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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

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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...

February 12, 2019

Platform design has transformed the automotive industry. Could it do the same for housing?

The UK is facing an acute housing shortage. A better use of modern construction processes and materials could fix this, enabling thousands more homes to be built faster, cheaper and more efficiently, potentially transforming the quality and specificity of UK housing. Yet as things stand, our dependence on bricks and mortar defines a sector that is technologically moribund. Are there lessons to be learned from the successes of the automotive industry?Writing in the new Neighbourhoods of the ...

February 4, 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...

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...

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