29.9.2017 Slovenia eSeniors: eInclusion in Active Aging Consultation

29.9.2017 Slovenia eSeniors: eInclusion in Active Aging Consultation

Date:            Friday, September 29, 10:00 – 14:00

Location:     Slovenian Third Age University, Poljanska 6, Ljubljana, Ground Floor, left

Content

Coordinators
Consultation Layout
Program
Participants
Conclusions and Recommendations
Networks & Associations
Links

Coordinators

Martina Uvodić, Procurist, Maritim Ltd., Medical Diagnostics and Laboratory Equipment, Ljubljana
& Student, Computing Class, Third Age University Ljubljana
M.Uvodic@siol.net

Dr. Jože Gričar, Professor Emeritus, University of Maribor
Program Coordinator, Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegions
Editor, eRegion Portal & Member of Assembly & Member of the Board, Central-European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (CESCI), Budapest, http://CESCI-net.eu/office-holders
& Student, Italian Language Class, Third Age University Ljubljana
Gricar@FOV.Uni-Mb.si

Consultation Layout

The objective of the Slovenia eSeniors: eInclusion in Active Aging Consultation is to gather ideas of possible solutions to the following problems:

  • How to enlarge the scope of use of eTechnology of seniors 55+ ?
  • How to extend the possibilities of eInclusion of seniors 55+ into active participation in the society ?

 Some concrete suggestive issues:

Reduce the digital gap among different generations by developing methods and ways for more extensive use of digital technology among seniors. This means finding methods, approaches to address seniors to use these technologies by simplified communication systems which should be easier to use. An important issue is health monitoring and simplicity of its use, like user friendly software, adapted smart phones, big buttons, alarm devices, etc.

  • Health monitoring of seniors should be improved by controls of medications, preventive control measures against injury and trauma, preventive screening testing for frequently present diseases in the elderly population like cancer or heart disease indicators, etc. Prevention is better than cure! Increased focus on home care.
  • Strive towards independent living solutions and senior friendly environments.
  • Intergenerational connection. Promotion of interactivity and opening of new possibilities for seniors to stay at home as long as possible. Engagement in use of new seniors’ and disabled digital technology for communication with the environment and for health purposes.
  • Encouraging seniors’ 55+ participation and involvement in social activities. For example: tourist guides, translators.
  • Inclusion of education institutions of all interactive branches and levels.

Through this consultation we wish to encourage the formation of working groups with ideas for prototype e-solutions and e-services development with the cooperation of representatives of organisations from at least three countries. A prototype, mutually submitted by members of a group can be the basis for the composition of an EU project proposal.

The working language of this consultation is Slovene, nevertheless the relevant publications are in English in order to allow for the cross-border eCollaboration. Data on registered participants (academic title, position in, and name of organisation in English, website and e-mail address) shall be listed on the consultation’s website after registration. Registration is required at Gricar@FOV.Uni-Mb.si.

A component of the Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegion is the Slovenia eSeniors Network: eInclusion in Active Aging.

Program

Brainstorming on possible solutions to the following problems:

  • How to enlarge the scope of use of eTechnology of seniors 55+ ?
  • How to extend the possibilities of eInclusion of seniors 55+ into active participation in the society ?

D i s c u s s i o n      G r o u p s  

Ambassador Perspective

H. E. Mrs Edit Szilágyiné Bátorfi, Ambassador of Hungary to the Republic of Slovenia

National Government Perspective

Dr. Magda Zupančič, Secretary, Department for Analysis and Development and European Affairs, Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Republic of Slovenia
Polona Šega, Department for Lifelong Learning, Directorate for Labour Market and Employment, Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Republic of Slovenia
Mag. Nina Scagnetti, Researcher, Center for Health Research and Development, National Institute of Public Health Ljubljana

Local Government Perspective

Mag. Miha Ješe, Mayor, Municipality of Škofja Loka & Coordinator, Neighboring eMunicipalities Gorenja vas – Poljane, Škofja Loka, Železniki, Žiri & Coordinator, eMunicipalities Without Borders Mayors Consortium & Vice-President, Douzelage Association

