Innovation in aged care, services, supports and housing is essential to meet the needs of societies that are facing an unprecedented demographic shift. Today, nearly one billion people are over age 60. The number is expected to double within a few decades, dramatically impacting economies, health systems, and communities across the world.  To meet the growing needs, we cannot simply continue to do what we have always done. We need new ideas and approaches.

Innovation is change that adds value or benefit.  These changes can be modest or substantial. They can impact process, quality, residents, staff, families or even government policies and programs. The Global Ageing Network Innovation Platform is designed to be a resource for the field. Key to our focus in innovations that are inspirational, adaptable or replicable, and driven by a focus on the needs of aging adults and the challenges of an ageing population.

We hope that you will share your innovative ideas – proven or promising – with us so that we can, in turn, share with others. Tell us the challenge you are facing ; perhaps we can match it with an innovative solution.


Innovation in Global Ageing

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Ageing in Cameroon: An Interview with Francis Njuakom (Video)

    During his visit with LeadingAge and IAHSA staff last month, Francis Njuakom, Chief Executive of Community Development Volunteers for Technical Assistance (CDVTA Cameroon) sat down with Gene Mitchell, Editor of LeadingAge Magazine to provide us with a first-hand account of the ageing experience in his country and the work his organization has done to promote

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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