AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people age 50 and over have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole, ways that help people 50 and over improve their lives. Since 1958, AARP has been leading a revolution in the way people view and live life.
AARP is a collection of diverse individuals and ideas working as one to influence positive change and improve the lives of those 50 and over. AARP members reflect a wide range of attitudes, cultures, lifestyles and beliefs.
AARP believes strongly in the principles of collective purpose, collective voice and the collective power of the 50 and over population to change the market based on their needs. The work reaches deep into members’ communities through support from staffed offices in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Action Solidaire pour un Développement Entretenu à la Base (ASDEB)
Action Solidaire pour un Développement Entretenu à la Base is a Togolese organization. It has been created in 1996 when the country went through a social and economic crisis. The organization aims to address nationally the health, environment, social and economic issues affecting the orphans, women and the elderly.
Aeldre Sagen or DaneAge Association is a non-profit, national membership organisation founded in 1986. The association is organized with 219 local chapters/committees. DaneAge is independent, non-partisan and neutral regarding party politics, religion, and ethnic origins. It has a membership of 584.000 (the Danish population is 5.5 million people).
DaneAge is also a member of AARP Global Network, the pre-eminent international network of organizations serving the needs of the mature population in countries around the world.
The mission of DaneAge is to fight for a society in which all can live long and good lives; a society in which: the person is more important than the person’s age, it is possible to live and to grow on your own terms, support and care are available for those who need it. To ensure this, DaneAge undertake several activities.
Age Action is a charity which promotes positive ageing and better policies and services for older people. Working with, and on behalf of, older people they aim to make Ireland the best place in the world in which to grow older.
The Mission of Age Action Ireland is : “To achieve fundamental change in the lives of all older people by empowering them to live full lives as actively engaged citizens and to secure their rights to comprehensive high quality services according to their changing needs”
This mission statement reflects the fundamental shift in their attitude towards and their relationship with older people. All activities will be geared to supporting older people to speak and act for themselves in bringing about the fundamental changes they want to live full lives.
Age International is the only charity in the UK dedicated to the needs and rights of older people in developing countries.
It exists to help older people in developing countries improve their income, escape poverty, receive the right kind of healthcare, survive emergencies, and have their contributions to families and communities recognized and valued.
Its vision is of a world in which people everywhere can lead dignified, healthy and secure lives as they grow older.
Age International is a member of IFA, the HelpAge global network and the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).
For more information, visit the Age International website.
AGE Platform Europe is a European network of around 165 organisations of and for people aged 50+ representing directly over 30 million older people in Europe.
Its work focuses on a wide range of policy areas that impact on older and retired people. These include issues of anti-discrimination, employment of older workers and active ageing, social protection, pension reforms, social inclusion, health, elder abuse, intergenerational solidarity, research, accessibility of public transport and build environment, and new technologies (ICT). The Platform takes also active part in several EU projects. The majority of these projects are funded by the 7th Framework Programme.
The purpose of its work is to voice and promote the interests of the 150 million inhabitants aged 50+ in the European Union and to raise awareness of the issues that concern them most. AGE seeks to give a voice to older and retired people in the EU policy debates, through the active participation of their representative organisations at EU, national, regional and local levels, and provides a European platform for the exchange of experience and best practices. It also aims to inform older people on their rights as citizen or resident and on EU policy making processes and recent EU policy development.
For more information, visit the Age Platform Europe website.
Age Well Senior Services (formerly South County Senior Services) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation based in Laguna Woods, California. Since 1975 it provides critical programs, services and resources to seniors primarily in South Orange County. Age Well Senior Services has become a leader in providing home and community-based services to ensure that seniors can stay in their homes longer and maintain the quality of life they deserve.
Age Without Borders facilitates various types of online video sessions, from interviews to networking sessions to expert panels (and often a combination of those and more). Participants connect to our preferred online meeting platform, Zoom, from anywhere with an internet connection. For best results we recommend connecting from a quite location with strong internet to maximize the quality of your experience.
For individuals, our video sessions serve as an enriching opportunity to engage with others in the aging industry, both peers and leading experts. We are always experimenting with new styles and agendas, meaning you can expect a fresh experience each time.
Inspired by the United Nations endorsed “Age-Friendly City” initiative, Age-Friendly Business is committed to building upon this noble foundation by inviting businesses to learn how to provide a more respectful and age-relevant customer experience for the age 50+.
Since 2003, the company has been helping professionals, businesses, and organizations learn about the evolving needs of the Boomer and Senior members of its communities. Its programs and support services ensure that professionals and businesses have the knowledge and tools to provide a relevant, respectful and appropriate client experience for the age 50+ market, and with its designation, certifications, and promotional materials, are distinguished within their communities.
Founded in 1956 as “The South African Council for the Aged”, now known as “Age-in-Action”, is the body representing more than 2.7 million older people. The Organisation also has over 800 NGO’s as members who provide vital services to more than 150 000 older persons in need of care. In terms of Age-in-Action’s mission, namely to protect and promote the interests and well-being of all elderly persons, they strive to:
initiate and promote programmes aimed at advancing the status, well being, safety and security of vulnerable and needy older persons.
provide community based health care services for frail, bedridden, vulnerable and needy older persons.
initiate prevention and educational programmes on HIV/AIDS for older persons.
provide empowerment programmes for vulnerable and needy older persons via viz., adult education.
conduct relevant publications and disseminate information relating to older persons.
initiate and implement inter-generation programmes.
lobby and advocate for the rights of older persons.
For more information, visit the Age-in-Action website.
Aged Care Maldives is a nonprofit and a non-governmental organization who strives to focus on the needs of aging population and the needs of their families in the Maldives. Aged Care Maldives aims to provide programs and services that assist clients and their families with the physical and emotional challenges that come with ageing through customized programs and services. The organisation established in June 2008 embodies the services and facilities already established under Manfaa Centre on Ageing in May 2004.
Objectives: to disseminate information and create awareness on healthy ageing; to provide home care to the ageing population and to provide a place of care for those who are not fortunate enough to be cared for in their own homes.
Finally, Aged Care Maldives’ mission is to promote healthy ageing; encourage the older people to be contributing members of the community; and to assist the frail to maintain their independence and dignity.
Ageing Asia is an Ageing Market Consultancy Social Enterprise with the mission to change the way we age in Asia Pacific. It facilitates collaborations and strategic partnerships between CEO-level business, government and community leaders to access Asia Pacific’s US$3 trillion silver industry through a combination of in-depth industry research and networking with key decision makers in the business of ageing. The organization also provides consulting to organisations seeking global best practices in housing, health and care models that can be translated for the Asian market place.
Its main event, the annual international Ageing Asia Innovation Forum, is an annual business of ageing platform to access investment and partnership opportunities in Asia. In 2012, the company launched the Ageing Asia Alliance – Asia Pacific’s first industry network on the business of ageing. Today, the Alliance connects over 1000 members to business opportunities in Asia’s ageing market.
Ageing Nepal is a not-for-profit Non-Government Organisation (NGO) registered with the government of Nepal and also affiliated with the Social Welfare Council. It was created by a group of Nepali social workers in August 2011.
Ageing Nepal is a member based organisation operated by trustees, member’s representatives and professionals on a national level.
Its missions are:
Empowerment of elders and promotion of their rights;
Generate research based information to help policy makers and planners;
Produce trained human resources in the field of Gerontology and Geriatrics;
Take proactive measures against abuse and exploitation of elders; and
Work as watchdog to safe guard the interests of ageing population.
Ageing Nepal strives to promote an age-friendly environment with facilities and services to suit the personal needs of older adults.
It also aims to link ageing population and societal development by treating ageing as an opportunity for development, and by establishing a sustainable system of social protection. The organization works with local and international organizations for promoting the wellbeing of the elderly.
AgeSong Senior Communities provide residential care including independent living, assisted living and secure dementia care services.
Nader Shabahangui, the founder explains: ‘Our vision is to help create a more accepting, loving and caring human being base on the idea of developing the virtues of the elder within all of us”. AgeSong communities are located throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Agewell Care Initiative is a Nigerian non-profit, non –governmental and non-religious organization with special consultative status with the United Nations. Even its operations began fully in 2011, Agewell Care Initiative was founded in 2007 to fight against ageism. Its main mission is to promote healthy ageing and encourage the older people to be active contributing members of their community – as well as the society at large.
The organization also aims at countering the prejudices concerning the life, status and significance of older persons in the society. Agewell Care Initiative believes that the ageing society is an opportunity for all generation.
In 1977 Aging in America was created to serve and provide services to Morningside House, senior living communities. Today Aging in America oversees five subsidiaries with the common mission of devoting time, resources and skills to those who need it most in neighborhoods of the Bronx, Westchester, Rockland and Long Island.
The compassionate and skilled staff of Aging in America, and it subsidiaries, care for over 5,000 people annually with expanded services that include long term skilled nursing, rehabilitative therapies, Alzheimer and dementia care, home health services, social and medical model adult day health care, and an array of senior community services.
For more information, visit the Aging in America website.
Ajemalibu Self Help (AJESH) is a Civil Society Organisation based in Cameroon. Its mission is “to move towards a humane and self-sustaining environment, free from poverty and injustice”. AJESH strives to promote a sustainable development through education, research and training. Those self-reliant efforts aim to reduce the causes and effects of poverty on people and Society.
AJESH works with volunteers from all countries with special interest and knowledge in either community development or social work.
The organization leads currently a pilot project aiming to strengthen the forest governance in the South West Region of Cameroon.
The mission of the Alaska Commission on Aging is to ensure the dignity and independence of all older Alaskans, and to assist them to lead useful and meaningful lives through planning, advocacy, education and interagency collaboration.