Insurances Perspective

Mag. Edmond Pajk, Deputy Director-General & Chief Information Officer, Pension and Disability Insurance Institute of Slovenia

Associations Perspective

Alenka Reissner, Head, Committee for Education & Informatics, Slovene Federation of Pensioners’ Associations – ZDUS
Mag. Jožko Čuk, Vice President, Seniors Association of Slovenia
Sanja Lubej, General Secretary, Slovenian Association of Physiotherapists Ljubljana
Danielle Jagodic, President, Section for physiotherapists in geriatry, The Slovenian Association of Physiotherapists & Representative, International Association of Physical Therapists working with Older People (IPTOP)
Mojca Škrinjar, Head, Committee for  Education, Science and Sport, Slovenian Democratic Party & Former State Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport
Veronika Klemenčič, Vice President, Association of the University Women of Slovenia

Active Citizens Perspective

Maks Vreča, Ret., Former CIO, Ljubljanska banka

 eTechnologies Providers Perspective

Iztok Žilavec, Researcher and Consultant for Psychology, Development Centre of Information and Communication

Universities Perspective

Dr. Janez Malačič, Professor (ret), Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana
Dr. Boštjan Kerbler, Senior Research Associate & Project Leader, The Model of Quality Aging in Place in Slovenia, Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia & Assistant Professor, The European Faculty of Law, Nova Gorica, Infrastructure and Real Estate Management Department
Dr. Cene Bavec, Professor Emeritus, University of Primorska, Former State Secretary for Technology
Dušan Snoj, Chairman, Silver Economy Group & Student, Computing Class, Third Age University Ljubljana
Robert Mlakar, Head, Computer Science Education, Third Age University Ljubljana
Alenka Gričar, Student, Italian Language Class, Third Age University Ljubljana
Maja Zupanc, Student, Study Group Interpersonal Relationships and Communications,  Third Age University Ljubljana

Participants

Dr. Cene Bavec, Professor Emeritus, University of Primorska, Former State Secretary for Technology
Cene.Bavec@guest.arnes.si

Mag. Jožko Čuk, Vice President
Seniors Association of Slovenia
Jozko.Cuk@gmail.com

Alenka Gričar, Student, Italian Language Class
Third Age University Ljubljana
Alenka.Gricar@gmail.com

Danielle Jagodic, President
Section for physiotherapists in geriatry, The Slovenian Association of Physiotherapists & Representative, International Association of Physical Therapists working with Older People (IPTOP)
Danielle.Jagodic@physio.si

Mag. Miha Ješe, Mayor
Municipality of Škofja Loka & Coordinator, Neighboring eMunicipalities Gorenja vas – Poljane, Škofja Loka, Železniki, Žiri & Coordinator, eMunicipalities Without Borders Mayors Consortium & Vice-President, Douzelage Association
Miha.Jese@SkofjaLoka.si

Dr. Boštjan Kerbler, Senior Research Associate & Project Leader, The Model of Quality Aging in Place in Slovenia
Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia & Assistant Professor, The European Faculty of Law, Nova Gorica, Infrastructure and Real Estate Management Department
BostjanK@UIRS.si

Veronika Klemenčič, Vice President
Association of the University Women of Slovenia
Veronika.Klemencic@yahoo.com

Sanja Lubej, General Secretary
Slovenian Association of Physiotherapists Ljubljana
info@physio.si

Dr. Janez Malačič, Professor (ret)
Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana
Janez.Malacic@EF.Uni-Lj.si

Robert Mlakar, Head, Computer Science Education
University of the Third Age Ljubljana
Robi.Mlakar@UniverzaTri.si

Mag. Edmond Pajk, Deputy Director-General & Chief Information Officer
Pension and Disability Insurance Institute of Slovenia
Edmond.Pajk@ZPIZ.si

Alenka Reissner, Head, Committee for Education & Informatics
Slovene Federation of Pensioners’ Associations – ZDUS
Alenka.Reissner@siol.com

