The Age of Senescence

Exploring Global Innovations Redefining Our Ageing Choices

The Age of Senescence

Exploring Global Innovations Redefining Our Ageing Choices

Senescence is pronounced ‘Sin-es-ens” and is derived from the Latin word 'senex' that simply means old or ageing.  

A note from the Founder...

Welcome! The Age of Senescence is the new blog site launched July 2016.  It was created as a launchpad to showcase global innovation and latest research in elder care that purports to redefine the status quo of aged care as we see it.   For example, I'm currently writing about the relationship between Alzheimer's Disease and Insulin.

 

Inspired by people who have had the courage to change the way we perceive ageing, I will develop this site to house global and impressive 'change agents' in one spot; seeking to inspire more people to join the ranks of those enthusiastic and dedicated to creating a progressive elder care society.  

 

 

So I invite you to contact or connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn, about your change idea and send me your article about elder care innovation, and I’ll post it right here, on TheAgeOfSenescence.com

 

AGEING BETTER TOGETHER

 

x Kirsty Porter

Founder, Registered Nurse and Creator of
The Umbrella Dementia Cafe

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07/05/2017
Kirsty Porter

The Artistry of Caregiving: A Book Review

The Artistry of Caregiving: Letters to Inspire Your Caregiving Journey

– A Book Review –

Written by Kirsty Porter  16 May 2017

~ Nurse and Aged Care Enthusiast ~

Dear Carole Brecht,

 

I was so inspired by your book and the style in which you delivered it, I decided to write this book review to you personally, using the same unique style you wrote ‘The Artistry of Caregiving: Letters to Inspire Your Caregivers Journey”.

 

Carole, your new award-winning book undoubtedly exemplifies the art of caregiving. Not because you have perfected it, but because you laid bare you’re imperfect and heart-wrenching caregivers journey. A 5 year journey that not only saw you care for your mom living with Alzheimer’s Disease, but also doing it while still having your own children depended on you.

 

Carole, I salute you. I salute all that you have achieved and have endured to give us this book. You dutifully gave up everything to care for your mom, and feeling sandwiched between two generations who needed you, you unwittingly became a poster child for the Sandwich Generation.

 

Undoubtedly, this newly coined term ‘Sandwich Generation’ is fast becoming a massive global cohort of people caught between dependent parents and dependent children, a group that needs all the support it can get.  And your book becomes an important part of this support.

 

The Artistry of Caregiving is definitely not a self-help book. Instead, I found this book almost talks to you, calms you, is sensitive, truly makes you believe you can survives the caregivers roles and finally, it purports to give the reader strength to carry on.

 

 

The Artistry of Caregiving openly addresses issues of caregiver’s guilt, responsibility, frustration, anger and micro-management. Carole, not only do you sensitively address these complex feelings in the form of 33 personalised letters to co-caregivers, but you also courageously share your inner most struggles between chapters, sharing your extraordinary stories of how you yourself coped, or didn’t cope, during those intensely difficult times caring for your mom.

 

Each of the 33 personalised letters and chapter narratives are designed to give hope, clarity, comfort and even joy to those navigating their own caregiver’s journey. Dear Champion, Dear Protector, Dear Peace Giver and Dear Pillar are examples of these letters, with each letter weaving your own personal caregiving experiences.   I completely adore how you’ve successful written them (especially “Dear Friend”), and how each letter is signed off with a voice of confidence, sincerity and love.

 

It is obvious too, each letter has its own purpose. The letter titled ‘Dear Giver’ validates the readers caregiving efforts, while the letter ‘Dear Defender,’ encourages the reader to fight the fight advocating for their parents needs when dealing with busy health care professionals.

 

As a health care professional myself, I know nurses and health professionals alike will offer luck, condolence and support after every new diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease. Some will refer you to a community support group, others will act as an advocate, and some will ‘see you next time.’ But, in the end, the actual support for couples or individuals embarking on this care-giving journey comes from their family and community.

 

I call these guys the ‘in-between’ supporters. These are the people who support you in-between seeing the specialists, the doctors and the nurses.

