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AAA™ In the News June 2020 - We're only talking about this now!?

Last week, we came a step closer to realising our neighbourhoods of the future.Creating living spaces fit for a world in which, by 2050, the number of those aged 80+ is expected to triple, is a challenge we fully embrace.But 80% of the homes that we will be living in by 2050 are already built, and 97% of older adults in the US alone are ageing in place. So, what standards will developers, product designers and legislators rely on to ensure our neighbourhoods of the future are fit for p...

June 5, 2020

AAA™ In the News May 2020 - What have we learnt from lockdown?

How freely our older friends and loved ones can move around once lockdowns are relaxed is uncertain. This makes it impossible to ignore the need for a better approach to how our communities are set up. If we expect grandchildren to see grandparents in a world where pandemics are only predicted to rise, finding a way to live while supporting one another and realising common values is paramount. Helping build those neighbourhoods and communities is AAA’s objective. So, we're proud to be working ...

May 11, 2020

AAA™ In the News April 2020 – Stay Safe, Stay Indoors

The world seems a very different place since we last spoke. That it was only a month ago is remarkable. Progression of Covid-19 - from an outbreak in Wuhan, China, to governments around the world enforcing country-wide lockdowns is staggering. Businesses are pivoting to produce essential products like hand sanitiser, ventilators and protective wear for health workers, while the UN enlists creatives to prepare countries not yet overrun by the disease. With so many daily updates from around the wo...

April 2, 2020

AAA™ In the News - March 2020: Older adults should be seen and heard

What does age-friendly mean to you? This month’s news from the world of ageing suggest it is the way in which older adults can remain an integral part of their community. Enjoying lives in which they retain independence, share knowledge, and may even continue learning themselves.Our starting point is the latest article from AAA Founder Ian Spero, which includes details of research in Ireland which reveals that older people who live in age-friendly environments are four times less lik...

March 1, 2020

Age-friendly Environments Improve Quality of Life by a Factor of Four

A new study of more than 10,500 over 55-year-olds living in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick, reveals that older people who live in areas with accessible transport, green spaces and safer streets are less likely to suffer from depression and loneliness.According to the report’s authors Sarah Gibney, Mengyang Zhang and Cathal Brennan of Ireland’s Department of Health’s Healthy and Positive Ageing, the findings are consistent with previous research which shows that older adults believing th...

February 25, 2020

AAA™ In the News Feb 2020 - Needed: Better Stereotypes

Can you imagine a time where older adults were visible and celebrated in every public sphere? They inspired younger generations to open up about mental health. And they were the 'poster-children' of the biggest issue affecting mankind today.They would be new kinds of stereotypes. Better, more positive representations of what it means to age today, and this month’s news review focuses on just some of the ways they’re taking shape.Get the pictureWe begin with the news that AARP (formerly the A...

February 4, 2020

AAA™ - In the News January 2020 – 2020 Vision

As we begin a new year working for more equitable societies for every generation, we continue our commitment to scanning the horizon in the dynamic world of ageing.And as we near the end of one decade, Ian Spero has explored how we may navigate the next 10 in the World Health Organisation's 'Decade of Healthy Ageing' (2020-2030), offering six expert insights to better understand what the challenges may be.As Ian says, predicting the future will always be problematic, but as this month...

January 3, 2020

6 Insights For Navigating The WHO'​s Decade Of Healthy Ageing

The World Health Organisation are hoping to unite governments, civil society, international agencies, professionals, academia, the media, and the private sector for ten years of concerted action to improve the lives of older people, their families, and the communities in which they live. While attempting to foretell the future will always be problematic, there is no risk in predicting that the WHO's Decade of Healthy Ageing (2020-2030) will throw up many challenges. That said, eve...

December 15, 2019

AAA™ In the News December 2019 - Can we design agile societies?

Design impacts almost every aspect of our lives, from the algorithms serving content we're sure to like to the new cycle lanes inspiring more of us to ride to work. As societies around the world find their populations living longer, more are having to find new ways to rethink how their cities, streets and buildings are designed to ensure they best serve their residents. This month's news review focuses on some of those design-led solutions, including playgrounds for older adults and the return o...

December 3, 2019

AAA Embarking on a €21 Million Age-Friendly Environments R&D Project

Funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020*, AAA is one of 36 partners across 14 European countries sharing a €21m 4 year research grant. Led by the ALL (Assisting Living & Learning) Institute at Maynooth University, the "SHAPES" project aims to explore interactions between people, technology and the built environment.According to Mac MacLachlan, Professor of Psychology and Social Inclusion at ALL, who is co-leading the project: “The emphasis of the SHAPES research is on provi...

November 19, 2019

A Crèche for Chinese Babyboomers

How a determined drive to improve air quality gave rise to a new model of care for a rapidly ageing population Earlier this week the air quality index in Delhi hit record levels. The choking smog was so bad that 5 million children were given face masks, the public were advised to stay indoors and 30 flights were diverted because pilots could not see well enough to land. The contrast with India’s neighbour China is extreme. A decade ago Beijing easily outstripped Delhi as the world’s most pol...

November 7, 2019

AAA™ In the News November 2019 – Does society need reconnecting?

In an ever-mobile society that allows us to span the globe in seconds, but never learn our neighbour's name, do we need to reconnect?With "loneliness one of the biggest public health challenges our country faces", according to Baroness Barran, Minister for Loneliness, the urgency is there. But how?Multi-generational communities are one way – a theme AAA explores in great depth - so we're using this month's news review to see how else we can bridge societal divides, focusing on US politics...

