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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 ...
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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 notab...
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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 Re...
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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 A...
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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 lea...
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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 li...
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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 wo...
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In an unusual show of unity, Innovation Leads for IBM, Intel, Microsoft and other major corporations, will join forces with the European Space Agency, European Commission and representatives from various UK Government Departments in London next week. The catalyst for this Th...
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A new in-depth report from the Agile Ageing Alliance predicts intelligent ‘Cognitive Homes’ of the future will be able to assess and manage our needs and desires in later life.  Almost 32 million people will be aged 60 or over in the UK by 2039. But what sort of liv...
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Sign of the Times

February 17, 2017
It was encouraging to see the long awaited UK housing white paper acknowledging that offering older people a better choice of accommodation can help them to live independently for longer and reduce costs to the social care and health systems. That said, the white paper was l...
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