Mag. Nina Scagnetti, Researcher
Center for Health Research and Development, National Institute of Public Health Ljubljana
Nina.Scagnetti@NIJZ.si

Dušan Snoj, Chairman, Silver Economy Group & Student, Computing Class, Third Age University Ljubljana
Dusan.Snoj1@gmail.com

H. E. Mrs Edit Szilágyiné Bátorfi, Ambassador of Hungary to the Republic of Slovenia
EBatorfi@mfa.gov.hu

Polona Šega
Department for Lifelong Learning, Directorate for Labour Market and Employment, Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Republic of Slovenia
Polona.Sega@gov.si

Mojca Škrinjar, Head, Committee for Education, Science and Sport
Slovenian Democratic Party & Former State Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport
Mojca.Skrinjar@SDS.si

Maks Vreča, Ret., Former CIO
Ljubljanska banka
Maks.Vreca@gmail.com

Maja Zupanc, Student
Study Group Interpersonal Relationships and Communications, Third Age University Ljubljana
Maja.Zupanc10@gmail.com

Dr. Magda Zupančič, Secretary
Department for Analysis and Development and European Affairs, Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Republic of Slovenia
Magda.Zupancic@gov.si

Iztok Žilavec, Researcher and Consultant for Psychology
Development Centre of Information and Communication Technologies Savinja Žalec, Ltd.
Iztok.Zilavec@24alife.com

Additional names to be published

Conclusions and Recommendations

Conclusions and Recommendations are based upon the ideas collected during the four hours brainstorming of the Slovenia eSeniors: eInclusion in Active Aging Consultation. The list of ideas is published in Slovene language – enclosure Slovenia eSeniors Zbrane ideje posvetovanja.

The actual situation is not satisfactory and it is problematic. Therefore, it is necessary to define the problems and propose possible solutions. The Active Aging Index of Slovenia should be taken into consideration and be used as motivation for changes.

Enlarging the scope of the use of e-technology of the seniors is of common interest for society development, market, communications, integration, common interests. E-economy should lead us to recognise the challenges of aging society.

E-knowledge in Slovenia is very heterogeneous, depending on rural or urban environment and consequently way of life, age and needs. It is a matter of accessibility and stage of acquaintance with the matter (digital gap, social gap). Therefore, it is necessary to improve education, preferably in smaller local groups.  It is important to activate proactive seniors with experience and knowledge and using the advantages of digital technology.

Development of »smart« solutions like smart equipment, smart homes, is necessary in respect to the future. Demographic aging is taking place rapidly and liberalization of economy is bringing new forms of labour.

In Slovenia the retirement is too early. It is necessary to enable accessible  employment after retirement, or gradual forms thereof. After the age of 40 the investment in employees is stopped. Motivation of employers and additional education are necessary and urgently needed.

An integral support for active ageing is being carried out by a number of projects – public tenders for qualification of older employees. The Ministry for Work, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities has published A Survey of Stimulation Measures for Active Aging. The document is very elaborate, but the state of realisation is not sufficient. It is strongly recommended to move things forward.

Therefore, we demand necessary changes in legislation that are obstructive to active work after achieving the age of retirement.

E-technology is a very important and useful tool in public services. The current Internet applications are mostly too complicated and not adapted to the average citizen. So the use of these tools is not satisfying, especially for older citizens. There is an urgent appeal to public institutions to improve and simplify their information systems to be more user-friendly and simple. After all, public services should serve the people.

It is necessary to promote digitalisation services in Slovenia. The government of Slovenia has approved a Strategy for Long-Lived Society. A Seniors’ Memorandum 2018 is in preparation (Federation of Pensioners Associations of Slovenia). It contains the expectations and way of cooperation among the political parties and other institutions in order to resolve most serious problems of seniors in the time to come. The Memorandum is actually a replique of the Memorandum 2008 and 2009 and consists of 12 items. Most of the items of 2009 have not been fulfilled.

Lifelong learning and e-inclusion of seniors represent two items of this Memorandum. No Ministry in Slovenia is planning to invest into these two priorities for seniors 65+ and this is not acceptable.

