This week’s new round up looks at how Japanese pensioners can have fun whilst taking part in the ‘second life scheme’. We also see if it is possible for exercise to reverse the ageing process, as well as 103-year-old Lilian from Sussex taking a much-enjoyed dip after 25 years.
Japan’s ‘Super-Ageing Population’
In a society where everyone can expect to live to 100-years-old, how do ‘super-ageing populations’ adapt. With 1/3 of their population over 65-years-old, Japan are now thinking of clever ways to keep everybody an active member of society.
With help from funding from the Japanese government, a scheme known as ‘The Second Life’ scheme has been developed. Housing has been redeveloped with this group of people in mind, alongside an onsite doctors and daily community groups.
A growing number of pensioners are signing up for the ‘Second Life’ scheme. This sees them taking on new careers and moving in to specialist housing and ready-made communities, helping them to life an active and engaged life.
Can Exercise Reverse the Ageing Process?
Many people start to take it easy during their retirement, especially as they head towards their 80’s and 90’s. However, there are a few individuals that are at the other end of the spectrum:
- John Starbrook – At 87-years-old, became the oldest runner to complete the 2018 London Marathon.
- Irene Opera – The 85-year-old track star, who has set multiple world athletic records in her age category.
Studies have shown that exercise is more effective than any drug at preventing many conditions older people face, such as muscle loss and balance problems. By including a small amount of physical activity, such as brisk walking or dancing into you daily routine you can help to slow down the ageing process. Studies even suggest some of the ageing processes can be reversed, such as
Lillian, aged 103, takes up Swimming Again!
After a 25-year break, 103-year-old Lilian O’Neill from East Sussex takes a much-loved dip. After being a keen swimmer, Lilian was disappointed when mobility issues meant she could no longer do her favourite activity.
However, care workers helped make this passion of hers possible, after a 25-year break and Lilian said she ‘thoroughly enjoyed it.’ Learn more about her story in this BBC News Video.