What wisdom have you gained in the last year?
The famous neurologist Olivier Sacks passed away last Sunday. His contributions to a more humane science have been praised all over the globe. Sacks had a very interesting and positive perspective on old age and he lived up to it.
Asok is an Indian intern in the famous comic strip Dilbert. He is brilliant and one of the most efficient workers at the office. Despite of his excellent performance, he is never hired as an employee and is often denied the use of company resources.
In these two Dilbert strips from 2006 and 2010, Asoks interaction with older workers can give us an interesting glimpse of the challenges faced by the technology industry.
Is there a real conflict between generations?
Does inter-generational teams affect the work environment?
Is experience still relevant?
“This year, we mark the 80th anniversary of Social Security. We mark the 50th anniversary of Medicare. We’ve grown so accustomed to these programs being a part of American life – these bedrock, foundation stones of our society – sometimes it’s easy to forget how revolutionary they were at the time. They were hard to get done. When FDR tried to pass Social Security, critics called it “socialism.” When President Kennedy and President Johnson – and the Dingells – worked to create Medicare, cynics raised the alarm about government takeover of health care. And now we’ve got signs saying, “Get your government hands off of my Medicare.” – Barack Obama
IBM and HealthXL are supporting a health hackathon to explore options for tackling the challenges of an ageing population. It is an important initiative, but the recurrent focus on the problems of ageing could be a huge mistake and a wrong starting point.
Lecture for the HiOA International Summer School on Universal Design of ICT.
The main objective of this presentation is to discuss the political, ideological and ethical implications present on technology design focusing the case of population ageing. Read More
The European consortium AFE-INNOVNET recently launched an online repository to collect age-friendly environments initiatives in Europe.
Their main objective is to exchange knowledge, foster synergies and contribute to the scaling up of these initiatives. Read More
OECD new report explores the roles of cities on ageing societies by answering an important question: “How are urban populations ageing?”
One of the main findings on this report is the fact that within OECD metropolitan areas, the older population is growing faster than the total population.
The report also shows that ageing trends are different between OECD metropolitan areas (functional urban areas) and non-metropolitan areas. While metropolitan areas are marginally younger than non-metropolitan areas, the number of older people is increasing faster: 23.8 % vs. 18.2 % during 2001-2011.
If I had had only the opportunity to attend the opening keynote presentations at the eighth IAGG-ER Congress, the visit to Dublin would already have been worth it.
Prof. Jan Baars, Desmond O’Neill and Rose Anne Kenny gave brilliant and inspiring lectures. You can listen to the first presentation at the end of this post (click continue reading).