The WorldView Environmental Scan I on Elder Abuse Scan was the first large-scale global survey of elder abuse and obtained more information from more respondents Read more →
The Worldwide Face of Elder Abuse Scan II
The WorldView Environmental Scan I on Elder Abuse Scan was the first large-scale global survey of elder abuse and obtained more information from more respondents representing more countries than any previous study. Its goal was to further our knowledge of elder abuse and understand how and why people abuse older adults on a global scale. The outcome provided information rich in content and diversity and although the process was a challenge, the researchers are enthusiastic to once again seek the support of the elder abuse community in conducting the second phase of this international study. There is again a need to share information and raise awareness of elder abuse in order to stimulate development of more programs and policies. Countries lack awareness of what is happening in other jurisdictions. The goal of the Scan is to provide information sharing, identify promising initiatives, and strategies resulting in the general public becoming more aware of abuse and of how it can help prevent and address abuse issues. This research will further assist governments to develop sound policy built on an understanding of the extent of the problem and the far – reaching impact it has on society. Participation in the Worldwide Scan has the potential to make a very powerful contribution to the field of elder abuse.
Chicago Declaration on the Rights of Older Persons - UN 5th OEWG Side Event
The fifth working session of the United Nations Open-ended Working Group on Ageing is taking place July 30th – August 1st, 2014. As part of the OEWG meeting, there are a variety of side-events being organized by members of civil society. This year, the IFA is co-sponsoring a side-event being organized by the John Marshall Law School about the process of engagement and drafting of the Chicago Declaration on the Rights of Older Persons.
The Chicago Declaration is a working product of scholars, advocates and policy makers from more than a dozen countries. It builds on the principles proclaimed in international human rights instruments and previous regional and international instruments promoting the rights of older persons. Elements of the Chicago Declaration include the human rights and fundamental freedoms of older persons and proposed state obligations to ensure and promote those rights.
The Declaration will hope to inform and contribute to the work of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing. After an interactive panel discussion, the panelists and Chicago Declaration Working Group will be available for a Question and Answer session. Further discussions regarding the Chicago Declaration are encouraged and appreciated.
To see the list of speakers and to learn more about this event, please click here to download the promotional flyer.
If you wish to attend the side-event, please RSVP to Ms. Teresa Do (firstname.lastname@example.org) by July 31st.
Grantmakers In Aging Gathers Age-friendly Images from Around the World
What does an age-friendly community look like? From city to town, from continent to continent, the answer is different everywhere. As such, Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) [www.giaging.org] set out to collect a wide variety of images of age-friendly moments, with their “Friendly Places, Friendly Faces” photo contest. The contest was part of GIA’s age-friendly initiative, Community AGEnda, funded by the Pfizer Foundation. [http://www.giaging.org.../]
“We launched this contest to gain insight into what people think best illustrates an age-friendly community,” said John Feather, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of Grantmakers In Aging. “Our winning photographs tell meaningful stories of how older adults are vitally connected to the life of their cities, towns and villages in many different parts of the world, and show how communities can be great places to grow up and grow old.”
“Friendly Places, Friendly Faces” received over 500 entries from 29 different countries. The photographer responsible for the grand prize-winning photo is Sudipto Das, a photojournalist for the Times of India. He took the above photo of older adults getting early morning exercise in Kolkata, India.
See all the winning photos here [http://www.giaging.org/programs-events/community-agenda/photo-contest/]
IFA 2014 Annual Members Meeting
In accordance with Section 4 of the corporation’s bylaws members of the International Federation on Ageing are advised of the Annual Members Meeting to be held at The University Club of New York, One West 54th Street, New York, NY, 10019 on Monday 4th of August 2014 commencing at 9am. Members planning to attend should review the information contained in this link for the Provisional Agenda and some important notes.
Announcing New Leadership of the UN NGO Committee on Ageing - Geneva
On April 29th, 2014, at an extraordinary assembly of the United Nations (UN) NGO Committee on Ageing – Geneva, a new Executive Committee was elected. The new officers are Ms. Silvia Perel-Levin, representative of the International Longevity Centre (ILC) Global Alliance as the Chair, Dr. Kelly Fitzgerald, representative of the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) as Vice-Chair, and Ms. Ursula Barter-Hemmerich, representative of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) as the Secretary.
The IFA congratulates all the appointees on their new positions, but in particular, would like to extend congratulations to Dr. Kelly Fitzgerald, who currently serves as the IFA UN representative in Geneva.
Under the new leadership, the Committee will develop a work plan for the next year to address current activities and development in the UN, specialized agencies and other organizations with representation in the Geneva area.
Its overall goals and objectives include furthering the UN mission of building a society for all ages, to raise awareness about ageing and intergenerational issues, and to influence global policy. In this context, the Committee will strengthen its relations with NGOs, and bring diverse voices from local and national levels to an international scale.