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How home equity could pay for aged
care in China
Three researchers from the Centre of Excellence
in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) at the
University of NSW have been awarded $50,000 to
investigate Chinese preferences for long-term aged care and
how it will be paid.
The project will survey 1,000 Chinese homeowners who
are 45-70 years old on new funding mechanisms for long-term
aged care, which allow individuals to receive care in their own
home and use their housing equity to fund the related costs.
Long-term care costs are growing globally, but especially
in China where economic development and family planning
policies have resulted in rapid population ageing.
In 2015, one in five people aged over 65 globally lived
Greeks roll out ICT training to seniors
As in other countries, older adults are now the
fastest growing group of internet users in Greece,
with numbers exploding from 8 per cent in 2009 to
31 per cent in 2016, Age Platform Europe reports.
In the past four years Greek seniors group 50plus Hellas
has provided ICT training to older people with the support of
a national telecommunication company and local authorities.
More than 2,500 seniors completed the free courses
from June 2012 to December 2016 and during 2017
another 5,000 will take up the training.
The free program includes support from experienced
tutors as well as a printed guide to foster self-study at home.
Scottish study informs mind resource
Older people in the UK have a new resource to
help protect their thinking skills as they age, based
on an extensive research project.
Keeping active, not smoking and learning a language
are among the possible ways to stay sharp in later life, the
experts behind the study say.
The new online resource, Staying Sharp, highlights the
latest world-leading research and aims to encourage lifestyle
changes that might help people keep their brains healthy.
The resource was launched by Age UK in partnership with
the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Cognitive Ageing and
English study probes facility design
With around 40 per cent of residents in UK care
facilities having significant depressive symptoms,
researchers have questioned whether design could be
contributing to the problem and how it could be addressed.
New research led by the University of War wick has
found that although the physical environment alone is
unlikely to negatively affect the mood of residents, poor
access to gardens and outdoor spaces could.
Procedural, staffing and physical barriers can prevent
older people using outdoor spaces and the researchers
found that access to the outdoors is significantly associated
with depressive symptoms.
Residents expressed little interest in the décor of the care
homes but appreciated features that increased opportunity for
social interaction and promoted independence and function.
Japan facing dementia rise
One of the world’s most rapidly ageing societies,
Japan is preparing its response to massive growth in
the number of people living with dementia.
By 2025, one in five people aged over 65 in Japan — or
around 7.3 million people —will have dementia, the health
ministr y estimates, The Japan Times reports.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is aiming to increase the
number of nursing homes and raise care worker wages to
tackle the problem.
Last year the OECD said Japanese social spending as
a percentage of GDP was 23 per cent, lower than other
developed countries with high percentages of seniors.
Canada’s response to ageing population
The failure of Canada’s federal government to
address a slew of issues relating to seniors means
the countr y is “woefully unprepared” to deal with its
ageing society, a Senate committee has heard.
Global News reports that census data released in May
showed that, for the first time, seniors outnumber children
Advocates for improved ser vices say that 65 per cent of
Canadians do not receiving quality end of life care.
The Canadian Government points to measures it has
introduced such as restoring the age of eligibility for its old
age security scheme to 65, down from 67.
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