    The city government used the chance to win a prize of a transit card pre-loaded with roughly $88 in credits to encourage people over 70 to surrender their license. The city expects 80,000 people to turn in their license in by the end-of-September deadline. The Seoul Metropolitan Government will choose 500 winners based on their age and another 500 in a blind draw. Korea's second-largest city, Busan, introduced the same incentive in July 2018, and had 5,280 applicants in five months. The benefit was considered immediate as the number of people who died from traffic accidents caused by elderly drivers dropped from 35 in 2017 to 18 in 2018. more info

    • Mar 18, 2019

    U.K.'s unpaid caregivers 'feel alone and isolated'

    Carers UK is seeking input from caregivers about their role. So far, the organizations has found one in three people who care for an elderly parent or disabled child are uncomfortable talking to friends about their role and a further third managing to hang on to their job feel isolated at work. Despite their contribution, three-quarters of the U.K.'s 6.5 million unpaid carers don't think their role is understood or valued. more info

    • Mar 18, 2019

    Turkey's elderly population up 16% in last five years

    The Turkish Statistical Institute reported the proportion of the elderly population in terms of the total population was 8.8% in 2018, up from 8% in 2014. Some 44.1% of the elderly population was made up of men and 55.9% was made up of women in 2018. Population projections show the proportion of the elderly population will be 10.2% in 2023, 12.9% in 2030, 16.3% in 2040 and 25.6% in 2080. The elderly dependency ratio was 12.9% in 2018, up from 11.8% in 2014. more info

    • Mar 18, 2019

    Japan's foreign cares to work night shifts, be supervised for first six months

    Foreign nursing care staff who come to Japan under a new residence status in April will work alongside other personnel during night shifts in their first six months. Notices will be sent to service providers via local governments by the end of March, asking them to make necessary arrangements, in a move aimed at dispelling concerns held by recipients of nursing care services, among others.
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