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Monday, May 4, 2015

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IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing

IFA 13th Global Conference

Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland and the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) invite you to join us for the International Federation on Ageing 13th Global Conference, Disasters in an Ageing World: Readiness, Resilience and Recovery.

Now accepting abstracts! More information can be found on the Conference Website.

Diabetic Retinopathy Barometer Survey

Did you know that diabetes and its associated complications is one of the leading causes of preventable blindness? Were you also aware that, globally, a large percentage of people with diabetes don’t know about this devastating complication and/or do not have access to the necessary treatments?

The IFA, IAPB and IDF, through a global study across 42 countries, are looking to gain information to help change the answers to these questions around awareness, access to screening and treatments and levels of education.

DR Call for Participants

We need help from health providers working in the field of diabetes, patient organizations and/or adults with diabetes.

Let your voice be heard and complete this survey!

Provider Survey

Patient Survey


Older People in Nepal Need Your Help!

DEC-Nepal-Assets-Age-International-Website-470x310 (2)On 25 April 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal and neighboring countries with devastating force, killing thousands of people, injuring thousands more, and causing widespread destruction. Many more thousands of people are sleeping on the streets among the rubble, doctors are operating in tents because the hospitals are so overwhelmed, and frequent aftershocks put more lives in danger hour by hour.

Approximately 600,000 people over age 60 are expected to be affected by this disaster. There is strong evidence that seniors experience disproportionate harm in the aftermath of natural disasters, and the impact for older people in Nepal is likely to be severe. Older people find it difficult to flee and carry possessions. They are much more susceptible to the cold hard floors on which they now sleep and there is a shortage of drugs to treat conditions like stroke and dementia.

  • AARP Foundation has created a relief fund to help the victims of this devastating earthquake with 100% of all funds raised going to organizations operating on the ground in the region. They will also match dollar-for-dollar contributions up to $225,000. To donate and learn more, visit the AARP Foundation Nepal Relief Fund.
  • Age International is on the ground in Nepal right now, helping the older people who desperately need us in the aftermath of this tragedy by delivering age-friendly aid packages. They are aiming to deliver essential temporary shelter and healthcare and to replace destroyed possessions, such as blankets, mattresses, clothing and cooking equipment. Please donate now to the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

Time is critical – We must act now to help the most vulnerable lives at risk.

Announcing a Dedicated Conference Track

“Age Friendly Cities & Communities – From Guide to Ground to Sustainability”

As part of the IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing, IFA and COTA Queensland, in collaboration with WHO, are pleased to announce the inclusion of a specific track on Age Friendly Cities and Communities. This will be the global opportunity in 2015 – 2016 to share policy, program and practices with colleagues from across the globe and to help build a sustainable knowledge mobilization network.AFC Postcard Option QLD

Call for abstracts is now open at www.ifa2016.org.au

Areas and topics of interest:

  • Sustainability and evaluating success
  • Age Friendly Business development
  • Communication, technology and innovation
  • Urban and regional planning, housing design and the built environment
  • Smart city innovation

Disaster Risk and Age Index

The new Disaster Risk and Age Index by HelpAge International looks at 190 countries based on the disaster risk faced by older people, capturing the ageing population and the acceleration of risk in a world increasingly exposed to natural and technological hazards. It demonstrates how leaving out older people in approaches to development, such as disaster risk management planning, can lead to bad outcomes in disasters.

Disaster Risk and Age Index

The report describes how older people are disproportionately affected by disasters through four key factors:

  1. Physical decline that comes with ageing, including poor health, mobility, sight and hearing
  2. Lack of adequate service provision, support and information for older people both on a daily basis and in emergencies
  3. Age discrimination which serves to exclude and isolate older people and often violates their rights
  4. High poverty levels among older people, often exacerbated by lack of social protection mechanisms and livelihood opportunities

Access the report here.

IFA 13th Global ConferenceContinue the discussions by joining us and delegates from across the globe at the IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing, Disasters in an Ageing World: Readiness, Resilience and Recovery.



Integrating Population Issues into Sustainable Development


“Leaving no one behind must mean just that….leaving no one behind. We want our young people to grow old and prosper with dignity.”

This is an excerpt concluding the Oral Statement by Dr Cynthia Stuen on behalf of the International Federation on Ageing and Stakeholder Group on Ageing at the United Nations 48th Commission on Population and Development (13 to 17 April 2015) in New York.

The Commission on Population and Development offers governments the appropriate data on demographic trends and shifts and the structure of different groups in order to determine how to prioritize and implement programmes and funding.

“The United Nations has pointed out that older persons aged 60 or over, are now the world’s fastest growing age group. There is no longer just a youth population bulge; there is now an age bulge.”

Some recommendations for the Commission include:

  • A paradigm shift that includes ageing persons as active contributors and rights holders in an ageing world;
  • The disaggregation of population data to include five year increments of age, gender and disability beyond the age of 60 years;
  • Older ages to be included in population subgroups within countries when referring to mortality and morbidity differentials

Access the full Statement here.

Independent Expert Welcomes Input on Implementation of MIPAA

MIPAAThe Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Ms. Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, is assessing the human rights implications of the implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 24/20.

The Independent Expert prepared the questionnaire with the objective to collect information about whether the implementation of MIPAA has enhanced the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons or whether it has had a negative impact and which rights have been affected.

The Independent Expert welcomes inputs from international and regional organisations, civil society, associations of older persons, national human rights institutions (NHRIs), academia, research institutions, and private sector, among others.

For more information, visit the OHCHR website.

The questionnaire is available and should preferably be completed in English, French and Spanish. Responses to the questionnaire should be addressed to the Independent Expert, Ms. Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, and sent to olderpersons@ohchr.org, with copy to Mr. Khaled Hassine (khassine@ohchr.org) by 31 July 2015.

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