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

  • 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

  • Western Home Communities Receives International Dementia Award for “Design Innovation of the Year”

    Western Home Communities in Cedar Falls, Iowa recently received international recognition for an innovative design collaboration with Orfield Laboraties and AHTS Architects. The group received the “Dementia Design Innovation of the Year Award” which was presented during the International Dementia Conference in Birmingham, U.K. in November. The award recognizes communal or private settings used by

  • SAGE/IAHSA North American Study Tour:  The View from Boston

    By Bob Lagoyda IAHSA colleagues from Australia participated in a 15 day North American Study Tour earlier this month focused on the theme person-centered care and quality assurance systems by visiting aged care providers in Boston and Toronto.  The study tour was organized to coincide with the LeadingAge Annual Meeting

  • International Call for Sessions: 2016 LeadingAge Annual Meeting

    Lend your international lense and expertise to the 2016 LeadingAge Annual Meeting! IAHSA’s US Chapter, LeadingAge, is now accepting session proposals for its 2016 Annual Meeting. The LeadingAge Annual Meeting is the largest annual gathering of aging services providers in the United States, featuring hundreds of education sessions and experts in

  • 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

  • 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

  • Japan Addresses Its Ageing Population

    Japan’s population is the oldest on earth, with 25% of its population over 65. Over the next decade, the population of over 75 years old in greater Tokyo will grow by 1.75 million. What does nation do when 25% of its population is age 65 and over? Japan has two

  • 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

  • Funding Initiatives Seek Innovative Approaches to Addressing Aged Care Needs

    LeadingAge, the U.S chapter of IAHSA, and Comic Relief, a member of NCF in the UK, have established independent but related efforts to identify and support innovation in aged care organizations. Both organizations have grant programs based on an application process whose aim is to expand and share innovation initiated by