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As the International AIDS Conference winds down, the culmination of the event anticipates that one message is clear: Ageing with HIV is an urgent matter that requires a lot of attention.

As one man put it, “I fear that if I need to be cared for, the carer would be as ill-informed and prejudiced about HIV as the general public.”

A number of integral sessions were conducted with regards to HIV and ageing. Andrea Beal of Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN) in Canada presented “One Day an Army of Grey-Haired Women may Quietly Take over the Earth”.

Global experts from around the world served on a panel on “HIV and Aging: The Challenge of the Epidemic’s Fourth Decade” covering topics such as ageism, stigma, prevention and the critical role of caregivers.

Judith Currier presented on the “Intersection of non-communicable diseases and Ageing in HIV” discussing a global action plan.

Here is what we learned from the AIDS2012 conference:

  •  It is expected that 50% of all persons with HIV in developed nations will be age 50 or older as early as 2015
  • Increased life expectancy for treated HIV now approaches survival rates similar to the general population.
  •  Older people with HIV have twice as many age-related health conditions as their HIV negative peers
  •  Discrimination, ignorance and poor clinical treatment continues to ensue about AIDS illness
  • Many health systems are not ready to cope with the influx of ageing HIV-positive people requiring medication and care
  • Older adults accounted for 15% of new cases of HIV in the US
  •  HIV positive people are at a greater risk for illnesses common in old age
AIDS awareness in Chimoio

AIDS awareness ad in Chimoio, Mozambique [Credit: Ton Rulkens, Flickr]

Looking at other ageing blogs helps us find good material to share.  This post is thanks to the Changing Aging Blog for sharing this video about ageing in Japan.  Enjoy

With the ageing of populations around the world, there is increasing attention being paid to types of technologies that can benefit the elderly by allowing them to stay home as they become increasingly dependent.

Monitoring technologies are becoming increasingly popular because they offer peace of mind, not only to the elderly but to their children as well.

A recent article on gives a good overview of the types of monitoring technologies being used in various settings in the US.

IAHSA and the Center for Aging Services Technologies [CAST] are working together to learn more about types of technologies being used in other countries. Post a comment here to help us learn what is popular in your country.

Population ageing and urbanization are two global trends that together comprise major forces shaping the 21st century. At the same time as cities are growing, their share of residents aged 60 and more is increasing.

The World Health Organisation [WHO] recently published a report that defines the factors that result in age friendliness and then evaluates the main cities of the world.

According to WHO, an age-friendly city encourages active ageing by optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security to enhance quality of life as people age.

And an age-friendly city adapts its structures and services to be accessible to and inclusive of older people with varying needs and capacities.

This is an interesting insight into the services and products that will increasingly be required as cities attempt to respond to the changing age demographics.

How does your city rank?

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