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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

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

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

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

AAA™ In the News - May 2019 - Wheels in Motion

The 2019 AAA Congress is just around the corner – uniting experts and innovators to help shape a reference framework for Government and local authorities to support the needs of an ageing population. Hosted at NatWest’s excellent new conference centre on May 14-15th, and supported by TATA Steel, Regents Regeneration and A City Law Firm, a host of international and cross-discipline speakers will drive a packed agenda focused on reimagining our Neighbourhoods of the Future. Our star-studded li...

April 30, 2019

AAA™ In the News - April 2019 - Designing For Life

On May 14 & 15th AAA host our next Congress uniting experts, innovators and doers. We’ll be making a number of exciting announcements about the progress we’re making behind the scenes and reveal how we’re putting the theory into practice, to not just reimagine but deliver our Neighbourhoods of the Future. Learn more about the event here in Ian Spero’s latest article, where you’ll see some of the notable figures in attendance. It promises to be a great two days. Before you do, take a fe...

March 28, 2019

AAA™ - In the news March 2019 - Older and Wiser

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March 1, 2019

AAA™ In the news Feb 2019 – Agile Living

We’ve had an exciting start to the year at the AAA. In January Lord Best, Chair All Party Parliamentary Committee on Housing and Care for Older People helped launch our second white paper outlining a radical vision for our Neighbourhoods of the Future. In February we head back to mainland Europe, where AAA founder will launch the white paper in partnership with AgeingFit in Lille, France. Published by the Agile Ageing Alliance in partnership with Tata Steel, the white paper captures the though...

February 1, 2019

Neighbourhoods of the Future: Open for Business

The convergence of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), potentially game-changing assistive technologies and big data analytics constitutes a golden opportunity to rethink the outlook for ageing populations, especially in terms of housing.Earlier this week at the House of Lords, Westminster London, the Agile Ageing Alliance (AAA) and Tata Steel launched Neighbourhoods of the Future 2019. Hosted by Lord Best, Chair All Party Parliamentary Committee on Housing and Care for Older People, the ...

January 23, 2019

AAA & Tata Steel to Launch Neighbourhoods of the Future 2

January 21st, House of Lords Westminster London, AAA & Tata Steel will reveal a revolutionary vision of the UK housing market, paving the way for a new breed of homes to populate our ‘Neighbourhoods of the Future’. An Agile Ageing Alliance production, made possible by Tata Steel, the new white paper advocates a fundamental shift in the way housing is considered. Rather than a series of rungs which the consumer must climb, from starter home upwards, and then back down again in later life, bui...

January 18, 2019

AAA™ In the News January 2019 – Life Without Limits

Happy new year from all at the Agile Ageing Alliance. We’d like to kick off what we hope will be a great year by looking at the best recent articles from the world of ageing, including ‘booze, guitars, and boats’, 70 years of Human Rights and much more. Thoroughly Modern Mentors Our first article looks at an emerging concept introduced by businessman Chip Conley, who wrote his book ‘Wisdom at Work’ after being head-hunted by the then-31-year-old chief executive of Airbnb. His book, exp...

January 4, 2019

AAA™ – In The News – December 2018 – Booming Business

As we come to the end of 2018, we look at the best stories from the world of ageing, featuring protest movements, a legal first and a Wall Street Journal-recommended stocking filler. Live Forever AAA is always looking out for new and exciting ways for technology, enterprise and research to help us all age well. But every now and then we see something that makes us stop for a minute (or several) to truly consider the human factor. Reading the opening chapter from 'How to Live Forever: The Endurin...

December 3, 2018

AAA™ In the News November 2018 – Why retire?

We had anticipated bringing you news of the AAA Tata Steel Industrial Strategy Fund expression of interest. Well, we are still on the short list and hoping to share good news before too long. Meanwhile the second Neighbourhoods of the Future white paper is taking great shape. Further detail next month; we will publish in January. Looking at the bigger picture, sustainability and the use of natural resources is a global concern. So, in this month’s news review we focus on one of the few resourc...

November 4, 2018

AAA™- In the News October 2018 - Style Never Goes Out of Fashion

After a short summer break we're back with the latest AAA news review. A quick look at some of the month’s best stories about ageing from around the world, including a powerlifting academic, ageist watches and an octogenarian Instagram star.Mirror MirrorWe begin with this thoughtful piece in Stuff, about ageism being not just a prejudice against others, but also ourselves.Author Rob Stock argues that as we humans evolved to believe that life was short, making us focus on day to day s...

October 4, 2018

AAA™ In the news August 2018 – Stay Cool

As the UK basks in our hottest summer since ‘76, we stop for a moment to enjoy the coolest stories from this month, including unlikely lifeguards, the next Silicon Valley and a turbo-charged inter-generational bike race. Lifesavers One thing you don’t automatically consider in later life is what your ideal summer job might be. But in the US, some older adults are finding out according to this fascinating story in the Washington Post. Apparently, an increasing number of swimming poo...

August 8, 2018

AAA™ In the news July 2018 – Let’s Think Big

For those unable to join us at last month's AAA Congress, here is a snapshot of some of the brilliant ideas and outcomes of the day. We shot over 100 hours of footage, so squeezing that into five minutes wasn't easy, but it certainly gives you a flavour. In summary, we determined it’s time to THINK BIG! In other news, AAA was invited to Washington, DC, to an enthralling event run by the German Marshall Fund. It was a transatlantic dialogue focused on the ‘Future of Multi-generation...

August 8, 2018

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...

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