Tag Archives: life course

Recoding a Longevity Society: Global Aging Narratives

Widening our lens on aging and longevity Looking for a break from North American conversation around the social aspects of aging and longevity, where the sameness of content has often numbed us from appreciating the realities of others around the world, I am more conscious these days, of how important it is to put our

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Stanford Design Challenge 17/18

“Promoting Lifelong Healthy Habits Through Design” With the champagne fizz still alive after the celebration of this year’s event finals on March 30th, the Stanford Center on Longevity has announced this theme for their 5h annual Design Challenge 2017-18. Based on the web site overview, in this context, healthy habits include financial, physical and social

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Global Age Friendly Cities, Ten Years On.

Now ten years on – 2017, we celebrate the introduction of the Global Age Friendly Cities initiative as presented by the World Health Organization (WHO). The question is, what has “age friendly” become – and for that matter how have cities changed since 2007, while world events have shifted behind us like fast flipping stage

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Retirement Industry Evolution. Postscript to Sept.27

In last week’s post Retirement Industry, in the Middle of an Evolution, I referenced a 2003 Statistics Canada Symposium in Ottawa in which I participated as a panelist in a discussion on later life career decisions and the 50 plus worker’s participation in an aging workforce. A couple of follow up comments are in order,

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Retirement Industry, in the Middle of an Evolution

Watch and listen carefully to the discernible shifts in the substance and tone in discussions about economic issues in an aging society. In some cases it sounds like a doomsday soothsayer’s convention for the end of the world, as we know it; a world where demographic shifts are like earth tremors, begging for structural repair

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A 100-Year Life in a Blue Zone.

If you accept the global average life expectancy as tabled by the World Health Organization (WHO), which currently rests at 71.4 (all factors calculated), it’s hard to imagine taking any projections fourteen years out to 2030 up to age 80, let alone 100. There is no denying that the number of centenarians has increased in

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