About Aging Innovation Week

Since its establishment in 2014, Silver Linings Global (SLG), a social enterprise, has been aiming to accelerate the development of innovative solutions for older adults. To achieve this goal, one of our efforts is to organize the annual event – Aging Innovation Week (AIW) as a regional platform to share best practices and facilitate dialogues and exchanges among key stakeholders in the aging sector. Over the past three years, we have invited more than 20 experts from countries such as United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Denmark, Israel, Japan, Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan to share their perspectives and experiences with more than 2000 attendees at forums and workshops.

Through collaborating with other countries, introducing best practices, and interacting and learning from each other, we believe that we will find ways to positively address the opportunities as well as finding solutions for the challenges rised from the rapidly aging society in Taiwan and the world.

Each year, we introduced different themes for the Aging Innovation Week:

  • 2014: Aging Innovation, the Global Trends and Taiwan’s Needs
  • 2015: Evolutionary Aging: High Tech with High Touch
  • 2016: Design Our Third Act
  • 2017: Fun Long Life
  • 2018: New Era of Aging
  • 2019: My Life My Choice

2019 Aging Innovation Week at a Glance

Date Event Description Place Registration
11/02 (Saturday) Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge Asia Finals “Reducing the Inequity Gap: Designing for Affordability” is the theme for 2019-2020. Seven student teams will be giving pitches to compete for three finalist spots. Three teams from the professional group will also given presentation to share their ideas that are aiming at addressing the local needs. The student group finalists from Asia final are encouraged to participate the global pool and compete against products and ideas from all over the world.

GIS MOTC Convention Center 5th floor
11/04-06 (Monday - Wednesday) Industry Tour

Participants will visit four innovative models: RiTEK Day Care Center, The Silver Cafe, Heling Home Care which are located in New Taipei City and Plahan Co-living Space in Taichung. Various locations
11/07
(Thursday)
International Summit The 6th Aging Innovation Week will be held under the theme: “My Life My Choice”. We invite speakers from Japan, Denmark, Netherlands and Taiwan to speak on the theme and share how we can make progress to provide a better later life that everyone is in control through economic incentives, policymaking, technology innovation. Meet the experts to present and lead the discussions on innovative ideas and service/business models focusing on the topics of "Co-living communities,""Reablement" and "Apply Technology in Aging Space." No. 85, Zhong An Street, Zhong He District, New Taipei City
11/08-09 (Friday - Saturday) Workshops Two workshops will be conducted and led by instructors from overseas. Nov. 8 workshop will be about the best practices from Japan and Netherladns. The morning session focuses on the success story of Irodori in Kamikatsu. Led by Founder and President of Irodori. The afternoon session focusese on how to apply technological innovation to improve the quality of life. Led by senior researcher from Vilans. Nov. 9 workshop will be led by instructor from Aarhus, Denmark and focuses the city's experience to implement reablement policy and provide best practices. No. 85, Zhong An Street, Zhong He District, New Taipei City

Silver Linings Global Proudly Present

The 6th Aging Innovation Week: My Life, My Choice

Turn Longevity into a Blessing

According to IMF 2016 report: overall in Asia, the demographic dividend, where a young, growing work force (aged 15-64) helped drive the region’s rapid growth in recent decades, is coming to an end. Fertility rates are declining and people are living longer. Now many countries, particularly in East Asia, will be the fastest-aging societies in the world in the next few decades. The region’s population growth, which is already negative in Japan, is slowing and projected to fall to zero by 2050. More than a third of the population in Singapore and South Korea are at least 50 years old; in Japan that share is close to half the population.

Does rapid growing aging population only bring negative impact? Or are there business and economic opportunities that we can tap into? While human life expectancies have added 30 years over the past 100 years, longevity is no longer a curse but more of a blessing.

My Life My Choice

We believe that no matter what age we are at and what condition we are in, everyone wants to feel in control of their own lives, even for those who have limitation about their physical capability. However, undere the current long term care systems and environments in Taiwan, in many situations, the elderly actually does not have choices about what they can do and what kind of lifestyle they want to lead. If they live in a nursing home, they probably don't even get to decide what time they wake up and what to eat for lunch. To provide a more person-center care system and make the philosophy work, we have to change the current mindset about care. To make things different, we need everyone in the system to “wake-up” and start finding alternative and innovative solutions, including the elderly and the people around them.

We invited speakers from Japan, Denmark, Netherlands and Taiwan to speak on the theme and share how we can make such changes through economic incentives, policymaking, technology innovation. Three sub-themes will be presented under the main theme: Create co-living community to increase overall well-being of the society; Implement reablement and rehabilitation to enable and empower everybody; Leverage on the technology innovation and collaboration among different professional backgrounds to create more holistic and realistic solutions.

