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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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    • May 16, 2018

    International Aging Asia Innovation Forum showcases gadgets to make life easier for seniors

    At the International Aging Asia Innovation Forum 50 innovative technologies to aid seniors were showcased. One product, the Bond stick, which looks like an umbrella, helps seniors who may be resistant to a walking cane, it has an auto-fall sensor which sets off an alarm if the user falls while holding the stick. It also has a built-in MP3 player and radio to help reduce the rate of dementia deterioration through sensory stimulation. Other innovations include:

    • The Doki Doki Snake Extermination game, used to strengthen leg muscles and improve reaction times; and
    • The SmarTable, has six games to help improve memory, accuracy in hand movement and response times of people with cognitive impairment.
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    • May 15, 2018

    China's elderly face challenges after relocating to care for grandchildren

    According to China's National Health Commission, 43% of the country's 18 million elderly migrants have moved in order to care for their grandchildren. The number of elderly migrants is expected to increase as China eased its family planning policy in recent years. However, when senior migrants move into cities they face challenges such as generation gaps, strange and indifferent communities and a lack of friends and extended family. City governments and nursing institutions realized the urgent need to help these new urban residents settle and are organizing classes, cultural and entertaining activities to help the aged fit in. more info

    • May 15, 2018

    Singapore seniors need to be educated about alcoholism

    Incidents involving seniors and alcohol abuse in Singapore remains unreported. The Health Promotion Board recommends that men should drink no more than two standard drinks a day, and women, no more than one. Research has shown that as a person ages, their tendency to be intoxicated sooner increases even if their intake of alcohol remains the same. Seniors fail to realize that, with age, their ability to handle alcohol declines, putting themselves at risk for conflicts with family, friends and acts of violence. more info

    • May 14, 2018

    Housing crisis to affect Canadian seniors as retirement home spaces don't meet demand

    DBRS, a global credit rating agency, believes a looming affordability crisis is poised to hit seniors across Canada, as Baby Boomers shift into retirement, reducing the supply of retirement spaces and pushing up rents. The average rents for seniors' homes varied across the country in 2017, with Ontario holding the highest at $2,741/month and Quebec the lowest at $1,304/month. Should rents continue to grow at the current rate of 4.7% per year, the national average could reach just over $3,110 a month by 2025. By 2026, more than 2.4 million Canadians aged 65 and older will need the supportive care offered by retirement homes. more info

    • May 14, 2018

    U.K.'s Bucks NHS Health Trust launches death cafes

    The U.K.'s health trust launched a series of 'death cafes' to encourage people of all ages to talk about dying. Bucks NHS Health Trust hosted sessions across the county to help people plan for and deal with death when it does happen. The trust is aiming to create a space for people to discuss end of life care issues, such as making a will, planning a funeral or coping with bereavement.

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    • May 13, 2018

    Study finds cognitive and physical impairments affect oral health of New Zealanders in aged care

    Otago University surveyed the oral health of seniors living in aged residential care, finding those with dementia and older men in general, have dirtier and more decayed teeth. Of those examined about half had severely impaired cognitive function, and more than a third required fillings or extractions. Those with severely impaired cognitive function also had greater numbers of decaying teeth. Researchers determined poor oral health in seniors is predominantly caused by the higher rates of cognitive and physical impairments found among older residents in New Zealand. more info

    • May 12, 2018

    U.K. businesses taking part in age-friendly campaign

    Beeston and Mansfield will be the first two centers to introduce the 'Take A Seat' initiative aimed at making town centers more accessible for the elderly. The initiative wants businesses, shops and meeting places to provide a seat for seniors who may need to catch their breath or have a rest. A sticker will be displayed in the window of shops and premises which are taking part. more info

    • May 12, 2018

    Senior friendly apartment complex opens in Singapore

    Singapore opened it first public-integrated development to be extensively designed with elderly-friendly features. The 11-story Kampung Admiralty features 100 apartments for seniors, along with healthcare, wellness and commercial facilities. The pilot project, conceptualized by the Housing and Development Board, aims to encourage active living among seniors, as well as inter-generational bonding. Under the Action Plan for Successful Aging, the project is the first to house both eldercare and childcare facilities. more info

    • May 12, 2018

    Program in Sri Lanka aims to include, engage seniors

    The Senior Station is a program designed for senior citizens to make them active and engaged members of society. A non-profit venture, the Senior Station offers meals, light exercises, meditation and deep breathing, group based cognitive games, talks and demonstrations by visiting guest speakers, skill based activities and workshops. The seniors who attend the group are mainly retirees. more info

    • May 12, 2018

    Japan working to ease senior drivers out

    In 2017, drivers over 75 caused twice as many fatal accidents per 100,000 drivers as those under that age and among drivers over 80 years old, the rate was three times as high as for drivers under that age. Under a traffic law that took effect in March 2017, more than 33,000 drivers who took the test in 2017 were ordered to see a doctor and the police revoked just over 1,350 licenses after doctors diagnosed dementia. Many seniors, for a variety of medical or psychological reasons, voluntarily gave up their licenses. The police and local governments, along with some businesses, encourage older drivers to surrender their licenses by offering incentives like restaurant coupons or discounts on buses and taxi rides. more info

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