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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    • May 16, 2019

    New Zealand Seniors Minister concerned over Kiwibank's move to ditch checks

    Expressing there's little she can do to stop Kiwibank from abandoning checks, Seniors Minister Tracey Martin is concerned and says she wrote to the bank's CEO asking him to clarify what it intends to do to help older adults transition from checks. She worries about older, often housebound people, who use checks to others to do their shopping. The Kiwibank CEO notes while it's the first of the main New Zealand banks to make the move, newer arrivals in the country never offered check services to begin with. more info

    • May 16, 2019

    Philippine job placement agency reveals Germany is seeking to fill 350 nursing positions

    Through the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, the German Federal Employment Agency is looking to hire 350 nurses, working in a number of fields, including health care facilities and geriatric care, nursing home and elderly care. The agency will cover the cost of visa and airfare for the nurses and successful candidates can expect to receive a starting monthly salary of roughly $2,235, which will be increased to about $2,700 over time. more info

    • May 16, 2019

    Civic groups in Taiwan urge government to provide employees with up to 180 days of long-term care leave

    Over 80 NGOs and labor groups launched a campaign demanding long-term care leave be made up of 30-days of paid leave and 150-days of unpaid flexible leave. The purpose of the leave is to give employees more time care for senior family members when necessary. According to the petition, workers shouldn't be denied such leave when they present a doctor's certificate as proof a family member, spouse, brother or sister requires long-term care. more info

    • May 15, 2019

    U.K.-based The Digital Line plans to expand Alexa to more elderly homes following year-long program at one care home

    An experiment by The Digital Line with Canford Care, Amazon and WDSI saw Alexa-enabled devices introduced to the Hampton Care Home for the elderly, focused initially on bedridden residents and those in the dementia unit. Caregivers and residents say the devices improved the lives of some residents and freed time for the care workers, who add they've witnessed an improvement in articulation from residents. The devices also provide company to residents feeling isolated. Furthermore, companies like LifePod and Cuida Health's LiSA are expanding on the capabilities of voice assistants to meet the needs of the elderly and their caregivers.
    'I love her': Inside British care home where Amazon Alexa helps look after patients – but critics warn about 'Black Mirror-style' tech - The Sun more info

    • May 15, 2019

    Japanese government asks companies to hire employees until age 70 to address labor shortage

    Many companies in Japan set a retirement age of 60, but employees are legally allowed to work until 65 if they desire and employers are obliged to rehire them. The government plans to call on companies to provide support for retired employees to find new jobs, launch their own companies or work freelance, submitting a bill to parliament next year to revise related laws. There will be no penalties at this stage if companies fail to comply, but the government urges them to consider keeping employees until age 70. more info

    • May 15, 2019

    Age UK finds 'care deserts' with 30% of England having no residential care beds

    According to an Age UK report, nearly one in seven of those over age 65 aren't getting the care they need. About 30% of areas have no residential care beds and for nursing homes that number is 62%. The lack of nurses means vast sections of the country are suffering from a shortage of care providers, and many older people must travel to get the care they need.
    'Care deserts' mean older people aren't getting the care they need - Age UK more info

    • May 15, 2019

    Irish researchers develop 'Stevie II' robot to battle loneliness in elderly

    Engineers from Trinity College, Dublin, unveiled Stevie II, an upgrade of Ireland's first socially assistive robot containing AI features. Stevie II is considered more mobile than its predecessor, uses advanced sensing technologies including laser rangefinders, depth cameras and vision sensors to interact with humans and its surrounding environment. The concept behind Stevie was to carry out menial chores in care homes, however, the researchers discovered those living in care homes enjoyed the social aspect of Stevies more. more info

    • May 14, 2019

    PinkNews Ageing Summit highlights care for older LGBT people

    The British Medical Association president spoke about some of the challenges faced by older LGBT+ people, adding specialized health care should be considered for LGBT+ elderly people to cater to their unique needs. Nurses should be specially trained to look after LGBT+ as well, he suggested. A health care panel, including the NHS' LGBT health advisor, touched on the role of loneliness and isolation among older LGBT+ people and what can be done to improve their overall health. more info

    • May 14, 2019

    Growing number of Spanish pensioners selling properties under 'bare ownership system' conditions

    The price of bare ownership in Spain is reduced according to the age of the seller, with the discount calculated based on how many years they're likely to continue living in the space. A seller who is 70 years of age, for example, may reduce the sale price by 40%, while one who is 80 may reduce it by 30% and for a person 90 years or older, it be up to 20% off. For sellers, the advantages of bare ownership include not having to pay land value tax or building homeowner association fees, and their insurance premiums go down. The buyer, on the other hand, is able to purchase a home below market value and in good condition. more info

    • May 14, 2019

    Subscribers aged 50+ most active users of YouTube in South Korea

    According to Wiseapp, South Koreans aged 50 and older spent the most time watching YouTube of all age brackets last month. They spent a combined 10.1 billion minutes, about 26% of total watching time across all generations. WiseApp reported teenagers were the second largest age group with a combined 8.9 billion minutes, followed by those in their 20s with 8.1 billion minutes, 30s with 6.1 billion minutes and 40s with 5.7 billion minutes. more info


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