Archives for September 2014

YALI Reflections: Benefiting from the guidance of AECOM experts

Initially, six weeks looked like a very long time but it flew by so fast. When I heard that I had been selected for the Mandela Washington Young African Leaders Initiative and would be at the Presidential Precinct, I was excited. It couldn’t have come at a better time as I was just about to […]

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Aging and resilience: We don’t need a revolution. We need a different perspective.

A survey conducted in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the United States revealed that if residents of Houston, Texas, could be guaranteed the same job with an equitable salary in another city, 60 percent would choose to leave rather than stay and fight for the future success of their city. Taken in conjunction with […]

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Aging and resilience: The two biggest challenges of our time are two faces of the same coin

Last month, the ratings service Standard & Poor’s issued a report citing climate change as one of the factors that will significantly impact a nation’s economy in the coming decades. Last year, the same report identified aging populations as a significant factor affecting a nation’s vulnerability. In my mind, these are not separate issues. Cities […]

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Aging in Place: Designing health care for Singapore’s Pioneer Generation

We are getting older — everyone, all of us — and no one is immune from this condition. Did you know that in Singapore the senior population above 65 years old will grow to more than 900,000 by 2030? In preparation, Singapore’s prime minister recently announced long-term plans to care for this specific senior population, […]

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Planning for aging populations

According to the United Nations Population Division, globally, the number of older persons (aged 60 years or over) is expected to more than double from 841 million people in 2013 to more than 2 billion in 2050. More health care capacity is required to cater to this increase in demand, not only in terms of […]

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YALI Reflections: A cultural exchange on the Fourth of July

Photo courtesy of Thomas Jefferson Foundation.  This July Fourth, I was pleased to represent AECOM at the naturalization ceremony held at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s hilltop home in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Fellows of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) were special guests at this quintessential American holiday event, when citizens come to observe and celebrate the […]

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The effects of a silver future

Longevity, in general, will increase through better health care and lifestyle. The challenge that faces us in the future is that we will be supporting an aged population with limited means.   This phenomena of a disproportionately larger elderly population compared to all age groups will be most marked in urban centres as city dwellers tend […]

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