 

Of the people I’ve meet living with a dementia disease such as Alzheimer’s, I continuously hope they are receiving ‘in-between’ support. Support from their extended family, their lifelong friends, from their local social club (a club they’ve always gone to), and even from that nosey neighbour – who might just know how to help. Anyone who might offer a shoulder to cry on, have a laugh with or offers the occasional listening ear.

 

This is why your book is so important to me.

 

This is why I am recommending this book on my website and social media pages. This is why your book features at my dementia café.

 

Because your book acts as the ‘in-between’ support person!

 

Your book will support the caregiver at night when their loved one wont sleep, when the doctor wont listen, when feeling isolated at home, when you can’t stop crying from exhaustion. Your book knows what is happening and sends encouragement hope, laughter, joy, courage, connecting ideas and, hilariously, even your contact detail in case of emergency!

 

Quite remarkable, Carole.

 

Cheers to you Carole, for believing in yourself.

 

Cheers to your own ‘in-between’ people.

 

Cheers for having the courage to write The Artistry of Caregiving and complimenting it with your beautiful and unique artwork, Zentangle.

 

Finally, thank you for refused to accept what you could not change, and turning the journey of caregiving into a personal masterpiece.

 

Indeed, you and your book are truly remarkable.

 

Sincerely,

Kirsty Porter x

Zentangle illustration by Carole Brecht
A Zentangle illustration by author Carole Brecht

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Kirsty is the Founder of the new blogging site The Age of Senescence that explores new innovation in global ageing and aged care.  Kirsty is also the creator of The Umbrella Dementia Cafe in Blackburn, Melbourne.  After successfully hosting multiply sessions in 2016 & 2017, there is now some considerable excitement surrounding its sustainability.  The cafe is in its creative development phase – see how she is progressing on her Dementia Cafe webpage and Facebook page.

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Literature resources for helping children understand dementia.

 

I’m a massive advocate for keeping children in the conversation about dementia.  I’ve researched and found some excellent books helping children understand dementia and Alzheimers;

 

1. ‘Weeds in Nans’s Garden.’  By Kathryn Harrison (recommended)

 

2. ‘What happened to Grandpa.’  By Maria Shiver (inspirational change agent)

 

3. ‘Still my Grandma.’  By Veronique Van Den Abeele & Claude K. Dubois (award winning book)

 

4. ‘Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge.’  By Mem Fox  (an oldie but a goodie – I have this one for my own children)

 

5. Why did Grandma put her Underwear in the refrigerator?”  by Max Wallack and Carolyn Given.  (Written from a 7 year old’s perspective)

 

Literature resources for helping children understand dementia.

 

I’m a massive advocate for keeping children in the conversation about dementia.  I’ve researched and found some excellent books helping children understand dementia and Alzheimers;

  1. ‘Weeds in Nans’s Garden.’  By Kathryn Harrison (recommended)
  2. ‘What happened to Grandpa.’  By Maria Shiver (inspirational change agent)
  3. ‘Still my Grandma.’  By Veronique Van Den Abeele & Claude K. Dubois (award winning book)
  4. ‘Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge.’  By Mem Fox  (an oldie but a goodie – I have this one for my own children)
  5. Why Did Grandma Put her Underwear in the Refrigerator” by Max Wallack and Carolyn Given. (Written from a 7 year old’s perspective)

 

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12/09/2016
Kirsty Porter

Gene Wilder, Stigma and A Child’s Smile

Gene Wilder, Stigma and A Child’s Smile

Written by Kirsty Porter  • 12 September 2016 •

Nurse and Aged Care Enthusiast 

 

It’s been more than two weeks now since Gene Wilder died, and I’m still struggling with it. We may never know the full reason why Mr. Wilder and his loving family respectfully wanted to keep his Alzheimer’s disease a secret, but I just can’t shake the thought that stigma might have played a starring role here.

 

The purpose of The Age of Senescence is to show you guys some cool new stuff created for the benefit of our elders. But somehow this week my enthusiasm to showcase anything was deflated after reading the statement Gene Wilder’s family issued after he passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

“We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones—this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality. The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him ‘there’s Willy Wonka,’ would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.”

 

Upon reading this, I looked straight to Instagram and Facebook, sourced a beautiful photo, researched an apt quote from Mr. Wilder and went about listing all the #’s to promote my product. But alas, nothing was published from me.