The theme of Summit "My Life, My Choice" is designed to educate, connect and inspire innovators in aging and senior care from the globe. Entrepreneurs, service providers, executives, investors and seniors themselves will benefit from rich networking, presentations on key trends as well as focus a spotlight on some of the most innovative local models.

Why attend?

  • Build critical relationships within Silver Linings Global's global community to support your growth and collaboration in the year ahead

  • Network with the decision makers and investors that can help you grow your business

  • Hear from thought leaders about important trends both inside and adjacent to senior care that will transform the aging experience

  • Interact with innovators and products from around the region

11/07 Summit Agenda

Time Event Speaker
8:30-9:00 Registration  
9:00-9:20 Welcome Session Hsin-ling Tsai
Co-Founder & CEO, Silver Linings Global
9:20-9:35 Keynote: City of Aging Innovation
TBD
Representative from New Taipei City
9:35-10:25 Keynote: Irodori's Success Story (Japan)
Mr. Yokoishi Tomoji
President, Irodori, Inc.
10:25-10:45 Local Sharing: Plahan Co-living Space in Taichung Ms. Doris Yiying Lin
Former Deputy Mayor of Taichung
10:45-11:00 Break  
11:00-11:50 Keynote: The Aarhus Experience (Denmark)
Ms. Jette Skive
Commissioner, Health and Welfare Bureau, Aauhus, Denmark
11:50-12:10 Local Sharing: Integrated Training on Foreign Care Workers Ms. Rushen Chen
Project Manager, May-God Human.Care
12:10-12:35 Panel Discussion
Moderator: Ms. Ran-Chou Chen, Commissioner, Department of Health, New Taipei City
Panelists:
Yokoishi Tomoji, President, Irodori, Inc.
Jette Skive, Commissioner, Health and Welfare Bureau, Aauhus, Denmark
Doris Yiying Lin, Former Deputy Mayor of Taichung
Rushen Chen, Project Manager, May-God Human.Care
12:35-14:00 Lunch & Networking  
14:00-14:30 Startup/Innovative Model Showcase  
14:30-15:20 Keynote: Make Technology the Key Enabler for Active Aging (Netherladns)
Mr. Henk Herman Nap
Senior Researcher, Vilans
15:20-15:35 Break  
15:35-15:55 Local Sharing: The "Pillow Fight" Case Study: From Student Work to Real World Application Ms. Ros Lee
CEO, Hondao Senior Citizen's Welfare Foundation
15:55-16:15 Local Sharing: Apply Design Concept to Dementia Preventaion and Care Mr. Kevin Yang
Founder, 5% Design Action
16:15-16:40 Panel Discussion Moderator: Dr. Yeh-Liang Hsu
Panelists:
Henk Herman Nap, Senior Researcher, Vilans
Ros Lee, CEO, Hondao Senior Citizen's Welfare Foundation
Kevin Yang, Founder, 5% Design Action
16:40-17:00 Closing Ceremony  

Speakers

Photo Name Country Background
Yokoishi Tomoji Yokoishi Tomoji
President, Irodori, Co. Ltd.
Japan Yokoishi Tomoji is the main driver behind the town's leaf business and successfully transform the lives of people who live there, most of them are over 70 years old. Irodori is located in the little town of Kamikatsu in Tokushima prefecture. Establish in 1999 with both local government and private sector to help to sell "tsumamono ( decorative leaves )" that add color and elegance to each meal. Irodori, which has contracts with 150 farmers, now posts ¥300 million in annual sales using of ICT. Therefore, now this leaf-selling business is called "ultimate elderly care industry", attracts global media attention and international visitors every year.
Jette Skive Jette Skive
Concilor, Health and Care Department, Aarhus
Denmark Jette Skives was elected in 2013 as council for the Department for Health and Care in Aarhus. Her department oversees three key areas including health, strategic development and finance and hire more than 2600 employees to providing services to seniors, carer training, reablement and rehabilitation, home care and nursing care services, the operation of nursing home, dementia and community care centers and other health promotion and prevention programs.
Henk Herman Nap Henk Herman Nap
Senior Advisorß, Vilans
Netherlands Henk Herman Nap has many years of experience in guiding and coordinating implementation, evaluation and validation research in the field of eHealth, home automation, games for health and Ambient Assisted Living.  He has been communicating knowledge in (Inter) national conferences, workshops and (scientific) publications. He has a PhD in Geronachnology in 2008. Postdoc in senior gamers and Project Coordinator of a European eHealth tender and implementation project.
Yiying Lin Yiying Lin
Former Deputy Mayor of Taichung
Taiwan Yiying Lin is the former CEO of Hondao Senior Citizen's Welfare Foundation and main creator and promotor of the global phenomenal active aging program “Go Grandriders.” When she was the deputy mayor of Taichung, she proactively initiated many innovative services and streamline programs. After leaving the post on December 2018, she became a care worker who choose to work at the front line in Dakuan area to observe issues and opportunities to build a more integrated and holistic long term care system in Taiwan.
Rushen Chen
Project Manager, May-God Human Care
Taiwan Rushen Chen is a qualified Type A Case Worker in Taichung who has a rich background in nursing in both medical institutions and long term care facilities. She is also the first care coach in Taichung. She is a strong believer and promoter for reablement and rehabilitation. Other than working side by side with care receivers, she focuses on giving training sessions to carers to gain in-depth knowledge and mindset about reablement with a can do attitude.
Ros Lee Ros Lee
CEO, Hondao Senior Citizen's Welfare Foundation
Taiwan Ros Lee has a master degree at NPO Management from Nan Hua University. She joined Hondao Senior Citizen’s Welfare Foundation in 2005 and took over the CEO position in 2016. She is a strong advocate of active aging programs such as Grandriders, Grand Baseball. She also focuses on preventive and innovative solutions such as All-in-One care model and the the establishment of Bulao #125.
Kevin Yang Kevin Yang
Founder, 5% Social Deisgn Action
Taiwan Kevin Yang has a diverse background in music & performance, management & finance and design. He founded 5% Social Design Platform in 2013 with a mission that to start social innovation not only need great design but also real action. The platform has been focusing on aging issues in recent years with several program including operating the care cafe, design an innovative dementia related care program.

