Lots of age-related news and debates are currently happening in France. The French bill on the adaptation of society to the ageing of the population Read more →
AARP Livability Index
The AARP Public Policy Institute has just launched the AARP Livability Index, the new online tool designed to help communities better serve an ageing population. A first of its kind resource, the livability index allows people to determine how well their communities are meeting their current and future needs.
Underpinned by a national survey of 4,500 Americans 50-plus about the aspects of their communities most important to them, the Livability Index contains a scoring system using 60 factors spread across seven categories: housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement and opportunity.
It works by typing in a US address or zip code, and gives a score across the 7 categories, with links to policies and resources to help communities improve their scores in each.
“A livable community is one that is safe and secure, has affordable and appropriate housing and transportation options, and has supportive community features and services. Once in place, those resources enhance personal independence; allow residents to age in place; and foster residents’ engagement in the community’s civic, economic, and social life”
– The Policy Book: AARP Public Policies.
Older People in Nepal Need Your Help!
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.
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.
The report describes how older people are disproportionately affected by disasters through four key factors:
- Physical decline that comes with ageing, including poor health, mobility, sight and hearing
- Lack of adequate service provision, support and information for older people both on a daily basis and in emergencies
- Age discrimination which serves to exclude and isolate older people and often violates their rights
- High poverty levels among older people, often exacerbated by lack of social protection mechanisms and livelihood opportunities
Continue 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