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AAA™ In the News - June 2018 - Work, Rest and Play

“Business as usual will not deliver a new paradigm for agile ageing; we really do need a revolution”.This was the consensus from 2018’s Neighbourhoods of the Future Congress, hosted by NatWest and supported by Tata Steel. You can learn more of its findings in Ian Spero's latest article (Housebuilders are Holding the Country to Ransom) where you’ll also find an invite to add your ideas for revolutionary, risky collaborative projects to our Tata / AAA consortia.Before you do, we look at th...

June 7, 2018

AAA™ – In the News May 2018 – Ageing With Style

May is proving to be rather busy in the world of Agile Ageing, so before we review this month’s best stories we'd like to share three special events we think will be of interest. Firstly, we are inviting fresh thinkers to join forces with AAA and our ‘who’s who’ of agile ageing luminaries, when we meet on May 9-10th at the Neighbourhoods of the Future congress in London, sponsored by Tata Steel and NatWest. Having submitted a £60 million 'Expression of Interest' to the Industrial Strate...

April 30, 2018

AAA™ In the News April 2018 - Revolutionary Thinking

How do you start a revolution? In our case, you call together the best thinkers to tackle what a recent WHO survey revealed as the most pressing issue for older adults and community leaders worldwide: Housing. Taking place May 9-10th at NatWest’s London HQ, Neighbourhoods of the Future 2 will unite like-minded decision makers and thought leaders to transcend common barriers to progress. The think tank is by invitation only, and we’re encouraging ‘unusual suspects’ to apply. Lea...

April 10, 2018

AAA™ In the News March 2018 - The Age of Super Humans

Two thought-provoking articles from AAA’s Ian Spero (Dare to Care Different and Silver Economy Predicted to Generate 6.4 Trillion Euros & Employ 88m by 2025) highlighted some of the trends informing our ageing society through innovation and technology. If you want to see how the future of social care and the silver economy are taking shape, be sure to investigate. Before you go, here are some of our favourite agile ageing stories from around the world. Once again, we turn to Japan ...

March 6, 2018

AAA™ - In the News Feb 2018 - Connecting the dots in Brussels

Well 2018 is off to a flying start at the Agile Ageing Alliance. Last week we joined forces with Innovate UK and Enterprise Europe Network to bring together a fantastic group of like-minded cross-sector stakeholders with a view to rethinking the very notion of work life and retirement. The event took place in Brussels, with around 80 multi-disciplinary participants battling it out to win a share of 25 million Euros which the European Commission has allocated to explore new concepts designed to h...

February 2, 2018

AAA™ - In the News January 2018 - More Life in Your Years

2017 ended on a sad note with the passing of a great friend to the AAA and genuine legend - Professor Heinz Wolff. We could dedicate this whole article to Professor Wolff’s achievements, but let us simply say that he inspired us all to think different and reminded us not to be dazzled by technology and lose sight of the human factor. Doing so with a wonderful sense of mischief.The Guardian’s obituary touches on the many positions he held throughout his lifetime, but if you have a few mo...

January 11, 2018

AAA™ - In the News December 2017 - Join the Agile Ageing 'A Team'

This month’s AAA review covers a wide spectrum of interesting age-related titbits, from the government’s Industrial Strategy, to AI and Elon Musk’s mom. Read on… Grand Challenges ‘Ageing Society’ has been selected as one of four new Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges which will receive a share of £725 million to harness the power of innovation to help meet the needs of an ageing society. According to the government policy paper; “Ageing populations will create new demands f...

November 29, 2017

Towards the Cognitive Home - A Challenge Roadmap

The ageing population is a major socio-economic shift associated with both opportunities and challenges. Opportunities for social innovation to move away from outmoded conceptions of age that will lead to a richer set of possibilities later in life, and challenges most notably relating to an increased demand for health and social care. These challenges shouldn’t be overblown, but equally can’t be ignored. Digital technology is a key enabler. The location for much of this technology to suppor...

