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.
Elderly people often make security mistakes on the Internet. Here are the 5 most common Internet security mistakes done by elderly people, as well as some tips to avoid them.
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.
The 21st IAGG World Congress on Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG2017) will take place from July 23 to July 27 in San Francisco, United States. It is an opportunity for experts to keep track of the latest research on ageing. [Read more…] about July 23-27 : 21st IAGG World Congress on Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG2017) in San Francisco
Visual impairments (or low vision) are characterised by a less detailed vision and an altered visual field. A visually-impaired person may be able to distinguish the shape of a face, but not the features, make out the outline of a hand, but not the nails, etc. They also report being constantly dazzled when outside.
Visually-impaired people are halfway between blindness and “standard” visual acuity and suffer impediments on a daily basis, to varying degrees. [Read more…] about What are visual impairments? How do you remedy them?
Today, 15th of June it is the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. On the occasion, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, held the traditional speech inviting the world to raise awareness on the matter.
Read SilverEco.eu editor Jérôme Pigniez’s guest column, published in the latest issue of La Revue du Trombinoscope, a French parliamentary periodical widely read among the French media, policy makers and economic leaders. [Read more…] about Silver citizenship: Jérôme Pigniez’s guest column
Much has been said about bullying in middle and high schools; the topic of elderly bullying in life care residences and retirement homes, however, is one that is rarely touched on. [Read more…] about Bullying in life care residences and retirement homes: do we really grow wiser as we grow older?
The launch of Airbnb-emulator Freebird Club, a platform dedicated exclusively to seniors, is scheduled for June, after creator Peter Mangan received the European Commission’s Social Innovation Competition for its role in fighting off loneliness among seniors. [Read more…] about Fostering social integration: launch of a senior-only “Airbnb”
In Beijing, all people aged 60 and over are given a multifunction card allowing the Chinese government to collect data on their daily lives and needs. The goal is to adapt public budgeting accordingly and provide age-appropriate services. [Read more…] about Adapting services to the elderly: Beijing uses a new multi-purpose card to track seniors
The third edition of the “RISE” (International Silver Economy Meeting), organized by Business France, will take place in Paris on the 15th of June. [Read more…] about Wednesday June 15th 2016: the International Silver Economy meeting will take place in Paris
Vibby is a range of connected devices and smart solutions for people protection designed by VitalBase. Those streamlined, “non-stigmatizing” products aim at fostering autonomy among home-dwelling seniors and ensuring the safety of care facilities residents. [Read more…] about Detecting falls- Autonomy: VitalBase launches a range of connected devices dedicated to people protection
French e-health start-up Withings announced that it would soon be bought by Finnish company Nokia, noting that “joining forces Nokia will allow Withings to assert its position on the fast-growing global e-health market.”
The acquisition is a means to one end: allowing Withings to become the e-health global leader.
The summit on global robotics unveiled a new organization, setting out on a tour of Europe in order to get even closer to key players in the sector. First stop: The Docks de Paris, where the upcoming edition of Innorobo will take place on 24, 25 and 26 May 2016 in the French capital.
Sonova, the world’s leading provider of hearing solutions, and AudioNova, one of Europe’s largest hearing aid retailers, announced today their intention to join forces.
Silver Economy impacts all sectors, including the Food industry and farming. Indeed, the world is ageing as two billion people will be over 60 years old by 2050.
Many of them are living in rural areas, and generally they are older women who survive predominantly by farming. As the younger generations are no longer interested by the farming traditions, Japan is willing to implement a strategy to meet the food demand: robots.
On 26 – 27 April 2016 it will take place in London the Smart to Future Cities and Urban IoT. On its 5th edition, the event will attract over 350 senior level city players, representing 162 cities across 59 countries.
China International Senior Services Expo (CISSE) is the biggest Chinese expo focusing on elderly care. This fifth edition will take place at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, from 3rd to 5th may 2016. The main theme is “Better care for the elderly, better life for the world”.
A recent study realized by Akamai during Christmas period revealed that two-thirds of European consumers counted on doing their Christmas shopping on Internet. Among them, a majority being elderly people.
Online photography community Photocrowd.com has presented the results of an international photo contest on the theme of ‘Ageing: the bigger picture‘ in partnership with the British Society of Gerontology (BSG), with £3600 (approximately $5400 USD) in cash prizes awarded.
The contest brief encouraged photographers to look beyond clichés and show a more nuanced approach to the subject. Over 1200 images were submitted from photographers all over the world.
