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    • Nov 20, 2019

    EU Council places demographic issues, especially EU population aging, at center of its agenda

    Croatia will take over the presidency of the EU Council and has reportedly placed demographic issues, with EU population aging foremost, at the center of its agenda. Further, Croatia's Dubravka Suica was nominated as the European Commission's first VP for demography and democracy, and her colleague, the Croatian minister for demography, family, youth and social issues, Vesna Bedekovic, said demographic challenges affect development of all member states. more info

    • Nov 20, 2019

    In terms of work, U.K. government statisticians say age 70 replacing 65

    According to the U.K.'s Office of National Statistics (ONS), measuring aging in terms of remaining life expectancy, instead of years lived, may provide a better indicator of the health of the aging population and their ability to continue working. It may also better provide decision-makers with the data they require to plan for current and future health and social care needs and demand. In a number of respects, says the ONS report, the start of older age has shifted, and while the current threshold is seen to be 65 years, age 70 may be more appropriate. more info

    • Nov 19, 2019

    Australia's Treasurer makes push to keep older adults working longer

    Treasurer Josh Frydenberg wants to keep older adults in work longer, saying they may need to learn additional skills to stay in the job market. Frydenberg informed the Committee for Economic Development of Australia there needs to be a way the country's aging population can continue to contribute as they live longer and healthier lives. At the beginning of the decade, the average retirement age was about 63. But with the access age for the pension due to reach 67 by mid-2023, he adds, the government is seeking to minimize the economic burden of older, unemployed Australians on the budget's bottom line.
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    Call for Australians to work for longer - National Seniors Australia more info

    • Nov 19, 2019

    Planners nix nursing home in affluent U.K. town for frail elderly, dementia patients despite 'desperate need' for one

    At a meeting of Hambleton District Council's planning committee, members were told elderly residents in the Stokesley area who needed care were unable to remain in north Hambleton due to the absence of a nursing home facility. Meanwhile, a plan for a 64-bedroom home in a North Yorkshire town to provide for frail elderly, dementia patients and nursing and palliative end of life care was rejected. Members were informed the local catchment area was one of higher than average affluence and the age profile was "far older than typical." Planners recommended the proposal be refused, stating the need didn't outweigh the harm to the landscape. Mike Canavan, of Stokesley Town Council, told members while the care home would be an asset for the area, questions remained over the need for an "imposing" 11m-high property overlooking the countryside. more info

    • Nov 19, 2019

    Canadian pharmacy employees volunteer to counter effects of loneliness among elderly

    In an effort to reduce loneliness among seniors during the holidays, London Drugs is partnering with more than 90 senior care organizations to continue its Stocking Stuffers for Seniors holiday donation drive, which will provide gifts to approximately 17,000 seniors across Western Canada before Christmas. Operation Friendship Seniors Society's community relations supervisor Jimmy Morrison said the program is much more than gift-giving, and Stocking Stuffers for Seniors is changing the way younger generations engage with the elderly population. more info

    • Nov 19, 2019

    Closure of public toilets in Scotland viewed as anti-age-friendly

    According to Age Scotland, around 185 council operated public toilets have closed across Scotland since 2013. The councils of Clackmannanshire, South Lanarkshire and East Renfrewshire currently provide none. This leaves many older people unwilling to leave home, with 44% of elderly people saying they would use public transport more if they could rely on provision of toilets. Age Scotland says these councils are promoting social isolation among seniors in the name of saving money. The charity is calling on the country's local authorities to safeguard remaining facilities and investigate ways to increase the number of toilets available for public use.
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    Glasgow not user-friendly for wheelchairs - The Herald more info

    • Nov 18, 2019

    Demographic changes in following decades seen as larger threat to South Korea than Kim Jong Un

    Seoul National University's Youngtae Cho ranks demographics as a bigger threat than North Korea's nuclear arsenal. The North isn't predictable, but decades of data show a looming population crisis that's entirely predictable, he stresses. What's required, he believes, is a policy aimed at expansion and immigration. Foreigners make up about 3.7% of South Korea's population, low by global standards. more info

    • Nov 18, 2019

    Healthy Ageing APAC Summit will return to Singapore in July, 2020

    After events in 2018 and 2019, the organizers of the Healthy Ageing APAC Summit revealed it will return to Singapore for a third consecutive year, to be held between July 7 and 9, 2020. Organized by the publishers of FoodNavigator-Asia.com and NutraIngredients-Asia.com, the event allows brands, suppliers, regulators and market experts to gather, discuss and assess how the industry can meet the food and nutrition needs of older consumers. Some key themes of the 2020 event will include:

    • Snacking for seniors;
    • Reformulation and fortification;
    • Functional foods for seniors;
    • Retail issues;
    • Medical and clinical case studies; and
    • Markets and policy.
    more info

    • Nov 18, 2019

    Senior citizens increasingly make up higher proportion of reported deaths on Korean roads

    According to the South Korean police agency's Road Traffic Authority (KoRoad), although the overall number of pedestrian deaths in the country has dropped every year, the proportion of victims over 65 is rising. Among the 1,487 pedestrians killed as a result of car crashes last year, seniors comprised 56.6%, an increase of two percentage points from the previous year and almost nine percentage points from 2014. Furthermore, KoRoad data shows between 2014 and 2018, the number of collisions caused by senior age drivers jumped 48%, exceeding 30,000 last year for the first time in history. more info

    • Nov 18, 2019

    Development financier says Ireland suffers from 'accommodation crisis,' not housing crisis

    According to development finance group Cullaun Capital, exploring rising rates of homelessness, the shortage of nursing home beds and the lack of appropriate and affordable housing for students, there needs to be more flexible housing configurations other than the standard three-bed-semi estates for seniors. The issue of housing is a complex one, the financier adds, and therefore requires a more multilayered solution. more info

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