Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 12:06:25 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Creating an ‘age-friendly’ future

By
08th-Jan-2017       Readers ( 63 )   0 Comments
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all (0) »

Sara Miller Llana :
January 2, 2017 Manchester, England-A new graffiti crew, clutching canisters of green spray paint, is roaming the streets of Levenshulme, but they are not tagging walls. Instead, the "graffiti grannies" - a group of activist pensioners - in this postindustrial suburb of Manchester, England, mark every hole in the sidewalk that could trip them up, challenging the city council to bring in the pavers. As players in a growing "age-friendly" movement, they are part of a revolution in the ways that cities are adapting to their rapidly aging populations.
Across the English Channel in the Netherlands, Harry TerBraak isn't about to conform to any age stereotypes. He is 90, a resident of a small-town nursing home that also houses students seeking a rent-free room, and he doesn't blink at being greeted as "dude" with a fist bump by his younger housemates. In an intergenerational experiment gaining traction across the West, old and young are learning from each other, re-creating a way of life that was once the natural order.
And in South Africa, Novusumzi Masala is simply focusing on the job in front of her as the caregiver for 13 grandchildren. In fact, her life consists of 13 of everything - 13 pairs of battered shoes scattered around her tiny two-bedroom house, 13 bowls stacked high above her sink. In Soweto, where the "youth bulge" is the real demographic challenge, grandparents like Ms. Masala, age 78, are rising to the occasion to cope with it.
The demographic shifts under way across the globe are unprecedented. Experts like Paul Irving, the chairman of the Center for the Future of Aging at the Milken Institute in California, says the trend lines resemble a hockey stick: Life spans were flat throughout human history until they shot straight up in the past century.
By 2020, for the first time, there will be more people on earth age 60 or older than under age 5. By midcentury, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 2 billion people - 22 percent of the global population - will be 60 or older, up from 900 million today.
In almost every country in the world, average ages are rising fast, putting pressure on city councils, health-care systems, and national economies. Japan, where 33 percent of the population is already over 60, is the world's oldest nation, while Europe and the United States are quickly catching up.
How do the events of World War I still affect us today? Take our quiz. Yet it is in developing countries, from Chile to China to Iran, where the rates of aging are the fastest today, often adding a new dimension to existing social conflicts and poverty. "Global aging, along with climate change, may be the great challenge of this century," says Mr. Irving. "Unless policies and practices and norms and culture are changed, we have a tremendous problem, and if they are changed we have a remarkable opportunity."
The key to the future, he says, is "purposeful aging" that empowers older people themselves as the agents of change. "Purposeful aging recognizes that people who age with purpose - this sense of meaning, direction, and desire to contribute - don't just help others, they help themselves as well."
Cities are on the front lines of these shifts, as people worldwide flee the countryside. In the world's richest nations, older populations are expanding today more quickly in cities than anywhere else, with metropolises already home to 43.2 percent of those over 65. That prompted the WHO to launch a network of "age-friendly" cities in 2010 with about a dozen affiliates; since then about 320 communities have signed up to rethink their urban designs and social environments.
"Around the world populations are aging, more people are living in cities, and these are accompanied by other demographic changes - increased women in the workforce, migration towards cities and hence children living away from their parents. All of these demographic changes have huge implications for cities and communities," says Alana Officer, senior health adviser at the WHO.
Manchester, in the north of England, has in recent years been best known for its postindustrial makeover, which has drawn the young and hip. But at the same time it has been leading the way in rethinking the city for its senior citizens, and garnering worldwide attention - especially for relying on seniors themselves to effect change.
In Manchester, older people are volunteers and cultural champions. They oversee urban planning and sit on an advisory board that examines city policies through the eyes of senior citizens. "Having older adults in decisionmaking roles ... means the community is able to draw on their skills and experience," says Ms. Officer. As their residents grow older, city governments are clearly going to have to undertake major long-term overhauls in housing and transport, for example. But a lot of what makes cities "age-friendly" today is micro. It can be as simple as rallying shopkeepers to set a chair outside a storefront, or spray-painting around a pothole.
 (To be continued)

0 Comments. Share your thoughts also.
Write a comment
Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Banning some risky drug companies is not enough : Govt has to play its part


THE High Court on Monday asked the government to stop producing and marketing of antibiotic, penicillin and hormone drugs of 28 pharmaceutical companies within 72 hours beginning from the same day. Furthermore, the court also issued a rule asking the concerned authorities of the government to explain why the earlier ...