Big problems are insufficient measures and money for healthcare of chronic diseases, dementia, the handicapped, invalids, people excluded from society for different reasons, etc. Therefore, we demand that the state institutions give consideration of impact of their moves on the senior generation. After all this is a matter concerning 350.000 Slovenes 65+ out of two million population

The use of smart phones for the elderly should be expanded. Too little consideration is given to adapt this technology for the elderly at a reasonable price. A better intergenerational cooperation could bring good results. There are many possibilities to improve this situation by better and more intensive information sessions in smaller groups, locally, adapted to level of understanding and needs. Without spending much money there could be improvement by installing skypes and simple communication systems. Connect and press the button!

Seniors like to use TV and teletext. Therefore they should have simple remote controls for TV, teletext, skype, telephone, local information, etc. There is a lot of work being done in this field in developed countries. This should be supported financially.

The case of R&D Centre for Informatics & Communication Technology Savinja, Žalec (in cooperation with Mayo Clinic, Rochester) is an exemplary case of how things could be done. They are developing a simple communication system with one remote control for functions as mentioned in the previous paragraph.

There is big interest for similar cooperation for implementation of smart systems in cooperation with the Jozef Stefan Institute Ljubljana, Department for Intelligent Systems. Workshops on use of these systems in healthy and active aging are being prepared in autumn 2017 and are going, among others, to take place in Log Dragomer Municipality and in other communities. These systems include community TV, a 3D assistant, for example medical applications and technologies for assistance in independent living. These systems have been developed simultaneously with other state financed projects and are open for future cooperation.

A detailed study on seniors’ living environment was recently carried out. The Slovene society is highly institutionalised and this is the most expensive solution. Only 5% of the seniors are being taken care of thereby. In this investigation 97% of 1000 participants are the owners of the apartments. 84% live on upper floors and 70% in the buildings without elevators. Almost 70% live in 1-2 person households. There are many multi-family households, but they tend to diminish.

It is urgent to look for new forms of cohabitation of generations and providing possibilities to enable seniors to live at home and keep independence as long as possible, and prevent social exclusion.

Suggestions:

  • Better activation of e-literacy, reducing digital gap by intergenerational activation through the use of libraries, pensioners’ clubs, lecture meetings, etc.
  • The streets and pavements should be adapted for the weak-sighted and invalid individuals.
  • Alternative multigenerational living forms should be developed.
  • Intercommunal and cross-border collaborations are very important. Several problems can be solved by interaction.
  • Introduction of informational points at a local level, intergenerational learning and socializing.
  • Intercommunal help through voluntary everyday actions, like transport, domestic help, etc.
  • Possibilities for activation of middle aged persons, especially women for services and cooperation that do not require higher education.
  • It is necessary to seek for adequate formal regulations like cooperation for care of the elderly, social enterprises, etc..
  • We should not forget that elderly people react intuitively. People need the feeling of interpersonal relations and are often lead by fear.
  • Where is this e-development going to lead us all? It is inevitably here. So the integration of the old and the young is ever so important.
  • The so-called one-to-one learning is an important approach to encourage intergenerational cooperation of the Third Age University of Ljubljana.

Prepared by Martina Uvodić

Networks & Associations

Networks

Aging2.0, San Francisco, USA
Healthy Aging, Unionville, Pennsylvania, USA
eSeniors – Network for eInclusion of Seniors and Active Aging, Paris, France
Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegions, Slovenia
Europa Nostra, Brussels, Belgium

Slovenia eSeniors Network: eInclusion in Active Aging, Ljubljana
The Global Ageing Network, Washington, DC, USA
The Pass It On Network, USA & France

Associations

Association of European Border Regions (AEBR), Gronau, Germany
Central-European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (CESCI), Budapest, Hungary
RegioTriRhena: Basel, Switzerland; Freiburg, Germany; Mulhouse, France
Slovenian Australian Academic Association Incorporated – SAAA, Melbourne,  Australia
Union of the Baltic Cities – UBC, Gdańsk, Poland

Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegions

The Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegion has been under way in Slovenia since February 10, 2011. The names of the organizations involved and the Members are published.

