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Interview with Barbara Beskind
  • Jan 01, 2017
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Interview with Barbara Beskind

Meet Barbara Beskind, a 93-year-old designer who uses age to her advantage by inventing products that improve the quality of life for older people.

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    • May 23, 2019

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    The Financial Services Agency (FSA) wants financial institutions to take into account client longevity and the need to preserve assets for when people's cognitive functions deteriorate. The agency divides asset formation and other matters into three stages: working period, just before and after retirement and late life. For the late life stage, the FSA stressed institutions should refrain from offering people high-risk, complicated products. It also stressed the need to create an environment to help people manage their assets even after they experience a loss or decline in their cognitive abilities. more info

    • May 23, 2019

    China to improve ensure elderly care services, ensure safety of residents

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    • May 23, 2019

    Australia's aging population filling hospitals as health practitioners witness rise in vaccine-preventable cases

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    • May 22, 2019

    India's seniors opting for retirement homes over living with children

    Seattle-based Columbia Pacific Communities is a senior living residence of gated apartments purchased by senior citizens which manages nine facilities in India. Seniors in the country are increasingly warming to these arrangements as a means to combat loneliness and share recreational activities. "Fifteen years ago, India was not culturally ready for children to have their senior parents live separately," says CEO Mohit Nirula, however with children moving to other countries or cities, for their career, and parents staying alone, such communities are on the rise. more info

    • May 22, 2019

    ANA, Panasonic partner on self-driving electric wheelchairs at Tokyo Narita Airport

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    • May 22, 2019

    Under the auspices of child safety, Japan revises cognitive function tests for elderly drivers

    Japan's prime minister instructed the government to ensure increased road safety for preschoolers following accidents where children were killed. He also called for measures featuring advanced technology, such as automatic braking systems, to enhance the safety of vehicles driven by the elderly amid concern over the number of accidents caused by seniors. Referring to cognitive function tests conducted for elderly drivers under revised road traffic laws, the prime minister noted tougher measures are being put in place. The transport ministry also started nationwide safety checkups on roads frequented by young children. more info

    • May 22, 2019

    Elderly in Singapore need $1K per month for basic needs, $420 more than what they receive from Central Provident Fund

    Using Minimum Income Standards, researchers from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy determined an elderly Singaporean needs $1,000 a month to meet their basic needs. Meanwhile, despite a projected increase in Central Provident Fund participation and savings with future cohorts, the basic retirement payment of less than $580 meets the needs of only about half of the household budget for a single elderly person. more info

    • May 22, 2019

    Japanese local governments distribute wearable barcode badges to dementia patients

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    • May 21, 2019

    Stair climbers aid seniors, disabled in Hong Kong

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    • May 21, 2019

    Japan must move to implement population health policies for elderly

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