All India Senior Citizens' Confederation (AISCCON) — India
The All India Senior Citizens’ Confederation (AISCCON) is a national level organization of senior citizens with affiliate Federation members and individual members numbering more than 10 lakhs in various states and union territories of the country. It is the largest organization of senior citizens in the country; it devotes itself to networking, advocacy and research on the issues concerning welfare and development of senior citizens with governments at both the state and national level. The organization also provides service activities including health care (Physio-therapy services, eye care services and other advisory services) services.
Alzheimer’s Australia WA was established in 1982 by a group of carers of people with dementia who saw the increasing need for a dementia-specific support organisation. As Australia’s oldest and largest dementia organisation Alzheimer’s Australia is at the forefront of dementia care services, world class research and education and training programs.
This organisation provides specialised services to more than 24,000 people with dementia and their families and carers including respite, counselling and social support.
They also offer education, nationally recognised training and advisory services to people working in health and aged care and community education programs for the general public.
With two metropolitan and six regional offices and a regional branch, Alzheimer’s Australia WA employs more than 200 specialist staff including: Physiotherapists, Social workers, Occupational therapists, Trainers and Dementia specialist care workers.
For more information, visit the Alzheimer’s Australia WA website.
AMD Alliance International strives to bring knowledge, help and hope to individuals and families around the world affected by AMD. It is the only international organisation dedicated exclusively to macular disease. With 70 members in 26 countries, the organisation is comprised of prominent leaders in ophthalmology, vision rehabilitation, research and patient and senior’s advocacy. And with their broad global reach, and members across wide-ranging political, cultural and geographic spectrums, they play a major role in increasing awareness of macular degeneration around the world and influencing governments to recognize AMD as a health priority.
AMD Alliance mission is accomplished through: generating awareness and understanding of age-related macular degeneration; promoting the importance of education, early detection, knowledge of treatment and rehabilitation options; and preserving vision and improving the quality of life of individuals affected by age-related macular degeneration.
For more information, visit the AMD Alliance International website.
Founded in 1954 as the Western Gerontological Society, the American Society on Aging is an association of diverse individuals bound by a common goal: to support the commitment and enhance the knowledge and skills of those who seek to improve the quality of life of older adults and their families. The membership of ASA is multidisciplinary and inclusive of professionals who are concerned with the physical, emotional, social, economic and spiritual aspects of aging.
ASA offers professional education, outstanding publications and online information and training resources that are nationally recognized. The breadth and depth of information available from ASA’s conference, webinars and publications, and the diversity of perspective and experience that characterizes ASA’s membership, are unmatched by any other professional organization in the field.
ANBO is the largest independent interests and empowerment organization for seniors in the Netherlands, regardless of religious, philosophical, social or political opinion. Is also the voice for nearly 400,000 ANBO and FNV seniors and wants to increase the independency and liberty of choice of older people in different areas.
Moreover, they provide personal advice and information to members, and offer cultural, sporting and recreational activities and discounts.
ANBO attaches great importance to the safe mobility of the elderly and has therefore initiated an extensive nationwide multiyear program, the ‘be mobile and stay mobile in a safe way’ program, to increase the safe mobility of seniors. To achieve its goal, the organisation cooperates with several other organisations.
Aparna Novel Society for Welfare And Research (ANSWER) — India
Aparna Novel Society for Welfare And Research strives to better the welfare of the underprivileged sections of the Indian society. Its mission statement is to nurture, educate and enrich the poor and needy and to provide medical and spiritual help to the elderly and persons with infirmity.
ANSWER aims to give an emotional support to orphans, street children or those raised in the economically backward sections and regions. The organization provides also sponsorship to individuals for higher education, medical treatment or any such activities which bring in purpose and quality to their lives.
Area Agency on Aging, Region One Incorporated — United States
The Area Agency on Aging, Region One, offers a large variety of programs and services that enhance the quality of life for residents of Maricopa County, Arizona. The organization advocates, plans, coordinates, develops and delivers services for adults aged 60+, adults aged 18+ with HIV/AIDS, adults aged 18+ with disabilities and long-term care needs, and family caregivers.
The Area Agency on Aging, Region One is the leader in aging services for Maricopa County, Arizona.
The Association Alzheimer of Mauritius was officially registered in May 2005 as a result of the efforts of a group of persons belonging to civil society, acting on their own or within organized NGOs, who were all concerned with the care of elderly persons in a country with an growing ageing population.
Since 2009, the association is a member of ADI (Alzheimer Disease International) – the International Federation of 78 Alzheimer Associations around the world.
Its objectives are:
To increase awareness in the public about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias through many activities and actions;
To provide support and care to persons suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and to their families;
To advocate for greater understanding of Alzheimer’s Disease and to make Alzheimer’s Disease a health priority; and
To carry out research on dementias and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Worldwide there are about 35 million persons with Alzheimer Disease (2009 ADI report) and in Mauritius it was estimated in 2007 that around 6,000 persons had Alzheimer ’s disease.
Association for the Planning and Development of Services for the Aged in Israel (ESHEL) — Israel
The Association for Planning and Development of Services for the Aged in Israel has been the foremost non-profit organization in Israel working for the welfare of the elderly since 1969. It aims to strengthen the status of the older people in Israel. ESHEL works to improve the quality of life of the elderly through the development of adequate and innovative housing, social and health services; regardless of their ability to pay.
The organization provides professional assistance and advice in the development of services for the elderly to Jewish communities around the world.
Recognizing the cultural differences and demands, Indian Senior Citizens Association of ACT Inc aims to cater for the social, welfare and cultural needs of aged persons of Indian cultural background. It was established in 1998. The main missions of the organization are:
to facilitate the provision of welfare and social services for aged persons
to act as spokespersons on behalf of aged person
to organize cultural and recreational activities for seniors.
The ISCA members meet on regular basis with fortnightly walks and debates. Talks supervised by specialists in health education and ageing, provide advice on how to combat social isolation and to access residential care and Government resources.
Association of Senior Citizens Organizations Pune (ASCOP) — India
Pune is the nerve center of senior citizens’ activities in Maharashtra. Pune has as many as 52 senior citizens’ clubs, and they are organized into the Association of Senior Citizens’ Organizations of Pune (ASCOP). This association formed in 1991 is part of FESCOM (Federation of Senior Citizens’ Organizations Maharashtra). Among its objectives is the creation of unity among various senior citizens. ASCOP has established a wing called Academy of Senior Citizens to undertake activities and programs in education, training and research. The motto of ASCOP is “Empowerment of the elderly for healthier, serene, and independent living”.
The Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) is a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation of professionals interested in understanding and managing the impact of ageing in Australian society. Gerontology is the understanding, through scientific study, of the processes and the phenomena of ageing.
AAG’s Mission is to expand knowledge of ageing, with the purpose of improving the experience of ageing. To achieve this Mission, the AAG provides leadership in:
promoting and supporting research
promoting and providing information and education
encouraging informed debate and policy development
developing partnerships and promoting networking opportunities.
The AAG is governed by a National Council, with members elected at either state or national level. The current Council includes academics, clinicians, managers and service providers.
Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association — Australia
The Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association Inc. (ASCCA) is a non-profit, incorporated organisation linking Computer Clubs for Seniors since 1998. ASCCA bridges the generation gap and assists seniors to benefit the community through their collective experience and knowledge. Its mission is to assist clubs to educate seniors in using computer technology to enrich their lives and make them more self-reliant.
ASCCA now has 25 financial clubs, membership ranges from clubs with from 50 to 300 members and organisations with some 2000 members. It estimates that ASCCA now reaches some 10,000 seniors.
Bangladesh Association for the Aged and Institute of Geriatric Medicine (BAAIGM) — Bangladesh
BAAIGM is popularly known as Probhin Hitoishi Sangha in Bangladesh. It is one of the only Bangladeshi NGOs to establish specific programs for the older people living in urban areas. Its activities take place within some town branches and include health care, rehabilitation, workshops, research and publication. BAAIGM ensures to involve the elderly in its many and varied programs like afforestation, family planning or micro-credit.
Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP) — Barbados
Dedicated to improving the quality of life of older persons throughout the island, The Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP) is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation which actively promotes the independence, dignity and purpose in life of members, representing and expressing views and concerns, and taking action to bring about change. It was incorporated on October 25th, 1995, and with over 25,000 members, BARP is one of the largest organisations in Barbados and one of the fastest growing.
The Barbados Association of Retired Persons makes an extremely important contribution to the lives, not only for members, but of all those aged 50 and over in Barbados. As well as community projects, social and educational activities, the sheer size of BARP’s membership means that policy and decision makers in Barbados will have little option but to pay increasing attention to what BARP has to say. This ensures that the views and concerns of persons aged 50 and over in Barbados can be heard. BARP members and those they represent now have a ‘voice’.
For more information, visit the Barbados Association of Retired Persons website.
Headquartered on a 22-acre campus in Ontario and fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, Baycrest is the global leader in developing and providing innovations in aging and brain health.
Baycrest is unique in the world, combining a comprehensive system of care for aging patients, one of the world’s top research institutes in cognitive neuroscience, dedicated centres focused on mitigating the impact of age-related illness and impairment, and unmatched global knowledge exchange and commercialization capacity.
An independent benchmarking study concluded that few institutions match the breadth and uniqueness of the integrated models of service delivery and the calibre of translational research at Baycrest.
Baycrest has actively leveraged its remarkable complementary strengths in innovative care delivery and research by pursuing a unique commercialization agenda. It has partnered with MaRS Discovery District, a large-scale Toronto innovation centre, in the development of its first spinout company, Cogniciti. This company has been specifically established to create and bring to market products, goods, and services designed to maintain healthy cognitive functioning throughout middle adult and later years.
