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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    • Mar 19, 2018

    Age UK Isle of Wight pledges continued support despite loss of funding

    Age UK Isle of Wight's Handyperson Service, which has provided free labor for small jobs around the home for more than five years, lost its funding for the service. This means that although the Home Safe Service will still be offered, residents will be charged for the services. more info

    • Mar 19, 2018

    TPG Telecom to offer free mobile plan to Singapore's elderly

    TPG Telecom will be targeting seniors aged 65 and older when it launches its first mobile service in Singapore. The mobile plan for seniors will include a SIM card, 3GB of monthly data and unlimited calls to local mobiles at no charge for the first 24 months. The move is part of its commitment to contribute to Singapore's Smart Nation initiative. more info

    • Mar 19, 2018

    New Zealand aged-care providers battle issue of loneliness

    More than one in five frail elderly identified being lonely according to a study of older New Zealanders by Otago University. The study was completed using a survey during assessments of elderly people who needed home services or were being considered for entry into care. Asian seniors were the most likely to be lonely, at 23%, while Pacific Islanders were the least lonely group at 17% .The country has introduced several solutions such as:

    • The Care Village which resembles a small New Zealand town where seniors live with others in one of 13 homes that each have a different style to reflect the lives people are familiar with;
    • Baby Buddies program has new mothers bring their babies for a play date with the elderly;
    • Cycling Without Age offers free bike rides to elderly people; and
    • Origami Pen Pal Project, where Japanese seniors send origami to New Zealand seniors and in return the Kiwis send handmade cards.
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    • Mar 16, 2018

    WHO recognizes Greater Manchester as first U.K. age-friendly city

    Greater Manchester's status as the U.K.'s first age-friendly city-region comes as a result of work that has been done by the Combined Authority's Aging Hub. This includes working with local authorities to develop age-friendly plans such as pilot research on job insecurity among the elderly and the 'Take a Seat' campaign across which aims to make it easier for seniors to access amenities. Since launching Greater Manchester Moving in 2017 the city has been working to identify opportunities to bring investment to enable more people to become active. The city-region is holding a Festival of Aging this summer and plans to launch a Mayoral Challenge, asking people to put forward their ideas for making Greater Manchester a great place to grow old. more info

    • Mar 15, 2018

    Canadian university receives $14.1M for aging research program

    A University of British Columbia alumnus gifted $14.1 million to expand the school's longevity research program. Chinese businessman and philanthropist Edwin Leong made the largest-ever individual donation to UBC's faculty of medicine from his Tai Hung Fai Charitable Foundation in Hong Kong. The money will be used to set up the Edwin S.H. Leong Healthy Aging Program and will help the recruitment of faculty, researchers and support staff for the program. more info

    • Mar 15, 2018

    Australian study testing model of social support for carers

    A study by Central Queensland University will see small groups of primary carers take part in weekly video chat groups to facilitate social support and share information. It will investigate the potential of videoconferencing as a tool to combat isolation among carers of people with dementia. The project received a Dementia and Aged Care Services fund grant from the Federal Government and is aiming to recruit 180 carers of older people with dementia. Carers for the study will be recruited through community health and care providers. The social support groups commence in April and run until June 2019. more info

    • Mar 15, 2018

    Technology helping locate China's lost elderly

    "Returning Home," a WeChat group made up of volunteers that locate Beijing's elderly, who for reasons such as dementia or mental illness end up lost, was started in 2015. Aside from using the group to coordinate the search, volunteers use a number of different online platforms to get the message out as quickly as possible. The group uses Toutiao, a Beijing-based news and information content platform powered by AI technology. Figures showed that 1,457 elderly were found between Feb. 2016 and mid-Dec. 2017 through the app's search function. more info

    • Mar 15, 2018

    U.K. city selected to participate in EU Age Friendly Economy

    Louth, England has been selected to take part in Age-Friendly Economy. Funded by the European Union, Age Friendly Economy is an EU Erasmus+ project, which brings together partners in the U.K., Ireland, Spain, Poland and Denmark. The aim of Age Friendly Economy is to support individuals and businesses in developing entrepreneurial, innovation and digital skills which in turn will lead to the creation of products and services demanded by older markets. more info

    • Mar 15, 2018

    U.K. businesses team up to help elderly rest

    "Come in and Rest," an Age-Friendly program, launched in West Leeds encourages businesses to invite seniors to come in and sit down for a few minutes when they need to. Participating organizations will put a sticker in their window to signal that their premises is a place where older people know they are welcome. more info

    • Mar 15, 2018

    Florida community receives $15,000 AARP Community Challenge Grant

    The Town of Cutler Bay, Fla., was one of the 88 communities selected to receive a Community Challenge Grant from AARP. The $15,000 in funds allowed the community to install outdoor fitness equipment at Cutler Ridge Park. The Town of Cutler Bay was the first municipality in South Florida to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities and has worked  to create a livable community for residents of all ages. more info


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