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Killer heatwave

“Air conditioning heating up election campaign....Almost all of the deaths were of elderly people, almost of whom were living in places without air conditioning (A/C)” This headline ...


Older people’s campaigning comes of age

Earlier this year I wrote about the movement that has built up calling on the United Nations to pass a Convention on the rights of older people. In this 70th anniversary year of the Universal Decla...


Intergenerational social experiences on TV

Inspired by a TV show broadcast in the UK - “Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds” - Spain broadcasters have followed suit in making use of TV to disseminate good practices for inter...


The art of living with dementia

Dementia is one of the most feared diseases in our age. Most research is on how to combat the rise of dementia. In a Dutch project I am involved in, we rather try to understand what it means to liv...


Some comments on the pensions debate in Eastern Europe

Protests against raising the pension age have been shaking Russia this summer, with more expected in September, despite President Putin’s firm announcement that the increase is inevitable. Th...


Peer-review: an essential, but imperfect, part of the scientific process

Peer-review forms the backbone of scientific publication. Intended as a quality control mechanism, the hope is that peer-review will permit only the most rigorously conducted scientific studies to ...


Qualified Self – rethinking the Quantified Self movement for older people?

It is now widely accepted that having real-time data on what we eat, how much we exercise and how we sleep may be able to help us manage our health and wellbeing. We’ve become accustomed t...


60 is the new 60!

It has suddenly become trendy to be 60, with headlines across the world today proclaiming that 60 is the new 40.   No – 60 is the new 60.  I could write highligh...


Experimenting and ecosystem construction for population ageing challenges and opportunities

Population ageing is a global phenomenon and most policy makers, practitioners and researchers agree that it will have a major impact on all sorts of social arrangements, not only in those relative...


A new generational contract?

The Resolution Foundation published the final report of its Intergenerational Commission in May.  After a flurry of predictably mixed responses in the mainstream press, we have to wait and see...


Getting older and more urban – a world of challenge and opportunity

The world is ageing – both at an individual and population level – and this ageing produces challenges and opportunities for governments and citizens across the globe. In addition, the ...


Can a machine error foster intergenerational connectivity?

At 106 years old and despite having already gone through primary school–as well as a career as a teacher and fifty years of retirement – Ingrid Sandberg got an official l...


Universal Health Coverage – how meaningful for older people?

Once a relatively marginal issue in the global health debate, in recent years the momentum towards support for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) has grown apace, as national governments and internati...


Can ‘Leave No One Behind’ be achieved for older people in the SDGs?

One of the most transformative and far reaching aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is the pledge to Leave No One Behind (LNOB). Simply put, this is the idea that the SDGs will not ...


Building Public Awareness of the (New) Old Age: A Curriculum

Middle age is having a rebirth. Rather than conceptualizing this phase of life as something to survive, a new vision is taking hold, one that views midlife as a time of renewal and opportunity.&nbs...