Baycrest is now launching a commercialization arm which will introduce a comprehensive and uniquely competitive portfolio of aging oriented products and goods, as well as consulting and development services to the international marketplace.
Baycrest is partnering with private and public sector organizations across Canada and around the world to advance healthy aging and the wellbeing of seniors. Already, Baycrest has alliances and partnerships across Canada exceeding 50 organizations and is engaged with nearly 60 additional collaborators across the globe.
Baycrest has been chosen to lead a Canadian and North American initiative with a goal of identifying promising new innovations in long-term senior care. Baycrest was also recently selected by Neurological Health Charities of Canada as a national award recipient for innovation and leadership in aging and brain health.
BESSANT PELECH ASSOCIATES INC. is a consulting practice which specializes in the fields of gerontology and long-term care. Since the firm was established in 1991, it has concentrated in the five major areas of culture change, research and planning, program design, building design, and training and education.
In all projects, the role of Bessant Pelech Associates Inc. is to respond to the care and support needs of elders and their caregivers. The elder-centred philosophy of the practice provides the framework for collaboration and innovation within the realities of economic and policy parameters. The practice is fuelled by a passion for elder-first solutions. It’s mandate is to inspire organizations to reach their potential as operators who make a difference in the lives of elders everyday. The philosophy of the practice is captured in the corporate logo; the Egyptian hieroglyphic for esteemed elder.
Bharat Pensioners' Samaj - All India Federation of Pensioners' Associations — India
Bharat Pensioners Samaj (BPS) established in 1955, is an all India Federation of Pensioners’ Associations with 535 affiliates . It functions as a nodal point for pensioners supported by central and state governments and quasi-governmental organizations. It highlights the difficulties faced by Pensioners and other Senior Citizens at various forums and strives to resolve the grievances of its members by negotiating with appropriate authorities.
Brenda Strafford Centre for Excellence in Gerontological — Canada
The Brenda Strafford Centre for Excellence in Gerontological Nursing is located in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary. Its aim is to create a new perspective on the care of older adults by allowing nursing students to work directly with this population, in a variety of settings, including long term care facilities. Preparing nurses to meet the age specific health needs of older adults is mandated by demographic changes in Alberta and Canada. The Centre was established in part to address this need, as well as to support professional nursing practice.
Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and Longevity of Hunter College — United States
Founded in 1974, the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging aims to improve the health and well-being of older adults through research, policy and professional development. To meet this challenge, its research focuses on the most common health problems among older adults and develops and tests the best interventions to help them stay in their home communities. The center also helps shape policy by sharing its findings with local and national partners. With the addition of the Sadin Institute on Law and Public Policy, Brookdale pioneered the field of elder law. Finally, as one of the country’s first academic gerontology centers, Brookdale is fostering a generation of professionals and paraprofessionals who serve older adults.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence is a non-government, community-based organisation concerned with social justice. Based in Melbourne, it is working for a better deal for disadvantaged people and provides important services for people who need them most since 1930.
At the start of the 21st century, the Brotherhood’s vision was restated as ‘Australia Free of Poverty’. It works not just to alleviate poverty but to prevent it. The organization wants to demonstrate how economic efficiency and social fairness can reinforce each other and lay the foundations for a new social safety net based on economic participation and opportunities.
Major areas of the Brotherhood’s work include caring for older Australians, family and children’s services, assistance for job-seekers, support for refugees, undertaking research and policy development work. An important aim is for successful small-scale programs to be adopted more widely by governments and by other community organisations so as to keep promoting social change for a fairer and more inclusive society.
The Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG) is a national, multidisciplinary scientific and educational association established to provide leadership in matters related to the aging population. A registered Canadian charity, the CAG was founded on October 15, 1971 and is a member of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics.
Vision: To be the Canadian authority on individual and population aging.
Mission: The Canadian Association on Gerontology seeks to improve the lives of older Canadians through the creation and dissemination of knowledge in gerontological policy, practice, research and education.
For more information, visit the Canadian Association on Gerontology website (English and French version).
CARP is Canada’s largest advocacy association for older Canadians. Formerly the Canadian Association for Retired Persons, today CARP has more than 300,000 members aged 50 plus. As a non-partisan association, CARP is committed to working with all parties in government to advocate for older Canadians. Its mission is to advocate for better healthcare, financial security, and freedom from ageism. CARP members engage in polls and petitions, email their elected representatives, connect with local chapters and share stories and opinions on urgent issues.
CARP membership support creates major changes in government policies and protects the dignity of Canadians as we age. Members are also rewarded with discounts on over 100 everyday products and services they know and love from CARP’s trusted partners.
Catholic Social Services Elder Abuse Intervention Team — Canada
Catholic Social Services is a multi-function social service agency that serves people of all faiths and cultures throughout central and northeast Alberta. Founded in 1961, the agency has grown to deliver more than 100 programs.
Mission: Through the provision of quality care, they enhance human well-being in spirit of compassion, justice, freedom, and solidarity.
Catholic Social Services is divided into services and programs areas. Major services include: Children, Family and Community Services; Christmas Hamper; Disability Service; Immigration and Settlement Service; Substance Abuse and Corrections Services.
The Centre for Policy on Ageing, established in 1947 by the Nuffield Foundation, has a long and distinguished record as an independent charity promoting the interests of the older people through research, policy analysis and the dissemination of information.
The Centre aims to raise awareness of issues around all aspects of ageing and to support good practice. Its overarching focus is to discover and advocate what older people themselves want and needs.
An important and unique aspect of the Centre’s work is to act as a hub to encourage the creative exchange of thinking and information on ageing issues. A key element of this work is making knowledge on ageing issues widely accessible to share learning and underpin policy initiatives to support older people. CPA collaborates with national and local government, practioners, the academic community, voluntary groups and older people to sustain a network of learning around ageing.
Centre for Research and study of Aging, University of Haifa — Israel
The Center for Research and Study of Aging was established in 1990 to respond to pressing issues in the field of aging that concern present-day Israeli society. The response takes the form of conducting research, formulating and promoting social policy, and developing educational resources.
The Center serves as a databank for methods of treatment and care techniques, conducts surveys, qualitative and quantitative research, and develops educational programs. It also offers consultation and training for professionals in the fields of gerontology and geriatrics.
During the years, the organization has been supported by the Rashi Foundation, The European Commission, The Israel Science Foundation or The National Insurance Institute.
The centre for the welfare of the aged (CEWA), established in June 1979, is committed to providing community based-services, trainings, research and consultancies on ageing and elder care. CEWA works especially with and for the poor and disadvantaged older persons. It strives to enable them to lead their lives independently with self – respect and dignity.
Its vision embodies a society where people of all age-groups could live together without discrimination of age, gender, religion, caste and social class in an environment of security and mutual respect.
Centre of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease Research — Australia
The Centre of Excellence for Alzheimer’s disease Research and Care is unique in that it brings together leading researches in different disciplines –from prominent clinical researches to leading exercise physiologists and brain imaging experts. The Centre has also established research collaboration with the Australian neuromuscular Research Institute and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.
The Centre’s mission is to lower the burden of Alzheimer’s disease on the community and to enhance the quality of life of people affected by this devastating disease and their Vision is to see a world without Alzheimer’s disease.
The aim of the Centre of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease Research and Care is to:
Contribute to the community by developing effective strategies for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease
Develop tests for the early diagnosis of the disease
Develop effective treatments that delay the onset of the disease and reduce its progression
Make a substantial difference in the care, well-being and quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s disease.
Chiayi City Healthy City Promotion Association — Taiwan
Chiayi City Healthy City Promotion Association (CCHCPA) is a social group based on the Civil Organization Act, but not aiming on profit. CCHCPA purposes on enhancing citizen health, integrating community association groups’ power, formulating healthy public policies, and developing a proper health service. It targets Chiayi City as a healthy city.
CCHCPA strives to combine social resources, guide community to join healthy building activity, and promote life type of healthy live.
China National Working Commission on Ageing (CNWCA) — China
Established in October 1999, China National Working Commission on Ageing, as an advisory and coordinating organization of the State Council, is mandated to supervise the work on nationwide. CNWCA has 26 members.
The main responsibilities of CNWCA include:
Researches on and formulation of the development strategies and major policies on ageing, coordinating and facilitating the relevant departments to implement the development plans on ageing
Coordinating and facilitating relevant departments to protect the rights and interests of the elderly
Coordinating and facilitating relevant departments to strengthen macro-level guidance and comprehensive management of the work on ageing, promoting carious kinds of activities for the physical and psychological wellbeing of the elderly
Guiding monitoring and supervising the work on ageing of the provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities
Organizing and coordinating important activities on ageing in China initiated and sponsored by UN and the other international organizations.
The Chinese Community Social Services Centre Inc. is an ethno-specific organization providing community support services, education and advocacy to aged, children, young people and families within the Chinese community in the State of Victoria. The Centre was incorporated as a non-profit organisation in 1992 and has a mission to promote and represent the interests of the Chinese-Australian community in the State of Victoria. The community services program provides a wide range of services to assist new settlers in gaining access to general community services, participating in the social and economic life of Australia, and fully integrating into their new homeland.
The City of Melville, located in the Swan River in Perth, Western Australia, where a diverse and multicultural community enjoys a rich built and natural heritage, a blend of retail and business precincts, an abundance of opportunities for physical and social activity, open spaces and a unique natural landscape.
City of Melville’s Community and Facilities for older adults include the following:
Clube Piratininga is a point of meeting and entertainment in Paulistanos, Brazil. Every Monday the Club promotes ballroom dancing where older people experience excellent national or international live music by orchestras or musical groups. Well dressed, polite and nice people enjoy listening to music and showcasing the art of dancing. It is a safe and good place to stay from 4pm to midnight every Monday.
Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups — United States
The Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups is a nonprofit and nonpartisan statewide membership organization founded in 1978. CWAG’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people of all ages through: intergenerational understanding and leadership development, public education, legal and legislative advocacy and public policy development. Through advocacy, the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups develops and supports public policies that reflect its members’ views and interests as directed by its legislative initiative.
Community and Aid Sponsorship Program (CASP) — India
CASP is a premier national organization committed to the sustainable development and strengthening of child, family and community. CASP also works towards networking, strengthening alliances and building partnerships with national and international organizations with mutually compatible objectives.
Vision: Strengthen the community in a sustainable manner to support children and families leading towards human development with equity, dignity and justice.
Mission: To diversify and strengthen organizational competency, to develop and implement strategies and programmes, to enhance the capacities of children, families and communities through empowerment, participation and advocacy, to spread the CASP presence to fifty backward and most backward districts including urban slums.
For more information, visit the Community Aid Sponsorship Program website.
Community Development Volunteers for Technical Assistance (CDVTA) — Cameroon
Community Development Volunteers for Technical Assistance is a legally registered advocacy rights based community development Charity in Cameroon.
CDVTA aims to challenge unjust policies affecting the lives of older persons, women, disabled, minority marginalized indigenous people and children. CDVTA strengthens their capacities to enable them, realize their rights, live in dignity and improve their livelihoods. CDVTA holistic approach seeks to use a rights-based approach to both address the self-identified needs of marginalized people and create lasting changes at strcutural level.
Their mission is to help the poorest. In this respect they work to create integrated communities. They work with communities and groups that share a vision of a society where the oppressed are able to exercise their rights and gain access to freedom.
Concern for Elders Initiative (CEI) is a charitable, non-governmental organization established in Nigeria as a result of the devastating and alarming rate of elder abuse. CEI is raising awareness, seeking adequate protection and succour for older adults, networking stakeholders, likeminded groups and individuals to put an end to prejudice, discrimination and hostility directed at people because of age.
The CEI Five Point Agenda includes the following:
To show adequate respect, love and care through provision of basic care: food, shelter and clothes, quick rescue in time of danger and Peace building for a secured environment.
Educare-Bridge; Information and research. Awareness through workshops, seminars, print and electronic media and networking are all important tools of CEI.
Advocacy on elders’ right and privileges – Policies and implementation.
Med-Life: Medical Support, Health Information and disease prevention, House to house care, psychotherapy, physiotherapy, counseling etc.
Empowerment: Support and integration of the elderly for a life of dignity.
COTA Australia, the voice of older Australians, is a national organization that coordinates the policy work of nine senior’s organizations across Australia. COTA Australia promotes, improves and protects the circumstances and interests of older people in Australia, not just its own members. COTA Australia has a focus on national policy issues. Through extensive research and consultations via its members, they aim to accurately represent the views of seniors.
For more information, visit the official website of COTA Australia.
Established in 1957 as the Old People Welfare Council of Queensland, COTA Queensland is a not-for-profit community business providing research, policy development and advocacy, community education, information and referral and value-for-money member benefits. The organization aims to influence decision makers and provides quality outcomes to enrich the lives of people as they age. Its vision is to be recognized as the leading organization advancing the rights, needs and interests of older adults in Queensland, Australia.
Its values include diversity and Human Rights, learning and innovation as well as being proactive and responsive.
COTA is the primary organization representing the interests of older Victorians.
In collaboration with the Victoria community and government partners, COTA ensure older people are top of mind for policy makers. Key service areas include education and information, and it is the government endorsed provider of the Seniors Information Victoria service.
A hub of up-to-date information and social activity, COTA connects people and community organizations across the state.
Main roles: Policy development that ensures the voices of older Victorians are heard, innovative activities and new ways to age well and defy negative stereotypes, information on issues of importance to seniors, representation of the views of older Victorians to government, community and business organizations, the media and services providers; and membership. Because COTA members receive a wide range of exclusive benefits and keep informed of issues as they arise.
As a leading South African authority on all forms of Dementia, Dementia SA strives to minimize the impact that Dementia has on individuals, families and communities. By taking an innovative approach to service delivery that includes all relevant constituencies, Dementia SA strives to serve all people affected by Dementia. The core services of Dementia SA include a 24 hr National Helpline, family counseling, capacity development through training, education, skills enhancement, awareness, lobbying and advocacy and partnership development networks. Dementia SA places premium on providing services in under-developed areas and vigorously advocates the rights and dignity of those living with Dementia. All services are supported by ongoing research.
Dementia SA was formally registered in 2006 as a non-profit organization and was awarded Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) status and holds B-BBEE status level 4.
For more information please visit the Dementia SA website.
Dobroe Delo (Kind Deed) is a Moscow-based charity providing care for the elderly which was founded in 2000 by the Russian doctor Eduard Karioukhin. The organization provides a gerontological legal assistance, supplies medical and social at-home help to the isolated older adults, and leads scientific research in the field of social gerontology. Its main mission is to establish and develop an efficient system of gerontology services in across Russia with particular focus on lonely and isolation elderly who were victims of totalitarian regimes (GULAG, naci). Alongside the practical work in Moscow, Kind Deed continues offering support and guidance to other NGOs across the country through the development of resources on the internet, and the creation of a network of contacts.
Doha International Family Institute (Qatar Foundation) — Qatar
The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), formerly known as Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development (DIIFSD), was established by Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development in 2006. The Institute has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNECOSOC).
The Institute is part of Qatar Foundation, a private, non-profit organization that is supporting Qatar on its journey from carbon economy to knowledge economy by unlocking human potential, for the benefit of not only Qatar, but the world. Founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Amir of Qatar, QF is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.
QF’s work encompasses education, science, research, and community development. World-class universities are brought to Qatar to help create an education sector in which young people can develop the attitudes and skills required for a knowledge economy. At the same time, QF builds Qatar’s innovation and technology capacity by developing and commercializing solutions through key sciences. The Foundation also works to foster a progressive society while enhancing cultural life, protecting Qatar’s heritage and addressing immediate social needs in the community.
For a complete list of QF’s initiatives and projects, visit www.qf.org.qa.
Over some 40 years, Downsview Services to Seniors has aspired to enhance, engage and empower the members of its diverse community by providing equitable, accessible and high quality services. Those services can include home support, adapted transportation and meal deliveries for persons using wheelchairs. Other programs and events such as the Transitional Adult Day Program or the Branson Place Dementia Day Program are regularly offered to members during the year.
The main vision of the organization is to achieve excellence and to provide leadership in family-centric health and social services in its community.
Downsview Services to Seniors received a three year certification in 2012 from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
Launched in the 1950’s, Eden Care Communities was first established as the Regina Lutheran Housing Corporation following a study which highlighted the need for a retirement home for the aged. Launched by members of the Lutheran community, this independent organization began with the belief that caring for community members in need best reflected the foundational beliefs of the church.
Mission: Founded and inspired by faith to provide respectful, integrated, intergenerational care and housing.
Vision: Creating communities of people who are connected, fulfilled and secure.
By 2025 Eden Care Communities will be known for our intergenerational and integrated service delivery culture and model of care. We will be known for our community service based on passion, principles, and person-directed care in the pursuit of excellence. We will be known as builders. We will be the “option”. We will lead others in the enhancement and promotion of our Eden Alternative philosophy of faith-based, person-centered and person-directed care.
The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council was established in 2004 when there was a need for shared planning, coordination and collaboration among service providers for seniors. Being a communication hub for the senior sector, the ESCC helps organizations to improve programs and recreational services for older people.
Through the work of ESCC, organizations that provide social support to seniors have enhanced capacity and work collaboratively to provide effective, accessible services to meet diverse needs of seniors in Edmonton.
The Coordinating Council endorses the following values:
Collaboration among senior-serving organizations for the delivery and evaluation of social and recreational programs or activities
Sharing of resources (financial, staff, volunteer, equipment, policies) among senior-serving organizations
Respecting the autonomy and integrity of its membership
In 1997, the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region has made “Care for the Elderly” a Strategic Policy Objective of the government. The objective is to improve the quality of life of the elderly population. The Elderly Commission was established in the same year and its main task is to provide advice to the Government in the formulation of a comprehensive policy in caring for elders. Commission members include professionals from elder related services and other sectors, academics and community leaders.
Elderly Health Research Center - Tehran University of Medical Sciences — Iran
Founded in November 2012 by the Endocrinology & Metabolism Research Institute (EMRI), The Elderly Health Research Center is proactively involved in the elderly health. It leads some ageing research and educational programs to improve the well-being of older adults. The center is now considered as a nationally renowned leading organization in the field. It works in close collaboration with Kahrizak Charity Foundation. The centre’s mission is to:
Support and conduct basic and clinical research in the fields of aging, geriatric, and gerontology as well as genetic, biological, clinical, behavioral, economic and social aspects of aging; and
Produce information about aging and share the fruits of the research carried out with health care professionals and the public.
The Elderly Health Research Centers’ programs are:
Education and support of the Iranian elderly population in health and other relevant issues;
Initiation and forging joint projects with international and domestic research centers working on common fields of interest;
Development of data banks and statistics for authorities and policy makers; and
Provision of training for researchers working in elderly-health related subjects.
For more information about these projects please visit the website.
Elders Clubs International Foundation (ECIF) , a nonprofit International organization dedicated to the empowerment and welfare of the elders to provide, able guidance , help in mitigating their problems in improving their status and pride in the society, restoring the lost talent and ability, and finally helping them to live with dignity and happily.