November 15, 2017

AAA™ – In the News November 2017 - Billions of reasons to #BeAgile

Following the publication of the AAA’s white paper ‘Neighbourhoods of the Future: Better Homes for Older Adults – Improving Health, Care, Design and Technology’, we have been talking with public, private and third sector stakeholders about how best to translate our vision into physical and sustainable reality. To this end, last month AAA joined forces with Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre to co-create a workshop hosted by NatWest at their London HQ. Neighbourhoods of the Future: Framing ...

November 1, 2017

“The Elderly” = Doom, Gloom and Alarm. It’s Time to Press Reset

The percentage of the UK population aged over 65, is expected to jump from 17.8% in 2015 to nearly a quarter by 2045. As the proportion of working-age adults to retirees increases, the demand for health and social care services expands. Consequently, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) predicts healthcare spending to grow from 7.3% to 8.3% of GDP with long term social care doubling from 1.1% to 2.2% by 2065. And, if that’s not bad enough, according to new research by Which, 25% of older...

October 22, 2017

AAA™ - In the News October 2017 - The tide is turning

In a month where Australian centenarian and fundraiser Irene O’Shea became the world’s oldest skydiver (aged 101 and 39 days), we look at some more inspiring stories about the changing face of ageing. We kick off with this article about Lindera, a German start-up using AI to offer older adults more personalised care in their homes. Smart thinking Building on her experience working with Microsoft, CEO and co-founder Diana Heinrichs wants to use data science to create a greater understanding o...

October 2, 2017

AAA™ - In the News September 2017 - A Place to Play

How we age is in revolution. Decreasingly an issue to fear or ignore, and more a fact of life we can embrace and even thrive in. Ian Spero’s recent article on the changing attitude of marketers toward older consumers celebrated this fact by placing a spotlight on those leading the way. Visionary companies realising the conceit of ‘anti-ageing’ is on its way out. Substantiated by the insightful stories we found this month, this opportunity for change is being addressed across many sectors. ...

September 5, 2017

Brands Should Celebrate Older Consumers

Saying a product promotes “anti-ageing” is no longer acceptable.In the battle against ageism this is something of a landmark victory. Age UK says that ageism, or age discrimination can impact on someone’s confidence, job prospects, financial situation and quality of life. They also claim the way older people are represented in the media can have a wider impact on the public’s attitudes. As a marketer I have always thought it counterproductive that brands invest very little in targeting o...

August 25, 2017

AAA™ - In the News August 2017 - Life in the Fast Lane

July’s most popular stories had a truly international feel. This month’s digest features an Australian centenarian ballet dancer, advice from the U.S. on living in place and a record breaking rally driver from Ireland. Head to the barre We begin with this inspiring story about 102-year-old dancer and artist Eileen Kramer. Right now, she is working on a ballet in which she plans to perform, is the ambassador for the Arts Health Institute, has appeared in music videos, and collaborates on fash...

July 27, 2017

In Search Of The Next Big Thing

In America there is much talk of the ‘Silver Tsunami’. According to Microsoft’s Ed Steidl what we should really be talking about is a phenomenal global business opportunity. As Global Programme Manager responsible for 120 Microsoft Innovation Centers in 33 countries worldwide, Ed is focused on providing tech entrepreneurs, start-ups and early stage businesses with the means to translate promising concepts into sustainable businesses. He’s an evangelist for innovation as a force for good ...

July 26, 2017

AAA™ – In the News July 2017 – Skills to Pay the Bills

This month’s AAA news digest is a bumper edition. It features feminism, award nominations, nonagenarian innovators and much more. Inspirational people using their hard-won experience to stay agile, defy convention and gain global attention. We start with a woman who, quite frankly, could inspire people quarter her age to up their game. Ageless Design We met Barbara Knickerbocker Beskind in this recent article from Next Avenue, introducing probably the world’s only 93-year-old product designe...

