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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.
The Inaugural Clarence Pearson Internship in Global Health and Ageing
Call for Applications!
The American Federation for Aging Research is welcoming applications from graduate students in the New York City area for the inaugural Clarence Pearson Internship in Global Health and Aging.
During this internship, the main project will be leading an extensive audit of existing organizational, financial, and social resources for ageing populations and age-related research around the world. These findings will not only make important cross-disciplinary contributions to the field of age-related research, but also inform the research to be conducted by future interns.
Along with this main role, interns will have opportunities to:
- Meet and interview leaders at NYC-based aging and global health organizations
- Gain deeper knowledge and scientific, clinical, and social science research in age-related health concerns
- Write and help publish and distribute a white paper report and help develop strategies to share findings
- Present findings before leaders in NYC-based ageing and global health organizations
The deadline to send in applications for this fantastic opportunity is December 22, 2014 For further information, please contact John Chaich, Communications Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-703-9977.
Seeing the Future Through the Power of Global Advocacy
If you had to choose one of your senses to live without, what would it be and why?
Many people would not be willing to give up their vision. It is how we perceive reality and how we interpret our environment.
It’s a common misconception that vision loss is an inevitable part of the ageing process. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 82 percent of people living with blindness are aged 50 and above, with uncorrected refractive errors being the main cause of visual impairment.
Innovations in diagnosis, biomedicine, nutrition, technology, and preventative care have nevertheless made it entirely possible to age with strong, healthy vision. WHO also states that 80 percent of all visual impairment can be prevented or cured. There is a sense of urgency as well as a global responsibility to address this leading cause of disability among this population.
Building a platform to strengthen organizational capacity and stimulate national and regional advocacy efforts is essential to ensure that this pertinent public health issue is a priority on every government’s agenda. Action in Global Advocacy mobilizes effective advocacy campaigns toward the goal of addressing preventable vision impairment and blindness across aging and vision organizations.
By Dana Bandola, Project Officer at the IFA
Please read the full article at Devex Global Views.
We Were Older Then, We Are Younger Now
When is someone old?
A commentary written by Dr John Beard, Director of Ageing and Life Course at the World Health Organization, discusses the importance of reinventing our current health systems in ways that are both sustainable and can better meet the needs of those with multiple morbidities.
“Research suggests that while population ageing will certainly lead to an increase in expenditure on health care, the introduction of new technologies and treatments is likely to have a much bigger impact, as is the natural tendency for countries and individuals to spend more on health as they get richer. There are also many inefficiencies in most health systems that have an enormous influence on costs.”
Dr Beard suggests a holistic approach such as using comprehensive health assessments as well as an interdisciplinary team of providers spanning the full range of services an older person may require, which would be both better for older persons and for the economic costs of the health system.
To read the full article, see the WHO Media Centre Commentaries.
Urbanization and Age-Friendly Cities
On November 6, 2014 Helen Hamlin, IFA Main Representative at the United Nations, will be moderating the NGO Committee on Ageing New York meeting on Urbanization and Age-Friendly Cities. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines an Age-Friendly City as “an inclusive and accessible urban environment that promotes active ageing.”
The IFA has been a proud supporter of the age-friendly programme since its inception and is now partnering with WHO to lend its unique expertise in order to help ensure that Age Friendly World is an all-encompassing resource for all things related to age-friendliness and a useful community to connect all those across the world undertaking age-friendly initiatives.
Through its growing global reach via a large membership base and governmental network the IFA is uniquely placed to view the social and economic consequences of population ageing in the context of both its opportunities and challenges including financial protection, healthy ageing, age-friendly cities, health and social system change, labour market forces and the care continuum.
For more information, please see the Age-Friendly World Website.