The launching event of the French-Japanese cooperation on Innovation and Digital Economy took place at Station F, Paris, on July 13th 2018. It was organised by the French and Japanese governments and JETRO, a government-related organization that works to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world.
The European Warehouse of Opportunities was formally launched in Reykjavik on June 26th, at the Conference that marked the end of the Erasmus+ program Catch the BALL (Be Active Through Lifelong Learning). [Read more…] about Erasmus+ Catch the BALL launches The European Warehouse of Opportunities
Performing a concert without knowing how to play your instrument is the daring challenge taken up by the seven members of the French musical group “Les Mamies Guitares”, in English “The Grandma Guitars”. Aged 60-75, Arlette, Françoise, Martine, Danièle, Dominique, Agnès and Brigitte performed on June 30, 2018 at the “Festival Bruisme”.
A new Ageing Fit convention will take will take place from January 29th to 30th 2019 in Lille, France. The event features a 360° approach to build innovation partnerships for the senior care market.
Italian hearing aid maker Amplifon announced on July 24th 2018 the agreement for the acquisition of GAES group, one of the largest privately owned hearing-aid retailer of the Spanish speaking markets.
You are a fan of football but do not feel fit enough to run behind the ball for 90 minutes? Why not trying your hand (or your foot) at walking football?
How to detect the warning signs of dementia using a mobile phone? An international team of scientists has examined the issue and developed a simple and cost-effective test. [Read more…] about How to detect the warning signs of dementia using a mobile phone
A survey regarding Illectronism (Illectornisme in french) conducted by the CSA in France for the Social Press Union in March 2018 reveals that 57% of over people 70-year-old are not comfortable with digital formats.
Dermot Higgins at 56 has just become the oldest person to cycle around the globe. Dermot, and his trusty bicycle, Karolina, started their epic journey in June last year and arrived back in his hometown of Rush, Co. Dublin on April 7th after 9 months and 29,000 kilometres of tough cycling over all sorts of terrain in all sorts of weather. [Read more…] about Dermot Higgins, has cycled into the Guinness Book of Records!
The 3rd International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health (ICT4AWE) will take place on 28-29th April 2017, in Portugal. The conference aims to create a meeting point of researchers and practitioners that address new challenges in Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health.
As the world’s ageing phenomenon becomes a worldwide challenge, there are numerous projects or initiatives which are being imagined in order to better cater to the lives of ageing seniors citizens.
Every year, SilverEco.fr, the French national portal of the Silver Economy organizes Silver Night. On the occasion, the best products, solutions or initiatives are being awarded with the French SilverEco® Trophies. [Read more…] about Silver Night – French SilverEco® Trophies: 20th of March 2017
In 2015 in EU28 it is estimated there were 46 million falls amongst community-dwelling elder people.
Fear of falling is common among the elderly and it can often become a reason for social isolation.
About 1/3 community-dwelling people aged 65 or over fall each year, fall rates increase with age and are higher in long term residential care and hospitals.
Some 30-50% falls result in minor injury, 5% in fractures, 5-6% in other major injury.
Health at a Glance: Europe 2016 report was published in November 2016 by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Commission. This publication presents the most recent trends on health and health systems across the 28 EU member states.
Governments need to respond to rising needs for long-term care, especially regarding reducing premature deaths, reducing tobacco and alcohol use, tackling obesity and improving quality of acute and chronic care.
Health at a Glance: Europe 2016, European Commission/OECD joint report shows that policies that aim at promoting good health and preventing diseases as well as reduce healthcare inequalities between EU members.
AgeingFit, the first European business convention, will take place on the 2d and 3rd of February 2017, in Lille, France. It will be dedicated to healthy ageing innovations. AgeingFit features one-to-one meetings, conferences and roundtable discussions, exhibition and innovation pitches.
AgeingFit responds to the growing need for advanced products and services for the senior care market. Discover now the programm !
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For 50 years, the CES has been the biggest annual consumer electronics event organized by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). The next edition will take place from the 5th to the 8th of January 2017 in Las Vegas (USA).
Imagine strolling through a shopping mall looking for a specific store and instead of wandering aimlessly or accessing a directory, you encounter a robot, eager and willing to provide information. Perhaps you find yourself in a hotel lobby in need of restaurant reservations, or in the middle of a busy airport seeking flight departures ; and a robot wheels around the corner to answer your questions : Hease.