The eRegion as a research and development area has been a component of the annual Bled eConference and various events organized in Slovenia and the neighboring countries since 2000. The current activities of the initiative are thematic meetings and workshops. Annual conference The eRegions Conference: Cross-border eSolutions & eServices Prototypes Development was organized in 2011-2016.

A major focus of the initiative is to encourage organizations having interest in any aspect of cross-border eCollaboration in the region to engage in a joint Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) based prototype development. A prototype is the beginning of an action leading to a possible joint EU project proposal of an eSolution or an eService development solving a problem shared by the organization in at least three countries.

There is a significant attention given to the cross-border (macro) regions in the European Union in recent years. In the East and South Europe that means the Danube, the Adriatic & Ionian, and the Alpine regions. Several countries are on the New eSilk Road proposed by the China’s initiative named “16+1”, meaning 16 Central & East European countries + China. The Baltic eRegion is on the  New eAmber Road.

The eRegion portal is designed to support the cross-border eCollaboration. It is powered by SRC d.o.o. Ljubljana. Organizations having interest in being linked are invited to propose links to be published at eRegions, Countries, or Actors.

Contact person: Dr. Jože Gričar, Professor Emeritus, University of Maribor, Program Coordinator, Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegions & Editor, eRegion Portal, Gricar@FOV.Uni-Mb.si.

Aging2.0

Aging2.0 is a global community of innovators taking on the biggest challenges in aging. Our community has 15,000-person subscribers across 50 volunteer-run chapters in 20 countries, and our corporate innovation program has 150+ companies addressing the Grand Challenges in aging. Partner organizations include Google, Procter and Gamble, AARP, Brookdale, Genesis, Medline, Direct Supply, SOMPO (Japan), Lyft and Meals on Wheels among others.

Contact person: Stephen Johnston, CEO and Co-founder, Aging2.0, San Francisco, USA, info@Aging2.com

eSeniors – Network for eInclusion of Seniors and Active Aging

E-Seniors is a non-profit non-governmental organization, founded in 2005, aiming at fighting e-exclusion by providing access to and training in ICT to seniors and/or disabled people. Its main objectives are:

  • Bridging the digital gap between generations,
  • Encouraging seniors’ participation and involvement,
  • Opening new horizons for efficient use of free time.

Since its creation, E-Seniors has provided courses in ICT usage for seniors in various public locations and the network is constantly opening new locations all over the region in order to provide a “proximity” service that takes into account the rhythm, interests and needs of its potential audience. Through its work for elderly people and with them the organization also tries to increase awareness about the importance of ICT solutions in everyday life. E-Seniors also proposes interactive gaming activities in residences for elders, retirement homes and day-care centres. E-Seniors is aware of the challenges that healthy or dependant elders face and then invests resources in the development of new applications and services to enable independent living and help maintain physical and mental health.

E-Seniors has experience in projects related to ICT-tools designed for seniors and for active and healthy ageing.  The association has been and is involved in AAL ICT-PSP Erasmus+ Cosme and H2020 projects. In addition, E-Seniors is associate  partner of the EIT Health KIC (Innolife), a European consortium operating in the framework of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology – EIT  that has the mission to promote entrepreneurship and develop innovations in healthy living and active ageing.

Contact person: Monique Epstein, General Manager & Founder, Contact@eSeniors.eu

Slovenia eSeniors Network: eInclusion in Active Aging

Slovenia eSeniors Network: eInclusion in Active Aging is a component of the Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegion. It has been created to gather the individuals 55+ sharing interest in Silver eConomy and Sharing eConomy development. Its focus is at the cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegion by exploiting the eTechnologies (digitalization). The members are engaging in the related meetings, consultations and workshops. The network is open to interlinking with similar networks & associations.

