On 20th January 2015, I had the pleasure of attending a panel discussion on Caregiver-friendly Workplaces, put on by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). Read more →
Age-Friendly Network in Australia
Since 2007 the Western Australian State and Local Governments have had involvement with the WHO Age Friendly Communities approach. Almost 30 communities (both urban and rural) have used the approach.
Interest from local government, and other interested stakeholders to be connected, to share experiences, and to learn from one another in our age friendly work paved the way for the notion of an age friendly network in Western Australia.
The Local Government Managers Association (Western Australia) was identified as an organisation with several existing networks coming under their auspices. The addition of an Age Friendly Network under this organisation made sense using existing administrative infrastructure and the ability to reach several hundred members from local government in Western Australia and over 2,500 across Australia. Membership to the network is open not only to local government staff but inclusive of other individuals, groups and organisations wanting to be part of the age friendly work.
Initial funding has been provided by the State Government to support the development of the network arising out of an Age Friendly Forum held last November to introduce the concept of a network. The first meeting of this new network is scheduled for early 2015 with interest from across the aged and local government sector. Further information can be found on the LGMAWA website.
Introducing The IFA International Centre of Excellence on Ageing (IFAICEA)
“The good news is that, if we act now in a creative and proactive manner, we will have the greatest chance of realizing the potential benefits of the ageing trend – such as utilizing the immense social capital of older people – while avoiding its perils.” – Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum
A quote resonating with the IFA to go beyond our global reach and to engage with emerging markets in new and meaningful ways. This we are doing! We are pleased to advise that the “IFA INTERNATIONAL CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE ON AGEING” was incorporated by Corporations Canada under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act in December 2014 and will hold an office in Istanbul, Turkey in the coming months.
The IFA International Centre of Excellence in Ageing (IFAICEA) has been established to mobilize experts, expertise and knowledge on ageing in the context of developing a sustainable social and economic environment in the context of population ageing across with globe with particular priorities in the Middle East, Northern Africa and Eastern Europe.
The primary goal of the Centre is to help to reframe the agenda on ageing – by extending the focus beyond health care and pension provision through changes in attitudes, changes in care and changes in the environment. This will be achieved by establishing dedicated, trans-sectoral and transdisciplinary knowledge mobilisation platforms and programs through an ‘e-KM’ network that brings to a central source the best evidence and academic research available for knowledge users and end users.
The Centre will serve as fertile ground to engage political leaders, business partners and civil society in developing customized responses to address changing social, economic, and political systems related to older people. Three broad themes form the architectural framework of the Centre namely: (1) Older People in Family; (2) Older People in Care; and (3) Older People in the Environment.
This is a new and exciting venture and one that we will provide you with regular updates on and information on how you might get involved!
Global Status Report on Non-Communicable Diseases 2014
The WHO Global Status Report on Noncommunicable Diseases 2014 is the second in a triennial series tracking worldwide progress in prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are one of the major health and development challenges of the 21st century, in terms of both the human suffering they cause and the harm they inflict on the socioeconomic fabric of countries, particularly low- and middle-income countries.
“NCDs are driven by the effects of globalization on marketing and trade, rapid urbanization and population ageing”, states Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the WHO, “factors over which the individual has little control and over which the conventional health sector also has little sway. While individual behaviour change is important, tackling NCDs definitively requires leadership at the highest levels of government, policy development that involve all government departments, and progress towards universal health coverage”.
For more information on NCDs, visit the WHO website.
See how the IFA is creating awareness around NCDs through the Adult Vaccinations Global Campaign.
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows will collaborate on a project to enhance the quality of life of local seniors, and are among 28 B.C. communities that have been awarded age-friendly community planning and project grants. These grants are designed to support strategies to help seniors stay mobile, physically active, socially connected and healthy.
“Supporting seniors’ independence and health in their home communities is part of the province’s strategic vision for an age-friendly British Columbia,” said Health Minister Terry Lake in December, announcing the grant. “These grants will see local governments develop locally focused plans and projects to support the needs of older adults.”
For the 2015 grants, local governments were encouraged to consider projects that complement Accessibility 2024 and other provincial priorities for seniors such as dementia, elder abuse prevention and non-medical home supports. Accessibility 2024 is government’s 10-year plan to make B.C. the most progressive place for people with disabilities in Canada. Of the 28 funded projects, 12 projects include a focus on accessibility. Other successful applicants will specifically address issues facing seniors in rural communities.
Read the full article on Age-friendly plans at Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows.
Cracked: New Light on Dementia
In recognition of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, The Cyril & Dorothy, Joel & Jill Reitman Centre for Alzheimer’s Support and Training is hosting a play entitled “Cracked: New light on dementia” on Friday 23 January 2015 at 2:30 PM at 60 Murray Street in Toronto. The play tells the story of a family experiencing dementia of a family member and was developed by a group of health researchers and artists in regular collaboration with people with dementia and their family members. They hope to “cast new light on dementia to help us embrace the imperfections that define each of us, to envision new possibilities for relating, and to recognize and honour the individuality of those living with dementia.”
After the performance, people with dementia have talked about “letting go of fear” and “feeling comfortable in their skin”. It inspires new ways of interacting with persons with dementia and practicing dementia care.
The play has toured to long term care homes and has been the keynote at a National Conference on changing the culture of care in Canada. For more information or to RSVP to the event, please contact 1-416-586-4800 ext. 5882 or Reitmanevents@mtsinai.on.ca