 

Mr. Wilder, nor his family, wanted him to be remembered for having Alzheimer’s disease that might have caused “one less smile in the world”.

 

Yet, Mr. Wilders own public ‘coming out’ for having Alzheimer’s was laden with feelings of fear that might upset a fan base, a child fan base no less.

 

The last sentence in their statement really saddened me and I’d like to express why hiding Alzheimer’s might be detrimental to the child and thus future generations.

fear child stigma Alzheimer's
Source Pixabay

 

 

 

The Stigma

With the greatest respect, Mr. Wilder’s decision to keep his diagnosis a secret is consistent with global cultural attitudes when learning this “illness – pirate” disease has taken a loved one. And sadly over time, and over multiple generations, negative attitudes have ultimately settled in creating complex and discriminating prejudice that influence individuals to hide, or worse still, remove themselves from the judgment of society.  And regrettably, this is stigma personified.

 

In addition, the thought that Alzheimer’s should be kept a secret to shield us from smiling is a frightening perspective.  Especially when it is expected that dementia (symptoms of Alzheimer’s) will directly or in-directly impact us all by 2050.  If the message is to keep a dignified silence about a worrisome, troubling or confusing disease, perhaps we can expect isolation to become a natural response.  A heartbreaking thought indeed.

 

The Child And Child Inside

No one should have to deal with Alzheimer’s alone, no one. Children, especially.  Of course they see the dementia symptoms, but in a way only children do (Werner, 2010).  So we absolutely need to be hands on to guide them appropriately or they will invariably struggle to understand it, look away from it or act out and thus the stigma lives on.

 

You see, cool new stuff in the ageing world only comes about from inspiration and the ability to turn tough problems into opportunities. So if we hide or isolate the problem, we simply wont find the innovation. And who better to innovate than a child, or the child within us? Isn’t that what Willy Wonka was all about? Inspiring the child and the child inside?

 

inspiring innovation in the child

 

From an awareness perspective, we need to really harness the energy, enthusiasm and the sheer power of young people to dream big, because reversing stigma is a hell of a lot harder than inspiring the innovator.

 

With nearly my entire nursing career in the aged care sector and caring for countless families dealing with (and dying from) end-stage dementia, I know inspiring change and innovation in this sector is extraordinarily hard and fraught with stigma, ignorance and fear. This has to change, and it has to include the big dreamers – our kids, the next generation.

 

My core business doesn’t include blogging about famous and decorated artists, such as Mr. Wilder, there is no innovation about his death, and he is no more important than the millions who have died and will die with Alzheimer’s before a cure is found.

 

But now, after two weeks of analysing a media who have dutifully and collectively respected the wishes of Mr Wilder to ‘hide the ugly’, I’ve become determined to get on with what I mean to do, and make sure it comes out loud and clear.

 

So in big shoutty text: PEOPLE IN THE THROWS OF DEALING WITH DEMENTIA: DO NOT TAKE YOURSELF AWAY FROM YOUR FRIENDS OR YOUR COMMUNITY AND CEMENT THE IGNORANCE OF DEMENTIA.

 

Just because you have been diagnosed with dementia you are no less human! You cannot change the outcome, but my goodness you can affect the journey. Make it a good one.

 

life rollar-coaster dementia

 

So, to the person with dementia: do not de-humanise yourself, please. Know that the diagnosis of dementia doesn’t mean you are dead to the world.

 

Find The Smile

To the Person living with a dementia disease: you are very much alive and showing how valuable you are by doing the things that make you happy and laugh out loud. Designing a life after your diagnosis is a choice, and how you choose to live your life with dementia is extraordinarily important to the smile of a child and all ‘inner’ children alike.

 

To the caregiver: you are the ultimate hero in this dementia journey and you should not go through this alone. There are people organized in the health system designed just to help you. Exhausted as they might be, you cannot and should not go un-noticed. Please look to your community to help. This is not a journey you should travel alone; trust me when I say that your own mental and physical health will suffer otherwise. I urge you to check out a new website called Dementia Challengers or on Facebook @dementia.challengers to read about how other caregivers are supporting each other.

