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Friday, April 18, 2014

 IFA 12th Global Conference on Ageing

“Health, Security, and Community”


INFOGRAPH 3-page-0The International Federation on Ageing is proud to be co-hosting, alongside the Heritage Foundation, the 12th International Federation on Ageing Global Conference on Ageing. The event is scheduled to be held from June 10-13, 2014  in the Hyderabad International Convention Centre in Hyderabad, India.


  • Professor Muhammad Yunus Professor Muhammad Yunus Chairman, Yunus Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Founder, Grameen Bank, Nobel Laureate, 2006
  • Dr. John Beard Dr. John Beard Director, Ageing and Life Course Programme, World Health Organization
  • Dr. Lieve Fransen Dr. Lieve Fransen Director, Europe 2020, Directorate-General Employment, Social Afffairs and Inclusion, European Commission
  • Dr. Jack Watters Dr. Jack Watters Vice President, External Medical Affairs, Pfizer
  • Dr. Alexandre Kalache Dr. Alexandre Kalache President, International Longevity Centre - Brazil, Founder, WHO Active Ageing Framework
  • Dr. Kiran Bedi Dr. Kiran Bedi Founder, India Vision Foundation, India's first/highest ranking female officer
  • Ms. Chetna Gala Sinha Ms. Chetna Gala Sinha Founder, Mann Deshi Mahila Group World Fellow, Yale University
  • Ms. Kasia Jurczak Ms. Kasia Jurczak Policy Analyst, Directorate-General Employment, Social Afffairs and Inclusion, European Commission
  • Dr. Yves Joanette Dr. Yves Joanette Scientific Director, Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Ageing
  • Mr. Tom Wright Mr. Tom Wright Group Chief Executive, Age UK

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SOM Infograph (thumbnail)The IFA 5th Senior Government Officials Meeting (SOM) represents a unique opportunity for senior government officials and Ministers from throughout the world to meet and examine current trends in policy and practice on specific areas of interest in light of the increasing population ageing.  This year’s SOM will focus on connecting formal and informal care.  Senior government officials and Ministers will consider the challenges and barriers that hinder the connections between formal care and informal caregiving and by examining existing trends will determine potential policy options to enact positive change in their respective countries.

Please help us develop the SOM program by taking the time to fill out this short, 10-minute survey!

World Health Day 2014 - Vector Borne Diseases

Vector Borne“World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April of each year to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. Each year a theme is selected that highlights a priority area of public health. The Day provides an opportunity for individuals in every community to get involved in activities that can lead to better health.

The topic for 2014 is vector-borne diseases.

What are vectors and vector-borne diseases?

Vectors are organisms that transmit pathogens and parasites from one infected person (or animal) to another. Vector-borne diseases are illnesses caused by these pathogens and parasites in human populations. They are most commonly found in tropical areas and places where access to safe drinking-water and sanitation systems is problematic….” Learn more about this year’s World Health Day and the drive to generate awareness about vector-borne diseases and increase global protection by clicking [here]

The prevalence of vector-borne diseases is an issue that affects the older population greatly.  Along with children, the older population is the most vulnerable to contracting these diseases.  Even more worrisome is the fact that certain vector-borne illnesses like Chikungunya and Tick-borne encephalitis tend to be more severe when contracted by older people and can even lead to death. The IFA commends the WHO for choosing this important topic as the theme for 2014′s World Health Day.

Current and Emerging Issues Facing Canadian Seniors - Fireside Chat

Fireside Chat (Francais)With the ageing of the population, seniors and near-seniors issues are at the forefront of economic, health and social policy decision makers. Much has been documented by experts on the needs of an aging population but questions remain, “Are the seniors’ policy issues we face today the same as what we will face in the future?” Have the current policy issues remained constant or are issues shifting priority? Are new issues emerging?

Join us for an interactive discussion with  IFA Secretary General, Dr. Jane Barratt who will be sharing the IFA’s findings on the current and emerging issues facing Canadian seniors and seniors across the globe.

This Fireside Chat, sponsored by Employment and Social Development Canada will be of interest to government policy and program representatives, health and social care practitioners, seniors’ organizations, academic researchers, and students in the field of gerontology, psychology, nursing and social work.

Learn more about this webinar and register to participate here


IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing – Calling for Bids

PrintThe IFA is now calling for bids to host the 13th Global Conference on Ageing.  We are inviting organizations to submit proposals that illustrate the dynamic and transformative opportunities of an ageing population. The IFA is interested in proposals focusing on a single-themed conference that highlights emerging trends and the global significance of an ageing population.

Since 1992, IFA has convened thought provoking global conferences, that have brought together international leaders representing various sectors; NGOs, government, academia, civil society, and industry.  Working in collaboration with the IFA, the host organization will be internationally recognized and will have the opportunity to build stronger networks, foster future development opportunities, and engage in dialogue with international leaders to build a relationship beyond the conference.

Applicants should direct questions / queries regarding the guidelines or selection process to the IFA Secretariat who will pass these on to our Secretary General, Dr Jane Barratt.  Completed e-proposals will be accepted up until the close of business Friday 28th February 2014.

