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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    • Oct 14, 2018

    Experiment may change how daycare of elderly, young is modeled across an aging Germany

    An experiment is being done at the Mother Center, a multigenerational facility in Salzgitter city, Germany. Co-founder of the facility, Hildegard Schooss, believes it could create a change in how daycare of the elderly and the young is modeled across the country and lead the way for the rest of the world. The concept of care facilities which bridges young and old is taking shape with the government announcing plans to co-locate eldercare and childcare facilities in 10 new housing developments. But, the example of Salzgitter's multigenerational center shows the health benefits, both physical and mental, that could be mined from such projects. more info

    • Oct 13, 2018

    U.K. care packages for elderly drops while need rises

    Over the last three years, the Labour Party found the number of older people receiving social care support in their homes fell sharply, with half of councils providing fewer "care packages" to elderly people than they were in 2015, although the number of elderly increased by 400,000 during that period. The party's social care spokesperson blamed the government's cuts to council budgets due to austerity measures. The human cost means 20,000 older people are now going without help eating, washing and going to the toilet. more info

    • Oct 13, 2018

    New Westminster receives age-friendly designation

    Recognized by the Alzheimer's Society in 2016 as the first dementia-friendly community in Canada, the city of New Westminster was presented with an Age-Friendly certificate. The designation was a result of training and education for city staff to be helpful and supportive of seniors, as well as added physical infrastructure improvements, noted provincial representative, Judy Darcy. Furthermore, added Mayor Jonathan Coté, the police were provided training to be mindful of the stresses around wandering dementia patients. more info

    • Oct 12, 2018

    Expected working-life duration in EU up three years since 2000, reaching 36 years in 2017: eurostat

    In 2017, the working life indicator figure for the whole of the EU rose by 0.3% compared to the previous year, according to Eurostat, reaching 35.9 years, three years more than in 2000. However disparities across the region persist, with the top three EU countries being Sweden, the Netherlands and Norway, where a 15-year-old can expect to spend 41.7, 40.1 and 39.8 years of their lives working, respectively. They are eclipsed by non-EU countries Switzerland and Iceland, where the working-life duration is estimated at 42.5 years and 47 years respectively. At the other end are Greece (32.7 years), Croatia (32.5 years) and Italy (31.6 years). EU hopefuls Montenegro and Macedonia came in lower at 31.4 years and 31.2 years respectively, but Turkey ranked lowest with 29 years. more info

    • Oct 12, 2018

    Researchers study relationship between child loss, depressive symptoms among Chinese elderly adults

    In a study of child loss, social capital, and depressive symptoms among elderly adults in urban and rural China, researchers from China and the U.S. found social participation was an indicator that individual social capital has a buffering effect on depressive symptoms among rural bereaved parents, but not for urban bereaved parents. In contrast, community social capital may be a protective factor for the mental health of urban bereaved parents, but not so for those in rural areas. The findings highlight the interplay of social capital and socio-cultural contexts in rural and urban China and suggest the need for policy differentiation between rural and urban residents. more info

    • Oct 10, 2018

    Some U.K tourist attractions eliminate discounts for seniors

    A report from the Intergenerational Foundation researched 35 of the U.K.'s leading attractions' ticketing policies and found some attractions offer concessions to the over 60s but offer no discounts for students or young people. It found more than three-quarters of cultural attractions in the U.K. are giving $85 million of ticket-price concessions to the over 60s every year - regardless of their ability to pay - while in many cases young people are charged full-price for tickets. The authors looked at the cost of tickets measured against disposable income and found, on average, young people would spend 12% of their weekly disposable income, excluding travel costs, on a ticket, while the same ticket for people over 60, who enjoy free local bus travel and discounts on public transport, would cost only 5.6% of their weekly disposable income. Some of Britain's cultural attractions are now being asked to pay full admission price, as according to U.K. figures, many of those who are retired are wealthier than younger age brackets.
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    • Oct 10, 2018

    Opinion: Aging population puts pressure on 'sandwich generation'

    A report from the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland revealed guardianship orders rose 12% between 2017 and 2018 and the year before, to 13,500. Most guardianships are for people with a learning disability, and not far behind are those with dementia and Alzheimer's. In most cases, applications for guardianships are made by a relative, a carer, or a friend. But in many situations, the need to have the power to look after the affairs of another can be unexpected, James MacKinnon writes, and if plans haven't been put in place, the consequences can be expensive but more importantly stressful for all involved. The sandwich generation, in particular, can find themselves being stretched emotionally and financially, particularly since the financial crisis and the period of austerity, he says. more info

    • Oct 10, 2018

    As world's population grows older, more urban, cities choosing how to adapt

    More than 700 cities in 39 countries are part of the WHO's network of age-friendly cities and communities to promote healthy active aging and improve the quality of life for people over 60. Chris Phillipson, a professor at Manchester University's Institute for Collaborative Research in Ageing, works with the WHO to evaluate the program's progress and says aging populations need to be part of the debate about urban development. The quality of the environment outside the home has a huge bearing on an older person's quality of life. Joe Oldman, Age UK's policy manager for housing and transport, says paying attention to the built environment can make the difference between someone participating in life and them being isolated at home. An age-friendly city should provide opportunities for people to participate in public life and contribute to their communities, through paid or voluntary work as doing so increases social contact and good health. more info

    • Oct 9, 2018

    Employers must become more age-friendly: Ageing Better

    The Centre for Ageing Better suggests employers implement ways to recruit, support and retain older workers to keep up with the aging population. Even though the number of older adults is expected to increase, age is not always treated fairly in the workplace, notes the organization's report. To help tackle this issue, Ageing Better put forward five suggestions for employers:

    1. Offer employees flexible working;
    2. Eliminate bias when recruiting by actively targeting candidates of all ages;
    3. Provide support to those with health conditions;
    4. Give workers career development options; and
    5. Promote an age-positive culture and interaction across all ages.
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    • Oct 9, 2018

    Chinese seniors increase use of mobile payments while traveling overseas: Alipay

    According to Alipay, more senior Chinese citizens are using mobile payments while traveling overseas. The number of those born in the 1960s using mobile payment overseas was more than 90% higher during this year's National Day holiday, the highest growth among all age groups. China's mobile payments continued fast growth in the second quarter of 2018, the central bank data showed, with 14.92 billion mobile payment transactions processed in the second quarter, up 73% year-over-year. more info


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