 

To the community businessperson: I guarantee to you, when you witness the glory of a person living a full life with dementia, you will be inspired to create a dementia friendly business. Not just because you are poised for continuous improvement but also because your customer base will be reflective of our societal ageing population; making you a dynamic and attractive business indeed.

 

And finally to the inspired health professional: I guarantee you will lovingly laugh out loud and fist punch the air when you see someone with end stage dementia completely come alive as they belt out a tune from a bygone era, or paint a magnificent piece of artwork to express how they feel.  And I guarantee you, you will smile – and smile big, when you witness someone so afflicted with dementia that they can no longer talk, yet they lovingly cradle a baby or nurture a young child.

 

The thought that we should isolate ourselves or our loved ones when they reach a certain age or condition only fuels me to push further into the business of awareness and promotion.

 

So in the interest of change, channeling big dreams and ‘choose your own adventure’; I’m climbing into my own glass elevator that is The Age of Senescence and preparing to burst through the roof and into the world of dementia to see where it takes me.

 

I’m joining a global community hell bent on decreasing the stigma attached to dying with dementia and even wider still, the stigma attached to being old.

With the help of my glorious community, I have decided to join the global ranks of dementia awareness and promotion by implementing a tried and tested strategy to de-stigmatise and de-isolate people with dementia.

 

We are doing this by building our very own dementia friendly café environment, starting right here in a little suburb of Melbourne, Australia (click here for more information). Further, we going to share with you a running commentary of our journey, trials and tribulations through, the very fashionable and oh sooo Next Gen’, blogging and several social media channels!   And we’ve fondly called it The Umbrella Dementia Cafe.  Check it our here or on Facebook

The Umbrella Dementia Cafe

So elders please come out of your homes and build a community with us!  We have some cool new stuff to show you!  If you can’t join us or you’re not up to it, please check out Dementia Mentors for an amazing virtual memory cafe experience supporting those with dementia all over the world.  It’s really good!

 

We implore you to have a go at creating something similar in your own local community. Let us know what you’re doing so we can include it on The Age of Senescence website!  

 

Fear is out and curiosity is in.

 

“The suspense is terrible, I hope it lasts!”
– Willy Wonka  – 

 

Written By Kirsty Porter

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Feature Photos: Pixabay.com & adapted by Kirsty Porter.
Illustrations: Adapted by Kirsty Porter and inspired by Pixabay.
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Since writing this article Kirsty Porter has built and developed community run dementia cafes in her town of Blackburn, Melbourne.  She is supported by a strong volunteer team, a primary school, a florist, a children music school, an estate agent, an aged care company, a Canadian children’s author, a church, a cafe, multiple community leaders, and a massive cohort of local mums & dads determined to make a positive impact in the lives of people living with dementia in their community. 

 

See the website www.umbrelladementiacafes.com.au and Facebook for all the photos of the cafe.


 

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Literature resources for children

 

I’ve researched and found some excellent books helping children understand dementia and Alzheimers;

 

1. ‘Weeds in Nans’s Garden.’  By Kathryn Harrison (recommended)

 

2. ‘What happened to Grandpa.’  By Maria Shiver (inspirational change agent)

 

3. ‘Still my Grandma.’  By Veronique Van Den Abeele & Claude K. Dubois (award winning book)

 

4. ‘Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge.’  By Mem Fox  (an oldie but a goodie – I have this one for my own children)

 

5. Why did Grandma put her Underwear in the refrigerator?”  by Max Wallack and Carolyn Given.  (Written from a 7 year old’s perspective)

 

 

 

Finally, Dementia Resources (click here) have also complied a great reading list for children aged 1 to 15+ years helping to they understand dementia better.

Literature resource for the reverend caregiver:

 

The Artistry of Caregiving: Letters to Inspire Your Caregiver JourneyBy Carole Brecht (Author & Artist see Instagram @sangenwoman)

A deeply personal account of her caregiving experiences for her mother.  Click here for my review of her book.  

