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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...

May 21, 2019

Homes For Life

Home is where the heart is. I can attest to this having spent an emotional weekend with my sister, rummaging through a lifetime of accrued possessions, following the recent death of our dad.With our parents gone, the house is but a shell of its former self. But, even so, each cupboard and draw offered up tantalizing memories extracted from a rich residue of life lived to the full.As various neighbours stopped by to see how we were getting on I was reminded that a house is just a house, but homes...

May 7, 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

Regenerating our Neighbourhoods for the Future

May 14th & 15th we celebrate the AAA’s 5th anniversary. While it would be disingenuous to underestimate the scale of our challenge, or indeed the opportunity to move away from outmoded conceptions of age that will lead to a richer set of possibilities in later life. We still believe that a passionate group of like-minded individuals in the same room, talking the same language, sharing the same ideals, and committing to the same overarching goal, can transcend the barriers which generally imped...

April 12, 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

Come Together Now

Registration is now open for AAA Congress 2019, which will once again be hosted by NatWest at 250 Bishopsgate EC2M 4AA May 14 & 15.By 2035, many of us will have racked up our fair share of years. If the status quo goes unchallenged, there will be a serious shortage of decent living space for an ageing population.The purpose of this event is to enable stakeholders to coalesce around a common cause, learn about a new programme of connected Neighbourhoods of the Future demonstrators and find o...

March 18, 2019

Come Together Now

Last week many of you will have received a ‘Request for Information’ from UK Research & Innovation pertaining to UKRI's £98 million Healthy Ageing Challenge.The primary purpose of the survey is to identify more projects and organisations with the capability to develop markets at scale.I believe this is a sensible move, but it has caused considerable confusion among AAA members, as scale and sustainability were already fundamental elements of our £20 million ‘Expression of Interest’ wit...

March 6, 2019

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

Image: Frances Dunscombe by Josh Redman via BBC...

March 1, 2019

Do I Really Want to Die Before I Get Old?

With 80% of the homes that we will be living in by 2050 already built, retrofit for ageing is the big housing story We each have our own life soundtrack. For boomers coming of age during the 60’s The Who’s “My Generation” became part of a collective, generational playlist. When Roger Daltrey sang “I hope I die before I get old” we believed him. Fifty four years down the line, Sue Adams, Chief Executive of Care & Repair England believes: “The Who have a lot to answer for w...

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