11/08-09 Workshop

Time: 9:00 - 17:00

Address: No. 85, Zhong An Street, Zhong He District, New Taipei City

11/08 Workshop led by instructors from Japan and Netherlands

Morning Session 09:00-12:30|Learning from Irodori's Success Experience (Japan)

Continue on the theme of "Co-living in the community," this workshop will look into the success of Irodori's leaf business and learn step by step what attitude and mindset to establish in order to create a successful local business that integrates with the community which can become the main driver transforming a town or a city.

Afternoon Session 13:30-17:00 | How to Apply Technology for Independent Living(Netherlands)

This workshop focuses on the topic of technology in aging and led by senior researcher from Vilans, Netherlands, Henk Herman Nap. He will provide many case studies and bring in-depth learning from various projects whether they are sucessful or not. He will also bring some new technology prototypes to try out onsite.

Instructor

Photo Name Country Background
Yokoishi Tomoji Yokoishi Tomoji
President, Irodori, Co. Ltd.
Japan Yokoishi Tomoji is the main driver behind the town's leaf business and successfully transform the lives of people who live there, most of them are over 70 years old. Irodori is located in the little town of Kamikatsu in Tokushima prefecture. Establish in 1999 with both local government and private sector to help to sell "tsumamono ( decorative leaves )" that add color and elegance to each meal. Irodori, which has contracts with 150 farmers, now posts ¥300 million in annual sales using of ICT. Therefore, now this leaf-selling business is called "ultimate elderly care industry", attracts global media attention and international visitors every year.
Henk Herman Nap Henk Herman Nap
Senior Researcher, Vilans
Netherlands Henk Herman Nap has many years of experience in guiding and coordinating implementation, evaluation and validation research in the field of eHealth, home automation, games for health and Ambient Assisted Living.  He has been communicating knowledge in (Inter) national conferences, workshops and (scientific) publications. He has a PhD in Geronachnology in 2008. Postdoc in senior gamers and Project Coordinator of a European eHealth tender and implementation project.
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11/09 Workshop led by instructor from Denmark

The all-day workshop will be led by Mr. Ivan Kjær Lauridsen, head of Center for Assisted Living Technology in Aarhus. The workshop will offer attendees practical knowledge on how to support older people to regain physical or social functionality and achieve better quality of life.

    Topics may include, but not limited to:
  • Approaches to assess individuals' needs
  • Key factors to consider when choosing the reablement program
  • Training and reblament for different cohort (people with dementia, people who are frail)
  • Approaches to motivate older people to be active throughout the rabblement program
  • Approaches to measure the outcomes of the reablement program
  • Use of assistive technology in the reablement program

Instructor

Photo Name Country background
Ivan Kjær Lauridsen Mr. Ivan Kjær Lauridsen
Head of Center for Assisted Living Technologies
Denmark Ivan Kjær Lauridsen starte his career as a registered nurse to work in nursing facilities and homecare, eventually promoted to management roles. In 1998, he became the Area Manager Bjørnshøj Centret (Area facility for all senior services, Municipality of Aarhus), then Head of office for Operation, - Department of service (Aarhus) for 2 years, then Head of staff, Region North, (Professional Development) for 5 years. In 2010, he was appointed as Head of Health and assisted living technologies (welfare technology in Aarhus). He initiated several living technology implementations in Aarhus such as 2000+ ceiling hoists in care apartments / nursing homes / homecare: Approx. 1000 shower and dry toilets; A number of eating robots and also run test on GPS for people with dementia and different tests including night watch cameras, sensors to measure activity and the use pattern of different tecnologies.
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