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What else do we need to know and think about to help us age healthily?

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communication

take a simple form of something like Alexa that you can plug into a TV. The idea would be to see whoever was phoning you using technology that an older person would be more familiar with rather than computers etc.  The idea is to simplify access to todays' modern services (touch screens etc) (my mum in law and friends mum in law wont use a computer however hard we've tried to get them to/teach them!). So for these people and/or disabled they could say to their TV 'Set up a call with.......'...

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GIVE THE ELDERLY A HELPING TECH HAND

I spoke with my mum who is 76.  She said that aging is inevitable.  That even though her mobility was impacted for a long time she did not feel like she was getting old until she was restricted by poor health.  She wished that technology was more easy to access.  That there was an iPad that was easy amd simple to use.  She felt that she was missing out.  She is extremely worried about catching COVID-19 and is keen to have vaccine.   My mum loves reading and doing the crosswords - she...

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How can we age healthier and live happier lives?

Ageing is the biological process most living organisms experience whereby time ensues degradation of molecular pathways, ultimately leading to reduced life quality infused with pain, reduced mobility, frailty and above all disease occurrence. The idea that our habits can positively impact the way we age and more excitingly the rate at which we age is not that novel ( see research article attached ). Importantly, many aspects regarding our lifestyle can me modulated. Ways in which we can...

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Ageing is real!!!

This is a very interesting video which puts AGIENG into perspective  - it can't get any real than this. Real eye opener.  Spread this if you can. We need to increase awareness, and the best thing we can do is educate ourselves that there are ways to slow down ageing. And by doing that we can enjoy more fulfilling, healthier lives. I hope you enjoy this video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afHCzdxk93Q&a...annel=danxhanna

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Everywhere in the world women outlive men - why?

The fact that around the world women outlive men by several years is not a new observation, and certainly not one which is present in humans only but other species too. A recent study looked into trying to understand why that is. "The researchers looked at the lifespans of 101 different species, from sheep to elephants, and found that females lived an average of 18% longer than males for more than 60% of the species studies. In humans, females tend to live around 7.8% longer."  (...

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Is technology making our lives easier or more complicated? Mismatches between technologies and older adults’ needs

The technological advancement that is taking place in our society has the potential to improve the quality of life and support independent living. However, research has shown that new technologies can be a source of frustration for older adults. Lack of familiarity with and understanding of technology can make older adults unsure of their ability to use it and become a barrier to the adoption of new devices. - Have you ever felt discouraged to use a device because you struggled...

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How can we avoid leaving people out when we are doing things digitally and not face-to-face atm?

The pandemic this year has forced us to do more and more things online rather than in person. Does this mean that some groups (e.g. people without computer/internet access at home, people who may not be good with technology) may be getting left out of conversations? Does this create a kind of two-tier society in a new way?  How can we reach those people who may be left out or help them to get connected? For instance, how would you get the Age Innovation Hub initiative out to these people?

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Life expectancy increases and it is not all down to genetics

Globally, life expectancy defined as the average length of time a person is expected to live is increasing (see figure attached). The two main reasons for this is better healthcare and improved diet. In today's terms, increased life expectancy translates into longer lifespan as well as an extended period of disease-free life (i.e. healthspan), thus improved life quality. Centenarians (people alive over the age of 100) have also become more common, and not only do they live longer but they...

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