To learn more about this unique opportunity, please click here to download the submission guidelines.

Reports from the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG)

Delegate Report on the Fourth Session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing

4th OEWG ReportTo summarize some of the discussions and work which were undertaken at the fourth session of the United Nations Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing, Mr. Telmo Languiller, Delegate of the IFA and MP, Victoria, Australia has compiled an informative and interesting report.  Within the report, Mr. Languiller provides context about the history of the OEWG, the outcomes of its previous three sessions, the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA), and finally a comprehensive overview of the proceedings, discussions, and outcomes of the fourth session which took place from 12-15 August, 2013.

The report is a comprehensive document which, among other things, provides a synopsis of the key rights related challenges encountered by older people as identified and discussed at the meeting.  This includes insights into challenges related to social security, age-based discrimination,  older people and the workforce, the right to health, and more.  Also of note is the overview provided of the deficiencies and gaps which exist within existing human rights frameworks; an apt illustration of why a specifically designed international convention is necessary. Finally, Mr. Languiller’s report provides an excellent summary on the input provided by representatives from member states across various regions, amalgamating these comments into an overview of the different regional approaches which currently exist to address the challenge of protecting the rights of older people across the world.

To learn about any of the above mentioned topics in more detail, read Mr. Languiller’s full report [here]

Delegate Report on the Second Session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing Now Available in Spanish

OEWG Languillerin 2012, Mr. Telmo Languiller attended the second session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing, also as a delegate of the IFA.  Read a full summary of this report: http://www.ifa-fiv.org/why-is-it-important-to-recognize-the-rights-of-older-persons-within-the-framework-of-international-human-rights/

To download this document in English please click [here]
Para descargar este documento en Español, haz clic [aqui]


Managing Older People with Type 2 Diabetes: IDF Global Guideline

”Managing Older People with Type 2 Diabetes,” a report published by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) in 2013 is a global guideline meant to respond to one of the most important conditions experienced by older people and the rapidly ageing population.

This report marks the first time the IDF has compiled research on diabetes within the older population specifically, providing a meaningful list of recommendations for managing the harmful effects of diabetes within this cohort.   Recommendations have been compiled so as to be beneficial for those in all countries, regardless of development status and cultural differences, and are tailored to be useful for those affected with the condition, clinicians, caregivers,
governments, and more.

Click [here] to read the full report!

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Articles of Enduring Interest

Global Age-Friendly Cities Guide – Available in Russian

Thanks to Dr. Gulnara Minnigaleeva of the NGO, Retired Persons’ Organization “Wisdom Ripening” the WHO Age-friendly Cities Guide is available in Russian. The establishment of “Wisdom Ripening” came about as a result of the WHO Global Age-Friendly Cities Project in the city of Tuymazy, Republic of Bashkortostan, Russian Federation. The organization serves the interests of older peple of the city and works on making the city “livable” for all ages. They received the official status of a nonprofit nongovernmental organization in 2008 and are registered with the Federal Authorities of the Russian Federation.

Their mission is to contribute to providing social security for older persons; create Age-Friendly Environment in concordance with the Age-Friendly Cities Guidelines developed by the World Health Organization; to organize, facilitate and support projects to ensure Active Aging in Tuymazy, Russian Federation; and to work to strengthen humanitarian society and volunteerism. Go to http://wisdomripening.org/ to learn more.

Current and Emerging Issues Facing Older Canadians

The IFA has just released a report on current and emerging issues facing older Canadian that aims to improve policy responses to critical age-related issues through the identification, investigation and analysis of specific country trends and responses that are applicable to the Canadian context and population trends. Ageing issues are complex and not only about seniors.

The notion of a life course perspective was introduced more than a decade ago yet is seeing resurgence in the context the labor market strategies, the work-life balance, the role of family caring and being active and connected as we age. In the study of current and future issues facing older Canadians, all levels of governments, industry and the non-governmental sectors revealed not only layers of a discreet subject (such as an ageing workforce) but more importantly the interrelationships among the issues and the interconnectedness between the issues.

Not surprisingly the issues of ageing in place and support to caregivers were rated as the highest priority. On behalf of the IFA our thanks to members and contributors to this important study. You can view the full report here.

Ageing, Alzheimer’s disease/dementias and caregiving in NCD Summit 2011 Outcomes

Seventy five per cent of the 35 million deaths from NCDs worldwide affect people aged 60 and over, the majority of whom live in low- and middle-income countries. The rapid increase predicted in the number of older people in the developing world from 473 million in 2009 to 1.6 billion in 20502 makes addressing older people’s needs regarding NCDs an urgent priority.

The UN High Level Meeting on non-communicable diseases can be a critical moment for rallying global efforts to meet the needs of all age groups affected by NCDs. The proposals on the table have the potential to help shift the behaviour of millions of people to healthier lifestyles and provide much needed healthcare, treatment and support.