Contact person: Martina Uvodić, Procurist, Maritim Ltd., Medical Diagnostics and Laboratory Equipment, Ljubljana & Student, Computing Class, Third Age University LjubljanaUvodicM@gmail.com

The Global Ageing Network

 The Global Ageing Network is the world’s only network of ageing service providers. Global ageing members include professionals and organizations in ageing services, governments, volunteer organizations, businesses, academics, researchers and architects. The Global Ageing Network unites experts from around the world, lead education initiatives and provide a place for innovative ideas in senior care to be born. The Global Ageing Network has grown from an idea to a vibrant network spanning nearly 50 countries serving millions of people every day.

Contact person: Shannon Davis, Program Manager, The Global Ageing Network, Washington, DC, USA, SDavis@GlobalAgeing.org

The Pass It On Network

The Pass It On Network connects older adult advocates for positive ageing who share information about low-cost, innovative ways to help themselves, each other, and their communities.   Added longevity, new medical procedures, and assistive technologies have empowered positive ageing. There’s no better way to gain personal support for positive ageing than in a support group of people who are sharing their experience over time. And on a broader platform, there’s no better place to live than in communities that deliberately develop infrastructure that empowers the engagement, mobility, and security of older residents. Whether paid or unpaid, meaningful work builds on personal strengths, offers a sense of purpose, and produces benefits for both the doer and the community. We are both teachers and learners all of our life, and there are now Third Age Universities and Lifelong Learning programs growing all over the world to foster peer-to-peer learning as well as traditional adult education.  Based in Paris, Moira Allan is the co-founder and international coordinator of the Pass It On Network.  Her co-founder, Jan Hively, PhD, is also the U.S. Liaison.

The  liaison to the Pass It On Network from the European Federation of Older Persons – EURAG is Dana Steinová, Secretary General. EURAG comprises representatives from associations in 32 countries in Europe and meets twice a year.

The EURAG meetings:
Ljubljana, 6 May 2016 
Darlow, on the Baltic Sea, Northern Poland, June 2017
Vienna, September 2017

Contact person: Moira Allan, Co-founder and International Coordinator, The Pass It On Network,  Moira@PassItOnNetwork.org

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Seniors in Emerging Markets Represent Huge Opportunity for Innovative EntrepreneursBy Dr. Ping Jiang, CEO & CIO, Ping Capital Management, Ltd., New York. Entrepreneur.com, November 1, 2017

Ministerial Declaration on eGovernment – the Tallinn Declaration. European Commission, Digital Single Market, 06/10/2017

Active and Healthy Ageing: a major concern for the AER and CORAL. By Davide Grison, EU-Projects Intern. Assembly of European Regions – AER, 6 October, 2017

Active and Assisted Living – AAL Forum 2017. The European event for reporting and supporting technological developments and ideas for active and healthy ageing. Coimbra, Portugal, 2-4 October 2017

Act Active Ageing Framework 2015 – 2018. Foreword by Mick Gentleman, MLA, Minister for Ageing. Australian Capital Territory – ACT Government, Community Services Directorate, Canberra, 27 September 2017, pp 7

Ageing research is the first theme for a new collaboration between Stockholm and Tokyo. Karolinska Institutet News, 2017-09-23

From Triple Win to Triple Sin: How a Problematic Future Discourse Is Shaping the Way People Age with Technology. Essay. By Dr. Louis Neven, Active Ageing Research Group, Avans University of Applied Sciences, Breda & Dr. Alexander Peine, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Societies, 15 September 2017, pp 11

Future of work: Making It e-Easy. Conference organised by the Government of Estonia, in the context of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU, Tallinn, Estonia, September 13-14, 2017

Senior Centers: Masters of Aging! Program Guide For National Senior Center Month. Center in the Park, Philadelphia, PA, USA, September 10, 2017, pp 32

Editorial: digital the new normal – multiple challenges for the education and learning of adults. By Wildemeersch, Danny; Jütte, Wolfgang. European journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults 8 (2017) 1, p 7-20

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Seniorpreneur as a career option for smart active ageing. A study on Romania. By Dr. Carmen Păunescu and Laura Blid. The Bucharest University of Economic Studies. De Gruyter Open Ltd, Poland, 2017-08-26

