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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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