Financial abuse constitutes up to 50% of all reported cases of abuse perpetrated against older Canadians, and can have significant impacts not only on the Read more →
Financial Abuse of Seniors Meeting
Financial abuse constitutes up to 50% of all reported cases of abuse perpetrated against older Canadians, and can have significant impacts not only on the financial security of seniors, but also on their emotional well-being. It is the most difficult kind of abuse for service providers, police services, and judicial systems to provide an adequate response, as most financial abuse is hidden and many victims are unaware of the abuse.
To discuss this issue and its solutions, The Department of Human Resources and Skills Development in collaboration with the International Federation on Ageing hosted a high-level meeting on the financial abuse of seniors to raise awareness, build networks, and create a dialogue on the financial abuse of seniors. Delegates discussed challenges existing in preventing, detecting and responding to this issue, shared promising best practices and explored how to best address the financial abuse of seniors.
The meeting was purposefully developed as a neutral platform that brought together key industry parties to develop a proactive, preventative approach to combating financial abuse of older people. All participants have demonstrated a willingness to collaborate and create a deeper understanding of the current impediments in this field, and to consider efficiencies and mechanisms for subtle yet important changes to improve the lives of older Canadians.
Read the full report here.
Age is More Film Project - A Partnership Between Revera Inc. & Reel Youth
One of the most impactful initiatives of IFA Patron Member Revera Inc is the “Age is More” project; an initiative created for the purpose of combating ageism and challenging the negative attitudes, stereotypes and preconceptions that prevent older persons from living their lives to the fullest. The most recent “Age is More” undertaking is the “Age is More Film Project,” a partnership with Reel Youth; a non-profit organization that encourages the youth to create compelling films about important issues. Throughout the course of the project, 20 aspiring young documentarians were paired with an older counterpart residing in one of Revera’s retirement facilities, and tasked with creating a short, three-minute film based on their life. The ultimate outcome of this project was the creation of twenty compelling films and a demonstration of the true meaning of intergenerational solidarity.
IFA Director, International & Corporate Relations Mr. Greg Shaw, who is now a spokesperson for this project said the following about the initiative, “Older and younger Canadians need to find opportunities to connect more. The simple act of getting to know someone from a different generation promotes positive attitudes and behaviours, and helps address misperceptions that inadvertently set in when people don’t have enough exposure to each other.”
Read the full Press Release about the initiative here.
Watch all of the videos from the project here.
Global Ageing and Vision Advocacy Summit Report – Barcelona 2013
For a French version of this article, click here
In April 2013, the Global Ageing and Vision Advocacy Summit brought together many experts to discuss the challenges of vision loss and ageing. The mutual goals determined by the Summit delegates were to drive political attention through advocacy, increase awareness with strong and coordinated communications and strengthen research capabilities globally toward decreasing the incidence and impact of vision loss especially in older age groups.
The Summit stimulated critical and ground-breaking dialogue, which has led to new ways of thinking, speaking and advocating for vision health and ageing. At this seminal gathering of organizations and experts committed to improving conditions for older people, increased awareness and understanding, closer collaboration and powerful insights evolved.
The final report of this summit is now available here.
Global Ageing Issues & Action Journals now Available for Free!
While Global Ageing Issues & Action Vol 8.2 Technology and Long Term Care (2013) and the previous issue Vol 8.1 Rights of Older Persons (2012) are still available through the IFA Book Store or downloadable through the Members Only Section, all previous volumes of Global Ageing Issues & Action are now available online for free below:
- Global Ageing Issues & Action, Volume 7.2
- Global Ageing Issues & Action, Volume 7.1
- Global Ageing Issues & Action, Volume 6.2
- Global Ageing Issues & Action, Volume 6.1
- Global Ageing Issues & Action, Volume 5.2
- Global Ageing Issues & Action, Volume 5.1
- Global Ageing Issues & Action, Volume 4.3
Make sure to check our Recent Publications page for further updates as to when more journals and other useful resources related to ageing become available for free.
Reports on Supporting Carers in the Workplace
Demographic and policy changes will mean the numbers of women and men, who have caring responsibilities while employed, is increasing. An aging demographic and increases in longevity will likely result in a higher proportion of people with unpaid caring responsibilities for older people.
This in turn will potentially impact the existing arrangement and organization of work across the economy. It will also have a significant social impact, with the potential for nuclear family households no longer being the norm.
For carers, trying to juggle paid work and caring responsibilities can adversely impact career progression and work performance. The provision of support also has a long-term negative impact on participation in employment and income. When caring stops or the level of need decreases, carers often find it difficult to reenter the paid workforce.
In the context of changing demographics, potential skills and labour shortages, and increasing caring responsibilities, organizations need to give serious consideration to how they can retain their existing workforce and attract new people. Reports from Australia and the United Kingdom shed light on the importance of supporting carers in the workplace.
Click on the pictures to access the reports.