Literature resources for children

 

I’ve researched and found some excellent books helping children understand dementia and Alzheimers;

  1. ‘Weeds in Nans’s Garden.’  By Kathryn Harrison (recommended)
  2. ‘What happened to Grandpa.’  By Maria Shiver (inspirational change agent)
  3. ‘Still my Grandma.’  By Veronique Van Den Abeele & Claude K. Dubois (award winning book)
  4. ‘Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge.’  By Mem Fox  (an oldie but a goodie – I have this one for my own children)
  5. Why Did Grandma Put her Underwear in the Refrigerator” by Max Wallack and Carolyn Given. (Written from a 7 year old’s perspective)

Finally, Dementia Resources (click here) have also complied a great reading list for children aged 1 to 15+ years helping to they understand dementia better.

A Literature Resource for the Reverend Caregiver:

 

The Artistry of Caregiving: Letters to Inspire Your Caregiver JourneyBy Carole Brecht (Author & Artist see Instagram @sangenwoman)

A deeply personal account of her caregiving experiences for her mother and I look forward to posting a review about it very soon. 

If you have a book you have written that represent the theme of this blog post, please contact me and I’d be delighted to add it to this page.

This short 2 minute cartoon video is also a great educational piece about knowing the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s

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17/07/2016
Kirsty Porter

The Cognitive Footprint Model

The Cognitive Footprint Model

Written By   Kirsty Porter | 17 July 2016

• Nurse & Aged Care Enthusiast •

The Cognitive Footprint & World Congress of Active Ageing 2016

 

I began my self-imposed industry research journey at the World Congress of Active Ageing in Melbourne (hosted by ISEAL), and it certainly had a profound and overwhelming affect on me.  Admittedly, beyond learning about this incredible and progressive industry unified in healthier and active ageing principles, I also found myself reflecting on my past and current lifestyle choices that will, according to real data outcomes, absolutely impact my ageing trajectory.

 

But there was one term that resonated with me, and it was only thrown out into the audience at the WCAA by keynote speaker, Professor Nicola Lautenschlager (University of Melbourne), for professionals to consider a re-modelled concept for long term cognitive health policies and interventions in their workplace.

 

The term was Cognitive Footprint.

 

I’d never heard of a cognitive footprint, carbon yes, but cognitive no.   Yet, within this analogy, I could appreciate how events in my life might have affected the way I think?  And indeed, if the events in all our lives are as varied and complex, so too might be our thoughts and the way we participate in society.

 

Of course, cognitive or brain health is not always a choice. Your development in-vitro, pharmacological side effects, accidents, the environment you live in, education access, etc. can determine cognitive health. But nevertheless, your cognitive health impacts how you participate in living.

 

So, inspired by this cognitive footprint concept, I threw myself into further research and began to understand its real global importance.   Further, it is absolutely perfect for my very first article published here, on The Age of Senescence.

 

Where did the term ‘Cognitive Footprint’ come from?

 

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Tap photo for full academic article….

 

I found two chaps, professors actually, working in London, who came up with the term in an article they published in The Lancet; a popular medical journal published in the UK.

 

Co-contributors to the term ‘cognitive footprintProfessor M. Rossor, Clinical Neurologist from UCL Institute of Neurology,  and Professor M. Knapp of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, both London, UK, present a viewpoint academic paper about remodelling the way nations need to address the challenges of dementia.

 

Rosser and Knapp predict that global inequitable and expensive dementia care costs will have economic fallouts, unless policy makers start investing in their most valuable asset; their nations cognitive capital.

 

The authors argue that by asking the question, “What is your cognitive footprint?” individuals and policy makers alike are forced to analyse what is positively or negatively impacting their societal cognitive health, and as such, societal outcomes which invariably impact a nations overall economic proficiency.

 

Brain Power
Pixabay & adapted by Kirsty

 

Rossor and Knapp believe nations that are proactive in achieving a positive cognitive footprint will fair better economically than those who don’t. This means, a nation that is mentally healthier, will be more efficient.  By fostering the term ‘cognitive footprint’, the true severity of dementias can truly be appreciated and, more importantly, globally quantified.  Moreover, if the term is aligned to other prominent modern challenges (such as ‘carbon footprint’ in the climate change debate), additional weight of its importance can be appreciated and a market brand or policy model can be developed.

 

It therefore also becomes a valid measurement to compare against other global nations as they compete to retain their society’s cognitive capital, reduce the severe economic consequences of all dementias, and seek instead to become healthier and more productive as a nation.

