About Us

We are an international non-governmental organization with a membership base of NGOs, industry, academia, government, and individuals


A world of healthy older people whose rights and choices are both protected and respected


To be the global point of connection and networks of experts and expertise to influence and shape age-related policy



Our Priorities are to establish the IFA as a point of…

Connection– linking together NGOs, academia, policy makers, and the private sector.

Information sharing and exchange – facilitating knowledge exchange through our networks

Research and advocacy – collaborating in research and providing a repository of information

Policy knowledge – around areas with global implications: age discrimination, engaging seniors, financial protection, and age-friendly communities


History of the IFA

The IFA began operations in 1973, at a time when trends toward population ageing were beginning to be understood by organizations around the world. AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons) was instrumental in helping found the IFA, and the two organizations have enjoyed a strong relationship ever since. To honour the IFA’s 35th anniversary in 2008, AARP compiled a history of the Early Years of the IFA.

Past Achievements

The IFA has consistently campaigned for the rights of older people in a diversity of ways, including involvement in drafting key initiatives, participating in and hosting global conferences, and producing our own reports and publications. Below is a short list of some of the IFA’s key initiatives.