How strong friendships can defy dementia

The Momentia movement uses strong social ties to ward off the effects of Alzheimer’s.

Source: How strong friendships can defy dementia

As the world ages, more must be done to protect the rights of older persons

The UN’s expert on the human rights of the elderly describes the key issues she is dealing with and how she hopes to build support to advance her important agenda. Español

Source: As the world ages, more must be done to protect the rights of older persons

Activities for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living

Activities for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living

Key to Quality of Life and Strong Contributor to Culture Change

An individualized, well though out activities program is at the heart of a quality life for residents in nursing homes or assisted living residences. Activities is not just about bingo and watching television. In fact, activity programs can be quite creative and stimulating for the mind. And the health and well-being benefits of a good program are becoming more and more documented. In short, this stuff works.

Read the full article here, on AssistedLiving.About.com

October 1:  International Day of Older Persons

With advances in medicine helping more people to live longer lives, the number of people over the age of 60 is expected to double by 2050 and will require radical societal change, according to a new report released by the WHO for the International Day of Older Persons (1 October).

Source: WHO | WHO: Number of people over 60 years set to double by 2050; major societal changes required

See also:

WHO Fact sheet on Ageing and Health

WHO World Report on Ageing and Health (full report) (executive summary)

Lack of focus on Aging in the UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN SDGs

This is a follow-up to my other post, Aging and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In that post, I discussed the launching of the Goals and the UN Population Fund’s summary of the goals – which disappointedly did NOT address aging or older adults. In this post, I look deeper into the Goals, reading all 17 and their 169 associated targets to see where aging is specifically addressed. I think I’m gonna need a coffee to get through them all 🙂  Continue reading

Aging and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Here at WHO in the UN City in Copenhagen, we will be celebrating the launching of the goals on Monday, September 28th. We will be having a little ceremony with the presentation of the Sustainable Development Goals, a symbolic soccer match in the building lobby, a reception, and raise the new Global Goals flag.

When I first walked into the building and saw the large display of the goals (see my picture below), I remember pausing to read them and not seeing any direct action towards promoting healthy aging or dementia and feeling a bit frustrated. But, I also hadn’t read the Goals yet so didn’t want to be so quick to judge. Continue reading

Internship on Age-Friendly Cities Initiative

Internship with the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-friendly Cities

In January, 2013, I started a 3-month internship with the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. I will be working on how to incorporate eHealth in the Age-friendly cities initiative. I will be posting some updates here on how the internship is going and how gerontechnology will be playing a role in Age-friendly cities.

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Danes love assisted living technologies

Experiencing technologies as part of everyday life breaks down prejudice and misconceptions!

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According to a new survey from the European Commission, Danes are the most positive and open-minded towards robots and robotic aids in Europe.

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Healthy Aging at Culture Night in Copenhagen

This upcoming Friday, October 9, 2015, there is Culture Night in Copenhagen!

The Center for Healthy Aging out of Copenhagen University is offering insight into the latest research from a multitude of different angles – there is something for everyone. Continue reading

Easier way to find digital services for the aged

Database of digital services for carers of the elderly launched

3 July, 2015 by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre
The new database publishes ICT-based services ensuring the dissemination of existing good practices and rasies awareness about them.

With an ageing population, the number of people in need of long-term care is increasing. As constant caring for someone is challenging, different services are developed to assist carers in fulfilling their activities. In this context, the JRC partnered with EUROCARERS to launch a new online database of digital services for carers of older people.

This new tool offers access to 78 good practices of digital services for older care at home, which the JRC gathered and that EUROCARERS, the European network representing informal carers and their organisations, helped make available to all.
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Playgrounds for Seniors Improve Fitness and Reduce Isolation

I found this article on Huffington Post a few weeks ago. Hope it gives you some inspiration!

We have outdoor workout stations in parks like this here in Denmark. They aren’t marketed or talked about as playgrounds for adults, but rather as public exercise equipment.

Playgrounds For Seniors Improve Fitness, Reduce Isolation

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Housing experiences of older LGBTQs

This article come from The Guardian. It’s an article from 2012, but the issues, unfortunately, are still prevalent today.

Is the housing sector prepared to meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as they get older?
Men carrying rainbow flags take part in annual Gay Pride Parade

Three in five LGBT survey respondents said they were not confident that housing services would understand or be sensitive to their needs Photograph: Francesco Spotorno / Reuters/REUTERS

By John Thornhill and Tina Wathern on 3 May, 2012

A generation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) men and women who came out of the closet following the decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in 1967 and the New York Stonewall riots of 1969 are now entering retirement. Continue reading

A more recent discrimination: Old Age

An informative post on ageism with some great links for further reading!

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Newer in the discrimination group is the age discrimination.

CD1jOfiUsAAVQijSince a few years we have seen, for acceptance for a new job, the age lowering, but for those who thought they had a good job we also saw that the age they were made redundant became lower.

The boom generation has to face that their children and grandchildren got a mark on their head with the notice ‘only to be used until this or that day’. Those children reaching their middle age are called in the office of their boss to hear the ‘news’ they may go home not to return again to work. When looking for an other job they are confronted with the remarks ‘over qualified’ or  ‘too old’.

In the previous centuries perhaps we also could have an age discrimination but than in the good sense, that how older a person got, how more he or…

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Older LGBTQ people still experience prejudice from care staff

This article originally appeared on The Guardian’s website.

By  on 16 September, 2013

In some cases older LGBT people in sheltered housing and care homes have hidden their sexuality

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Some older gay couples hide their sexuality when they go into a care home. Photograph: Zoe Ryan

When same-sex marriage became law in July this year it was a victory for gay rights and another step towards complete equality. But for a whole section of the LGBT community, it seems there is still some way to go. Continue reading

Declaring Independence from Ageism

I would like to dedicate this post to my husband’s super awesome Nan. She loved the 4th of July and her family would have reunions over the 4th to celebrate her birthday and her favorite holiday. 2015 is the first year we celebrate the 4th without her, as she passed this past October. Unfortunately, my husband and I couldn’t be with them in New Jersey this year to celebrate, and we are really missing the family this holiday.

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Nan opening birthday gifts at her 80th birthday tea party

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