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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...

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

Older Age Care: It’s time for an intervention – Sara McKee

Evermore design small household living for later life, giving older people the chance to ‘live an independent life to the full, surrounded by people who care’.Recently named a top innovator in active and healthy ageing by the European Commission, Evermore Founder, Sara McKee explains here why older age care is in need of an intervention.The shemozzle over the Conservative’s social care manifesto paints a picture of a Government struggling to grapple with the challenges of older a...

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