The International Federation on Ageing (IFA):


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 Commitment

IFA will be a credible source of evidence based on new thinking
IFA will be welcoming and listen to relevant agency

IFA will be a sought after collaborator and partners
IFA will be a source of connections and networks

IFA will be a capacity builder
IFA will enable others to be the best

IFA will be bold and inspire those around us
IFA will be dynamic and an international force

IFA stands out from the crowd and our brand is known for its action


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.

IFA’s key initiatives include: