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 15, 2018

    Gold chain snatching from elderly becoming a profession in India

    Times of India blogger Madhuri Ramesh says youngsters are chain snatching as a resort to earning money. They typically target ladies in their mid 50s or 60s. One man riding the motorcycle slows down as they approach their victim, while another on the pillion pulls on and steals the lady's chain. The men then speed off with the chain, often leaving these victims physically hurt. more info

    • Oct 15, 2018

    App in Philippines makes nurses, caregivers more accessible to patients

    The Manila-based BackApp is an app offering solutions for LTC through affiliated staffing agencies, acute care for hospital-based nurse managers looking for last-minute staff replacements and homecare for home-based patients looking for private nurses and caregivers. The company claims it provides "hassle-free access to nurses and caregivers," and job opportunities for nurses.  more info

    • Oct 14, 2018

    LTC home receives two hydraulic barber chairs to help residents avoid cold weather

    The donation of two hydraulic barber chairs to the LTC home in Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Newfoundland is being welcomed as a way for local residents to avoid cold weather. The home hopes to bring in stylists to cut hair for the residents. David Blundon, the clinical nurse manager of the facility, said they've had a salon since the care facility opened, but it wasn't entirely complete without the lift chairs. more info

    • Oct 14, 2018

    Some express criticism of robotics in health care, social sector in Japan

    Cultural critic Tamaki Saito, expressed concern about the use of robotics in nursing and social care, saying regardless of how the technology evolves, the future of nursing care "can only be in the direction of a new humanism." There is a danger, he says, that robots will lead to a deterioration of the spirit of those being cared for. When the Japanese government extols the virtues of robotics, a great emphasis is placed on the increase in productivity, but, notes Hirohisa Hirukawa, director of robot innovation research at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, little is said of the possible unwillingness by citizens to embrace robots.
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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 11, 2018

    Slovenian project sees child-experts teach older adults to use technology

    A project in Slovenia puts older people with no or low digital skills in a room with young people willing to teach them basic digital skills on a volunteer basis. During a five-day workshop, they show older participants how to get online, use email, social media and e-bank. The goal is to create educational opportunities for social inclusion through intergenerational cooperation and promote lifelong learning. The creators of the project believe everybody should have the right to access and use smart technology for daily life, so their workshops for seniors are also free.
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