November 4, 2019

Trailblazing SMEs wanted to join £1.5 trillion long term care revolution

If you are developing innovative solutions to support an ageing population, you may be thinking about export, and where better than the world's largest emerging market place?By the end of last year, China had a population of 249 million aged 60 or above, larger than any other country, accounting for 17.9 percent of the national population.Official estimates anticipate this number reaching 487 million by 2050, or over a third of the total population. Furthermore, as a by-product of the one-child ...

November 1, 2019

AAA™ In the News: October 2019 – Retirement. Should it be retired?

According to recent reports, the UK jobs market is booming with more than three million jobs being created in the last 10 years.Good news in these times of uncertainty. But what stood out to us was most of the new full-time jobs went to people aged 55 and over.No doubt the age of retirement being raised to 66 played its part, but it got us thinking about those who keep working because they enjoy it, or even use it as their raison d'être.With this in mind, we focus October’s news review o...

October 7, 2019

World Health Organisation Propose a Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020-2030

Following public consultation, the Decade of Healthy Ageing is proposed as a global collaboration led by WHO that will bring together governments, international organisations, health professionals, academic institutions, the media, the private sector and civil society. The collaboration focuses on three action areas that are intended to improve the lives of older people, their families and their communities:a) develop age-friendly cities and communities that foster the abilities of old...

September 30, 2019

AAA™ – In the News September 2019 - Together We Stand

As the returning sunshine unites communities in public spaces across the country, it seems fitting that Ian Spero's latest article argues for greater provision of multi-generational living. Citing diverse research on why we need more ways to live closer together, including the fact that loneliness can be as lethal as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, it proposes a system-wide rethink on using public health investment funds to better unite communities. With a report from think tank UAA claiming that c...

August 29, 2019

Multigenerational Communities: Reducing Loneliness and Dementia

The Agile Ageing Alliance is a passionate advocate for multigenerational living. Although, our primary focus is creative planning for new developments, given the large amount of existing housing stock that is not fit for purpose to support ageing in place, it’s equally important to be thinking about what is already there.To this end, last year I joined a group of 12 transatlantic specialists in Washington DC to consider how housing in established neighbourhoods can be adapted with new housing ...

August 19, 2019

AAA™ - In the News August 2019 - Let’s Go Kampung

You may have seen Ian Spero's latest article on two new reports looking at the housing needs of older adults. If not, take a few minutes to see how many of the ideas we discuss and promote are beginning to take root in a global discussion on ageing. It’s very encouraging. You will also see it features the Kampung Admiralty, or “World Building of the Year” at the 2018 World Architecture Festival, the latest experiment by the Singapore Housing and Development Board. Keep that name ...

August 16, 2019

Innovation@Home: Some ideas travel better than others

This week saw the publication of two reports looking at the housing needs of older adults.First off we had the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ageing and Older People. The APPG’s in-depth inquiry into ‘Decent and Accessible Homes for Older People’, aims to understand the detrimental impact of poor housing on older people’s physical, mental and social wellbeing. The inquiry looked to gain insight into the challenges older people face across housing tenures, an understanding of the ...

July 9, 2019

AAA™ In the News July 2019 – Older and Bolder

Leading experts and thought leaders are united in promoting the value of multigenerational neighbourhoods, as compared to the negative impact of “elderly ghettos”. This was a key takeaway from this year’s AAA Congress and it’s a common denominator connecting several of the articles in this month’s AAA News. If you missed Congress, here is a link to a short video which sheds light on plans for a pioneering multigenerational Neighbourhood of the Future pilot project in Coventry. And here...

July 1, 2019

AAA™ Press: Care and Nursing Magazine - June 2019

AAA's Ian Spero answers questions from Care and Nursing Magazine on how Modern Methods of Construction can help to solve the housing crisis. Read the full article here and see the full online version of the magazine here. ...

June 23, 2019

AAA™ Press: Housing Association Magazine - June 2019

AAA's Ian Spero answers Housing Association Magazine's editor Victoria Galligan's questions on how Modern Methods of Construction can help to solve the housing crisis. Read the full article here and see the full edition of the magazine here, with Ian's interview on page 24. ...

June 23, 2019

AAA™ In the News – June 2019 – Shaking Things Up

Following Ian Spero’s address to the All-Parliamentary Group (AAPG) on Housing For Older People and two high octane days at NatWest HQ, with over 400 passionate AAA activists, we enter our 6th year of shaking things up for our ageing society, filled with hope. Hope that we can capitalise on all the hard work being done across the board to reimagine housing and care for older adults. To share the learnings of councils and universities across the country already making progress, and encourage fu...

May 31, 2019

Dare to Care Different

In a move which would bring England into line with Scotland, a new report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) calls for older adults to receive free social care. The IPPR argues that the current system is deeply unfair with ever more people of pensionable age having to use their savings to pay for care received at home that is vital to their independence. This would cost an extra £8bn a year by 2030, which IPPR say could be met by raising income tax by 2p or National Insurance by...

May 29, 2019

Let's hear it for the Neighbourhood

In an ageing society where social networks are leading to a pandemic of loneliness, the benefit of our neighbourhoods as the settings where residents can socialise, realise common values, and achieve a level of social control and purpose should not be underestimated. By 2035 we anticipate a UK population comprising more than 17 million people over the age of 65. This is a significant change from 11 million today, especially given that currently some 49% of over 65s are living with a life threate...

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