Around the World in Eldercare: Singapore’s Retirement Solution

Continue working. Your brain functions better and it keeps you young and in good health. That’s what Avtar Singh, age 65, believes. Singh works for the National Environment Agency and hopes to continue in his managerial position there as long ...

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The Global AgeWatch Index: A Tool for Measuring Quality of Care

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On October 1, HelpAge International launched the Global AgeWatch Index, which “ranks countries by how well their ageing populations are faring.” According to, four ...

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Pennsylvania Senior Residents Make Crafts with Global Reach

Here’s a unique story of a local-to-global connection: women residing in a Pennsylvania senior care community are using their love of paper crafts to help women in Bangladesh.

Per this online news piece, it started when Garden Spot Village ...

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#ElderCareChat 1/16/13 Recap: Eldercare Around the World

This Wednesday, a lively dialogue among our 36 attendees offered a much broader perspective of senior and caregiving issues than usual: eldercare around the world. In the hour-long conversation, we found that while some countries are unique in their eldercare programs ...

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Global Aging Report Highlights Challenges and Things Worth Celebrating

HelpAge International, an organization headquartered in London and committed to serving elders around the world, recently collaborated with the United Nations Population Fund to release Ageing in the Twenty-First Century: A Celebration and A Challenge. The comprehensive report includes the ...

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Around the World in Eldercare: The United Nations OEWG on Ageing

In late August, organizations and individuals from all over the world gathered in New York for the Third Session of the OEWG (Open-Ended Working Group) on Ageing.

Established in December 2010 by the General Assembly of the United Nations, the group ...

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NAPA Bill En Route to President Obama: Act Now!

Alzheimer’s advocates across the country were elated when the U.S.  House of Representatives unanimously passed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) on December 15th, after successful passage through the Senate on December 8th.

The Alzheimer’s Association, reinforced by the support of countless other organizations also in support of this legislation, has worked tirelessly over the past few years to push this bill forward. The calls, letters, ...

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Caring for the Oldest Old: Who Will Be There?

The recent release of the 2010 World Population Data Sheet (from PRB, the Population Reference Bureau) has prompted a very important global question – who is going to care for the "oldest old"?

The data sheet (and subsequent report by Tyjen Tsai) explores the elderly support ratio, defined as “the number of working-age people (ages 15-64) divided by the number of people 65 or older.” In many countries (and even more so in ...

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The Elders: Nelson Mandela’s Dream Team for World Peace

Ela Bhatt. Kofi Annan. Jimmy Carter. Desmond Tutu. These are four of the 10 amazing people that comprise a group known as “The Elders.” Founded in 2007 by Nelson Mandela (currently an honorary member), these influential individuals are using their shared experience, expertise, and acumen for the greater good. Mandela announced the group’s formation on his 89th birthday, a fitting testament of this remarkable man’s devotion to seeing justice and ...

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Support the Rights of Elders, Globally

Earlier this month, thousands of people of all ages and spanning 43 countries, stood up for the rights of older persons. HelpAge International sponsored the event as part of their "Age Demands Action" campaign, and visitors to their website showed their support by signing a petition or uploading a photo to their Flickr gallery.

According to HelpAge International's website, "Increased life expectancy and declining fertility are changing the global make-up of ...

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