Live From New York: IFA at the UN in January

Posted on January 30th, 2017 by Peyton Thomas under Blog

IFA – Live from New York

Guest post by Ms. Frances Zainoeddin, IFA UN Representative, and Dr. Sandra Timmermann, IFA UN Representative and Editor of Live From New York.

Please e-mail Dr. Timmermann with any questions or comments.

Update on UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing  

In the last edition of Live from New York, the IFA UN team was gearing up for the United Nation’s Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWGA) December 12-15, 2016.  We are happy to report that the meeting resulted in a big step forward.  Delegates decided that, in July 2017, the OEWGA will meet to discuss possible elements for an international instrument to protect and promote the rights of older persons.  Six previous sessions have addressed ageing issues and concerns of older persons, with many panels and experts providing research and analysis.  The NGOs present felt that enough evidence had been presented over the past six years to warrant further discussion on the content of a convention, and pushed to move forward.

While delegates must tread lightly to avoid antagonizing governments unconvinced of the need for a human rights instrument, the Chair of the OEWGA will be soliciting suggestions for the first round of discussions in the coming months.  Issues suggested by the NGOs present include equality and non-discrimination; violence, neglect and abuse; and autonomy and independence.

NGOs at the national level should make every effort to lobby their governments to participate in the July discussions, and to suggest other main elements of a potential convention.

UN International Day of Older Persons

Each year, the United Nations holds the International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP), a public event focused on aging issues.  The 2016 celebration took place on October 6, 2016, and was organized by the NGO Committee on Ageing in New York in partnership with the United Nations Focal Point on Ageing. The theme of the event was “Take a Stand Against Ageism,” and the keynote speaker was Ms. Ashton Applewhite, author of “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism.” She spoke on confronting ageism, and an expert panel discussed combating ageism in different contexts.

The UNIDOP event explored and challenged negative stereotypes, including cultural and media representations of ageing and older persons.  It called for improved collection, analysis, and reporting of age-disaggregated data to better understand the experiences and needs of older persons. It also called for evidence-based interventions to empower and uphold the rights of all people as we age. The deliberations of the 2016 UNIDOP are available in this United Nations webcast.

The NGO Committee on Ageing, with IFA as an active member, is now planning the 2017 celebration.

New Year Retirement Resolutions You Can Achieve in 2017

Posted on January 16th, 2017 by Peyton Thomas under Blog

Guest post by Leandro Mueller.

Another year, another great reason to live life to the fullest. Jumpstart your 2017 retirement plans by committing and achieving these New Year resolutions. Leandro Mueller of FreeMedSuppQuotes is happy to share with us these quick and easy resolutions that will make the most out of the golden years.

Please share this article with your friends and loved ones! Everyone deserves a bright future – you may just be the key to helping someone else do so.

2017 is a year that can prove to be one of your brightest, if you decide to make some necessary and life-changing decisions. To help you with this transformation, we’d like to share some easy and rewarding New Year retirement resolutions:

Care for the Caregiver

If you receive assistance and support from a caregiver, it’s high time to give back to these unsung heroes. Whether professional or family, caregivers have a lot on their plates. Caregivers pour time and passion into what they do. They often lose work opportunities due to putting their care recipients first. A simple acknowledgment of their efforts could mean the world to them.

If you can cook, whip up something special for them. If possible, go on a trip with them, even if it’s just a walk in a nearby park. Even simply listening to them and hearing their story can lighten the burden they are carrying. Giving caregivers the spotlight they deserve not only benefits them, but you as well. Forging a bond with the person who constantly cares for you will bring out the satisfaction and joy of the retirement years.

Stay Healthy

Taking care of your health should always be a priority. This year, go the extra mile by being more conscious of the food you eat and the physical activities you need to do. Staying fit doesn’t mean you need to starve yourself or get into heavy lifting. A more vigilant outlook on how to be fit – through monitoring and food selection – will allow you to view health as an important part of life – and not as a chore!

Get Coverage

If you still haven’t, now is the best time to consider enrolling for health insurance. Medicare supplement insurance, which helps pay for out-of-pocket expenses in Original Medicare plans, may offer you a more flexible and practical approach when managing finances during the retirement years. Make sure to contact an agent to check your options. There are ten standardized plans to choose from, so you can be sure that there is a policy that will suit your circumstances.

Stick to these three simple retirement New Year resolutions, and you can be sure that 2017 will be a fantastic period of your life.

Do you have other tips and suggestions you’d like to include on making retirement planning amazing this year? Please share them with us below. Good luck, and all the best for a happy new year!

Increased Longevity Means Making Better Retirement Plans

Posted on December 5th, 2016 by Peyton Thomas under Blog

Guest post by Violet Swenson.

Romantic senior couple relaxing outside

As the majority of the baby boomer generation enters the retirement phase, we need to consider better retirement plans.

As documented by the National Institute on Aging, life expectancy has risen through the years, with the global rate of centenarians expected to increase by more than 1000% between the years of 2010 and 2050.

A decrease in mortality rates means that retirees need to undertake extra precaution. Here are a few simple and easy tips for individuals entering the golden years to craft the best retirement plans.

Choose a Healthier Lifestyle

The older you get, the more likely it is that you will need medical care and assistance. This can be a troubling thought, considering the various and often expensive costs of proper care and treatment. To hold onto your hard-earned savings, make sure to invest in your health early.

Shifting to a healthier lifestyle now will pay great dividends for the future. Some suggestions for healthy change include choosing a healthier diet, committing to more physical workouts, and avoiding vices altogether.

Build a Senior Connection

One of the best ways to deal with the risks associated with longer life spans is asking older persons for help. Finding out how other people deal with problems related to longevity will give you ideas on how to better plan for your tomorrow. Older people will be able to suggest other solutions that will make the retirement years more enjoyable, such as insurance policies to invest in, places to visit, groups to join, ways to exercise, and retirement experts to speak with. You are not alone in this phase of your life. You simply need to look around and find the support necessary to help you face your retirement days.

Request for Medigap Quotes

Even with a healthy lifestyle, coverage for your medical needs should always be prioritized. Opting to purchase Medicare supplement insurance (also known as Medigap) is an effective way for you to receive proper health care and assistance while securing your savings at the same time. This type of policy deals with the “gaps,” such as co-insurance, co-payments, and deductibles, that aren’t covered by original Medicare plans. With your future at stake, you want to make sure you have enough funds to make the years enjoyable and memorable. You can make this happen by simply requesting Medigap quotes online.

Believe in Yourself

The best retirement plans begin when individuals choose to believe in themselves. As cliché as it may sound, all the best plans and preparations would mean nothing without a glass-half-full outlook on life. Choose to have an optimistic perspective. Life is wonderful, just as long you choose it to be.

How about you? Do you have other tips to suggest when it comes to considering longevity and retirement planning? Do you have any questions about building connections or Medigap plans? Please leave a comment below! And please share this article – doing so may help more people understand the urgency of planning for their future!


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