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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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    • Jan 15, 2018

    Part-time retirement in the Netherlands leads to reduced labor participation

    Part-time retirement will lead to a reduction in labor participation, according to Raymond Montizaan of Maastricht University, who researched the possible effects of part-time retirement on the labor participation of older employees in the Netherlands. Montizaan researched the hypothesis that gradual retirement would help to reduce work pressures and enables workers to continue working for longer. "Part-time retirement is actually counterproductive," Montizaan says. "If employees continue to be stimulated to retire part-time, we can expect that this will slowly lead to a change in the social norm and that employers will need to rearrange their labor process." more info

    • Jan 15, 2018

    Florida seniors to test driverless cars

    Senior citizens who live in a central Florida retirement community will take self-driving vehicles for a ride in the world's largest self-driving experiment, traveling 750 miles of roads in The Villages retirement community near Orlando. Voyage, an autonomous vehicle (AV) startup specializing in a robo-taxi service, will pick them up at their homes and drive them free of charge to and from where they would ike to go with only a "technician" on board to monitor the system. Later on, the technician will be dropped and a transportation fee added. Eighty percent of The Villages' residents, whose average age is 72, have smartphones and will be able to access this free service through an app provided by Voyage. more info

    • Jan 15, 2018

    Finger food menu benefits patients living with dementia

    Patients living with dementia at Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital in Bangor are benefiting from a dementia friendly menu which now includes finger food alternatives. The main concern was that individuals with dementia may not be able to eat full meals at regular times and may require finger food meal alternatives and snacks to be available at any time to optimize dietary input. The menu helps patients to feed themselves when their condition means they may not recognize food otherwise or items like knives and forks. more info

    • Jan 13, 2018

    Tech advancing long distance and remote care for family caregivers

    An aspect of caregiving that has received increasing attention is how to care for elderly parents via long-distance or remote means. Best Buy has created gadgets that provide a smart-home tech installation that can help monitor elderly loved ones. Medical Guardian is another company that created a system which provides a remote way to monitor elderly loved ones' activities through sensors and connected apps. more info

    • Jan 12, 2018

    Rebuilding Together organization helps seniors age in place

    Rebuilding Together, a national non-profit organization, brings volunteers and communities together to improve the homes of low-income homeowners, most of whom are seniors who live on Social Security. The organization has a checklist it uses to assess homes before teams begin work, which includes making sure stairs and individual steps are safe and secure, discovering any obscure tripping hazards as well as detecting moisture problems that can lead to mildew and attract pests. Rebuilding Together emphasizes aging in place for the seniors that make up 80% of its clientele. The non-profit learns about persons in need from social agencies, referrals, hospitals, non-profits, therapists and persons may self-apply. more info

    • Jan 10, 2018

    U.K. communities launch project to cut isolation

    A project, to help alleviate social isolation for older people in England, will involve the establishment of an over-55's social group to serve both Rudheath and Witton. The group is being launched by Rudheath and Witton Together and the Cheshire Community Development Trust as part of Project 55. The social group will include a variety of activities from visiting speakers, learning new skills, board games and chat. more info

    • Jan 10, 2018

    Ireland is making towns friendlier for the elderly

    Age-friendly initiatives to assist older people are being investigated and implemented across Ireland. From age-friendly parking spaces and public seating to free shuttle buses for older people, dementia cafes and computer courses. Other simple things such as larger-font signage in local businesses, are aimed at making life easier for older people. more info

    • Jan 10, 2018

    Dementia-friendly rail route on track in England

    Efforts are on track to make a rail route through Keighley, England, dementia-friendly. The Bentham Line has initiated measures with more projects in development. North Yorkshire County Council is working with the Leeds-Morecambe Community Rail Partnership and dementia-support organizations on a range of schemes. Walks and area guides are being created to provide special railway-based activities along the line. The partnership is developing two dementia-friendly information kits. One will focus on staff and volunteers, increasing their understanding and awareness of dementia and advising on how they should respond to people with the condition. more info

    • Jan 9, 2018

    Canadian city receives grant for age-friendly assessment

    The Community Wellness and Social Services Committee announced the city of Castlegar would receive a CD$25,000 grant from the 2018 UBCM Age-friendly Communities. The application was submitted in partnership with the Community Response Network for their Age Friendly Assessment and Action Plan Project. The funds will be used to complete an age-friendly assessment and action plan for the city.  more info

    • Jan 2, 2018

    Employment insurance in Canadian province to assist family members caring for family members

    Federally, employment insurance will provide a family caregiver benefit of up to 15 weeks to care for an adult family member whose life is at risk and has experienced a significant change in their baseline state of health. The province of Ontario responded with the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148), which introduces the concept of critical illness leave of up to 17 weeks for an employee to care for an adult family member. Family medical leave is also being extended from eight weeks to 28 weeks. more info

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