Longevity Economies Unite – How Japan is Collaborating with the World to Reimagine the Future of Aging. By Koichi Narasaki, Chief Digital Officer, SOMPO Holdings, Japan. Aging2.0, San Francisco, August 16, 2017

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Thanks to ‘rejuvenation,’ definition of elderly should go up 10 years, Japanese researchers say. By Tomoko Otake, Staff Writer. The Japan Times, Jul 26 2017

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Expert Course in Silver Tourism. Silver Tourism – Developing Innovative Touristic Products for Silver Economy. Erasmus+, June 2017, pp 240

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IMDA launches one-stop online infocomm learning portal for senior citizens. By Priyankar Bhunia. OpenGov Asia, 10/06/2017

The Internet of Things Connectivity Binge: What Are the Implications? By Lee Rainie and Janna Anderson. Pew Research Center, Internet & Technology, Washington DC, June 6, 2017

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Third Review and Appraisal of the Regional Implementation Strategy (RIS) of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA). Portugal Report. Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security (MTSSS). Strategy and Planning Office (GEP). United Nations Economic Commission For Europe (UNECE),  March 2017, pp 38

Seniors Center of the Future. Final Report. Citizens Services, Community Inclusion and Investment. City of Edmonton, Canada. Mach 2017, pp 57

Two new standardisation initiatives launched to support active ageing for seniors in Singapore. By Neyla Zannia. The Online Citizen, Singapore, 2017-03-23

The “Age” of Opportunity. European efforts seek to address the challenges of an aging population and also create opportunities for economic growth and innovation. By Jim Banks. IEEE – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, March 21, 2017

Age Without Borders Virtual Summit. Organized by Dr. Michael W. Hodin, CEO, Global Coalition on Aging & Fellow, Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. February 26-March 4, 2017

The Role of Standards and Innovation for Driving APEC’s Silver Economy. An Issues Paper for the 2017 APEC Workshop on Standards and Innovation. APEC Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance. Standards Australia Limited, Exchange Centre, Sydney, March 17 2017, pp 75

Our Aging Population Can Be An Economic Powerhouse–If We Let It. By Eillie Anzilotti, Assistant Editor, Fast Company, Ideas Section, 03.13.17

Growing the EU Silver Economy: a workshop on policy recommendations. European Commission, Brussels, 8 March 2017

The silver economy. By Elizabeth Gasiorowski-Denis, Editor-in-Chief of ISOfocus, International Organization for Standardization – ISO, 7 March 2017

First  Massive Open Online Course – MOOC for adult educators comes to Austria in 2017. By Mag. Wilfried Frei & Mag. Birgit Aschemann, Association for Educational Research & Media – CONEDU, Graz, Austria. EPALE – Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe, EPALE Österreich 27/02/2017

Could the silver economy promote healthier, more sustainable ageing? A case study using data from the Netherlands. By Chris Evett, CEO. Simplexity Analysis, Wantage, UK, February 24, 2017

e-Administration and the e-inclusion of the elderly. By M Viñarás-Abad, L Abad-Alcalá, C Llorente-Barroso, M Sánchez-Valle, M Pretel-Jiménez. Universidad CEU San Pablo, España. Revista Latina de Comunicación Social, 72, pp. 197 to 219, Feb 23, 2017

China’s ‘silver’ economy offers promising outlook for services sector. China risks getting old before getting rich, but tomorrow’s “silver generation” may have higher consumer spending on services. By Laura He, senior correspondent based in Hong Kong. South China Morning Post, 17 February, 2017

The Collaborative Economy: Socioeconomic, Regulatory and Policy Issues. In-depth Analysis. By Arun Sundararajan, Professor, New York University. Directorate General for Internal Policies, Policy Department A: Economic And Scientific Policy. Requested by the European Parliament’s Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection, February 12, 2017, pp 33

Learning in Later Years in the Lifelong Learning Trajectory. By Satya Brink, International Consultant in Education and Human Capital, Chelsea, Canada. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, Volume 15, 2017 – Issue 1: Intergenerational Relationships and Lifelong Learning, 10 Feb 2017, pp 14-25

