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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

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

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...

January 17, 2017

AAA™: In the news December 2016

It's been a fantastic year in the world of Agile Ageing. Having met, heard from and been inspired by so many people, organisations and ideas, we're very much looking forward to 2017. Right now however, we're in Brussels with a host of international cross-sector stakeholders at the European Summit on Digital Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing. Tomorrow, we host our Neighbourhoods of the Future event, where we will present insights from the Agile Ageing Roadshow and further explore the co-...

December 7, 2016

AAA™: In the news November 2016

It's been a great month for provocative articles rethinking the very idea of ageing in today's fast-paced world. The most recent came from Agile Ageing's very own Ian Spero, who revealed what he learnt at the latest Neighbourhoods of the Future event, in Warsaw (the ninth NotF event in as many months). Before you read that however, take a look at what else has been happening in the news… Start me up That's what middle-aged entrepreneurs around the world are saying to investors apparent...

November 8, 2016

Holding Back the Years - rock n' roll - an elixir for a long, rich and creative life

So it turns out we're never too old for a bit of sex, drugs and rock n' roll and furthermore it can actually do us the world of good. That's according to Professor Wlodzislaw Duch, who heads up the Neurocognitive Laboratory in the Center of Modern Interdisciplinary Technologies, and the Department of Informatics (both at Nicolaus Copernicus University). Speaking at the Polish Ministry of Economic Affairs in Warsaw, at our ninth Neighbourhoods of the Future roadshow in as many months, Professo...

November 3, 2016

AAA™: In the news September 2016

What better way to welcome you back from the summer holidays than by providing a run-down of the best recent news stories in our world of Agile Ageing? And with less than a week to go until our next Neighbourhoods of the Future event in Utrecht followed by our collaboration with AAL at their Forum in St Gallen, Switzerland, we thought it the perfect time to refresh memories of what we're all about. Second lives First up is this thoughtful piece from professors Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott...

September 16, 2016

Hot to trot

I am writing on what we are told could be London's hottest September day in 50 years. Wherever you are reading, hopefully you found time to soak up some invigorating sunshine over the summer months and are now gearing up for a productive autumn. There's a lot going on at the Agile Ageing Alliance (AAA). Neighbourhoods of the Future is back on the road this month, kicking off in Utrecht on the 22nd, followed by the AAL Forum in St Gallen Switzerland on the 28th. We are also looking forward t...

September 13, 2016

AAA™: In the news August 2016

It's been another great month for stories about rethinking how we age. From commitments to building new age-friendly cities, to simply learning how to talk to your family about getting older – we think they are great examples of the progress being made in this diverse world. City folk One story that really stood out was this fantastic, in-depth article from the Guardian looking at global examples of cities already addressing the needs of their ageing populations. 'Improving with age? How...

August 8, 2016

AAA™: In the news July 2016

With so many stories in the news recently about the diverse world where we live and the diverse world of ageing, we thought it useful to start a news round-up focusing on a world where people want to live longer and better and where diversity shines a positive light. First up is this article from Tech Radar about how wearables are 'helping our elderly loved ones' to live happier and healthier lives. They look at five different pieces of tech addressing issues such as falls or learning what it...

July 15, 2016

AAA™: What’s happening now, what’s happening next?

2016 is shaping up to be a very busy year in the world of Agile Ageing™. With several events having taken place already to shape the European Reference Framework for Age-friendly Housing we thought now was the perfect time to share some of their findings. We kick-started the programme in Brussels in May and have since staged events in London (at NatWest HQ), Arnhem, Bilbao and most recently in Barcelona in partnership with the UN's Ethical Cities programme. We're excited to announce ...

July 14, 2016

Never Underestimate the Power of a Small Group of Committed People

Not a great week to be British. I am in Germany when Nigel Farage proudly takes credit for achieving his lifelong ambition – to march the UK out of the European Union. My colleagues, a convivial multinational mix of technologists, academics and SMEs want to know why the Brits want a divorce after all these years. I begin by saying we don't really feel that way. I waffle about giving the establishment a good kicking, about Farage and Johnsons' empty promises, of second referendums, and of Ca...

July 5, 2016

We Can Be Heroes

This morning I woke to learn of the sad death of Muhammad Ali, one of my childhood heroes. As I sat down to write this blog, rich memories of Ali and other larger than life icons recently passed come flooding back. Prince, a musical maverick and pioneer who bridged many genres and struck a powerful chord with black and white artists and audiences alike. And David Bowie, the creative genius who inspired self-expression without constraint. Our heroes come in myriad flavours; champions, pioneers ...

June 26, 2016

Setting the agenda for the Agile Ageing Alliance

Last week saw two days of fantastic debate and knowledge sharing around how we can better prepare for older age, and truly build Neighbourhoods of the Future. As we work through the key thoughts shared from those days, thoughts which will inspire the discussions soon to start in the Agile Ageing Alliance group, why not take a moment to remind yourself of the days' discussions with the event agenda. AAA ...

May 16, 2016

Agile Ageing Event May 2016 Natwest

The European Commission invites you to join a "Meeting of Minds", where we will take a fresh look at innovating smarter new build and retro-fit home environments, with a view to empowering an ageing population to live healthier, more meaningful, connected lives with dignity and autonomy. Participants will inform development of a European Reference Framework for age-friendly housing. ...

May 10, 2016

Agile Ageing – Tap into the Fountain of Youth and Transform Your Life

We live in an agile world. The smartest companies – especially in the fast moving tech sector – are using agile methodologies to achieve productivity gains by becoming highly responsive to customer demands. This trend can also be found in the Quantified Self movement. Ironically, the appeal of self-knowledge through self-tracking was originally lost on me. Yet here I am in 2016 enjoying a small thrill whenever my Apple watch says I've achieved my daily movement goal. Which got me think...

February 23, 2016

The Next Big Thing

December is a month to take stock and give some thought to the year ahead. As regular readers will know, I run Creative Skills for Life (CSL) a campaigning social venture that works with like-minded organisations; notably Innovate UK, the government's innovation agency. For CSL, 2015 has been a year of discovery. Thanks primarily to the efforts of Professor Andrew Hugill and his team at Bath Spa University, CSL has progressed in our mission to develop a multidisciplinary co-creation plat...

December 16, 2015

Meet the Super-Women Who Aim To Empower Us All

Earlier this month I gave a speech highlighting the need for a revolution in long term care at the Economic Ministry in Warsaw. The building brought to mind images of a pre-unification East European politburo; extensive use of marble and gleaming wood and an oversized stage adorned with flags. But, appearances can be deceptive. What could have been intimidating I actually found inspirational. The ministry was filled with open minded stakeholders; representing governmental and local authoritie...

October 30, 2015

We Live in an Agile Age, Let’s Make the Most of It!

Last month I joined a packed house of ecstatic ravers under the gilded dome of London's Royal Albert Hall, to celebrate the BBC's inaugural 'Ibiza Proms'. From the opening notes of Fatboy Slims' 'Right Here Right Now', we knew this was going to be a night to remember, with people of all ages sharing the same joyous, almost spiritual, creative experience. Could this be a sign of our times, where we get to enjoy fresh, reimagined expressions of pop culture (both live and virtual) that attrac...

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