Top management team including CEO will be centered at Doro headquarters in Lund, Sweden. Jérôme Arnaud will leave Doro but continue as CEO until the already-initiated recruitment process is completed. Doro also announces the closure of one R&D site in France and some staff optimization in Sweden.
The European Summit on Digital Innovation for Active & Healthy Aging will take place in Brussels from December 5th to 8th 2016 ; it will bring together business leaders, national and regional ministers and authorities, global “thinkers”, the investment community, healthcare, technology companies, civil society and media.
Older people must be included in prevention, treatment, care and support, says HelpAge International on World AIDS Day, as a new UNAIDS report reveals how more and more people are living into older age with HIV.
[Read more…] about Elderly people with HIV must be included in HIV prevention, treatment, care and support
We are never too old to travel, and Yelena Yerkhova, a 89-year-old Russian grandmother is the living proof of that. She has traveled alone ever since she was 83 to discover new cultures and news countries. She recently returned from Vietnam and Israel, and obviously posted pictures on her favorite social network : Instagram.
Social media has been the driving force behind Nieto Voluntario, an association with one goal: bringing joy to older adults, by making them feel included and restoring their self-esteem. [Read more…] about Bolivia: an elder rights association uses social media to recruit young volunteers
On October 19th, Quebecois Minister responsible for seniors and Anti-bullying Françoise Charbonneau introduced a bill aiming at protecting the elderly against abuse, including by making it easier to report cases. [Read more…] about Quebec introduces a bill against elder abuse
In Kenya, elderly women are believed to be spared by HIV and have therefore become frequent victims of rape. They decided to take matters into their own hands and took up karaté to defend themselves against future rape attempts. [Read more…] about Karaté grannies: older women learn to defend themselves in Kenya
Elder abuse can take several forms: it can be physical, sexual, psychological, moral, but also through neglect, be it intentional or not. It also includes extortion (for instance, forcing an older person to sign a cheque against their will), or other forms of financial violence, blackmail, abandonment, grave violations to someone’s dignity, or disrespect.
The World Health Organisation defines elder abuse as “a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person.” Elder abuse is a violation of Human Rights.
How prevalent is the phenomenon worldwide? How do you spot abuse? And what are different ways to fight it? [Read more…] about Elder abuse: what are warning signs and how can we prevent it?
A recent study suggested that natural disasters might lead to higher risks of contracting dementia. It was based on the example of Iwanuma, which was among the Japanese cities most badly affected by the tsunami of 2011, which killed 20 000 people. [Read more…] about Could natural disasters lead to dementia?
In April, the AARP (American Association of Retired People) published a video challenging people’s perceptions of old age : how old is old? What can or can’t an older person do? Millennials and Baby boomers have different answers to these questions. [Read more…] about How old is old? Ask Millennials.
1,370 elders go missing every day in China, according to a new report by the Zhongmin Social Assistance Institute. [Read more…] about Why do elders go missing in China?
Witch hunting is on the rise in Africa, and it mainly targets older women, especially in Tanzania, where they are routinely accused of fuelling albino killings, causing bad harvest and bringing disease. [Read more…] about Older Tanzanian women often become targets of ‘witch’ hunting
Japanese elders now make up a third of the country’s entrepreneurs, at a time when younger people seem to shy away from entrepreneurship. [Read more…] about Seniors make up a third of all Japanese entrepreneurs
Save the date : only three weeks to Verklizan Innovation Day, on November 7th 2016!
The 7th International Congress on remote monitoring and telemedicine will offer an overall vision of the future of the sector and its various activities. It will take place in Zeche Zollverein Casino in Essen, Germany. [Read more…] about Only 3 weeks to Verklizan Innovation Day on November 7th 2016
On October 17 2016, the National Assembly of Burkina Faso, sat in Ouagadougou, voted in favour of a new law reasserting and promoting seniors’ rights in a country where their situation is often precarious. [Read more…] about The National Assembly of Burkina Faso passes a new law on elders’ rights
An exhibition organised jointly by UK-based charity Age International and The Guardian is taking place in Trafalgar Square, London; it begun on September 29th and will go on until October 31st. [Read more…] about Photography : ‘Strength for life’, capturing later life around the world
Seventy years ago, Joy Lofthouse was one of the 164 females pilots of the Royal Air Force’s ATA (Air Transport Auxiliary) involved in World War 2. Last year, she took to the skies again in her favourite plane, the Spitfire, as part of BBC documentary “The Spitfire Women.”