[Read more…] about Photo contest reveals beautiful ageing
During the months of October and November of 2015, the Road Show Eudec took place in Spain. This event consists into organising a city tour around the theme of nutrition and the old age. Geriatric specialists had the role to prevent and to teach about the major role that nutrition has for the wellbeing of the elderly. [Read more…] about Spain: Road Show for healthier food habits
Tesla, Mercedes, Google, Apple and now Toyota are on the right road. The Japanese car maker Toyota wishes to develop an autonomous car. To do so, a new entity named TRI (Toyota Research Institute) was created with the express purpose to do research on artificial intelligence. They aim to create an autonomous smart car able to drive safely, in order to reduce the number of road accidents and to improve mobility. [Read more…] about Toyota adventures into creating autonomous cars
The European Commission revealed the new programme of projects and plans for the next 2 years. Horizon 2020 will continue to support innovative projects, starting from research and conceptualisation steps to the production part. [Read more…] about EU: Horizon 2020 reveals the new work programme
The increasing life expectancy leads to a higher demand regarding new and up-to date treatment methods. MEDICA is one of the biggest expositions in the medical field worldwide, presenting new medical discoveries and technologies.
MEDICA is held in Dusseldorf alongside COMPAD starting today, 16th of November until to Thursday, 19th of November. [Read more…] about MEDICA 2015 – the world forum for medicine
On 12 November, at the Euskalduna Palace will be hosted eHealth Bilbao 2015, a one day event where healthcare professionals will present new business models regarding the latest eHealth technology. [Read more…] about SPAIN : eHealth, or new medical opportunities
According to the latest statistics revealed by national authorities, life expectancy in Singapore has risen by 10 years over the last 3 decades, from 72 years in 1980 to 82 years in 2010. The number of the elderly will triple up to 900,000 by 2030, and the working age population will shrink.
Facing this demographic challenge, national Government rely on robotics and on a “right system of the healthcare”. [Read more…] about Singapore’s ageing population
In the UK, more than 3 millions of elderly people need care as they have lost their autonomy, for instance to take a bath, dress up, or even feed. Social security and other community-based NHS can only provide help for two thirds of them, which leaves more than 1 million people behind . [Read more…] about UK: Social care services cannot cover up all medical needs
The second edition of the Healthcare Summit was held on October 6th, in Luxemburg. During the ceremony, the 2015 winners were presented, as well as their achievements and innovative projects on the field. This year’s main theme focused on connected objects and the patients of tomorrow. [Read more…] about Luxembourg Healthcare Summit 2015
The 5th International Conference on Frailty and Sarcopenia Research (ICFSR) will be held on April 28th – 29th, 2016 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, USA. During the two-day conference, researchers from all around the world are exposing their results regarding frailty and Sarcopenia. [Read more…] about USA: The 5th International Conference on Frailty and Sarcopenia Research will be held in Philadelphia
On the occasion of the International Day of Old Persons, EUROSTAT, the official statistics office of the European Union, published its recent demographic indicators on elderly people living in the EU. According to their previsions, in the EU, by 2080, 1 out of every 8 persons will be aged above 80 years old. [Read more…] about EU 2080 : 1 out of every 8 persons will be aged above 80 years old
According to the Canadian Statistics, for the first time in the country’s history, people aged above 65 years old outnumber the number of children aged up to 14. [Read more…] about Canada: when the elderly outnumber the children
Today we celebrate the elderly worldwide. On the 1st of October 2015, we celebrate the 25th International Day of Old Persons. It was first celebrated on 1990 when the United Nations decided on an international day that aims to raise awareness about different issues affecting elders such as dementia, cognitive decline or even elder abuse. [Read more…] about Today is the International Day of Old People
On the 1st of October, the 25st International Day of Older People will be celebrated. Ever since its first edition in 1990, this day aims to raise awareness about different issues affecting elders such as dementia, cognitive decline or even elder abuse. [Read more…] about October 1st, 2015 – The International Day of Older Persons
According to the latest statistics published by the Japanese Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications, people aged above 80 years old represent 7.9% from the total population. This analysis was published on the occasion of the International Day of the Elderly, celebrated on the last 21 of September in the land of the Rising Sun.
Elderly people do use Internet services.
This new generation of elderly people, the Silver Surfers, firstly started using the Internet to communicate and stay in touch with their friends and families. The 2.0 web gradually became an open door to any other type of services. Whether they are accessing their bank account, shopping, Skyping or talking on any other social media, the Boomers tend to use Internet more and more often.
