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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    • Dec 13, 2018

    Report says 4.3 million elderly people 'at risk of not being cared for'

    Millions of frail elderly people are at risk at going without the support they need as local authorities struggle to meet rising demand for social care, a report warned. Research found more than 4.3 million people in the U.K. aged over 75 are at risk of not being properly cared for because of where they live. One in five local authority areas of the U.K. said they had enough provision for all types of elderly care, according to The Coram Family and Childcare Trust's Older People's Care Survey. Overall, a third of councils expected the situation to worsen in the coming year. The report said no local authorities in Inner London or Northern Ireland had enough care to meet demand, while 44% did in the East Midlands and the North East. Only 1% of local authorities expected an improvement. The Department of Health and Social Care said councils had been given access to $4.5 billion in extra social care funding this year, and further plans to ease the crisis would be published in a forthcoming social care Green Paper. more info

    • Dec 13, 2018

    Preventing heart disease will have greatest impact on reducing disparities in life expectancy, report finds

    No single cause can be found for the slowdown in life expectancy improvement seen in the U.K., a report from Public Health England (PHE) has concluded. It doesn't rule out the belt-tightening in health and social care that began in 2011 and has coincided with higher mortality and a life expectancy slowdown, but neither does it give this the prominence accorded by some commentators. The report concludes slowing improvements in heart disease and stroke, high winter mortality from flu in several recent years, the growth of dementia as a recorded cause of death and more deaths from drug misuse among younger people have all played a part. more info

    • Dec 12, 2018

    Aging in Latin America is challenging the sustainability of public pension, health care systems

    Latin America, while still comparatively young, is aging fast. Policymakers will need to ensure adequate benefits for the rising share of older people by supporting formal employment and gradually reforming pension and healthcare systems. Rising living standards and better access to quality health care have increased the life expectancy of Latin Americans to close to 75 years. Chileans and Costa Ricans can expect to live more than 80 years, slightly longer than U.S. residents. The combination of fewer children and older adults is putting an end to the demographic dividend that Latin America has been enjoying since the 1970s. more info

    • Dec 11, 2018

    CPSI: One-third of seniors at risk due to interactions from inappropriate medications

    The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) says two-thirds of seniors take at least five different prescribed medications. It also contends that about half that number of seniors are taking at least one potentially inappropriate medication, putting them at risk of injury or hospitalization. Furthermore, the CPSI states that half of all medications are taken incorrectly. To call attention to the issue of inappropriate drug prescribing, the institute submitted a petition to Parliament calling on MPs to legislate plain-language labelling on medications. more info

    • Dec 11, 2018

    Australians enjoy long lives despite high cancer risk, obesity rates: report

    Australians have a long life despite having the highest rate of cancer among members of the OECD, according to an analysis. A comparison tool, released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), helps compare key health indicators of OECD member nations. It revealed Australia has the second-highest cancer rate within the OECD, behind only Denmark, and the highest rate for men. However, despite the high incidence of cancer, Australia's life expectancy was still above the OECD average. In addition to cancer, Australia also performed poorly in overweight and obesity rates, with 63% of the population considered overweight or obese compared to the OECD average of 58%. According to the tool, Australia's long life expectancy can be attributed to its strong health care system. more info

    • Dec 10, 2018

    Scottish architects help bring assisted living to Kenya

    The delivery of Kenya's first assisted-living complex has been overseen by Scottish architecture practice Framed Estate. Superior Homes Kenya developed the Fadhili Care at Greenpark Estate on the outskirts of Nairobi to help older Kenyans live in more comfortable conditions and closer to their families. The 41 homes on what is thought to be Kenya's first assisted-living estate have been designed to ensure the security, safety and well-being of its residents with a 24-hour emergency call and nurse services for its residents. more info

    • Dec 10, 2018

    Language skills among foreign care workers in Japan concern nursing home officials

    Despite steps taken by the Japanese government in recent years to relax rules on foreign workers in the sector, language skills have been a major barrier. Foreign students who became certified caregivers were not eligible to remain in Japan for work until a legal amendment last year. As of June, only 177 foreigners were working in the country's nursing care industry after earning caregiver certifications. There are currently two other ways for foreigners to work as caregivers in Japan. The first is to participate in a work program provided under an economic partnership agreement (EPA) and gain a certificate while working at a nursing home. The other is using Japan's technical intern program. However, a high Japanese-language competency requirement has prevented either of the programs from delivering a significant increase in the number of certified caregivers. more info

    • Dec 10, 2018

    One in six U.K. pensioners live in poverty, report finds

    The report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found this was primarily driven by a fall in home ownership, increased cost of renting and a benefit freeze, adding 36% of pensioners living in privately rented accommodation were struggling with poverty - a rise of a third over the last 10 years. The charity is now calling on the government to ensure housing benefit is uprated with inflation. It has also called for the government to invest in more low-cost rental homes. The figures are rising after a significant improvement compared to two decades ago when nearly one in three pensioners lived in poverty. Poverty rates among pensioners who own their home are low and have changed very little over the last decade. Of the 330,000 additional pensioners in poverty since 2012/13, 60,000 are private renters and 130,000 are social renters. more info

    • Dec 10, 2018

    Demand for pet nursing homes rises in Japan as elderly owners struggle to look after their animals

    More than 30 dogs and cats are kept at Tokyo Pet Home. The facility offers tailored services for each pet such as specially prepared meals, regular walks and rehabilitation programs with staffers attending from 4:30 a.m. to midnight every day. Since opening in 2014, the pet care home has seen steady demand for its services, accepting more than 80 pets under long-term contracts of more than a month, with the largest number of cases involving elderly owners no longer able to care for their aging pets. more info

    • Dec 10, 2018

    Age UK dancing classes, music therapy help keep seniors active

    Octogenarians are dancing down memory lane with the help of new exercises classes at Age UK's Stones End Centre in Newington. Classes at an Age UK day center are helping older residents enjoy life, stay fit and keep active, thanks to more than over $11,300 of funding from Aberdeen Standard Investments' Charitable Foundation. Strength and balance are particularly important for older people to help reduce the risk of falls and help keep up their independence. Music sessions have proved a big hit and are especially therapeutic for people with dementia. more info


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