One of the most impactful initiatives of IFA Patron Member Revera Inc is the “Age is More” project; an initiative created for the purpose of Read more →
Age is More Film Project - A Partnership Between Revera Inc. & Reel Youth
One of the most impactful initiatives of IFA Patron Member Revera Inc is the “Age is More” project; an initiative created for the purpose of combating ageism and challenging the negative attitudes, stereotypes and preconceptions that prevent older persons from living their lives to the fullest. The most recent “Age is More” undertaking is the “Age is More Film Project,” a partnership with Reel Youth; a non-profit organization that encourages the youth to create compelling films about important issues. Throughout the course of the project, 20 aspiring young documentarians were paired with an older counterpart residing in one of Revera’s retirement facilities, and tasked with creating a short, three-minute film based on their life. The ultimate outcome of this project was the creation of twenty compelling films and a demonstration of the true meaning of intergenerational solidarity.
IFA Director, International & Corporate Relations Mr. Greg Shaw, who is now a spokesperson for this project said the following about the initiative, “Older and younger Canadians need to find opportunities to connect more. The simple act of getting to know someone from a different generation promotes positive attitudes and behaviours, and helps address misperceptions that inadvertently set in when people don’t have enough exposure to each other.”
Read the full Press Release about the initiative here.
Watch all of the videos from the project here.
Global Ageing and Vision Advocacy Summit Report – Barcelona 2013
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In April 2013, the Global Ageing and Vision Advocacy Summit brought together many experts to discuss the challenges of vision loss and ageing. The mutual goals determined by the Summit delegates were to drive political attention through advocacy, increase awareness with strong and coordinated communications and strengthen research capabilities globally toward decreasing the incidence and impact of vision loss especially in older age groups.
The Summit stimulated critical and ground-breaking dialogue, which has led to new ways of thinking, speaking and advocating for vision health and ageing. At this seminal gathering of organizations and experts committed to improving conditions for older people, increased awareness and understanding, closer collaboration and powerful insights evolved.
The final report of this summit is now available here.
Global Ageing Issues & Action Journals now Available for Free!
While Global Ageing Issues & Action Vol 8.2 Technology and Long Term Care (2013) and the previous issue Vol 8.1 Rights of Older Persons (2012) are still available through the IFA Book Store or downloadable through the Members Only Section, all previous volumes of Global Ageing Issues & Action are now available online for free below:
- Global Ageing Issues & Action, Volume 7.2
- Global Ageing Issues & Action, Volume 7.1
- Global Ageing Issues & Action, Volume 6.2
- Global Ageing Issues & Action, Volume 6.1
- Global Ageing Issues & Action, Volume 5.2
- Global Ageing Issues & Action, Volume 5.1
- Global Ageing Issues & Action, Volume 4.3
Make sure to check our Recent Publications page for further updates as to when more journals and other useful resources related to ageing become available for free.
Reports on Supporting Carers in the Workplace
Demographic and policy changes will mean the numbers of women and men, who have caring responsibilities while employed, is increasing. An aging demographic and increases in longevity will likely result in a higher proportion of people with unpaid caring responsibilities for older people.
This in turn will potentially impact the existing arrangement and organization of work across the economy. It will also have a significant social impact, with the potential for nuclear family households no longer being the norm.
For carers, trying to juggle paid work and caring responsibilities can adversely impact career progression and work performance. The provision of support also has a long-term negative impact on participation in employment and income. When caring stops or the level of need decreases, carers often find it difficult to reenter the paid workforce.
In the context of changing demographics, potential skills and labour shortages, and increasing caring responsibilities, organizations need to give serious consideration to how they can retain their existing workforce and attract new people. Reports from Australia and the United Kingdom shed light on the importance of supporting carers in the workplace.
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2013 Brazil Longevity Forums: Developing a Culture of Care in response to the Longevity Revolution
Brazil October 2013 - two inter-connected events on the “Culture of Care” took place in Brazil in October- the Sao Paulo Longevity Forum (Oct. 15) and the Rio de Janeiro Longevity Forum (Oct. 16-17). The annual Sao Paulo Forum is part of an ongoing series of one day events on longevity. Content is overseen by Dr. Alexandre Kalache, President of ILC-Brazil. The Rio de Janeiro Forum was organized by the team at ILC-Brazil (ILC-BR) in partnership with the World Demographic Association (WDA). Generous funding from one of Brazil`s largest financial services corporations (Bradesco Seguros) meant that a large body of international experts, including IFA Secretary General Dr. Jane Barratt, could participate. Discussions highlighted the need for inclusive, person-focused care firmly grounded in human rights; the importance of age-friendly environments; the value within the international development landscape of the cultural context of care; and the multiple dimensions of care, including care in the context of emergency situations and at end of life.
The outcome, approved unanimously, is the Rio Declaration “Beyond Prevention and Treatment: Developing a Culture of Care in response to the Longevity Revolution”. View the Declaration here.