Japan Confronts Crime Wave With Aging Population

“It wasn’t great to get caught, but I just didn’t give a damn…” Fumio Kageyama A crime wave among older people is underway in the world’s greyest nation. Just last year in Japan, the number of criminals over 65 overtook the number of teenage criminals for the first time since the country started publishing age-related crime statistics in 1989. Over a third of shoplifting crimes … Continue reading Japan Confronts Crime Wave With Aging Population

The Not-so-Novel Concept of Elderly Homes in Asia

Old age homes are no longer a taboo! The waiting lists of nursing homes in Korea are at three times their capacity and the number of elder care homes in Nanjing, China has increased from 27 in 1990 and 52 in 2000 to 148 in 2009! In Asia, people are seeing a shift in the traditional roles for elderly care. Changes in family structure, urbanization, … Continue reading The Not-so-Novel Concept of Elderly Homes in Asia

Technology for the Tech-Shy: Designing New Applications for Older Adults

In the digital and connected world, older adults are seemingly left behind. Tech companies continue to design products that cater to young adults, even in the generation of social media. As phone calls and snail mail are dangerously slow and outdated, why should the elderly not benefit from advances in communication? Fortunately there is a growing number of mobile and tablet applications that cater to … Continue reading Technology for the Tech-Shy: Designing New Applications for Older Adults

Elderly Refugees: The Experiences of Cambodian populations under the Khmer Rouge

War, natural disaster and fear of persecution often result in the tragic displacement of people far away from their homes. These people, refugees, live in uncertainty and under significant psychological and physical stress. Among these refugees are the elderly who are a particularly vulnerable group. Aging is not limited to disease and disability, but also the sudden change and a loss of belonging. The experiences … Continue reading Elderly Refugees: The Experiences of Cambodian populations under the Khmer Rouge

India is Diabetes Capital of the World

P Pushpam, a resident of Chennai, India, was denied her job appointment with the Indian Railways on the grounds that she was a chronic diabetic. The court ruled in her favor and pointed out the impracticality of discriminating against people suffering from diabetes in a country that has over 40 million diabetics. As India makes its demographic transition toward lower birth rates and higher life expectancy, … Continue reading India is Diabetes Capital of the World

Healthcare and Aging in the UAE

“They think they are elderly and it is a normal consequence of ageing to be in bed,” says Dr Al Suwaidi. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a small country in the Middle East, nestled between Saudi Arabia to the West, Oman to the East and Iran to the North. A cross-sectional study reported that 95% of its participants, all adults over the age of … Continue reading Healthcare and Aging in the UAE