• Ibasho at Global Ageing Network’s Aug. “Wisdom Talk”

    The Global Ageing Network welcomed Drs. Emi Kiyota and Taryn Patterson to present on Ibasho at the August “Wisdom Talk” series. Through a photographic presentation, they demonstrated how the Ibasho concept was incorporated in communities in Japan, Philippines, and Nepal. Ibasho means “a place where you can feel like yourself.” At the heart of the […]

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  • A Wisdom Talk with the Peace Corps Response Program

    The Global Ageing Network hosted its 4th “Wisdom Talk” on Wednesday, 13 June 2018. Providers and community members participated in an informal discussion and learned about the Peace Corps Response Program, a program that sends experienced professionals to undertake short-term, high impact assignments in communities around the world. Dustin Manhart, a Peace Corps Response recruiter, […]

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  • Reimagining Ageing Around the Globe

    By Katie Smith Sloan I recently had the privilege of representing the Global Ageing Network and LeadingAge at a conference in England sponsored by National Care Forum, an association of nonprofit care providers in England and CommonAge, advancing issues of ageing in Commonwealth countries. It was a unique gathering of people from 23 countries on […]

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  • The Promise of Technology – Results of a European Study on Active and Healthy Ageing

    A recent study by the European Commission identified the 25 most promising technologies aimed at improving quality of life, increasing the efficiency of health and long term care delivery and market potential. Projects related to fall prevention and robotics for rehabilitation, basic services and loneliness showed great promise in improving quality of life. Integrated care […]

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  • What 7-Eleven Can Teach Us about Aging in Community

    By Robyn Stone, Director of Research, Global Ageing Network A super-sized soft drink may be the first image that comes to mind when Americans think about their local 7-Eleven stores. But for many older adults living in Japanese cities, the convenience store chain represents a valued source of healthy food and friendly visiting that support aging […]

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  • The Global Ageing Network’s EAHSA Chapter’s Launches New Centre

    The European Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (EAHSA), a chapter of the Global Ageing Network representing 3,000 providers in 20 different countries in ageing services, has identified a growing need among its members to exchange best practices. It also sensed that access to applied (academic) research in ageing services is limited for […]

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  • The Five Senses Matter for Seniors’ Quality of Life (Guest post)

      New Global Ageing Network Board Member Laetitia Daufenbach shares news of a recent study on the five senses and why they matter for enhanced quality of life. Laetitia is the Global Head of Strategy for Sodexo Seniors.  She begins her board membership in January 2018. We experience the world through our senses. Almost everyone […]

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  • Nursing Home Makes Room For Student Residents

    The Intergenerational Living Program at St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation and Residence, a nursing home in Portland, Maine began in January 2017. It was modelled after a program in the Netherlands, a community called Humanitas, and built around the same values including that of “being a good neighbor.” The program began 4 months ago with 3 students […]

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  • Ibasho: An Intergenerational Approach to Disaster Preparedness & Recovery

    Above photo: Ibasho storytelling activity in Ofunato, Japan By Taryn Patterson In many societies, an ageing population is often seen as a burden, and older people are treated as liabilities – a vulnerable population in need of care and support – especially in the wake of a disaster. Such a narrow interpretation of ageing, however, overlooks […]

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  • Award winning aged care leadership program launched in SA

    A UK initiative promoting quality of life and delivering positive change in care homes for older people has been so well received in South Australia that there are plans to offer the program again next year. Source: Award winning aged care leadership program launched in SA

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  • The Silver Line: UK’s Helpline for Seniors

    By Mia Mullen, IAHSA Loneliness is not an experience we seek—it is a condition that is caused by a series of events which simply “place” us there. In the case of an older person, it can be the loss of a spouse, children who have moved away, or a health condition that has limited their mobility—whatever […]

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  • How You Can Fight Dementia with Your Thumbs

    by Geralyn Magan A new mobile video game called Sea Hero Quest guides players through a maze of arctic rivers, golden shores, and mystic marshes. Along the way, gamers chase magical creatures and collect starfish that they can trade in for equipment improvements. As cool as all this sounds, Sea Hero Quest isn’t all fun […]

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  • Vision and Spirit Are What Drives Ibasho: The Nepal Earthquake One Year Later

    Women in Kathmandu, Nepal work on the slow recovery process. Vision and Spirit Are What Drives Ibasho: The Nepal Earthquake One Year Later By Taryn Patterson Nine thousand people perished and more than 800,000 homes were damaged or destroyed one year ago when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake violently shook the heavily populated Kathmandu Valley and […]

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  • Cycling Without Age: A Gift of Mobility & Connection

    Sometimes seeing a need and making one seemingly small step towards addressing it can make a world of difference. Such was the case with Ole Kassow, an avid cyclist from Copenhagen, Denmark who became inspired one day when cycling by Thorkild, a (now) 97 year old resident from his local nursing home. “I saw Thorkild two and […]

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  • Will a Drone Be Your Mother’s Next Care Assistant?

    by Geralyn Magan Americans may be warming up to the idea of using unmanned aerial vehicles — or drones — to deliver Amazon packages or take pictures of unreachable places like remote mountain ranges or hurricane-decimated landscapes. But what about using indoor drones to help older people get their hands on a bottle of medicine that’s […]

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  • Elder Abuse Interventions

    Elder abuse is a problem that persists in countries around the world. It is often under-reported and, therefore, interventions are few and far between. It is a tragic and needs to be addressed. A couple of models deserve our attention. In the U.S., RiverSpring Health has developed a unique partnership with doormen in New York […]

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  • Innovative New Test for Alzheimer’s Disease Developed by 15-Year-Old 

    15-year-old Krtin Nithiyanadam, of Epsom, Surrey, has developed a prototype test for Alzheimer’s disease which could not only detect early signs of the disease, but also potentially prevent it from spreading further. Krtin submitted the test to the Google Science Fair Prize and recently learned that he made it into the final round of competition. […]

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  • Abbeyfield Society to Create a New Approach to Dementia Care

    Abbeyfield Society has broken ground on a new building in Winnersh in the U.K. designed with a “residents first” approach. Its plans include a wide range of highly innovative communal facilities, including a cinema, activity rooms for painting and sewing, a restaurant and cafe, sensory rooms and wellbeing areas including spa, a library, and a […]

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  • Intergenerational Living

    In Deventer, The Netherlands, university students pay no rent in exchange for spending 30 hours of quality time a month with their 160 older housemates. Humanitas retirement home has been experimenting with resolving the issue of preventing isolation and loneliness and finding ways to utilize all of their available space. Humanitas, a member of Actiz […]

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