Given their immense experience having acquired during their life time, elders wants to open up and also guide the younger generation and youth on the right track. But often they are mistaken and rejected by the section of society and thus elders are reclining to the wheel chairs rather than coming out of the oblivion.
By establishing Elders Clubs (leaders) at their colony, apartments, and their staying place, ECIF wants to bring inclusive change in the lives of the elders.
Encore.org is a US-based non-profit dedicated to leveraging the skills and talents of experienced adults to address pressing social issues. Encore’s thought leadership and fellowship program advance awareness of experienced adults as a resource for the greater good and our national network connects social-purpose organizations with ‘encore’ talent.
To connect with the organization and learn more contact Ms. Betsy Werley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fairview Village is an Australian retirement village offering a full range of services to the ageing and the elderly. Fairview Village is recognised as a service provider which demonstrates a real commitment to individual quality of life and service leadership reflected in culture, innovation, excellence, accessibility, community participation and partnership.
Fall Prevention LOOP Community of Practice — Canada
Loop is the online communication platform that brings together front line workers, practitioners, caregivers, researchers and policy planners working for the health and independence of the public through fall prevention. Loop is a place to problem-solve together and discuss how to implement evidence informed and promising practices.
Our Community of Practice (CoP) strives to create supportive communities where adults enjoy quality of life and maintain their independence through the prevention of falls. We support our members to build capacity in the prevention of falls and fall-related injuries.
A CoP is a group of people who come together to exchange information on a topic. We bring together practitioners, caregivers, researchers and policy planners working for the health and care of older adults. Community members make a commitment to support and learn from one another and to develop new knowledge to advance the field of practice.
Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit — New Zealand
The Family Centre is a leading community agency based in New Zealand. It is made up of a three tikanga (cultural) organisational structure of Māori, Pacific Island and Pākehā (European) sections. The key areas of its work are social policy research, family therapy services community development and education.
The Social Policy Research Unit undertakes independent social policy consultancies and research in all areas of social policy at local, national and international levels. Expertise includes equity analysis; poverty research communication; social and economic policy interface; and ageing research.
From 2009 to 2012, the Research Unit lead the New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing project. The aims of this longitudinal study are to test hypotheses about the factors that contribute to the wellbeing and quality of life of older people in four key areas: Economic participation; Social and civic participation; Intergenerational transfers; and Resilience and Health.
Federación de Pensionistas y Jubilados de CC.OO. — Spain
The Federation of Pensioners and Retired is one of the organizations of the CCOO Trade Union in Spain. It was born to bring together people from all sectors of production or services that deal with the retirement age or conditions of pensioners.
The Federation of Pensioners and retired CCOO focuses on seeking the greater well-being and a decent life for the community. They also aim to expand and cover new rights, such as care for dependents. Indeed the Federation is currently engaged in a campaign to promote right and enhance universal attention to dependent people.
For more information, visit the website of the Federation (Spanish version).
Provision of quality stewardship and services for the health of all Nigerians
A World-Class Government Institution that ensures a healthy Nigeria
To develop and implement policies that strengthen the national health system for effective, efficient, accessible and affordable delivery of health services in partnership with other stakeholders.
Feros Care is a community owned, non-profit company with over 19 years experience in the provision of aged and community care services.
Feros has a proven track record in providing appropriate, reliable, flexible services and is committed to promoting the status of older people with disabilities by actively supporting their right to lifestyle choices, advocacy and independence.
Foundation for Older Persons' Development — Thailand
Foundation for Older Persons’ Development (FOPDEV) was established in December 1999 as a non-profit and non-government organization dedicated to working with and for the disadvantaged and vulnerable older persons in Thailand. Its main activities take place in the Northern Region of Thailand.
At the community level, FOPDEV works with older people’s groups to improve income security by setting up earnings generation activities. Then, it coordinates the volunteers who provide basic health care and information to older people and their carer. The Foundation watches groups to monitor local policy implementation and older people’s access to rights and entitlements as well.
At the national level, FOPDEV works to raise awareness of older people’s issues with the general public and advocate for change with regard to government policies for older people and on the needs of an ageing society.
Its willingness to improve the quality of life of disadvantaged older people in Thailand in an empowering and sustainable way is identified in its current missions by: contributing to the empowerment of the civil society network on Ageing, training volunteer home-helpers to encourage independent living for disadvantaged older people and strengthening community based organizations capacity to consolidate the Disasters Risk Reduction.
Friends of IFA Japan (FOIFA) is an independent non-profit organization working together with the International Federation on Ageing and other related NGOs and NPOs to meet the challenges of the ageing population in the world. FOIFA is based in Akita City, Akita Prefecture, Japan. Akita City is situated in the mid-west of Akita Prefecture and Akita Prefecture is in the north eastern part of the Japan main Island.
The growth of the aging population worldwide and its influence on the individual in all areas of life is something that cannot be avoided. To add, the problems facing old people like age discrimination, abuse, gender inequality, race, poor economy conditions, and poor health etc is not given full attention.
The aim of FOIFA is to ensure that senior citizens must live healthily and actively; have dignity, the responsibility to act and the right to participate in the society which naturally is an acknowledgment of the basic human rights of freedom.
Missions: Observe and make suggestions to the quality of care in elderly facilities; work in partnership with hospitals to ensure the availability of healthcare to senior citizens; create projects to upgrade the life of old people and encourage their participation in the society; raise public awareness on ageing issues both at home and abroad; attend international meetings and conferences to share and gather information on ageing issues.
For more information, visit the FOIFA website (English version).
Geriatric Society of India is a non-profit and medical association aiming to bring geriatricians together. It strives to update its fellow members about the latest practices on geriatric care. Geriatric Society of India (GSI) has been a crusader in this field for last three decades. A text book on Geriatrics & Gerontology (Geriatric Care) has been also brought out covering the medical and health aspects of Indian elderly in 98 chapters.
GSI has now launched a peer review journal containing original & review articles, drug review, management tips… The society holds an annual conference every year and has also instituted various Oration Awards.
German Centre of Gerontology (Deutsches Zentrum für Altersfragen) — Germany
The German Centre of Gerontology (the acronym DZAcomes from its German name “Deutsches Zentrum fuer Altersfragen”) is an institute for scientific research and documentation in the fields of social and behavioral ageing research. The bye-laws of the institute declare its purpose to : increase, collect, evaluate, process and disseminate knowledge about the living arrangements of ageing and old people in order to use this knowledge for scientifically independent consultation in respect to the challenges of an ageing population for society and social policy.“
The DZA is organized in three: Research, Social Reporting and Policy Advice, Information Services.
The DZA is funded by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend). In addition, projects are funded from other sources. In the years 2001 to 2003 the building of the DZA was completed modernised.
For more information, visit the German Centre of Gerontology website (English version).
The “Geron” Foundation is a humanitarian, non-governmental organisation born in 1991 and based in Romania. Initially the Foundation offered free services for elderly care at home. Since 1995 they focused on functional and semi-dependente addicts and they have developed several services in this direction.
Mission: The Geron Foundation promotes associative behaviour, mobilizes and organizes human, financial and material resources, develops “working partnerships” with other NGOs, with universities, nursing schools, local administration, governmental institutions and possible sponsors. The Foundation supports structural changes in the overall social life of older people, based on ample knowledge of their needs as well as of the Romanian context, and is constantly promoting the role of community services and at-home assistance within the framework of the reform of the medical and care systems in Romania.
For more information, visit the Geron Foundation website.
Gerontological Association of Argentina (AGA) — Argentina
The Asociación Gerontológica Argentina is affiliated with the Federación Argentina de Geriatríay Gerontología (FAGG). It strives to promote the highest levels of achievement in gerontological research and training in Argentina.
The Asociación Gerontológica Argentina works with public authorities and other local and international non-governmental organizations such as the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics.
Global Action on Aging (GAA), a non-profit organization with special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, was founded in 1994 by Susanne Paul.
GAA carries out research on critical emerging topics and publishes the results on its website. GAA staff and interns research aging policy and programs, both in the US and worldwide: income support, health access, and human rights. GAA posts materials in all six UN official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.
Global Action on Aging (GAA), based in New York at the United Nations, reports on older people’s needs and potential within the global economy. It advocates by, with and for older persons worldwide.
Global Action on Aging advocates at the United Nations (UN) in New York to build a better society for older people across the globe. Its mission states the organization “advocates by, with and for older persons worldwide.”
Grantmakers In Aging is an American inclusive and responsive membership organization that is a national catalyst for philanthropy, with a common dedication to improving the experience of aging since 1982. GIA members have a shared recognition that a society that is better for older adults is a society that is better for people of all ages.
Grantmakers In Aging provides its members with a personal connection to key people, high-quality resources, and state-of-the art ideas about aging and all issues related to aging. Dedicated to promoting and strengthening grantmaking for an aging society, GIA is the only international professional organization of grantmakers active in the field.
Hall & prior is a private organisation that specialises in residential aged care in both WA and NSW. Michael Hall and Graeme Prior established Hall & Prior Aged Care Organisation in 1993, operating four nursing homes in the Perth metropolitan area. Since this time, the organisation has continued to expand in response to the diverse and growing needs of the ageing population. They believe that their commitment and dedication to providing high quality care can make a real difference to the lives of residents and their families.
Vision: to be leader in the provision of aged care services in Australia.
Happy Ageing Alliance (Alleanza Italiana Per L’Invecchiamento in Salute) — Italy
The Happy Ageing Alliance, founded in 2014, was in response to the indications of the European Commission. The Happy Ageing Alliance is an innovative partnership focusing on active ageing and staying healthy with an effort to encourage the scientific community, civil society and institutions to pay more attention to themes of the ageing population in Europe and the socio-economic and cultural dynamics related to it.
