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    • Oct 18, 2018

    Most adults 40 years and older in APAC region are taking steps to live healthier: Survey

    Most respondents (66%) of an Herbalife Nutrition survey aged 40 and above in Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam define the meaning of healthy aging as being physically and mentally active as they age. While aging is an inevitable process, 92% believe active steps can be taken to help them age healthily and 76% of them have already started taking steps towards healthy aging. However, a much smaller group of Asia Pacific consumers believe one should start healthy aging early, with only slightly more than half (54%) agreeing the right age to start taking steps towards healthy aging is between 40 to 45. more info

    • Oct 18, 2018

    Behavior unit aims to curb aggression in Canadian dementia patients

    With residents abusing residents in Ottawa's LTC homes up 24% in the last six years, the Perley Rideau Centre opened a specialized unit to help curb aggression in dementia patients. The unit's caregivers identify the stimuli or situations that make patients act out and find ways to soothe them to avoid the outbursts. Staff are also trained on the gentle persuasion approach, which involves taking a patient's arm and diverting them away from a stressful situation. Recreational therapists at the center work with residents on activities from their past, because long-term memory is stronger than short-term memory for dementia patients. more info

    • Oct 18, 2018

    Shortage of physicians in Southeast Asia may lead to digital healthcare

    Southeast Asia has fewer physicians on average, at 0.6 for every 1,000 people, compared to developed economies such as Germany, which has an average of 3.7. The changing demographics of Southeast Asia are also contributing to the problem of understaffed hospitals and the region may need to look for innovative solutions in response. Some countries are turning to AI and robotics to help supplement the healthcare industry, such as:

    • The Bumrungrad International Hospital in Thailand has integrated the IBM Watson into their oncology department, using it to process patient data, medical literature and guidelines to offer personalized treatments to its cancer patients;
    • In Singapore, the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and the National Environmental Agency developed an AI agent to forecast dengue incidences up to four months ahead;
    • Malaysia is working on the world's first stethoscope with an AI system; and
    • Companies like Verb Surgical are making developments in surgical robots.
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    • Oct 18, 2018

    French life expectancy continues rising; average age at death in 2017 was 79

    Over the last 20 years, life expectancy in France has continued to rise, with the average age at death in 2017 being 79, four years higher than 1997 and 11 years higher than 1967. The French statistics agency, Insee, showed men are still dying younger than women, with half of men reaching over 79, while half of women were dying over the age of 87. more info

    • Oct 17, 2018

    Economist claims aging population may mean longer recessions in Europe

    According to European Central Bank chief economist Peter Praet, the aging of Europe's population could permanently constrain monetary policy, leading to longer recessions and weaker recoveries. The demographic shift is already lowering interest rates, leaving the ECB with decreased conventional firepower and raising the risk it would more often miss its inflation objective, he added. Possible solutions could include raising the retirement age and policies that encourage labor force participation, for example through increased labor mobility or more effective skills training. more info

    • Oct 17, 2018

    Those over 65 don't get enough physical exercise: Study

    A study by researchers at the University of Jaén revealed people over 65 are not getting enough exercise, and emphasized the importance of preserving physical performance to prevent the negative consequences of aging. The researchers analyzed the exercise, functional limitations, excess weight and obesity, self-perceived health status and chronic health problems of those over 65 and found in 2014, the percentage of people with illnesses or chronic health problems was higher than in 2009. more info

    • Oct 17, 2018

    Pensioners less likely than any other age group to live in poverty: BBC study

    In a report looking at free TV licences for the over-75s, the BBC found "a marked improvement" in their living standards since the policy was introduced. In 2000, 46% of households with someone aged 75 or more were among the poorest in terms of incomes, but by 2017, that proportion had fallen to 32%. The paper says this has come about as incomes of over-75 households grew more rapidly than the average. more info

    • Oct 17, 2018

    Canadian-made app aims to help people with early dementia, mild cognitive impairment

    DataDay, being developed by Canadian dementia researcher Dr. Arlene Astell, seeks to guide people with early dementia or mild cognitive impairment through their daily activities. The aging and technology network, Age-Well, is supporting the research along with Toronto's Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), which is financing the technical development. U.K.-based New Dynamics of Aging is providing technical assistance as well. The app will use a combination of audio, text and visual prompts to remind users to carry out certain activities, such as taking medications and going to appointments.
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    • Oct 16, 2018

    Nearly half of all nations could face lower life expectancies by 2040

    A forecast for life expectancy and major causes of death in 2040 shows all countries are likely to experience at least a slight increase in lifespans. China, with an average life expectancy of 76.3 years in 2016, ranked 68th among 195 nations. However, if recent health continue it could rise to a rank of 39th in 2040 with an average life expectancy of 81.9 years, an increase of 5.6 years. In contrast, the U.S. in 2016 ranked 43rd with an average lifespan of 78.7 years. In 2040, life expectancy is forecast to increase only 1.1 years to 79.8, but dropping in rank to 64th. By comparison, the U.K. had a lifespan of 80.8 years in 2016 and is expected to increase to 83.3, raising its rank from 26th to 23rd in 2040. The study projects a significant increase in deaths from non-communicable diseases, including diabetes, COPD, chronic kidney disease and lung cancer, as well as worsening health outcomes linked to obesity.
    Related News:
    Human life expectancy In 2040: How it could change in 20 years - Medical Daily
    Spain to beat Japan in world life expectancy league table for 2040 - The Guardian
    By 2040, Spain will be home to the world's longest-living people - Quartz more info

    • Oct 15, 2018

    LTC facility CEO in Canada wins Planetree Visionary Leadership Award for providing person-centred care

    Cindy Donovan, Loch Lomond Villa's CEO in Saint John, N.B., was recognized with a Planetree Visionary Leadership Award at the Planetree conference in Boston, Mass. The award is given to those identified as being transformational and Donovan cites her success from the villa's adoption of Planetree's model of person-centred care. The villa was also presented with the Planetree Innovation Award for its use of therapeutic measures as a means to reduce dependency on anti-psychotic medications for patients suffering with dementia. more info

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