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 is 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.

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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 […]

26th April 2018

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 […]

6th April 2018

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 […]

29th March 2018

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 […]

23rd February 2018

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 […]

9th November 2017

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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21st April 2017

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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20th April 2017

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

23rd January 2017

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 […]

22nd September 2016

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 […]

23rd May 2016

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 […]

26th April 2016

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 […]

24th February 2016

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 […]

21st January 2016

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 […]

3rd August 2015

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. […]

25th July 2015

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 […]

29th May 2015

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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25th January 2015

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