 

Lifetime policies for cognitive health not just end-stage dementia.

 

This article is a classic account of the tail that wags the dog. The authors are concerned about governments who are centrally focused on late-stage dementias instead of the broader, and arguably bigger, societal opportunities such as lifespan cognitive health promotion.  (See my article on achieving residential aged care organisational agility here)

 

Rossor and Knapp want policy makers to consider wider and more positive cognitive health policies and implementations influencing their nations cognitive longevity, rather than see them prey to the dementia epidemic.   Further, the authors state it is not enough that governing dementia strategic plans are available at point of diagnosis, but that they should be considering the wider opportunity to invest in their nations lifespan of cognitive health, which might reduce predispositions to cognitive impairment in the first place!

 

This observation by Rossor and Knapp is reasonably profound (evidence based), as it suggests that dementia, or rather its true definition cognitive decline, is more predominate in those who are exposed to events, pharmacology or lifestyle choices that inherently create cognitive impairment.

 

Therefore the cause of cognitive impairment, or decline such as we see in dementia, won’t just be confined to elder-hood, but what results from our entire life events, that impact our cognitive shape in old age.  Henceforth, this wonderful term Cognitive Footprint is coined and defined perfectly.

 

It’s about the cognitive health efforts of a whole society.

 

brain health
Illustration: Pixabay

 

Rossor and Knapp define cognitive health as bidirectional that relies on individuals and governments as equally significant parties who endorse policies and interventions towards positive cognitive health promotion.

 

For the individual; lifetime engagement in educational investment, safe exercise, good nutrition, protective environment and healthy social behaviours are essential activities to enhancing cognitive health. And as for governments, preserving their nations full cognitive potential over a lifespan requires for instance, a participative educational culture, a responsive public health system (especially pharmacology awareness), an adaptive social care system, a just legal structure, a protective environment (i.e. safe sanitation) and a contributing and productive workforce.

 

If the term cognitive footprint does indeed carry and become a mainstream political or social slogan, it might just represent real quantifiable conversations amongst communities who truly and whole-heartedly reject the prevalence of dementias.

 

Broadly speaking, this concept can span into other areas such as obesity and debilitating chronic illnesses that might also the result of the cognitive footprint model, and thus, my imagination boggles how this term can indeed be used to measure a nations wider cognitive efficiency – from conception until death.

 

I can’t help but reflect, how has my cognitive footprint affected my life in the past, my life now, my family’s life and our lives in the future?

 

One thing is for sure; my little family is and will be healthier for having learnt this.

 

AGEING BETTER TOGETHER 

 

Written by Kirsty Porter

Founder – The Age of Senescence.com 

All photos by: Kirsty Porter & Pixabay.
Feature photo adapted from Pixabay.com.
All views are my own and not affiliated with any other organisation

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Within these categories The Age of Senescence and will document individuals around the world, and groups of proactive societies, who are redefining traditional ageing and aged care systems, leading with transformational ideas and inspiring more choices for our next generation of elders and their caregivers.

The Age of Senescence will achieve this by researching and posting about global research, blogs, popular media, new technology and assistive equipment for people to age with support and safety, and to  remaining living in the home longer.

Created by an experienced aged care nurse, The Age of Senescence will explore which ageing societies are proactive in their response to an ageing population. Discovering which countries are leading adapting and innovative ‘age responsive’ concepts that are producing opportunities for multicultural and intergenerational communities to age better together.

 

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The Age of Senescence has 4 categories; The Dementia Cafe, Books & Media, Equipment & Technology and Research & Publications.

Within these categories The Age of Senescence and will document individuals around the world, and groups of proactive societies, who are redefining traditional ageing and aged care systems, leading with transformational ideas and inspiring more choices for our next generation of elders and their caregivers.

The Age of Senescence will achieve this by cataloging and posting critical global research articles, blogs, popular media, new technology and assistive equipment that is entirely directed at allowing people to age with support, safety and longer in their own homes.

Created by an experienced aged care nurse, The Age of Senescence will explore which ageing societies are proactive in their response to an ageing population. Discovering which countries are leading adapting and innovative ‘age responsive’ concepts that are producing opportunities for multicultural and intergenerational communities ageing better together.

 

 

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