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Monday, May 25, 2015

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IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing

IFA 13th Global Conference

Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland and the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) invite you to join us for the International Federation on Ageing 13th Global Conference, Disasters in an Ageing World: Readiness, Resilience and Recovery.

Now accepting abstracts! More information can be found on the Conference Website.

Diabetic Retinopathy Barometer Survey

Did you know that diabetes and its associated complications is one of the leading causes of preventable blindness? Were you also aware that, globally, a large percentage of people with diabetes don’t know about this devastating complication and/or do not have access to the necessary treatments?

The IFA, IAPB and IDF, through a global study across 42 countries, are looking to gain information to help change the answers to these questions around awareness, access to screening and treatments and levels of education.

DR Call for Participants

We need help from health providers working in the field of diabetes, patient organizations and/or adults with diabetes.

Let your voice be heard and complete this survey!

Provider Survey

Patient Survey


AFCC Webinar: Walking the Age-friendly Talk - Case Studies

Age-friendly City and Community (AFCC) initiatives are commonly developed due to economic, social, political and environmental challenges and barriers within a community.

Enabling project success is often dependant on the lessons learned across sectors and AFCC networks, and those actively seeking to learn from others can often minimize risks and maximize opportunities through collaboration.

Knowledge mobilization and sharing is essential in ensuring positive project outcomes, as well it develops a world-wide community of age-friendly programs and practice.  With support and unity across the AFCC network, one community’s success can be translated to and adopted as global success for others.

Through four (4) individual case study presentations, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn from projects developed to support specific community needs of older people in Spain, Israel, Canada and United States;
  • Learn about project successes and how certain challenges may have been overcome;
  • Gain insight into how initiatives have achieved desired and projected outcomes;
  • Understand how impact has been successfully measured and gain access tools that have been developed;
  • Interact directly with the presenters though a 30 minute question and answer period, post the presentations; and
  • Inform your AFCC project development and progress.

Date: 2 June 2015

Time: 11:00 am EST

Learn more and share the invitation here.

Ageing in Cities

Ageing in CitiesThe Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recently published the report Ageing in Cities which examines trends in ageing societies and urban development while assessing strategies for policy and governance.

It includes nine case studies covering Toyama, Japan; Yokohama, Japan; Lisbon, Portugal; Calgary, Canada; Cologne, Germany; Brno, Czech Republic; Manchester, United Kingdom; Philadelphia, United States and Helsinki, Finland.

Ageing in Cities shows the number of over-65s in urban areas in OECD countries rose by 23.8% over 2001-11 versus 18.2% in non-urban areas, with city suburbs greying faster than city centres. The growth in the older population in a decade contrasts with a total population increase in cities of just 8.8%.

The effects of an ageing population are similar in urban and rural areas, but cities, with their dense infrastructure will face particular challenges in adjusting. This report notes that tax income represents 37% of sub-national government revenue in OECD countries. Also, a quarter of elderly people do not own the houses they live in and in the USA 29% live alone.

Access the full report here.

Vaccines Today!

Vaccines Today is an on-line platform for discussing vaccines and vaccination. The platform provides an interactive forum for informed debates on issues around vaccination and serves as a source of reliable information for the community of stakeholders together to share their views.

To facilitate an informed discussion that takes all views on vaccination into account, the content of Vaccines Today is produced through interviews with experts from academia, patient groups and industry experts, along with reports based on scientific literature and conferences.

Vaccines Today is produced by editor Mr Gary Finnegan, in consultation with an editorial board composed of experts and executives from several Vaccines Europe companies, a patient representative and two independent external medical doctors. Vaccines Today

“Too few people know the adult vaccine schedule and fewer still have the immunisations that can help them to live longer, healthier, active lives, according to Dr Jane Barratt, Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing (IFA)”.

Read more from the blog “We are failing older people” by Mr Gary Finnegan.

Learn more about Vaccines Today on their website.

WHO Technical Officer Position Vacancy

world-healthA fixed term Technical Officer (Grade P3) position at the World Health Organization (WHO) is now vacant and open for application submissions.

The position resides in Geneva, Switzerland under the Department of Ageing and Life Course (ALC) organization unit, which aims to bring about policy, legislative, programmatic and social change for people to live healthy and productive lives well into old age; and ensure that high quality health, long-term and palliative care is available for all older people who need it.

Under the overall responsibility of the ALC Senior Health Adviser, the incumbent is responsible for a number of duties, including: supporting the development and maintenance of Age-Friendly World; developing communication materials; monitoring the Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities; acting as the focal point for Network Affiliates; providing support to the governance mechanisms of the Network, among others.

Applications for this position will be accepted until 16 June 2015.

For more information and to apply, view the position posting here.

Open Call for NGOs to Apply for Consultative Status with the United Nations

ECOSOC1 June 2015 is the last day for non-governmental organizations to apply for Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) consultative status in order to have an opportunity to take part in UN deliberations.

What is the benefit for NGOs?

NGOs that are accredited with ECOSOC can participate in a number of events, including, but not limited to regular sessions of ECOSOC, its functional commissions and its other subsidiary bodies.

NGOs may: Attend official meetings; Submit written statements prior to sessions; Make oral statements; Meet official government delegations and other NGO representatives; Organize and attend parallel events that take place during the session; and participate in debates, interactive dialogues, panel discussions and informal meetings.

For more information, visit the NGO Branch of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

A webinar on applying will be taking place on 19 May 2015 at 10:00 AM EST.

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