2017 – IFA Annual General Meeting

Posted on July 21st, 2017 by Greg Shaw under Blog, News

In accordance with Section 4 of the corporation’s bylaws members of the International Federation on Ageing are advised of the Annual Members Meeting to be held at:

Bridgepoint Health

1 Bridgepoint Drive, Toronto, ON M4M 2B5





Date: Tuesday 15th August 2017  Time: 9.30am  Location: Executive Board Room, Level 2 – Administration Bldg.

Provisional Agenda

1. Welcome, apologies and approval of the agenda Mr. Hastrup
2. Approval of the Minutes of Annual Meeting 2016  
3. President Report Mr. Hastrup
4. Presentation of Audited Financial Statement Mr. Shaw
5. Report from the Chair, Nominating Committee Dr. Hirst
6. Date of next Annual Meeting T.B.A

Important Note

The 2017 Annual Members Meeting and Meeting of the Newly Elected Board at Bridgepoint Health, also the new headquarters for the IFA since July 2017.

Bridgepoint, which is part of Sinai Health System, is an internationally recognized, 464-bed rehabilitation and complex care hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto. Bridgepoint is the single largest organization in Canada to focus exclusively on research, care and teaching for people with complex health conditions.

Please forward additional agenda items to Dr Jane Barratt at jbarratt@ifa-fiv.org by the 8th of August 2017, and to ensure that members can be accommodated, please indicate your attendance.

Ageism reduces the role seniors can play

Posted on July 20th, 2017 by Kate MacRae under Blog

Dr. Jane Barratt, writing for The West Australian

Believe it or not, Perth — the most isolated city in the world — is now at the center of the worldwide age-friendly movement. The State Government was recently named as an affiliate member of the World Health Organization’s Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities.

There’s no question we are living in an ageing society, with the celebration of longer life expectancy and, on the whole, improved health. By 2050, the proportion of the world’s population over 60 years will be 22 per cent, that’s about two billion people. Older adults will also have outnumbered children under the age of 14 years. In WA, nearly one in three citizens will be aged 65 years and over.

One of the biggest social transformations in the 21st century, the rate at which our population is ageing means the contributions of older people cannot and should not be minimized. Older people are active contributors to the economy with a significant percentage of people over 65 years in paid employment, volunteering or supporting someone like a grandchild or young relative.

Yet despite the growing contribution of this important demographic — ageism, stereotyping and discrimination on the basis of age — remains widespread and deceptive. For older people, it’s an everyday challenge, being overlooked for a job, or even a volunteer position, stereotyped in the media or being marginalized in their own community.

Ageism is as insidious as racism or sexism, yet in a society that often values youth and beauty, it remains the most tolerated form of prejudice.

Ageism affects us all by limiting the contribution older people make to our economy and hampering their autonomy and independence. It will also affect us all personally, if we are fortunate to grow older.
The negative attitudes of ageism often lead to social isolation with associated significant impacts on the health and wellbeing of older people.

Older people often feel a burden and perceive their lives to be less valuable, or even invisible. We already know from research that people who view their own ageing negatively also tend to live on average 71⁄2 years less than people with positive attitudes.

The environment in which we live has just as big an impact on our health and well-being as our genes and physical traits. If we as individuals and society are to combat ageism, we must challenge our own assumptions of growing older and legitimize the significant and sustained contributions of older adults to family and society.

Honest conversations need to occur about just how inclusive and dynamic the environments in which we live in really are. There’s also another facet that comes into play in multicultural communities. Does the inclusiveness accorded to older people extend to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds — a group that already faces its own unique set of challenges?

Inclusive communities benefit all ages by enabling people to be connected within and across generations and together positively contribute to the economic, social and cultural life into their old age. In doing so they also connect across generations and give value to all ages.

By challenging ageism in an extraordinary and positive way, we are acknowledging and owning the collective responsibility for positive change. This week, I have the pleasure of being part of the age-friendly WA workshop in Perth. The initiative of the State Government will attract about 120 representatives from across government, and the private and communities sectors to transform discussions into action to address the challenges of our ageing population.

Combating ageism is a fight that will take citizens of all ages coming together for positive effect and impact current and future generations. In the culture of the longest living people in the world, the Okinawans, ikigai is thought of as “a reason to get up in the morning”; that is, a reason to enjoy life. Today, and right now each and every West Australian can reach out in their own unique way to older people.
Older people often feel a burden and perceive their lives to be less valuable.

“Making Communities Work for the Most Vulnerable” WHO/IFA Webinar

Posted on July 18th, 2017 by Kate MacRae under Blog

The latest WHO / IFA webinar, “Making communities work for the most vulnerable: What can age-friendly learn from the dementia-friendly movement?” was presented by Ms. Natalie Turner (Centre for Ageing Better, UK) on July 12, 2017. The webinar, third in a series of webinars on age-friendly environments (AFE), received very positive feedback, with participants sharing that they found the webinar to be valuable, informative, and timely.

This webinar underscored both similarities and differences between dementia-friendly and age-friendly movements, and discussed the varying ways in which these two approaches can work together.

Webinar attendees also posed many insightful questions, for example:

Do you recommend a particular approach for communities just learning about both movements, to help avoid them being overwhelmed by multiple frameworks/resources?

The recording for this webinar can be found by clicking here, and handouts for the webinar can be found here.

This series of webinars is a part of the IFA’s ongoing commitment to exchanging information and knowledge on age-friendly environments. The IFA continues to develop additional age-friendly initiatives such as:

To be part of ongoing developments in the IFA’s work on age-friendly, and to receive and make contributions to the upcoming age-friendly newsletter, register interest here or contact Jessica Rochman-Fowler (jrochman-fowler@ifa-fiv.org).

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