The IFA is now calling for bids to host the 13th Global Conference on Ageing. We are inviting organizations to submit proposals that illustrate the Read more →
IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing – Calling for Bids
The 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
To 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
in 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/
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!
Congressional Briefing Highlights Barriers to Immunization of Older Adults
December 2013 – The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) took part in a congressional briefing to inform policymakers about the value of increasing immunization rates among seniors and to highlight strategies for doing so. Despite their tremendous potential for prevention, vaccination rates in seniors fall far short of target rates recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more and follow the links in the attached PDF.
“The work being done by IDSA needs to be replicated across many countries if we are to reduce the cost impact on health care systems that result from low immunization rates of older people. The quality of life of our older citizens can only improve if governments address this significant policy issue”, said Dr. Jane Barratt, Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing (IFA).
Who's Watching Out for Seniors?
TORONTO, FEBRUARY 12, 2014 – With Ontario experiencing the coldest temperatures in nearly twenty years, the impact of recent ice storms and power outages poses many challenges for seniors in our communities. Dubbed the “polar vortex”, these extreme weather conditions can leave older adults susceptible to a unique set of challenges and at risk of social isolation.
According to the 2011 Canadian Census, about one quarter (24.6 per cent) of adults aged 65 and older live alone. What’s more, a recent poll conducted by Vision Critical found that one in five Canadians visit aging loved ones twice a year, at most.
In the face of the cold snaps, many seniors who live alone can become socially isolated as a result of complex health conditions, not having family who live close by and limited mobility. Research has shown that older adults who experience social loneliness can be at risk of cognitive decline, dementia and other medical conditions. If left unidentified, it can hinder the long-term quality of life for an older adult. Read more at Watching Out for Seniors which has been provided by Freedman & Associates