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Companion Animals and Active Ageing
Pet ownership and other forms of companion animal engagement have been increasingly understood as playing a role in active ageing. Although research is limited, there is some evidence to suggest that there are emotional, physical, psychological, and economic benefits to engaging with companion animals into late life.
Dr. James Gillett, Dr. Meredith Griffin, and Ms. Rachel Weldrick discuss research on active ageing and the association with physical activity, leisure, and companion animals. Reference is made to the IFA report “Companion Animals and the Health of Older Persons” by observing the benefits of companion animals in late life and recommendations for future research in this field.
For more information, view the poster presentation.
Are Income-Based Public Drug Benefit Programs Fit for an Ageing Population?
Up until the late 1990s, people 65 and older received universal, almost first-dollar public drug coverage in most provinces. But with population ageing, the public liability associated with age entitlements has become a major concern for governments. Four provinces have discontinued their age-based programs, which covered most of the costs of medications for seniors, and replaced them with income-based programs, which protect all seniors against catastrophic drug costs. Other provinces have started to move or are considering moving in this direction.
Steven Morgan, Jamie Daw and Michael Law assess the performance of income-based public drug plans against three key policy objectives: access, equity and efficiency. They recommend moving to public plans that offer full and universal coverage of prescription drug costs, financed through personal income taxes. Such plans would provide more equitable coverage for high-needs prescription-drug users. This approach would also enable government to achieve greater cost efficiencies and improve health outcomes.
Is this policy sound? Read the report.
WHO Kobe Centre Technical Officer Position
The WHO Kobe Centre is recruiting a technical officer to conduct research on innovation for ageing populations. The WHO Centre for Health Development (also known as the “WHO Kobe Centre”) conducts research on the consequences of social, economic, and environmental change and its implications for health policies. In response to global health trends and to assist countries in designing and implementing comprehensive programmes for UHC, the Innovation for Healthy Ageing team focuses on the challenges and opportunities related to rapidly ageing populations in many communities and countries worldwide.
This position will include:
- Conducting WKC research on specific innovations relevant to ageing populations
- Supporting the development of a framework for encouraging greater innovations in health technologies for ageing populations to guide multiple stakeholders
- Organizing of technical sessions for WHO 2nd Global Forum on Innovation for Ageing Populations, and
- Supporting the process of piloting and developing a WKC web-based platform on innovation for ageing populations.
The post is located in Kobe, Japan. Candidates may apply via the WHO e-Recruitment system. Please note the closing date is 5 January 2015.
For additional information, please see the WHO Employment Opportunities.
Charter on Gender and Ageing
As an outcome of the 2nd International Longevity Forum, the Charter on Gender and Ageing highlights the fundamental aspect of the development of a culture of care. The social construction of gender informs all aspects of ageing in every socioeconomic, cultural and institutional context. The longevity revolution necessitates the evolution of a new paradigm which must lead to more active citizenship, greater social and economic justice and a more inclusive and comprehensive culture of care.
In the context of rapid population ageing within an increasingly globalized and migratory world, gender equity is essential to harness the full experiences and capabilities of every person. We must strengthen both international and national laws in relation to the rights of older women and men, seek to refine customary practice at all ages and convene a shared vision of gender equality. Other areas that require attention toward gender and culture include health, life-long learning, participation, and security.
This forum brought together more than 30 experts to debate and provide recommendations on gender and ageing. It was held in Rio de Janeiro on 16-17 October 2014 by the International Longevity Centre (ILC) Brazil.
Depth Perception Art Auction
On November 19th, 2014, in collaboration with OCAD University, the IFA successfully put on its first ever fundraiser, Depth Perception: The Fusion of Art and Culture.
The goal of the event, to raise awareness for Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) by auctioning 13 incredible pieces of art work, could not be achieved without the generosity of our sponsors from Revera, Empire Life, Home Instead and Essential Conversations, public guests and most importantly, five of the artists from OCAD who were there showing their support.
The venue, ArtScape Youngplace, provided an open and clean space that allowed the depth and detail in each piece to be prominent and emphasized even more how much time and effort truly went into each piece of work.
Eight of the artworks have been sold, and among gift cards and ticket sales, an unbelievable $18,000 was raised from this event! That being said, five pieces of artwork are still available for purchase here and gift cards displaying each piece of artwork are also available for purchase. These cards are perfect to send to family and friends during the upcoming holidays, while still maintaining support and awareness towards AMD.
The IFA would like to personally thank all the artists who donated their time and work to the event, the sponsors, the event coordinator Ms Shelly Potter and to all OCAD staff for helping make this event the success that it was.