As a response to the rapid ageing population process and the raise of the elderly proportion, Unites States’ Governments are establishing “Silver Alerts”. It is a program imagined to help locating missing older people with dementia or other mental debilities, especially with Alzheimer’s disease. [Read more…] about USA: the “Silver Alert” program aims to find missing elderly people
According to an American study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology, vitamin D deficiency may accelerate cognitive decline, especially elderly people. This study was led by a researchers team leaded from Rutgers University in New Jersey between 2002 and 2010. [Read more…] about Vitamin D deficiency may lead to cognitive decline
For the first time in France, the WMAC took place in the city of Lyon from August, 7th to August 16th, 2015. It welcomed athletes aged from 35 up to 98 years old. [Read more…] about France: the city of Lyon hosted the 2015 World Masters Athletics Championships
Tokyo lacks long-term care establishments for elderly people despite increasing demand. Currently, Japan has the oldest population in the world. A quarter of its population is over 65 years old. Moreover, by 2060, about 40% of the Japanese population will be 65 and above. [Read more…] about Japan: will seniors need to pay more for long-term care?
Age Watch shows 37 stats regarding the elderly from Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Several fields are presented: pensions, health condition or public transportation. [Read more…] about Bluecare reveals an infographics regarding the elderly in Ireland, the UK and the USA
The Active and Assistive Living (AAL) Forum 2015 will take place in Ghent (Belgium) from the 22nd to the 25th of September, 2015. The event is supported by the Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) Joint Programme and IWT, a Flemish agency dealing in innovation by science and technology. It is organized in collaboration with I Minds. [Read more…] about Belgium: the Active Assistive Living (AAL) 2015 Forum
Weenect is a new company specialized in GPS family tracking. They have recently launched Weenect Silver, a tracking beacon especially conceived for the elderly. With it, not only can the elderly be easily localized by their family members, but they can also send an alert in case of a problem. [Read more…] about Weenect Silver: a GPS beacon for the elderly
Several diseases and symptoms, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, are risk factors for cardiovascular diseases; they may also increase the risk of developing the Alzheimer disease. Studies have indeed shown that 80% of Alzheimer’s patients also have cardiovascular disease. [Read more…] about A healthy mind in a healthy body: stay physically active!
Dogs, cats or goldfish are common pets for the elderly; one British care home changed that formula by suggestions adopting feathered animals, in order to fight loneliness and isolation. [Read more…] about Retirement home pensioners adopt feathered friends
Twenty-five years ago, on July 26th of 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was voted in order to fight discrimination against disabled people in the USA. The law was created by President George H.W. Bush to promote equal opportunities for disabled individuals for access to businesses, employment, transportation, state and local government programs and services, and telecommunications. [Read more…] about 25th Anniversary Of The Americans With Disabilities Act
In a recent study that was published in the Nature Medicine journal, American researchers from the University of California in San Francisco have identified the responsability of a protein in the cognitive decline process: as it accumulates in blood with ageing, the protein harms the cognitive functions in the hippocampus, which is a region of the brain associated with memory. [Read more…] about Study reveals a protein’s influence on memory and cognitive abilitites on adults
Our baby-boomers are full of energy despite popular belief. Here are a few examples of super seniors who marked our news and who show that ageing does not mean the end of your life. [Read more…] about Age is not an obstacle to break records and make dreams come true
The ageing phenomenon is a worldwide phenomenon. It is however particularly present in some countries such as China; in 2014, people aged 60 and over made up to 15.5% (212.4 million) of the population, according a study published by the XINHUA Chinese press agency. [Read more…] about In China, elderly people represent 15.5% of the population
The World Bank took a closer look to the ageing phenomenon worldwide, particularly towards Europe and Central Asia where ageing often comes with a demographic shrinking. A report was published to identify and point out the main opportunities and policies contributing to an active, healthy and productive Ageing. [Read more…] about The World Bank on “Golden Ageing”
Gigaset has presented a phone especially adapted for elderly people’s needs. Combined ergonomics and clever functions make daily use easier: the E550 phone wants to be “the best ally” for seniors, and an answer to all requirements “with great simplicity”.
Business France organises several Business Meetings focused on different fields of activity with the aim to promote French companies abroad. Regarding Silver economt a two-day meeting will take place on October 1st and 2nd of 2015, in Toronto and Montréal. [Read more…] about Business France: a Silver Economy meeting in Canada
In France, 71% of people aged 50 years old and above take daily mediations; 45.000 people aged 70 years and above have medical prescriptions given by their doctors that exceed 10 different types of medicine per day. In fact, elderly people having several chronic diseases may need various medical prescriptions from different doctors (general practitioner, specialists). However, polypharmacy can cause iatrogenesis risks. [Read more…] about Polypharmacy and Iatrogenesis: elderly people and their medication
Basque Country’s Government adopted the Housing Act in June, 2015. It states that each citizen is entitled to an accessible house where they can live independently, no matter their age, physical condition or incapacity level.