The Goal of the Happy Ageing Alliance is to study and promote policies and activities to improve the health and quality of life of older adults while ensuring the sustainability and efficiency of social health and welfare.
The Harmony for Silvers Foundation is a Mumbai non-governmental organization working to enhance the quality of life of the elderly in India. Founded in 2004 by Tina Anil Ambani, the organization envisages India’s elderly as ‘Silver Citizens’—glowing and proud. Harmony’s mission is to create an environment where silvers, irrespective of their cultural beliefs, can retain their dignity, self-respect, pride and self-confidence. Since its inception, the foundation has accomplished the following:
A Harmony Interactive Centre dedicated to the silver citizens who would like to spend time, meet like-minded people and participate in a variety of fun-filled and educative activities.
A Harmony’s Research Division to conduct scientific studies on ageing; promote the disciple of gerontology and interlinks it with field action, teaching and advocacy; and to strengthen policy research to help the government frame policies related to ageing.
A Harmony – Celebrate Age, India’s only lifestyle and empowerment publication for silvers.
An active networking with national and international like-minded organisations.
Over a period of time, the Harmony for Silvers Foundation intends to promote sound and forward looking strategies and mechanisms to enhance the abilities and participation of silver citizens in the overall development of society.
Hawkesbury Living is a Richmond non-profit organization which notably includes a recreational centre, a nursing home and a retirement village. Its vision is to be the leading provider of quality care services and support to the aged in the Hawkesbury community.
The community believes that its aged citizens have the right to live the latter stages of life with dignity and respect in an environment compatible to their physical, social, spiritual and emotional needs. It aims to provide personalized, individual care for its residents and relatives in an environment which is directed toward the establishment of emphasising home rather than clinical care.
Health Home Care Nepal is a unique place where the elderly can fulfil themselves in a healthy and funny environment. The organization strives to provide a “Comprehensive Holistic package of services” addressing the social, psychological & medical needs of older people. Those services include residential Health and Social cares, mobile service for lab tests and Home health care as well as referral and linkages for health care.
The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art of London undertakes design research and projects with industry that will contribute to improving people’s lives. Their approach is inclusive and interdisciplinary. The work is organised in three research labs:
Age and Ability design for a more inclusive society irrespective of age and ability
Health and Patient Safety: creating safer and better health services
Work and City: research into changing patterns of work and urban life
The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design has its origins in the DesignAge action research programme, which was founded in 1991. It became a fully-fledged research centre in 1999, widening its focus from design for ageing population to design to improve people’s lives across a range of social needs.
For more information, please visit the Helen Hanlyn Center website.
HelpAge India is secular, not-for-profit organization registered under the Societies’ Registration Act of 1860. It was set up in 1978, and since then has been raising resources to protect the rights of India’s elderly and provide relief to them through various interventions.
HelpAge India voices the needs of India’s 90 million (current estimate) “grey” population, and directly impact the lives of lakhs of elders through services every year.
Missions: Advocate with national and local government to bring about policy that is beneficial to the elderly, make society aware of the concerns of the aged, promote better understanding of ageing issues, and help the elderly become aware of their own rights so that they get their due and are able to play an active role in society.
For more information, visit the Help Age India website.
HelpAge International is an international NGO that helps older people claim their rights, challenge discrimination and overcome poverty, so that they can lead dignified, secure, active and healthy lives. Their work is strengthened through a global network of like-minded organisations.
Five organisations in Canada, Colombia, Kenya, India and the UK set up HelpAge International in 1983 to provide a strong network to support older people worldwide.
HelpAge International believes that the contribution older people make to society is invaluable. Yet older people remain some of the poorest and most neglected in the world. They are committed to helping them claim their rights, challenge discrimination and overcome poverty.
HelpAge have offices in London and Brussels, six regional Centres coordinating their work in Africa, Asia/Pacific, Latin America, the Caribbean, South Asia and Eastern Europe/Central Asia, and a number of national programmes and emergency response programmes.
The HelpAge network has since grown steadily in size and influence. HelpAge now has 80 affiliates and works with more than 180 other partners in over 70 countries across the world.
For more information, visit the HelpAge International website.
Established in 1989, HelpAge Zimbabwe (HAZ) works for and with the older persons in Zimbabwe. The long-term goal of the organization is to improve the overall standard of living and health care for older people regardless of race, gender or religion. The organisation is involved in a variety of issues.
HAZ acts to provide developmental support programs and community based initiatives in the areas of urban destitution, relief, aid, health institutional care, water provision training, advocacy, information dissemination, networking, housing and income generating projects. The primary aim of these projects is to make older persons as self-sufficient as possible. Their work on HIV and AIDS aims also to raise awareness of the crucial role older people play as caregivers.
HAZ collaborates with community leaders, local authorities, government ministries, partner agencies and NGOs and makes sure that older people are included in emergency programmes by the Government and humanitarian organisations.
Heritage Hospital, established in 1994, is India’s first hospital for senior care. The hospital was formally inaugurated by the late Mr. Krishnakanth, the then Governor of Andhra Pradesh.
Heritage is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment to ill and dependent senior citizens, while helping them preserve their autonomy and dignity.
When it comes to the elderly, medical treatment, response to drugs, time of recovery after procedures is completely different and it is critical to be sensitive to their needs. At Heritage Hospital, the aim is to embrace the physical, social, familial, economic, nutritional, psychological and rehabilitation aspects of Geriatric Healthcare with providing a myriad of services to the elderly. The staff collectively provides skilled care and services to elderly patients and provides comfort to patients’ families and loved ones.
For more information, visit the Heritage Hospital website.
The Home Instead Senior Care family network of locally owned franchise offices was developed with a passionate desire to be your trusted in-home care agency, to help your family keep your aging mother, father, grandparents or friends in their home as they grow older. No matter where a senior lives, in their home, in an assisted living facility or even a nursing home, Home Instead Senior Care is currently providing millions of hours of senior services annually through a network of 900 franchise offices throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, South Korea, Finland, Austria, Northern Italy and Puerto Rico.
The world will soon have over one hundred million individuals over the age of 65, and Home Instead Senior Care desires to help many of those individuals by providing non-medical based, home care services to those who desire it.
Founded by Paul and Lori Hogan Home Instead, Inc. began serving seniors in Omaha, Nebraska, as Home Instead Senior Care in 1994. It was Paul Hogan’s own family experience caring for his grandmother that made him realize the need for non-medical home care and elder companionship services to help seniors live independently at home. In June 1995, the company began franchising. By 1998, Home Instead Senior Care had grown to 99 offices and was recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the 100 fastest growing franchise companies in the United States. In 2000, Home Instead Senior Care began international development with the opening of an international partner relationship in Osaka, Japan with Duskin Corporation.
Home Modification Information Clearinghouse — Australia
The Home Modification Information (HMinfo) Clearinghouse, established in 2002, is an information service tasked with collating, reviewing and creating the evidence base for best practice in modification of the home environment to support people with problems in self care, participation and autonomy.
HMinfo is located at the City Futures Research Centre within the Faculty of the Built Environment at UNSW. HMinfo is a multi-disciplinary team comprised of academics and professionals of diverse backgrounds including industrial design, sociology, gerontology, economics, geography, planning, architecture, government policy and occupational therapy.
HMinfo publishes evidence-based literature reviews, occasional papers, summary bulletins and factsheets, drawing on research about how particular built environments (i.e. products, materials and services) impact human autonomy and wellbeing outcomes. HMinfo also provides support to practitioners through its General, Industry and Occupational Therapist (OT) forums and OT mailing list.
The Hong Kong Council of Social Service is a federation of non-government social service agencies of Hong Kong. It was established in 1947 with the aim to plan and coordinate large scale relief works and social welfare after the Second World War. The Council has since become an essential partner of the Hong Kong Government in social welfare and development. Today it represents more than 400 Agency Members, providing over 90% of the social welfare service through their 3,000 operating units in Hong Kong.
It identifies critical social issues and recommends appropriate policies to the government for healthy social change. The Council also mobilizes cross-sector interactions to promote care, social responsibility and philanthropy culture in Hong Kong.
Its Vision: To build a social service sector that is highly accountable, efficient, effective and responsive to social needs, upholding the long-term sustainable development of society and the well-being of our citizens.
The Hong Kong Housing Society is an independent and not-for-profit housing organisation established in 1948. Providing complementary housing through a number of its own innovative schemes and as a partner of the government, the Housing Society builds self-contained homes for the people in need at non-prohibitive rates.
The society strives to be a world-class housing solution provider and innovator with leadership in quality, value for money and management. It puts customer, quality, talent and prudence as the core values that support its guiding principles.
The Hong Kong Society for the Aged (abbreviated as SAGE) was founded in 1977. Its establishment was a response to the growing elderly population and their increased welfare needs. The society aims to ensure better provision for its elderly people so that their old age is passed in dignity and reasonable comfort.
Its mission is to ensure that its senior citizens will be:
properly cared for and given due respect;
be able to grow old gracefully and peacefully;
given the opportunity of furthering their education and personal development at the same time be able to contribute to their families and society.
The Hong Kong Society for the Aged (SAGE) has always been proactive in addressing the needs of the community, responding promptly to societal changes, and striving to be an excellent elderly service organization.
Independent Age is a unique, long-established and growing charity for thousands of older people across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Independent Age offers a ‘helping hand from a trusted friend’, tackling older people’s financial need and loneliness by offering information, advice and friendship.
Their help varies according to the type and extent of the individual’s need. But all older people receive: information about benefits and other issues affecting older people, ongoing support from our helpline and newsletters, membership of the Independent Age community, with the opportunity to participate in events and build friendships with other people.
