'VALENTINE'S DAY' AND OTHER FLICKS ... The Avenidas Movie Club will show the 2010 romance comedy "Valentine's Day" next Thursday, Feb. 13, at 1:30 p.m. Other movie club picks this month are Woody Allen's 2012 "To Rome With Love" on Thursday, Feb. 20, and the 2012 romantic drama "The Words" on Thursday, Feb. 27. Movie club, which includes refreshments and drinks, meets at 1:30 p.m. at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St. It's free for Avenidas members, and $2 for nonmembers.
AGING AROUND THE GLOBE ... An aging population is a looming economic and social burden, particularly in Europe and Northeast Asia, and to a lesser extent in the United States, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center. In many of these societies, the public recognizes the problem. How this recognition affects the emerging politics of global aging — allocation of scarce resources to pay for pensions and health care of the elderly — could prove a defining issue in graying economies around the world, the report said. Americans are less worried than most Europeans and Asians, reflecting the demographic reality that the U.S. population is aging more slowly, the report said. For example, the number of dependents (people under 15 and over 65) for every 100 people of working age (15 to 64) is projected to rise in the United States from 49 in 2010 to 66 in 2050. In Japan, the number of dependents for every 100 workers is projected to rise from 57 in 2010 to 96 in 2050.
FAMILY CAREGIVING 101 ... Emotional health, Alzheimer's, medications and art therapy are among the topics in a series of free Family Caregiving Workshops offered monthly through June by the Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center in Mountain View. This month's presentation, on Thursday, Feb. 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., features San Francisco psychologist Michael Priddy and psychiatric nurse practitioner Cara Hoepner in a discussion of emotional health. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 650-289-5498.
DESIGNING FOR INDEPENDENCE ... The Stanford Center on Longevity has announced seven finalists from 52 teams around the globe in its inaugural Design Challenge focused on maximizing independence for people with cognitive impairment. The seven include Automated Home Activity Monitoring from Stanford, which is a system for automatically detecting activities of daily living and generating a call for help when necessary; CareSolver, from Harvard University, a platform intended to give caregivers support and help in coordinating with a larger caregiving team; Confage, from San Francisco State University, a game that teachers older users how to better use touchscreen devices; Eatwell, from the Academy of Art in San Francisco, a tableware set designed for the needs of people with Alzheimer's; Memory Maps, from the Copenhagen Institute of Design, a system helping a person with early-stage cognitive issues and his or her family to record memories attached to real-world locations; Taste+, from Singapore National University, a spoon that electrically stimulates tastebuds to promote better eating for those with diminished taste sensation; ThermoRing, from San Francisco State, a visual indication of a stove burner that's left on or that's too hot to touch, a significant safety issue for people with dementia. Finalists will receive $1,000 and mentorship from the Design Challenge corporate sponsors prior to the finals, to be held at Stanford in April.
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