With this Parliament act, the Basque Country shows its concern towards people with different types of impairments. Moreover, a Basque project called Etxegoki won the best International Practice 2015, a price awarded by the International Design for All Organization.
During the last few days, the European continent has known one of its hottest heat waves ever. The Red Code of Heat Alerts has been launched in several countries of Southern and Eastern Europe until today. [Read more…] about Summer 2015 is one of the hottests across Europe ever registered
Brigitta Sinka is an 87-year-old Hungarian woman who beat the world record of simultaneous chess. She brought down a record previously detained by José Capablanca (1888-1942), a professional chess player and a world champion. [Read more…] about At 87 year old, she beat a world chess record
In Europe, Silver Economy is a challenge. The population is ageing and by 2025 more than 20% of Europeans will be over 65, with a particularly rapid increase of the proportion of people over 80. Nevertheless, the European Union makes consistent efforts so that silver economy markets can be seen as true growth opportunities. [Read more…] about EU: a call for study in Silver Economy
European cities over 50 000 inhabitants are invited to participate to the 6th edition of the Access City Award – the European Price for making cities more accessible to people with disabilities and to the elderly. [Read more…] about The European Commission rewards the most accessible cities of the year
In China, children generally insure the financial cost and care of their older parents. What about parents who don’t have children anymore? How are they supposed to pay for all their healthcare costs? [Read more…] about Beijing: new policies for childless parents
The world is ageing. Those demographic changes present many challenges, but also opportunities. Silver Economy ought to give the rights answers regarding the respect and wellbeing of the 60+.
HelpAge Asia and the European Union’s collaboration is a concrete example of what Silver Economy is, that is working together for a better care of the elderly.
Traditionally, when extended families lived together, the elders would look after their grandchildren, while parents went off to work. It seems that the best solutions often come from the past, at least, in the case of a retirement home, in Seattle. Indeed, at Providence Mount St. Vincent in Seattle put a preschool within a nursing home. [Read more…] about USA: What happens if you mix a retirement home with a preschool?
Everyone has been waiting for this beautiful season that rhymes with holidays, sun, beach, parties, sunbathing…
However, we shouldn’t forget some practical advice about summer and mostly heat waves which could cause some health problems. [Read more…] about Heat Wave: summer is coming… and with it, sunny days!
When speaking about the new demographic tendency of ageing population, Japan tends to take the lead as it is the oldest country in the world. However, the whole Asian continent is affected by this process.
Seniors are trendy, as recent fashion houses’ advertising campaigns show: Céline, Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana and Marc Jacobs, among others, feature elderly women for their advertising campaigns, and this trend seems to keep growing. [Read more…] about Fashion and Silver Economy: Are seniors in?
One of three women is going to suffer from urinary incontinence at some point in her life. Knowing that, midwife and researcher of the pelvic soil Olga Polo designed the product Boltex Inertial. She created Boltex Inertial to prevent and to treat the pathology of the pelvic soil, in order to support women’s quality of life. [Read more…] about Boltex Inertial, for women who suffer from incontinence
Recent researches show that memory loss among the elderly is not as severe as we originally thought. Wilma Koutstaal (University of Minnesota) and Alaitz Aizpurua (University of the Basque Country) have studied this topic and revealed some information about the matter.
By 2030, one in three people in Japan will be over 65 years old. A study conducted by the Japan Policy Council (JPC) showed that by 2025, more than 430,000 people will not be able to receive necessary nursing care services. They propose to the elderly to migrate towards rural regions, where more nursing care facilities are available. [Read more…] about Should the elderly flee the Tokyo area?
The German company Future Shape created SensFloor®, a smart floor that detects falls and immediately sends an alarm signal when a fall occurs. It was specifically conceived for care facilities. This sensitive floor warns the caregivers in case one of the residents falls. The product can also be installed in individuals’ homes. Is could be a suitable solution to secure the environment and allow the elderly to remain home. [Read more…] about SensFloor®: a smart floor to detect falls
Japan still has the oldest population in the world: 25% of Japanese people are indeed over 65. In that regard, following a partnership between Apple, IBM and Japan Post Group, 5 millions of Japanese seniors should be equipped with iPad tablets by 2020.