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 22, 2019

    Experts discuss health care priorities for next European Commission

    As part of a series of stories on improving health care for Europeans, Politico asked five experts their opinions on what the European Commission should focus on, including:

    1. Jean-Pierre Thierry, medical advisor for the health and consumer NGO France Assos Santé, who argues patients and consumers should be provided a voice to make important contributions to tackling health care costs;
    2. Jayasree Iyer, ED of the Access to Medicine Foundation, who recommends creating an EU-wide system for pooled procurement to buy medicines and vaccines in bulk;
    3. Menno Aarnout, the former ED of AIM, who says Brussels must constrain the ability of profit-driven health insurers to drive up prices;
    4. Austria’s special envoy for health, Clemens Martin Auer, who believes unless Europe tackles its crisis in primary health care, there will be little prospect of affordable care for the chronically ill and the elderly; and
    5. Julia Chamova, senior director of global networks at the U.S.-based ISPOR, who says the EU must push for cooperation between health systems and stakeholders across European borders on technical issues.
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    • Mar 21, 2019

    Asian hospital bed market expected to reach $682.2M by 2025

    The growth of this market is mainly attributed to increasing elderly population coupled with chronic diseases and multiple chronic diseases, rising number of hospitals, and growing medical tourism. In addition, smart beds and robotic beds, growing demand for beds at home care settings and developing economies provide opportunities for various stakeholders in this space. However, factors such as growing preference for minimally invasive surgeries and decreasing number of beds in public hospitals are expected to hinder the growth of this market to some extent. more info

    • Mar 21, 2019

    Elderly Brits in EU will get health benefits for one year following no-deal Brexit

    The promise to extend health insurance coverage for British retirees in the EU by 12-months in the event of a no-deal Brexit was met with scorn by rights group British in Europe. The U.K. is seeking to extend the current reciprocal health agreements until the end of 2020 but if the EU doesn't agree then London has offered to fund health care for pensioners for 12 months. Some U.K. citizens in the EU with pre-existing conditions could have to pay about $20,000 per year to obtain private health insurance that would provide similar benefits to the current European health program.
    No-deal Brexit: U.K. vows to cover health costs of retired Britons for one year - The Local more info

    • Mar 20, 2019

    Canadian migrant caregivers seek immediate permanent residency

    Under the latest program, set to replace the current one expiring in November, migrant caregivers will be assessed for eligibility as permanent residents before they come to Canada. If eligible, they can bring their children, spouse or common-law partner to Canada, and would be granted a "pathway to permanent residency" after two years of work experience. The program would give care workers open work permits, allowing them to change employers quickly. The government also revealed a three-month program, from Mar. 4 to June 4, allowing care workers who arrived in Canada after the Live-In Caregiver program closed in 2014 to apply for permanent residency if they completed one year of service, instead of the previous two years. more info

    • Mar 20, 2019

    Portugal's pension system must better prepare for aging population: OECD

    An OECD report notes the country's aging population is placing pressure on pension finances. The population is projected to fall below nine million by 2050 from a peak of 10.7 million in 2009. The working-age population decline will be one of the steepest among OECD countries, with the number of 20-64 year-olds set to fall by 30% by 2050 compared with an average drop of 5% on average in the OECD area. Though the country reformed its pension system over the past decades, it must focus on strengthening the incentives and abilities of older people to stay in the workforce longer, says the report. more info

    • Mar 20, 2019

    Aged care in Australia financially unsustainable, says care provider

    Funding will need to be increased if the aged care industry is expected to employ more staff to deliver the care the community demands and the workforce wants to provide, says Patricia Sparrow, the CEO of Aged & Community Services Australia. A study found more than 40% of aged care providers are losing money. With about $15 billion needed to look after Australia's Baby Boomers, the royal commission will be investigating how to put the whole sector on sustainable financial footing to care for generations to come.
    "$50,000 should not translate to just nine hours of care," Royal Commission hears - National Seniors Australia more info

    • Mar 19, 2019

    Canadian government allows seniors to earn more before triggering supplement claw back

    Seniors and their spouses can earn up to $2,600 a year each before triggering a reduction in their Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) benefit. The limit only applies to self-employment income. The latest federal budget removes the self-employment requirement, allowing others to collect the new reduction, set at roughly $3,750. The changes allow seniors to work longer and keep more money before facing a GIS reduction. more info

    • Mar 19, 2019

    Australian advocacy group demands more action, less research from government

    National Seniors Australia said a four-year national plan to respond to the abuse of seniors placed too much emphasis on further research and too little on addressing the issues. A promised online register of power of attorney orders and body to crack down on financial abuse of the elderly was missing from the plan, as well as standardized power-of-attorney laws across the country. As part of the plan, the federal government announced it would provide $18 million over four years for 12 trials of front-line services designed to support elder abuse victims, starting before the end of June. These consist of five specialist elder abuse units, three health-justice partnerships and four case management and mediation services. more info

    • Mar 19, 2019

    Japanese women face changing post-bereavement isolation as men live longer

    Japanese women often entered another phase of life when their husbands died, but with greater male longevity, the number of years widows can anticipate living in good health after their husband's death is reduced, notes death and dying expert Kotani Midori. Isolation has had an impact on men as well, she adds, noting an uptick in the number of male widowers living alone. more info

    • Mar 19, 2019

    Remote controlled robots in Singapore allow seniors to visit museums

    Seniors with mobility issues will be able to "visit" three heritage institutions with the help of a mobile tele-presence robot, says the National Heritage Board of Singapore. Beginning in June, they will be able to tour the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Malay Heritage Centre and Indian Heritage Centre and communicate with a museum guide without having to physically be inside each institution. The visitors need to install software and book online in advance. The visitors can control the robot through the institutions at their chosen pace and there will be a museum guide to accompany the robot and converse with the remote visitors. more info


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