The Value of Volunteering

Posted on April 18th, 2018 by Paula Colaso under Blog

This week (April 15 – 21, 2018) is National Volunteer Week in Canada, with the theme “Celebrate the Value of Volunteering – building confidence, competence, connections and community”.

National Volunteer Week is an occasion to applaud the millions of volunteers here and abroad who dedicate their time and meaningfully contribute to their communities.

The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) is thrilled to have a dedicated group of volunteers assisting at the 14th Global Conference on Ageing in Toronto, and the IFA is already aware of the great contributions these volunteers will make to this important event.

The IFA is still looking for enthusiastic, committed individuals with a keen interest in the ageing population to expand our volunteer base.  If you are interested in applying to be a 14th Global Conference on Ageing volunteer, click here or contact Ms Tarah McMaster (

For more information on National Volunteer Week, visit the Volunteer Canada website here, or share your thoughts on volunteering with the hashtag #ValueOfVolunteering.

“The eyes are part of a whole person”: Diabetic Retinopathy Barometer Latin American Advocacy Workshop

Posted on April 11th, 2018 by Paula Colaso under Blog

On 6-7 April 2018, the IFA hosted the Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) Barometer Latin American Advocacy Workshop in Mexico City, Mexico in partnership with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, the International Diabetes Federation, and Bayer.  This workshop brought together professionals across many disciplines to work together to determine solutions for improving care pathways that lead to improved vision health outcomes for people with diabetes in the region.

Workshop Overview

Session presentations built a strong case to address diabetes and vision-related complications in Latin America:

Vision complications are an important part of diabetes care and there are gaps in the care pathway to be addressed.  While each country has some measures in place, the scope of policies, services, and funding is incomprehensive.  Suggestions to address these gaps included:

Key opinion leaders presented country case studies, with several common themes emerging:

Next Steps

The breakout group discussions identified country-specific issues and specific targeted strategies were then developed to address these including the establishing a coalition or working group, communication plans for educating for patients and physicians, and further local stakeholder engagement.

The DR Barometer Program microsite ( will feature the workshop presentations and other resources as the communities of practice develop.  In addition, the DR Barometer European Advocacy workshop will be hosted on 18-19 May in Milan, Italy.  Each country group’s plans will be implemented with follow-up by the IFA.

AARP’s Community Challenge Grants

Posted on April 4th, 2018 by Paula Colaso under Blog

The 2018 AARP Community Challenge is now accepting applications! This initiative provides micro-grants to community organizations with great “quick-action” projects that will help make their communities better places to live for people of all ages.

Last year, AARP launched the first Community Challenge and funded 88 efforts across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Those projects improved housing, public spaces and transportation. The Community Challenge grant program is an important part of AARP’s work to promote livable communities, in which they support the efforts of neighbourhoods, towns, cities and counties across the United States to become great places for people of all ages.  The program is open to nonprofit community organizations and government entities;  other types of organizations will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.  

For the 2018 AARP Community Challenge, they will be focusing on projects contributing to one or more of these outcomes: 

Applications for AARP Community Challenge grants will be accepted until 5 p.m. ET, 16 May, 2018. All applications must be submitted through, and all projects must be completed by 5 November, 2018.  

For more information or if you have questions, please contact the grant program managers Ms Laura Bos ( and Mr Mike Watson (

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