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Understanding retirement experiences
Raising levels of education and skills during
working life are key factors in determining quality
of life in retirement and older age, according to
research from the UK.
A study led by the University of Birmingham, which
inter viewed 50 retirees from different professions and
educational backgrounds, found that pathways to
retirement and experiences of retirement differed greatly
according to profession, gender, class and education.
Professionals were more likely to continue working in a
part-time capacity while those who had disjointed careers
were more likely to continue to work in some capacity,
such as in self- employment, as retirement was not an
option for them.
System struggling to meet seniors’ needs
A third of Canadian seniors are dissatisfied with the
quality of the healthcare they receive, compared
with an average of 24 per cent in many other
countries, CBC News reports.
The Canadian Institute for Health Information’s analysis
is based on results from the Commonwealth Fund’s 2016
sur vey of adults in 11 countries.
Tracy Johnson, director of health system analysis and
emerging issues with CIHI, said seniors were pretty
satisfied with their primary healthcare providers and less
satisfied with the healthcare system as a whole.
Robots to fill carer shortfall
Amid a government strategy to boost the use of
robots in social and aged care, developers in Japan
are focusing on producing a range of devices,
The Guardian reports.
These could include helping frail residents get out of
their bed and into a wheelchair, or ease them into bathtubs.
Japan’s ageing society is facing a predicted shortfall of
370,000 caregivers by 2025 and the government wants to
increase community acceptance of technology that could
help fill the gap in the nursing workforce.
The government sees a wider range of potential
applications and recently revised its list of priorities to
include robots that can predict when patients might need
to use the toilet.
Chemical restraint widespread: report
A new report claims aged care facilities across
the US give antipsychotic drugs to residents
with dementia to control their behaviour, despite
rules against the misuse of drugs as “chemical restraints”,
according to The Independent.
The report by Human Rights Watch says even when
facilities were found to have broken the rules, they were
It claims that ever y week, as many as 179,000
people, mostly older and living with dementia, are given
antipsychotic drugs without an appropriate diagnosis.
European groups flag financial IT exclusion
AGE Platform Europe, a network of non-profit
organisations for seniors, has warned of the risks
arising from financial exclusion of vulnerable
consumers in a context of rapid digitalisation of
Older people and those with disabilities face barriers
ranging from technical, to social and consumer protection
issues, AGE secretar y-general Anne-Sophie Parent told the
magazine of the European Credit Research Institute.
Issues include the lack of accessibility and harmonisation
of the financial devices and processes as well as the relatively
high price of mobile phones and PCs and of internet
Home care in shortage
Ireland’s health minister Simon Harris has said the
plight of older people having to go into nursing
homes because they cannot secure government-
funded home care and other supports is a “ver y serious
issue”, The Irish Independent reports.
The newspaper revealed how rural seniors in particular
struggle to stay living at home because of a lack of home
care ser vices and public transport.
Mr Harris said his government was providing three-
quarters of a million additional hours of home help in 2018
but acknowledged this was not enough.
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