Over 1,200 volunteers, and a small number of paid staff, help them offer a range of services across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
For more information, visit the Independent Age website.
Indiana Institute on Disability and Community — United States
Since 1970, the Indiana Institute has been a leader in the transfer of research and new knowledge in disability from the university setting to the field in Indiana and nationally. The work includes a lifespan approach in the areas of policy development and analysis, statewide training and technical assistance, creating and implementing innovations, active involvement with all stakeholders and alliance with government agencies in implementation of best practices, and solidarity with families and self-advocates with disabilities. The mission of the Institute is to work with communities to welcome, value and support the meaningful participation of people of all ages and abilities through research, education and service.
In support of our mission, are a set of values held by faculty and staff of the Indiana Institute. These values permeate all activities and include:
People with disabilities exercise choice and control over their daily lives;
Persons with disabilities have dignity and are treated with respect;
Individuals with disabilities and their families are involved in the design, operation, and monitoring of services and supports that affect them;
Enhancing the broader community improves the lives of all, including those with disabilities.
Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal (IUGM) — Canada
The Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal is the Quebec leader in clinical practice, specialized care, health promotion and development of knowledge related to aging and seniors’ health. The IUGM provides various short-term and long term programs, including intensive functional rehabilitation, short-term geriatric assessment, long-term care, living accommodations and an ambulatory centre.
It counts one of the only geriatric pain management clinics in the world as well as a Cognitive health centre (CESCO) working to promote, maintain and improve seniors’ cognitive health.
The IUGM also includes teaching and research facilities on health and aging, on a national and international scale. Supported by the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec and affiliated with the University of Montreal, it is considered as one of the best references in its field, for the broadcast of its expertise, its technology assessment capabilities as well as its intervention initiatives.
Integrate Rehab provides holistic Case Management Services, Occupational Therapy and Assessment Services to promote independence and assist in planning for the future.
Integrate Rehab focus on working with physical, psychological and cognitive injuries throughout Australia. Its main approach is to assist individuals to overcome barriers that are inhibiting their ability to complete tasks that are important to them.
Integrate Rehab caters to the following sectors: Aged Care, Disability, Education, Employment and Injury and Accident. Its services may include:
Intergen exists to address the problems of underperformance of pupils in schools, loneliness of older people and hostile intergenerational stereotypes. The organization currently works with 21 schools across five local authorities.
Intergen’s Vision is to make a positive contribution to the development of young people and the local community by bringing together schools and older people to work together in an enduring partnership. This intergenerational connection enriches opportunities to learn, raises aspiration and shares the untapped range of skills and knowledge that older citizens have to offer; its main purpose aimed at building stronger communities.
International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN)
IAFN is an international membership organization comprised of forensic nurses working around the world and other professionals who support and compliment the work of forensic nursing. The mission of the IAFN is to provide leadership in forensic nursing practice by developing, promoting, and disseminating information internationally about forensic nursing science.
IAFN Organizational Goals:
To incorporate primary prevention strategies into our work at every level in an attempt to create a world without violence;
To establish and improve standards of evidence-based forensic nursing practice.
To promote and encourage the exchange of ideas and transmission of developing knowledge among its members and related disciplines.
To establish standards of ethical conduct for forensic nurses.
To create and facilitate educational opportunities for forensic nurses and related disciplines
International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG)
The mission of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics is to promote the highest levels of achievement in gerontological research and training worldwide, and to interact with other international, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations in the promotion of gerontological interests globally and on behalf of its member associations. The Association pursues these activities with a view of enhancing the highest quality of life and well being of all people as they experience ageing at individual and societal levels.
IAGG has 73 member organizations in over 65 countries worldwide with a combined membership of over 45,100 professionals: key opinion leaders in health & social services, housing & income support, research & education, public policy, administration & other areas, disciplines, and professions that impact older people and affect their quality of life.
IAGG is governed by a Council with representatives from each member society based on the number of members enrolled.
International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA)
IAHSA was founded in 1994 by an international group of leaders who realized that the global ageing crisis would have a profound impact on our earth’s elders. Over the years IAHSA has created an international forum for the exchange of research, services, products and training that make up the Global Ageing Network.
IAHSA represents more than 20,000 ageing services providers worldwide who serve almost 5 million elderly daily. IAHSA’s members are in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong (SAR), India, Israel, Ireland, Japan, Malta, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and The United States of America. IAHSA strives for:
International Federation on Ageing Nigeria (IFAN) — Nigeria
The International Federation of Ageing-Nigeria (IFAN) is a non-governmental organization. IFAN advocates for the right of elderly people and ensures to better their living conditions in Nigeria. The organization strongly believes it is no longer possible to ignore ageing regardless of whether one views it positively or negatively.
It strives to recommend appropriate ageing policies to public authorities. Commemorating the 2012 World Health Day, IFAN called on the federal government to enunciate for the country an elaborate policy on ageing for the next years.
Due to their humanitarian experience and the respect given to senior citizens in Nigeria, IFAN is recognized as a platform to effectively promote other strong values within the country such as peace, non-violence, dialogue or tolerance.
The International Longevity Alliance advocates for the advancement of healthy longevity for the entire population through scientific research, public health, advocacy and social activism. The ILA calls to raise the public awareness around the problem of ageing in its full scope, recognize the severity and dedicate efforts and resource for maximal possible alleviation to the benefit of the ageing population and for healthy longevity.
The ILA advocates for the reinforcement and acceleration of basic and applied biomedical research, as well as the development of technological, industrial, environmental, public health and educational measures, specifically directed for healthy longevity. The members of the International Longevity Alliance believe that, through evidence based innovative biotechnologies, it is desirable and feasible to prevent degenerative ageing processes, thereby extending the active and healthy human lifespan.
The International Longevity Centre Canada (ILC-Canada) is an independent think tank created in 2015 and situated in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. ILC-Canada’s mission is to propose ideas and guidance for policies addressing population ageing based on international and domestic research and practice with a view to bettering the lives of Canadians. ILC-Canada does this through knowledge development and exchange, recommendations of evidence-based polices, social mobilization, and networking.
The ILC-Canada is a member of the Global Alliance of International Longevity Centres, an international consortium with member organizations in 17 countries. The Global Secretariat is located in the United States. The Co-Presidents are Baroness Sally Greengross, President of the ILC- UK and Dr. Alexandre Kalache, President of ILC-Brazil.
International Longevity Centre Global Alliance (ILC)
The International Longevity Centre Global Alliance (ILC Global Alliance) is an international consortium of member organizations.
The mission of the ILC Global Alliance is to help societies to address longevity and population ageing in positive and productive ways, typically using a life course approach, highlighting older people’s productivity and contributions to family and society as a whole. The Alliance member organisations carry out the mission through developing ideas, undertaking research and creating forums for debate and action, in which older people are key stakeholders.
The first International Longevity Centers were established in the United States in 1990 by Robert N. Butler, M.D., and in Japan by Shigeo Morioka.
The ILC Alliance currently includes centres in the United States of America, Japan, the United Kingdom, France, the Dominican Republic, India, South Africa, Argentina, The Netherlands, Israel, Singapore and Czech Republic. These centres work both autonomously and collaboratively to study how greater life expectancy and increased proportions of older people impact on nations around the world.
The priorities of the centers are: 1) To identify productive aging as an important topic, not just paid employment, but also the continuing talent and contributions of older people; and 2) To promote educational, research and policy initiatives which will advance an active, healthy life throughout the lifecourse.
For more information, visit the ICL Global Alliance website.
The Israel Gerontological Society has been established in 1956 in order to face the challenge of an Israeli ageing population. During the last 50 years, the rate of the elderly in Israel has indeed been multiplied by four, from 4% in the 50’s to over 12% of the current population.
IGS is a voluntary organization which is serving as a framework for research and academic institutions, organizations, services and agencies dealing with the subject of ageing in Israel. Among the members of IGS most are from the professional community of gerontologists.
IGS is an active member of the European section of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics. IGS is regularly cooperating with governmental, public and private organizations in Israel and abroad by initiating interdisciplinary conferences and seminars and by organizing a biannual meeting since 1976.
Dr. Vinod Shah, M.D., renowned gastroenterologist, associated with many prominent hospitals in the city is the founder-chairman of the Janaseva Foundation. The overpowering inner urge to be of service to people who needed it most got the better of him and he founded the Janaseva Foundation on 15th January 1988 and it is now the Head Office of the Foundation. The Foundation, located in Pune city, runs on donations and is governed by a Board of Trustees.
Janaseva Foundation believes that service to people around is the true form of service to God. Since their inception in 1988 this simple truth became the guiding principle and motto of those who made the Foundation over the years.
The Janaseva Foundation strives to serve this goal by being a care provider to the weakest of the weak: the elderly, the disabled, the disaster-stricken and the destitute. At the same time, they look to the development of the human mind and intellect.
For more information, visit the Janaseva Foundation website.
Khair Al Kuwait Charity Organization (مبرة خير الكويت) — Kuwait
Social solidarity forms one of the most important requirements for volunteerism and is part of our identity as Kuwaitis, having descended from forebears who built and developed our society since the establishment of this generous country by participating through volunteer work in this development. In furtherance of our heritage of social responsibility, the Khair Al-Kuwait Charity Foundation was established in 2007 by Ministerial Resolution 266 as a non-profit foundation devoted to the concept of volunteerism. Our members are volunteers who cooperate with governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to deploy financial and moral support to the sectors of society most in need of increased assistance due to their prevailing negative social conditions. We do this by effecting humanitarian works and succeeding in projects that provide positive impacts on society.
