Webinar Announcement: WHO/IFA Webinar Series – 28 February 2018, 1 PM GMT

Posted on February 13th, 2018 by Kate MacRae under News

Webinar Announcement: Social inclusion and the design of age-friendly spaces (28 February 2018, 1pm GMT)

The upcoming WHO / IFA webinar – Social inclusion and the design of age-friendly spaces will be taking place on 28 February 2018 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm GMT. This webinar will be presented by Dr Ryan Woolrych, and will be moderated by the IFA. To register for this webinar, click here.

Exploring lifelong immunization as a foundation of healthy ageing

Posted on January 30th, 2018 by Kate MacRae under News

The International Federation on Ageing (IFA), in collaboration with Ældre Sagen, convened the Adult Vaccination: A Public Health Priority expert meeting on 16-17 January 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

This international, high-level knowledge exchange platform aimed to highlight vaccination activities of countries in the Nordic region, and to promote dialogue among various stakeholders on how best to improve adult vaccination uptake rates nationally and regionally.

The discussion also focused on how best to bring vaccination to the forefront of the agendas of patient organizations, such as those representing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), respiratory diseases, and diabetes, and come together to emphasize the combined impact of vaccine-preventable diseases on vulnerable people with comorbid conditions.

The overall goal of this meeting was to strengthen the connections among those who have a stake in increasing adult vaccination uptake rates – specifically those working to support the people most affected by vaccine-preventable diseases, including those in the fields of vaccination, ageing, public health, and non-communicable diseases. Each delegate brought to the table a unique perspective of the role of vaccination as part of healthy ageing, and of their role as researchers, practitioners, educators, and influencers in enhancing awareness of vaccinations, increasing uptake rates, and better understanding the complex barriers that allow vaccination uptake rates to stagnate while the ageing population increases.

This meeting revealed the importance of consensus-building among stakeholders, who work together to put forward a cohesive message on the role of vaccination in healthy ageing. The meeting also showed the need to strengthen relationships among various healthcare professionals (HCPs) and professional organizations as well as the connections between HCPs and patient organizations, and to further understand how HCPs prioritize vaccination in their own professional circumstances, with the goal of affirming the role of HCPs, including doctors, nurses, and pharmacists, in vaccine education and delivery.

Additionally, this platform reasserted the need for positive, candid public awareness campaigns on the availability of vaccines, the benefits of vaccination and the consequences of not being vaccinated, especially for people with chronic diseases.

At present, the IFA is preparing a report on the outcomes of the Nordic Adult Vaccination: A Public Health Priority expert meeting, to be published in spring 2018.

Webinar Announcement: “Ageism and Age-Based Discrimination in LGBTQ2 Communities” (8 February 2018, 12 PM EST)

Posted on January 29th, 2018 by Kate MacRae under News

The IFA – in partnership with SAGE and Egale Canada – are proud to present the latest webinar in the series on older LGBTQ2 people. “Ageism and Age-Based Discrimination in LGBTQ2 Communities” will be taking place on 8 February 2018 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST. This webinar will discuss older people’s experiences of ageism and age-based discrimination within LGBTQ2 communities.

This webinar will be moderated by the IFA’s Secretary General, Dr Jane Barratt and will feature Dr Brian de Vries (Professor, San Francisco State University and Adjunct Professor, Simon Fraser University) and Mx Kate Hazell (Coordinator, Older LGBTQ Community Programs, The 519) as panelists.

To register for this webinar, click here.

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