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Monday, January 26, 2015

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Adult Vaccinations Global Campaign

IFA has created a global campaign to better understand the uptake of adult vaccinations and to promote awareness of the importance of vaccinations throughout the life course.

Take the Survey Today and get involved in the social media campaign for a chance to win $150! #Vaccine4Life

1. Take the survey
2. Take a photo with the hashtag #Vaccine4Life
3. Post the photo on Twitter @IntFedAgeing or e-mail your photo to dbandola@ifa-fiv.org

Vaccinations Survey Incentive

Diabetic Retinopathy Barometer Survey

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the International Federation on Ageing (IFA), and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), working in collaboration with The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM), have launched a new project, the first kind in the world, to gather information on awareness, policy, health care, and other services for people with diabetes, diabetic retinopathy, and diabetic macular edema across 42 countries.

The IFA is seeking your valued support and insights in acting as respondents in the completion of a provider or a patient survey. It would also be greatly appreciated if the enclosed survey links could be shared with relevant colleagues, organizations and people with diabetes:

Click here to learn more about the Diabetic Retinopathy Barometer Project, the impact that your participation will have and the countries included in the study.

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Be the Change Our Eyes Can See

IMG_3467Diabetic retinopathy isn’t a term that immediately insights an engaged reaction, particularly when you pair that term with the words survey and study. However, what it does in fact represent is what the IFA hopes to be a global movement in addressing vision loss for older adults, particularly those who have diabetes.

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Global Status Report on Non-Communicable Diseases 2014

WHO NCD Report“Attaining the nine global noncommunicable diseases targets; a shared responsibility”

The WHO Global Status Report on Noncommunicable Diseases 2014 is the second in a triennial series tracking worldwide progress in prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are one of the major health and development challenges of the 21st century, in terms of both the human suffering they cause and the harm they inflict on the socioeconomic fabric of countries, particularly low- and middle-income countries.

“NCDs are driven by the effects of globalization on marketing and trade, rapid urbanization and population ageing”, states Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the WHO, “factors over which the individual has little control and over which the conventional health sector also has little sway. While individual behaviour change is important, tackling NCDs definitively requires leadership at the highest levels of government, policy development that involve all government departments, and progress towards universal health coverage”.

For more information on NCDs, visit the WHO website.

See how the IFA is creating awareness around NCDs through the Adult Vaccinations Global Campaign.

Age-Friendly Plans

Age-friendly worldMaple Ridge-Pitt Meadows will collaborate on a project to enhance the quality of life of local seniors, and are among 28 B.C. communities that have been awarded age-friendly community planning and project grants. These grants are designed to support strategies to help seniors stay mobile, physically active, socially connected and healthy.

“Supporting seniors’ independence and health in their home communities is part of the province’s strategic vision for an age-friendly British Columbia,” said Health Minister Terry Lake in December, announcing the grant. “These grants will see local governments develop locally focused plans and projects to support the needs of older adults.”

For the 2015 grants, local governments were encouraged to consider projects that complement Accessibility 2024 and other provincial priorities for seniors such as dementia, elder abuse prevention and non-medical home supports. Accessibility 2024 is government’s 10-year plan to make B.C. the most progressive place for people with disabilities in Canada. Of the 28 funded projects, 12 projects include a focus on accessibility. Other successful applicants will specifically address issues facing seniors in rural communities.

Read the full article on Age-friendly plans at Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows.

IFA is an Affiliated Programme of the WHO Age-Friendly Cities and Communities.

Cracked: New Light on Dementia

alzheimer's braceletIn recognition of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, The Cyril & Dorothy, Joel & Jill Reitman Centre for Alzheimer’s Support and Training is hosting a play entitled “Cracked: New light on dementia” on Friday 23 January 2015 at 2:30 PM at 60 Murray Street in Toronto. The play tells the story of a family experiencing dementia of a family member and was developed by a group of health researchers and artists in regular collaboration with people with dementia and their family members. They hope to “cast new light on dementia to help us embrace the imperfections that define each of us, to envision new possibilities for relating, and to recognize and honour the individuality of those living with dementia.”

After the performance, people with dementia have talked about “letting go of fear” and “feeling comfortable in their skin”. It inspires new ways of interacting with persons with dementia and practicing dementia care.

The play has toured to long term care homes and has been the keynote at a National Conference Mount_Sinai_Hospitalon changing the culture of care in Canada. For more information or to RSVP to the event, please contact 1-416-586-4800 ext. 5882 or Reitmanevents@mtsinai.on.ca

Companion Animals and the Health of Older Persons - Now Available in Spanish!

The IFA report on ‘Companion Animals and the Health of Older Persons‘ is now available in Spanish! This report is the most extensive literature review to date of research undertaken in the field of companion animals and the health of older people. It considers the impact on the physical, psychological, emotional and social health of older people, both in the community as pet owners and as residents of care facilities and other institutions to whom animals are introduced for recreational and therapeutic purposes. The findings offer recommendations for future research and policy change in this field.

For more information, view the Full Report in both English and Spanish.


The 2015 Ageing Report

10917254_928601323818355_7718201980798777463_nThe European Commission released a new report entitled “The 2015 Ageing Report: Understanding Assumptions and Projection Methodologies“. This report provides a description of underlying macroeconomic assumptions and methodologies of the age-related expenditure projections for all Member States such as pensions, health care, long-term care, education, and unemployment benefits. These projections identify policy challenges, in the annual assessment of the sustainability of public finances and in the analysis on the impact of ageing populations on the labour market and potential economic growth.

Read the report!


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