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Thursday, December 18, 2014

About the IFA

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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! #Vaccine4Life

Immunization is a core component of the human right to health, a standard element in any effective, preventative public health approach, and an individual, community, and governmental responsibility.  Current advocacy efforts to promote the importance of immunization have focused primarily on children, yet there is a grave lack of awareness about the fact that older people are equally, if not more vulnerable to the spread of infectious diseases.

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#Vaccine4Life

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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WHO Kobe Centre Technical Officer Position

wkc_buildingThe WHO Kobe Centre is recruiting a technical officer to conduct research on innovation for ageing populations. The WHO Centre for Health Development (also known as the “WHO Kobe Centre”) conducts research on the consequences of social, economic, and environmental change and its implications for health policies. In response to global health trends and to assist countries in designing and implementing comprehensive programmes for UHC, the Innovation for Healthy Ageing team focuses on the challenges and opportunities related to rapidly ageing populations in many communities and countries worldwide.

This position will include:

  • Conducting WKC research on specific innovations relevant to ageing populations
  • Supporting the development of a framework for encouraging greater innovations in health technologies for ageing populations to guide multiple stakeholders
  • Organizing of technical sessions for WHO 2nd Global Forum on Innovation for Ageing Populations, and
  • Supporting the process of piloting and developing a WKC web-based platform on innovation for ageing populations.

The post is located in Kobe, Japan. Candidates may apply via the WHO e-Recruitment system. Please note the closing date is 5 January 2015.

For additional information, please see the WHO Employment Opportunities.

Charter on Gender and Ageing

ILCAs an outcome of the 2nd International Longevity Forum, the Charter on Gender and Ageing highlights the fundamental aspect of the development of a culture of care. The social construction of gender informs all aspects of ageing in every socioeconomic, cultural and institutional context. The longevity revolution necessitates the evolution of a new paradigm which must lead to more active citizenship, greater social and economic justice and a more inclusive and comprehensive culture of care.

Gender and ageing charterIn the context of rapid population ageing within an increasingly globalized and migratory world, gender equity is essential to harness the full experiences and capabilities of every person. We must strengthen both international and national laws in relation to the rights of older women and men, seek to refine customary practice at all ages and convene a shared vision of gender equality. Other areas that require attention toward gender and culture include health, life-long learning, participation, and security.

This forum brought together more than 30 experts to debate and provide recommendations on gender and ageing. It was held in Rio de Janeiro on 16-17 October 2014 by the International Longevity Centre (ILC) Brazil.

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 art gift cardsgift 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

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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 john@afar.org or 212-703-9977.

Further information about this internship can be found here or go to AFAR’s website to learn more about AFAR’s mission and Clarence Pearson’s vision.

Seeing the Future Through the Power of Global Advocacy

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An ophthalmologist performs a comprehensive eye exam in Cambodia’s Preah Vihear province. Photo by: World Bank / CC BY-NC-ND

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.

Check out the Healthy Means campaign and tweet using #HealthyMeans to showcase new ideas and ways we can work together to expand health care and live better lives.

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