Ageing – Passing the baton to Asia. Special Report. Standard Chartered Bank, February 8, 2017, pp 63

Disruption in unexpected sectors and corporates adapting their business models; find out what’s next for the sharing economy in our 2017 predictions. By Robert Vaughan, Manager, Strategy and Economics. PwC UK, 08 February 2017

Lifelong Learning Is Good for Your Health, Your Wallet, and Your Social Life. By John Coleman. Harvard Business Review, February 07, 2017

Realizing Human Potential in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. An Agenda for Leaders to Shape the Future of Education, Gender and Work. White Paper. World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland, January 2017, pp 31

Empowering the Elderly and Promoting Active Ageing Through the Internet: The Benefit of e-inclusion Programmes. By María Sánchez-Valle, Mónica Vinarás Abad, Carmen Llorente-Barroso, University Foundation San Pablo CEU, Madrid. ResearchGate, Jan 31, 2017

The digital silver economy: Issues and outlook. By Philippe Baudouin, Head of the Smart Territories Practice. IDATE DigiWorld, 24 January 2017, pp 62

Life-long learning will be crucial in the AI era. Changing education essential to achieve the best from the new industrial revolution. By Vishal Sikka, Chief Executive of Infosys. Financial Times, January 17, 2017

Blueprint Digital Transformation of Health and Care for the Ageing Society. Strategic Vision Developed by Stakeholders. Discussed at the second European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing (5-8 December 2016). European Commission, Digital Single Market, January 15, 2017, pp 29

Key Issues for Digital Transformation in the G20. Report prepared for a joint G20 German Presidency/OECD conference. Berlin, Germany, 12 January 2017, pp 163

Redefining the ‘elderly’ age.  Editorials. TheJapanTimes, January 10, 2017

For the eldest, 2017 will be about aging well… at home! Speech of Faissal Houhou, Co-founder and Managing Director of RoboCARE Lab. By Editorial staff. SilverEco.eu, the international portal of information regarding Silver Economy, 3 January 2017

Senior as a Challenge for Innovative Enterprises. By Anetta Barska & Janusz Śnihur. Faculty of Economics and Managament, University of Zielona Góra, Poland. Procedia Engineering, Volume 182, 2017, pp 58–65

Council For Third Age, C3A, Singapore & National Silver Academy – NSA, a network of post-secondary education institutions and voluntary welfare organisations, c/o Singapore Management University, 2017

How can we grow Europe’s Silver Economy? How can we turn the challenge of an ageing society into a major opportunity for new jobs and growth? By DiscutoBeta, Community-based Innovation Systems GmbH, Bisamberg, Austria, October 19, 2016

The impact of University of the Third Age courses on ICT adoption. By Mattia Cattaneo, Paolo Malighetti, Daniele Spinelli, University of Bergamo. Computers in Human Behavior, October 2016, pp 19

Comparative analysis of national and regional models of the silver economy in the European Union. By Andrzej Klimczuk. Linköping University Electronic Press,  International Journal of Ageing and Later Life, 2016 10(2): 31-59, September 3, 2016

6th eRegions Conference 2016: Cross-border eSolutions & eServices Prototypes Development. Castle Jable, Slovenia, September 19-20, 2016. Silver eEconomy related panels:
– Sustainable Solutions for Demographic Changes in Central Europe – Silver Economy.
– Comprehensive Solutions within the Silver eEconomy Development in the eRegions for Higher Labour and Social Inclusion of Elderly.
– Silver Economy & the Third Age Universities in the eRegions

Memorandum on Silver eConomy Development.  Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegions & Slovenian Third Age University, Ljubljana, June 8, 2016

Elderly People And Poverty: Current Levels And Changes Since The Crisis. Briefing. By David Eatock. Social Policy, European Parliament Think Tank, 06-07-2016

The UK’s Ageing Population: Challenges and opportunities for museums and galleries. By Dr. Kate A. Hamblin and Professor Sarah Harper, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford. 10 April 2016, pp 50

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