Hearing aid provider Sonova Holding has received three awards at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards for two shorts films, nominated in three different categories. [Read more…] about Sonova Holding AG wins three awards at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards
Medical research is advancing by leaps and bounds, but a cure for Alzheimer’s is yet to be found. Nevertheless, several services and non-pharmacological therapies, as well as gerontechnology devices, exist to support those who suffer from Alzheimer’s, as well as their caregivers.
In Australia, Senior Citizens clubs have had trouble renewing memberships, a phenomenon likely to increase elderly isolation and thus adverse health effects. [Read more…] about Australia : Senior Citizens club memberships ebbing could mean increasing isolation for the elderly
In the last couple of decades, elderly suicide has been on the rise in China. The phenomenon can be linked with the trend of “migrant workers”, young people flocking to big cities to find work and leaving their family behind, including children and the elderly. [Read more…] about China : the disturbing trend of elderly suicide
How do the elderly live in 21st century Tokyo? Lee Chapman set out to find out and capture daily moments in the lives of Japan’s oldest city-dwellers.
Japanese researcher Yoshinori Ohsumi received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday. His research topic : autophagy, the process through which body cells recycle their own content, which is critical in preventing damage and age-related disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. [Read more…] about Japanese researcher Yoshinori Ohsumi receives the Nobel Prize for his work on autophagy
On October 1st, International day of Older persons, international organisation HelpAge called on people worldwide to take a stand against ageism. Share your thoughts and join the movement! [Read more…] about HelpAge : Raise your voice against ageism
Creative Specific Software (C2S), the company behind fall-detection system VAC, recently signed a partnership with French remote-monitoring provider Vitaris, which will market the system in France. [Read more…] about C2S signed a partnership with French remote monitoring specialist Vitaris
On October 1st, International day of Older persons, NGO HelpAge’s main campaign, Age demands action, will give voice to the stories of elders who have faced social discrimination because of their age. [Read more…] about International day of Older persons : Take a stand against ageism on October 1st
After recently rejecting the notion of retiring at age 67, Swiss citizens have spoken against a 10% increase in retirement income. 59.4% of voters were against the proposed scheme.
According to many sources, the main ingredients of the Mediterranean diet can help stall the decline of cognitive functions and help stave off Alzheimer’s disease. Better yet, those benefits can be transferred into any other regions on the planet. [Read more…] about Alzheimer’s : discover the benefits of the Mediterranean diet
September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Day ; now is probably better a time than any to help research on dementia makes its next leap forward.
Game company Glitchers developed the game Sea Hero Quest, where a man sets out to recover his father’s lost memories. Going on a virtual adventure is certainly fun, but the game also makes an impact in the physical world : it aims at pinpointing the exact mechanisms that come into play when humans attempts to find their bearings in order to take research on Alzheimer’s to the next level. [Read more…] about World Alzheimer’s Day : go on a Sea Hero Quest to retrieve lost memories!
The Consumer Technology Association (CAT) teams up with Extreme Tech for the second edition of the Technology that improves lives video contest, with one goal in mind : fostering innovation to help seniors and disabled people. [Read more…] about Technology that improves lives : a video contest to help the elderly and the disabled
Centenarians seem to particularly take to certains regions in the world ; Japanese island Okinawa and Italian village Acciaroli are two of their favourite hideouts. What are the secrets to longevity in these regions? [Read more…] about Live long and prosper : two Japanese and Italian recipes for longevity
In Germany, older adults poverty rates have increased by 25% percent over a decade. Some politicians are blaming the ruling party for not taking sufficient care of the elderly. [Read more…] about In Germany, the elderly live through increasing poverty
The Ivorian society is moving slowly but surely towards population ageing ; in a bid to prepare for the oncoming phenomenon, it has already started adapting to the elderly’s needs, who currently live in less-than-ideals conditions. [Read more…] about Côte d’Ivoire pushes for an improvement of the elderly’s living conditions
The Swiss National Council recently decided on an automatic increase of retirement age should the AVS fund (Elderly and surviving insurance) go into deficit. 63% of the Swiss reject the notion, according to a survey published on Sunday by Schweiz am Sonntag. [Read more…] about Swiss citizens refuse to retire at age 67
In March, Senegal implemented a “Sésame plan” aimed at providing senior citizens with full health coverage, a significant step towards improving the elderly’s life quality. [Read more…] about Senegal takes steps towards ensuring the wellbeing of elders
The tenth World Conference on Gerontechnology will take place in Nice from November 28th to 30th 2016 ; its primary function is is to rally specialists on technologies, health and services dedicated to the wellbeing and care of elderly people. [Read more…] about September 28 to 30 : 10th World Conference on Gerontechnology
The French-Swiss forum, organised by Business France, will take place on November 21 and 22 2016 in Fribourg, Switzerland. It will gather all Silver economy players in Switzerland , providing participants with an opportunity to meet new partners. [Read more…] about November 21 and 22 2016 : French-Swiss Silver economy Innovation Forum in Fribourg
Save the Date : the 2016 edition of the EAHSA’s (European Association of Home and Services for the Ageing) European conference will take place on September 22 and 23. This year’s conference is organized by EAHSA member FNAQPA.