City »

Consumers Association of Bangladesh formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Monday demanding withdrawal of increased price of gas.


City »

Jatiya Party Chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad , among others, holds the copies of a book titled `Bangladesh`s Politics` written by the party's presidium member Sahidur Rahman Tepa at its cover unwrapping ceremony in the auditorium of Kachi-Kanchar Mela in the city on Monday.


Entertainment »

Singer Richa Sharma to appear on small screen


Melody Queen Richa Sharma at Indian Idol Season 9! It would be the simplest thing in the world that Richa Sharma is a phenomenal singer and get done with it. But her talent isn’t that easy or slot or unravel nor is her genius easily classifiable or even observable. One ...

International »

New anti-IS strategy may mean deeper US involvement in Syria


AP, Washington :A new military strategy to meet President Donald Trump's demand to "obliterate" the Islamic State group is likely to deepen U.S. military involvement in Syria, possibly with more ground troops, even as the current U.S. approach in Iraq appears to be working and will require fewer changes.Details are ...

International »

NASA may send robotic spacecraft to sun next year


PTI, Washington :NASA plans to send its first robotic spacecraft to the Sun next year that is slated to get within six million kilometres of the blazing star to probe its atmosphere. Humans have sent spacecraft to the Moon, Mars and even distant interstellar space. Now, NASA plans to launch ...

Editorial »

Businessmen are panicked from gas price hike


THE latest gas price hike has sparked widespread public reaction while the business chambers and trade associations are anticipating as a deathblow to keep their manufacturing and exports running. Meanwhile the concerned government minister said electricity price hike will be implemented soon and may be another hike of water price ...

Football »

Mandzukic inspires Juve to easy Empoli win


AFP, Milan :Mario Mandzukic overcame a wasteful first half to inspire Juventus to a 2-0 home win over Empoli that edged the Turin giants closer to a record sixth straight Serie A title.Juventus, claiming their 22nd win in 26 games, moved 10 points clear of closest challengers Roma ahead of ...

City »

Nagorik Committee staged a sit-in in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Sunday in protest against price hike of gas.


International »

Hillary calls for 'resistance and persistence' from Democrats


AP, Atlanta :In a video released Friday, Hillary Clinton encouraged Democrats to "move forward with courage, confidence and optimism" as the party prepares to rebuild after losing the White House and failing to gain majorities in either house of Congress in the November elections.The three-minute video was posted online shortly ...

Entertainment »

Ayesha Takia shuts down trollers over plastic surgery row


Actress Ayesha Takia Azmi has slammed all those who trolled her over various social media platforms for getting under the knife. Ayesha attended an event, where her swollen lips and cheeks made people wonder if she had undergone plastic surgery. She later became a victim to trolls, where many began ...

Entertainment »

Priyanka to attend Oscars this year too


Internationally acclaimed Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra has announced that she will be attending the upcoming 89th Academy Awards. Priyanka took to Instagram on Friday night to share the news with her fans while posting a photograph with legendary British singer Mick Jagger. “Change of plans! Oscars here we come. Mick ...

Editorial »

Fake insulins causing more sufferings to many


DESPITE the irregular crackdown on adulterated drugs, the business of illicit, substandard, counterfeit and life-endangering medicines is becoming rampant enough to  pose a severe public health danger in the country. A New Nation report on Thursday said fake insulin injections, a life-saving hormone for diabetic patients, have flooded the medicine ...

Cricket »

Mustafiz gets his rhythm and confidence


Sports Reporter :'Wonder Boy' Mustafizur Rahman has got his rhythm and confidence. Members of Bangladesh National Cricket team took part in their practice session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday. After the practice session Mustafizur Rahman said, " I played two matches in Bangladesh Cricket League ...

City »

Family members of those who were killed in BDR mutiny seeking divine blessings for the departed soul after placing floral wreaths at their graves. The snap was taken from the city`s Banani Army Graveyard on Saturday.


 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news