2019 IFA Annual Members Meeting

Posted on April 3rd, 2019 by Paula Colaso under 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:

IFA Headquarters

1 Bridgepoint Dve, G.238

Toronto, M3M 2B5

Tuesday 15th October 2019, 7am EST


Provisional Agenda

  1. Welcome, apologies and approval of the agenda
  2. Approval of the Minutes of Annual Meeting (6 December 2018)
  3. President Report
  4. Presentation of Audited Financial Statement
  5. Report from the Chair, Nominating Committee
  6. Date of next Annual Meeting

NEW Join the Annual Members Meeting Virtually

This will be the first time the meeting will be held virtually and will provide greater access to all IFA members for participation in this discussion.

The IFA will be hosting the virtual meeting using a new software platform called Zoom. Please register for the meeting in advance.

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Registration Now Open for the IFA Copenhagen Summit on Cognitive Reserve

Posted on March 29th, 2019 by Paula Colaso under News

Growing evidence suggests that throughout the life course, brain health and cognitive function can be promoted and maintained – a concept known as ‘cognitive reserve’.  With ten to twenty percent of today’s older people worldwide experiencing cognitive impairment, a fact which is expected to continue to grow as the global population continues to age, now is the time to transform the science of cognitive reserve into policy and good practice for all ages.

The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) in partnership with DaneAge is proud to announce the IFA Copenhagen Summit on Cognitive Reserve, a global forum to share successful policies and best practices that encourage a life course approach to brain health.

On 24-25 October 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark, experts in the fields of public health, policy, healthy ageing and cognitive health will meet to deliberate how to ensure that cognitive reserve is embedded within a life course approach to policy and practice.

Program, registration, sponsorship opportunities and additional logistic information is available on the Copenhagen Summit on Cognitive Reserve website.  The IFA looks forward to welcoming you to Copenhagen in October!

For further information contact Ms Hannah Girdler, IFA Project Officer.

IFA Welcomes Three New Project Officers

Posted on March 19th, 2019 by Paula Colaso under News

The International Federation on Ageing is pleased to welcome Ms. Anna Sangster, Ms. Stephanie Sebastian and Ms. Helen Valkanas to the team as Project Officers this March/April. As recent graduates of their respective Masters of Public Health programs, they bring experience and renewed passion for the priority project areas of the IFA.

Ms. Sangster recently graduated from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health specializing in Behavioural Health Sciences and Addiction studies. She is interested in the social determinants of health and health equity and has cultivated an interest in social justice issues and stakeholder engagement processes.

She is thrilled to be working with an organization which is proactive in advocacy and working towards improving the lives of older people around the world.  In joining the IFA, Ms Sangster will assume responsibility of the global Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) Barometer program.

Ms. Sebastian recently graduated from the Master of Public Health program at Queen’s University and honed her interests in program planning, epidemiology and population health. With interests in human rights, health inequities, and program planning.

Stephanie is eager to challenge behaviours that disrespect the voice and role of older people in society.  In joining the IFA, Ms Sebastian will have shared responsibility of the Vaccines4Life program, and IFA at the United Nations.

Ms. Valkanas is also a recent graduate of the Master of Public Health program at Queen’s University.  Previous to that she completed a Bachelor’s of Science in Behavioural Neuroscience and a year in nursing.  It is through her education that Helen saw first-hand the realities of older adult populations in a clinical setting.  She hopes to combine her knowledge of mental health, healthcare and population health as Project Officer at the IFA.

In joining the IFA, Ms Valkanas will have responsibility for Age-Friendly Environments initiatives, the Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Mentorship Program and WHO relations.

The IFA would also like to take this opportunity to thank and bid farewell to Ms. Angela Burns and Ms. Jessica Rochman-Fowler who are pursuing new career opportunities.  Their contributions to the IFA have been significant and they will be missed by the team at the IFA.

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