UN Member States’ efforts to tackle NCDs will be strengthened greatly by ensuring the following:

Ageing is recognised as a key driver of NCDs and active steps are taken to address people’s health needs across the life-course;

Health planning focuses on preventable morbidity and death without setting arbitrary age limits for good health;

Mental and neurological diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, are recognised as an important cause of morbidity that contribute to the global NCD burden and that NCD prevention programmes and health care interventions provide equitable access to effective programmes for these illnesses;

Palliative care and support provision is scaled up alongside preventive and curative measures for NCDs;

Follow-up to the commitments made at the NCD High Level Meeting include specific indicators relevant to older age groups.

We welcome the progress made so far to address these issues as reflected in the draft Political Statement. These commitments also need to be reflected in national NCD plans that Member States will develop.

View the UN Declaration of the NCD Summit.

Voices of Advocacy: Older Women Speak Out!

“How do we engage, nurture and sustain older women advocates in civil society?” In 2009/10 Peggy Edwards studied the unique Grandmothers To Grandmothers Campaign (in Canada and Africa) to find answers to this question.

Older women who volunteer in the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign are working to turn the tide on HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, and to provide a voice in Canada and with international agencies for African grandmothers and the millions of AIDS orphans in their care. The Grandmothers Campaign is affiliated with the Stephen Lewis Foundation. (www.grandmotherscampaign.org)

There are now over 240 groups in Canada from coast to coast.

“Against all odds, the Grandmothers Campaign has become a social movement. The grandmothers have not only raised awareness but a huge sum of money ($12 million in five years!) but they have become a force of political advocacy at crucial political moments… The Grandmothers Campaign has helped to transform international development policy.” … Stephen Lewis, former UN Envoy on AIDS in Africa.

Peggy’s website at www.grannyvoices.com provides the results of her work through a 10-minute video and other innovative products and teaching tools. Use of these tools will provoke reflection and discussion about the role of older women as passionate, committed and skilled advocates for social justice, and the Grandmothers Campaign. Peggy’s work was supported by the Alan Thomas Fellowship granted by the Carold Institute for the Advancement of Citizenship in Social Change (www.carold.ca)

“The video inspired us to stand in solidarity with the African grandmothers who are raising millions of AIDS orphan, and to keep working to turn the tide on HIV and AIDS in Africa”. … member of a grandmother group, Toronto, ON.

“The video and handouts break down negative stereotypes about aging and provoked a good conversation about intergenerational relationships and the capacity of older women as leaders and learners in modern society”. … professor, School of Nursing, George Brown College, Toronto, ON.

Food Crisis and Older People

16 October 2011 was both World Food Day and Blog Action Day. As a result, the theme for Blog Action was food, but more specifically, the focus of World Food Day was “Food prices – from crisis to stability”.

Older people key providers of food

Older people have been affected by the food crisis, price hikes and the devastating drought and famine in east Africa.

At first, the situation seems contradictory: Older people are the key producers and providers of food, yet millions go hungry. They play a vital role in producing, preparing and providing food and high proportion of farmers in developing countries are older people.

In Jamaica for example, the average age of farmers is over 55. In Mozambique, more than two-thirds of the Small Farmers Union members are over 50.

However, there are many reasons why so many older people are going hungry. Reduced mobility can affect older people’s access to food. Land can also be a problem; as the need for farmland increases, older people can be victims of land grabbing. The declining capacity to farm, changes in the environment, as well as the demands of caring and insufficient income can also be huge issues for older people.

The crisis in Ethiopia is an example of many of the above reasons converging and leading to devastating results.

For more information or donation, click here.

Japan Disaster Appeal – Supporting Older Vulnerable People

The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) together with Friends of IFA (FOIFA) Japan are launching a focused fund-raising campaign for a specific project that aims to assist organizations providing support and care services to vulnerable older people affected by the most powerful earthquake to hit north east Japan in more than 100 years.

Our prayers and sympathies go out to our friends, colleagues and their families of those lost in the earthquake in Japan. The effect of the earthquake and subsequent tsunamis has had devastating consequences for the lives of tens of thousands of people, their families and their communities.

The IFA has a strong affinity with older people in Japan through members such as the Japan Productive Ageing Centre, the Japan Well-Ageing Association, Meals on Wheels Japan, and FOIFA Japan. FOIFA Japan has offices and a medical network and old age homes in Akita Prefecture which is 200 kilometres north-west of Sendai City which was devastated by the earthquake and tsunami.

How Can You Help?

The funds raised through this appeal will be used to support much needed services to older people in communities affected by the earthquake and ensuing tsunami, FOIFA Japan has direct links to the service providers in the most affected areas. The funds will provide immediate and long term support for:

Seniors organizations, displaced older people and their families with essential care and support services in addition to recovery assistance
Organizations serving older people to rebuild and supply essential long term care facilities
Help two long-term care facilities with replacement vehicles.

You can make a difference today, by providing donations directly to FOIFA Japan or through the IFA. Donate online now or download the Japan Disaster Appeal Donation Form now.

Friends of IFA Japan: by email at  inquiry-comment@foifa.or.jp or by fax at +81-18-868-6220

International Federation on Ageing: by email at gshaw@ifa-fiv.org or by fax at +1- 416-392-4157