After Malta in 2012, and Amsterdam in 2014, the conference will take place in France for the first time, at the Congress centre of the Cité Internationale of Lyon. [Read more…] about September 22 and 23 2016 : European conference of Homes and Services for the Ageing in Lyon
In Poland, people aged 75 and more do not have to pay for their own medication anymore, thanks to a law featured among the election pledges of the ruling party. [Read more…] about In Poland, medication is free past the age of 75
The University of Missouri recently developed a new detection system that does not rely on wearable sensors. It monitors the elderly’s movement patterns, thus allowing medical staff to take proactive action against mobility loss. [Read more…] about Researchers from the University of Missouri develop non-wearable fall-detection sensors
Dark times are ahead for retirement funding in Great Britain : a fifth of people aged 55 have been unable to save for retirement up until now, meaning they might not be able to maintain the same quality of life upon retirement, according to a study conducted by LV=. [Read more…] about A retirement crisis is looming ahead in Great Britain
One out of twenty Korean seniors report having had some kind of suicidal thoughts over the last years ; those macabre thoughts could have everything to do with negative class perceptions, according to a recent study. [Read more…] about Negative class perceptions drive South Korean seniors to suicide
Can technology enable seniors to break free from isolation? An important question at a time when Silver economy players think up ever more efficient communications technologies. Faissal Houhou expresses his views on the matter on Silvereco.eu. [Read more…] about Breaking the isolation of seniors: can telepresence bring generations closer?
Communications strategy expert Sparkler recently conducted a study on empowerment and modern technologies for Facebook IQ. It found that people aged 45 to 70 may find life more fulfilling than other generations, in more ways than one.
[Read more…] about Could 45 be the age of empowerment?
Could it be the Olympics ? Sports is in the air. The pictures of the athletic Mr McEntire lifting himself off the ground with the help of a pole have gone around on Twitter [Read more…] about When “Fit Grandpa” goes to the Olympics
The second Silver Day Normandy will take place on Thursday October 13th ; the event is dedicated to the Silver economy and organised by Normandie’s Chambers of commerce and industry, as well as the region’s development agency.
The annual meeting is aimed at Silver Economy players and project leaders, with one goal in mind : foster networking and exchanges about the sector’s opportunities. Home services will feature among discussed topics, along with e-health, housing, food, mobility and tourism. [Read more…] about October 13 2016 : Silver Day Normandy will take place in Bagnoles de l’Orne, Normandy
New Zealand athlete Julie Brougham is the oldest competing athlete in Rio’s Olympic Games ; the 62-year-old rider competed in the individual dressage trial on August 12th.
The China International Robot Show (CIROS) took place this July in Shanghai, giving China the opportunity to showcase its massive investments in robotics, which could prove instrumental in catering to the needs of China’s growing senior population. [Read more…] about Is China taking the lead in robotics?
The archetype of the affable old lady with barely enough screen time to pat grandchildren’s heads seems to have run its course. A new generation of successful senior actresses prove that when it comes to acting, nothing substitutes experience. [Read more…] about Senior actresses are on a roll
In Japan, local convenience stores strive to adapt to the ageing population ; they now settle in residential buildings. [Read more…] about Japan : local shops adapt to ageing
Pokémon Go swept through the whole world, and certainly didn’t spare seniors. Focus on this trend and its potential benefits for a good ageing experience. [Read more…] about What can Pokémon Go do for the elderly ?
“Easy buttons” give seniors’ life comfort a serious boost : these ergonomic buttons are designed to make it easier for both seniors and disabled people to dress daily. [Read more…] about Ergonomic “Easy buttons” enhance seniors’ daily life comfort