• Pioneering a New Vision

    Dr. Markus Leser writes about an emerging care model in Switzerland, where residential care and community-based providers are forging alliances to better serve an increasingly independent ageing population. Much like Australia, Switzerland has an ageing population, which will see the number of people requiring aged care increase 45 per cent by 2030. Improvements in medical care have […]

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  • Opinion: Senior friendly communities not just in fairy tales. | Vancouver Sun

    Lake Constance is in the heart of Europe bordered by Switzerland and the Alps to the south, Germany to the north and Austria to the east. The region is lined with lakeside retreats, beer-stein-size ferries taking mini-cars and visitors across the lake, fairy book castles, quaint villages with cobblestone pedestrian streets, vineyards and apple orchards. […]

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  • The Case for Age-Friendly Communities

    By Robert Lagoyda The movement toward age-friendly communities is growing, with the key impetus being population ageing. In the United States alone, the population of 65 and older has grown from 4.1 percent in 1900 to 14.5 percent in 2015. By 2020, it is expected to increase to 16.1 percent, and by 2050, to 20 percent—which amounts […]

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  • NEW RESOURCE! International Journal on Ageing in Developing Countries

    The International Institute on Ageing, United Nations – Malta (INIA) has released its 2016 International Journal on Ageing in Developing Countries. The Journal focuses on those aspects relating to population ageing in developing countries, including biological, psychological, economic, social, political, medical, historical and spiritual dimensions. It includes five objectives namely:  drawing experts from various disciplines related to […]

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  • Forces of Change

    By Katie Smith Sloan, Executive Director, IAHSA Not only are global demographics changing as societies age, but so is the ageing services field. David Brooks, a columnist for the New York Times, suggested that there are 4 big forces of change coursing through modern societies. Global migration, leading to demographic diversity. Economic globalization, creating wider […]

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  • Brexit’s Impact on Global Ageing

    Aged care organizations in the United Kingdom are not immune from the impact of Brexit. A recent report documents the challenges Brexit presents to voluntary organizations in the social sector in the UK. Many organizations in the UK have been dependent on EU financing to support infrastructure, research and development, causing some to be concerned about the future […]

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  • Rethinking Age Care, Services and Supports

    Countries in the developed world are–of necessity–engaged in rethinking their approach to aged care, services and supports. Assumptions of the past about utilization and philosophy of care are being replaced by a more distrubuted, consumer-centric mindset. In Switzerland, CURAVIVA has put forth a vision in which the role of providers is to enable people in […]

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  • WHO Adopts Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has adopted a Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health. This is a significant step forward in establishing a framework for Member States, the WHO Secretariat and partners to contribute to achieving the vision that all people can live long and healthy lives. The Strategy (2016 – 2020) […]

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  • Dementia: Gender Disparity

    A recent study by the Milken Institute entitled “The Price Women Pay for Dementia” pointed out the “pernicious gender-based health disparity” presented by dementia in the United States.There is an indisputable disproportionate burden on women as both patients and caregivers. A few facts: Women account for two-thirds of the 6.4 million Americans with dementia. Women make […]

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  • My Home Life: Research and Reflection On The Role of Care Providers

    How should we think about our roles as providers vis a vis the people we serve? Professor Julienne Meyer of City University of London reflects on My Home Life, a research-based initiative focused on what older people want and what it demands of us as providers: “Developing best practice together comprises 8 themes: two link […]

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