July 12, 2017

AAA™ – In the news June 2017 – Let’s Get to Work

Today we awoke to political uncertainty over who will shape ageing's big issues over the next five years. So as we await the outcome of yesterday's election, let's take a moment to look at some of the other key players influencing this hugely important area. Let's begin with the most popular story we shared this month – one that's very close to home. It's Good To Talk This recent article from Next Avenue – 'public media's first and only national journalism service for America's booming o...

June 8, 2017

AAA™ – In the News May 2017 - Life Begins at 101?

We recently hosted wealth of innovators, industry leaders and provocateurs sharing their vision for our Neighbourhoods of the Future. We'll be sharing the outcomes very soon, but until then you can find the best tweets from the two-day event at the #Open4i handle. Hot Property As you will see we covered all the topics referenced in our white paper, including "PropTech". One of its leading experts James Dearsley tells us that: "PropTech is going through a huge growth phase as the wider prope...

May 30, 2017

Microsoft To Launch Agile Ageing Open Innovation Challenge

In an unusual show of unity, Innovation Leads for IBM, Intel, Microsoft and other major corporations, will join forces with the European Space Agency, European Commission and representatives from various UK Government Departments in London next week. The catalyst for this Think Tank is the publication of a white paper predicting a new breed of “Cognitive Home” in joined up digitally empowered neighbourhoods, which will free up hospital beds and institutional care facilities, thereb...

May 5, 2017

AAA™ – In the news March 2017 – Who’s Building a Stronger Society?

What a great start to the year. Agile Ageing has launched its brand new website, released a visionary report on the future of Cognitive Homes in an ageing society (downloadable now for free). And next up the Agile Ageing Alliance (AAA) will be furthering its European agenda towards a Reference Framework for Age-friendly Housing at the European Commission in Brussels April 26th, to be followed by our Neighbourhoods of the Future 2017 launch: The Shape of Things to Come. Taking place on May 10/11 ...

March 31, 2017

Home Smart Home: The Shape of Things to Come

A new in-depth report from the Agile Ageing Alliance predicts intelligent ‘Cognitive Homes’ of the future will be able to assess and manage our needs and desires in later life.  Almost 32 million people will be aged 60 or over in the UK by 2039. But what sort of living environment can we look forward to when we leave the workplace and embark on the next chapter of our lives? The in-depth investigation, commissioned by McCarthy & Stone, the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, conclud...

March 3, 2017

AAA™: In the News February 2017 – Agile’s the Word

Researching our soon-to-be-published Neighbourhoods of the Future report, in partnership with the UK's leading retirement housebuilder McCarthy & Stone, has revealed the huge range of organisations beginning to take ageing very seriously. Whether it be the challenges faced, or the opportunities within. And we've kept a close eye on The Guardian's ongoing focus on retirement, as journalist Amelia Hill hears from readers what ageing and retirement means to them. Rather than the familiar d...

February 26, 2017

Sign of the Times

It was encouraging to see the long awaited UK housing white paper acknowledging that offering older people a better choice of accommodation can help them to live independently for longer and reduce costs to the social care and health systems. That said, the white paper was less specific in terms of how the government intends to inject life into a pretty static market, beyond drawing on the expertise of a wide range of stakeholders. Which, as regular readers will know, is precisely what the Agile...

February 17, 2017

AAA™: In the News January 2017

Researching our upcoming report on how new technologies and joined up thinking will transform our homes and improve our quality of life - written in partnership with retirement home industry leaders McCarthy & Stone - has given us a great deal of hope for the future. Not only is there a wealth of products making their way onto the market to support our ageing society, but the number of organisations getting behind the issue is increasing too. The Guardian for example, has just launched an ...

January 27, 2017

Dimensions of Change

We live in a fast changing society. It seems we are reaching the limits of the capability of humans to digest technological advancements. And with singularity on the horizon, things tend to speed up even more. The question that has to be raised in this perspective is twofold: will we create a society at two speeds with those who can and those who cannot keep up the pace? And secondly, how can we synchronize this evolution with the changing dynamics of the ageing population? Both are equally i...

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