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    • Sep 19, 2019

    Malaysian government prepares to meet aging population challenges

    According to Malaysia's Deputy Health Minister, in response to the growing aging population and people living longer, the government passed the Aged Healthcare Act. He said the aging population was an issue the ministry must be prepared to tackle as health requirements differed with more care and training needed. Lee added, apart from the medical aspects, an aging population also required changes to labor laws to support the retired population. more info

    • Sep 19, 2019

    Korea to overhaul labor policies, expand job opportunities, increase retirement age for elderly

    Korea's Finance Ministry revealed it's considering ways to increase the country's official retirement age of 60. The plan, based on a similar policy in Japan, would make it compulsory for companies to give employment opportunities to elderly employees by extending the retirement age, abolishing retirement policies or rehiring retired employees. Discussions on the retirement age will start in 2022. The current retirement age of 60 was implemented in 2016. The government will create a support fund in 2020 worth $24.8 million for businesses which voluntarily increase their retirement age. It already increased existing support funds by 11.6% for companies hiring those 60 years or older. more info

    • Sep 18, 2019

    Older adults in Vietnam willing to pay for establishing activity centers for elderly

    A poll led by Vietnamese researchers found 75% of seniors would agree to establish an activity center for older adults. Among them, approximately 71.7% were willing to pay a monthly fee for this center. The elderly who obtain regular physical examinations when feeling pain or discomfort and who were participating in clubs for seniors were more likely to agree to establish and pay for a center. Meanwhile, women who have to take care of grandchildren, people who were saving money and people who had children working in organizations or who were freelancers were less likely to agree to establish and pay. more info

    • Sep 18, 2019

    Canadian program provides tools for caregivers to reduce risk of dementia sufferers going missing

    The Finding Your Way initiative is a multicultural wandering prevention program providing practical tools and advice for individuals, caregivers and the community to recognize and reduce the risk of someone with dementia wandering away. It supports a quick and safe return should an incident of someone with dementia going missing occur. The funding will help to locate missing seniors by working with police to promote Finding Your Way resources in their communities, and by delivering seminars for individuals, caregivers and frontline officers to educate and promote awareness. more info

    • Sep 18, 2019

    Asian nations least prepared to counter threats of aging, workplace automation

    According to Mercer's Ageing and Automation Resilience Index, of the 20 major economies worldwide, Asian countries are among the least prepared to combat the threats of societal aging and workplace automation. Singapore ranked the highest out of the four Asian nations included in the index but placed in the bottom half of the list at No. 13. South Korea (20) was at the bottom of the list, with China (18) and Japan (17) between them. The index analyses the factors a country has in place to tackle the challenges of aging and job automation among elderly workers, as well as the strength of its retirement system. Mitigating factors include higher older worker labor force participation, an adequate level of pension fund assets, favorable socio-economic conditions and appropriate policy and legal conditions. Denmark was highest on the list, with Australia and Sweden among the most resilient countries to aging and automation challenges.
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    Asia least prepared against aging, automation threats as Singapore leads in region: Study - The Straits Times more info

    • Sep 18, 2019

    Global campaign seeks to remove stigma associated with dementia

    Prompted by WHO's Global Action Plan, 2017-2025, on the public health response to dementia, professor Mala Kapur Shankardass says many countries have initiated dementia research, innovation in practice, management, treatment and care, risk reduction and diagnosis. He notes there are attempts being made by the Alzheimer's and Related Disorders Society of India to tackle a disease which affects older men and women across all communities and regions of the country. In the absence of a cure, people with dementia and their carers need psychosocial support provided by professionals from the medical community and social work, he stresses. In challenging the stigma associated with Alzheimer's, the emphasis must be on empowering people and organizations to promote and offer care and support for people with dementia and their carers at an affordable cost, concludes Shankardass. more info

    • Sep 18, 2019

    Advocacy group: Singapore requires more flexible caregiver support for elderly

    The Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware) said employees should have the right to request flexible work arrangements and be entitled to six days of paid eldercare leave for older relatives and ensure their own retirement savings aren't compromised by caregiving. Aware noted mostly unmarried women in their 50s and 60s caring for elderly parents experience a loss in annual personal income of almost $57,000 on average and $7,700 a year in Central Provident Fund contributions. The advocacy group added many caregivers experience concern about their ability to rejoin the workforce or progress in their careers due to factors such as age discrimination. more info

    • Sep 17, 2019

    Poorest, elderly Scots to be negatively affected by cash machine closures

    An analysis of data from the U.K.'s largest ATM network shows 9% of free cashpoints across the U.K. closed or switched to fee-paying in a 17-month period. The Federation of Small Businesses chairman Mike Cherry, noted the poorest families face financial pressures from the move, joined by the elderly and others on tight budgets. more info

    • Sep 17, 2019

    Official: China must integrate medical, elderly care

    China's National Health Commission notes the integration of medical and elderly care services is in great demand in the country. Systems independent of each other can't meet senior citizens' needs for multi-level and diversified health and elderly care services, said a commission official.
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    China sees progress in integrating medical, elderly care - China.org.cn more info

    • Sep 17, 2019

    Australia commits $150M over three years to get more seniors access to entry-level home support

    The Australian government revealed additional funding will be available to providers of entry-level home support services in areas where there's high demand. Approximately 18,000 seniors will benefit from an expansion of entry-level home support over the next year. Eligible providers of aged care and disability services are invited to apply for the funding to deliver home support services under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) within targeted and priority areas. The CHSP is an entry-level aged care program for frail people aged 65 years and over, who need help with daily tasks.
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    Aged care in Australia in need of significant overhaul: executives - Xinhuanet more info

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