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Monday, April 27, 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


Disaster Risk and Age Index

The new Disaster Risk and Age Index by HelpAge International looks at 190 countries based on the disaster risk faced by older people, capturing the ageing population and the acceleration of risk in a world increasingly exposed to natural and technological hazards. It demonstrates how leaving out older people in approaches to development, such as disaster risk management planning, can lead to bad outcomes in disasters.

Disaster Risk and Age Index

The report describes how older people are disproportionately affected by disasters through four key factors:

  1. Physical decline that comes with ageing, including poor health, mobility, sight and hearing
  2. Lack of adequate service provision, support and information for older people both on a daily basis and in emergencies
  3. Age discrimination which serves to exclude and isolate older people and often violates their rights
  4. High poverty levels among older people, often exacerbated by lack of social protection mechanisms and livelihood opportunities

Access the report here.

IFA 13th Global ConferenceContinue the discussions by joining us and delegates from across the globe at the IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing, Disasters in an Ageing World: Readiness, Resilience and Recovery.



Integrating Population Issues into Sustainable Development


“Leaving no one behind must mean just that….leaving no one behind. We want our young people to grow old and prosper with dignity.”

This is an excerpt concluding the Oral Statement by Dr Cynthia Stuen on behalf of the International Federation on Ageing and Stakeholder Group on Ageing at the United Nations 48th Commission on Population and Development (13 to 17 April 2015) in New York.

The Commission on Population and Development offers governments the appropriate data on demographic trends and shifts and the structure of different groups in order to determine how to prioritize and implement programmes and funding.

“The United Nations has pointed out that older persons aged 60 or over, are now the world’s fastest growing age group. There is no longer just a youth population bulge; there is now an age bulge.”

Some recommendations for the Commission include:

  • A paradigm shift that includes ageing persons as active contributors and rights holders in an ageing world;
  • The disaggregation of population data to include five year increments of age, gender and disability beyond the age of 60 years;
  • Older ages to be included in population subgroups within countries when referring to mortality and morbidity differentials

Access the full Statement here.

Independent Expert Welcomes Input on Implementation of MIPAA

MIPAAThe Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Ms. Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, is assessing the human rights implications of the implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 24/20.

The Independent Expert prepared the questionnaire with the objective to collect information about whether the implementation of MIPAA has enhanced the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons or whether it has had a negative impact and which rights have been affected.

The Independent Expert welcomes inputs from international and regional organisations, civil society, associations of older persons, national human rights institutions (NHRIs), academia, research institutions, and private sector, among others.

For more information, visit the OHCHR website.

The questionnaire is available and should preferably be completed in English, French and Spanish. Responses to the questionnaire should be addressed to the Independent Expert, Ms. Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, and sent to olderpersons@ohchr.org, with copy to Mr. Khaled Hassine (khassine@ohchr.org) by 31 July 2015.

Age-friendly Cities Webinar 201

age-friendly webinarOn 1 April 2015, the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) in collaboration with Grantmakers in Aging (GIA), convened the first of three webinars around Age-friendly Cities entitled “How to engage with decision-makers for a more sustainable Age-friendly City and Community (AFCC)”.

Mr Rodd Bond, Director of the Netwell Centre in Ireland, gave an insightful presentation incorporating personal as well as tried and true perspectives. Themes around Age-friendly Business and Urban vs. Rural Age-friendly practice and participation were touched upon, facilitated by dynamic and complex visuals throughout to support the presented dialogue.

For more information, view the poster and visit the Age-Friendly Section on our website.

The webinar along with the presentation slides provide a valuable resource for cities, communities, agencies and others involved in Age-friendly practices looking to learn more about decision-maker engagement. For viewing and continuing education purposes, these resources are available with no cost to IFA members under the Members Section of the website, and for a small fee of $20 to non-members in the IFA Bookstore, under ‘Webinars’.

Keep an eye out for the second webinar, coming soon!

An Age Friendly City - London

Age Friendly London Cover“London has become more adapted to an ageing population in the last seven years, but there is still some way to go before the city can be called ‘age friendly’”.

Anthea Tinker and Jay Ginn from King’s College London in the report, An Age Friendly City – how far has London come?

Professor Anthea Tinker, co-author, said: ‘There are some considerable successes. The continuation of the hugely popular Freedom Pass and Oyster 60+ is welcomed by all older Londoners. Introduction of 20 mph zones by some Local Authorities has helped to slow traffic, reducing collisions, injuries and fatalities and local air pollution. ‘Countdown’ technology at traffic lights in central London and digital displays indicating when buses are due, are helpful to older people. Notable improvements in the last seven years for disabled people include more buses and Underground stations becoming wheelchair accessible and the expansion of the Dial-a-Ride service for those with severe disability.’

However, the report stresses the persistent shortage of affordable homes for older Londoners as well as the poor quality of much housing and indicates that more diverse housing choices are necessary. The authors emphasize that older people are a valuable, but often unrecognized, resource to their families, to community groups and to the economy and wider society.

For more information, view the Press Release and the report, An Age Friendly City – how far has London come?

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