Korean Association of Retired Persons — South Korea
The Korean Association of Retired Persons, also known as KARP, is an international, not-for-profit and non-governmental organization affiliated with the United Nations. It is dedicated to serving the interests and the needs of Koreans ages 50+. The primary objective of KARP is to assist and to advocate Koreans and Korean-Americans in adapting their lifestyles as they age.
Since its inception in 1996 in New York, KARP has been active in providing tangible services not only to its members, but also to the communities as a whole. As a result, KARP has realized a significant growth from its original 20 charter members to its current base of approximately 100,000. This continually expanding membership base represents a strong position within the ageing society in Korea.
Founded in 1946, les petits frères des Pauvres’s association (The Little Brothers of the Poor) mainly aims to support people over 50 years of age who suffer from solitude, poverty, exclusion or serious illness. It is an umbrella organization that coordinates across non-profit entities and networks supporting volunteer’s work in support of vulnerable older people. Recognised as promoting the public interest since 1981, the French association is focus on 3 social missions:
Re-connect socially isolated older adults with the community.
Take action to ensure all citizens recognize the need to actively engage with older people.
Provide public awareness and draw attention to situations that negatively impact older people.
Beyond a material aid, the organization provides essential emotional support and human interactions to older people.
The Residences Soleil – Groupe Savoie is a family owned business located in Quebec. It aims to offer a great quality of life to its members. This organization provides services to promote the health, well-being, safety and independence of individuals requiring care. A committee of the resident has been established in order to represent the interests and express the needs of the members.
Along the year many varied activities are organized within the 14 residences belonging to the Groupe Savoie.
In 1949, desperate to find a cure and protect their children from polio, mothers across Canada joined in a North America-wide fundraising effort, going door to door in their own neighbourhoods to collect dimes. The sheer scope of the campaign led entertainer Eddie Cantor to suggest the name “March of Dimes”, based on the song “Brother can you spare a dime?” produced during the Great Depression.
By 1951 the Canadian Foundation for Poliomyelitis was established and granted use of the name “Ontario March of Dimes.” In 1955, after the polio vaccine created by Dr. Jonas Salk proved effective in limited test trials, laboratories rushed to manufacture the vaccine, including Connaught Laboratories (now Sanofi Pasteur) in Toronto, Canada. With the threat of polio greatly diminished, the March of Dimes in Canada began funding centres for people who had already contracted the disease, with early programs focused mostly on rehabilitation and job training.
By the early 1960s, the organization had grown in both size and mandate, shifting considerably to serve the broader needs of all adults with physical disabilities. In Ontario the legal name of the organization was changed to the Rehabilitation Foundation for the Disabled. In 2006, Ontario March of Dimes registered the operating name of March of Dimes Canada. Today, March of Dimes is dedicated to helping children and adults across Canada to lead more independent lives.
Matia Innova is the division of the Matia Group and draws on the advanced knowledge generated by the Matia Foundation since 1880 and through research carried out by Ingema. Matia Innova develops the best methodology for transferring this knowledge to high value products and accompanying other sectors in gearing products or services towards older persons.
Matia Innova is a member of the Polo de Innovación en Envejecimiento (Innovation in Ageing Pole), a project that seeks to become the most qualified European reference in ageing. It is a large-scale project that addresses the problems of ageing from multiple perspectives and areas.
Mission: Promote business initiatives and projects in order to meet the needs generated by the ageing process in general and by dependency and disability in particular, and to add value to knowledge, mainly that generated in the Matia Pole, by obtaining maximum social impact and cost effectiveness, thus contributing to the founding aims of the Matia Foundation.
For more information, visit the Matia Innova website (English version).
As an umbrella organization for NGOs, MACOSS seeks to promote social and community development and voluntary actions through non-governmental organisations since 1965. It strengthens its members by initiating communication, collaboration and networking among and between NGOs, Government and the private sector primarily through meetings, workshops, consultations and institutional development activities. MACOSS also facilitates its member organisations and strengthens their organisational capacity.
To promote voluntary/charitable activities, community and social development in Mauritius, in particular, the advancement of social education, the furtherance of health and the relief of poverty, distress and sickness.
To promote and foster co-operation in the achievement of the above purposes by bringing together representatives of the statutory bodies and voluntary organisations engaged in the furtherance of the above purposes.
The Medical Corporation Junkei-Kai was established in December 1975 as an associated institution of With You Group. The institution is made up of a number of several health and long term care facilities in Akata City, Japan. It strives to contribute to the welfare and the development of its community under the leadership of Dr. Hozumi.
As a model to reactivate the Akita community and improve the Quality Of Life (QOL) of elderly persons, Dr. Hozumi devised a concept called ‘Art Diverseum’ using art as the tool to create a culture-friendly environment.
The Medical Corporation Junkei-Kai will continue to promote palliative care as well as upgrade its functions and services to comply with the expected standards of a high quality facility as well for the next years.
Meio University, Faculty of Human Health Sciences — Japan
Under the guiding principle of learning the ultimate “human way of life,” or how to enrich physical and mental human life to its fullest, we educate health support specialists through scientific study and investigation in the fields of sport, health and nursing.
MercyCare is a leading Catholic provider of aged care, family, health and community services with over 750 employed staff and volunteers, delivering services from more than 30 locations throughout the Perth Metropolitan area.
MercyCare services include the following:
Aged Care Services: Assisting over 1, 4000 people each year, offering low care, high care and dementia specific residential aged care, home and community care packages, extended aged care at home packages, community nursing, respite packages, seniors day centre and retirement living in Mercy Retirement Village.
Family and Youth Services: Offering a wide range of family and youth services including Status Resolution and Support Services (SRSS) for asylum seekers, Mercy Reconnect, family mental health, fostering services and family group homes.
Health and Community Services: Delivering a variety of health and community services including the Affordable Housing for Life program, child care services, mental health services, Derby Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation and place-based services.
Middle East Academy for Medicine of Ageing — Lebanon
The Middle East Academy for Medicine of Ageing was founded in 2002 to stimulate the development of health care services for older people in the region. It was established by a number of professors and teachers from the Middle East and Europe. The Model of MEAMA was taken from the European Academy for Medicine of Ageing (EAMA). The mission of MEAMA is to create a hub for education and training in the field of ageing in the Middle East.
The MEAMA achieves its mission through four strategic tools:
Education and training: To advance the scientific and scholarly study of ageing and to promote human welfare by the encouragement of gerontology and geriatrics in all their areas;
Human resource development: To increase the numbers of trained geriatricians and gerontologists, among health professionals with the correct cultural background;
Network: To create a network of universities and educational organisation interested in training and education in the field; and
Research and publication: To stimulate research in the field of Ageing in the area.
Over the previous years, several official governmental, regional and international organisations helped in the development of the academy including the Health Ministers’ Council for the Cooperation Council States, the European Union of Geriatric Medicine Society or the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics.
Since it was founded in 1970, the Réseau FADOQ strives to defend the rights of seniors and come to the assistance of the less fortunate. Having currently more than 315,000 members, its vision is to be the most representative organization for Quebecers over 50. The organization has implemented a broad range of services, programs and sporting and recreational activities to make aging a healthy and fulfilling part of life. The Réseau FADOQ is made up of 830 clubs and 16 regional associations and supported by 15.000 members whose mission is:
To bring together people aged 50 and over and represent them in instances in which their rights and needs are concerned.
To organize activities and offer programs and services that respond to their needs.
MUSIC & MEMORY℠ is a non-profit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life.
It trains nursing home staff and other elder care professionals, as well as family caregivers, how to create and provide personalized playlists using iPods and related digital audio systems that enable those struggling with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive and physical challenges to reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories.
By providing access and education, and by creating a network of MUSIC & MEMORY℠ Certified elder care facilities, the organization aims to make this form of personalized therapeutic music a standard of care throughout the health care industry.
National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) — Australia
The National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) was founded on 16 April 1975 when an agreement was signed between the University of Melbourne and Mount Royal Hospital to establish a National Research Institute for the purpose of gerontological research and geriatric medicine.
As a not-for-profit, self- funded research institute, NARI is dedicated to improving the health and care of older people.
The organization aims to be the centre of excellence in Australia for research into ageing and improving the quality of life and health of older people. NARI conducts research in the community, hospital and residential care settings.
Established in 1996, The National Alliance for Caregiving is a non-profit coalition of national organizations focusing on advancing family caregiving through research, innovation and advocacy. Alliance members include grassroots organizations, professional associations, service organizations, disease-specific organizations, government agencies, and corporations.
The Alliance conducts research, does policy analysis, develops national best-practice programs, and works to increase public awareness of family caregiving issues. Recognizing that family caregivers make essential social and financial contributions toward maintaining the well-being of those they care for, the Alliance is dedicated to improving quality of life for families and their care recipients through research, innovation and advocacy.
National Association of Federal retirees (FSNA) — Canada
The National Association of Federal Retirees (FSNA) is the largest and most influential advocacy group, promoting the interests and protecting the benefits of retired federal employees, now and in the future. FSNA is a not-for-profit association representing more than 184,000 members across Canada.
Since 1963, FSNA has a proud history of protecting pensioners’ interests, seeking improvements to their benefits, and participating in the development of social policies for all seniors.
National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) — United States
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), directed by the U.S Administration on Aging, serves as a national resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment. The NCEA was granted a permanent home at AoA in the 1992 amendments made to Title II of the Older Americans Act.
To carry out its mission, the NCEA disseminates elder abuse information to professionals and the public, and provides technical assistance and training to states and to community-based organizations. The NCEA makes news and resources available on-line and an easy-to-use format; collaborates on research; provides training; identifies and provides information about promising practices and interventions; operates a listserve forum for professionals; and provides subject matter expertise on program and policy development.
National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA) — United States
The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of abuse and neglect of older persons and adults with disabilities The NCPEA is an association of researchers, practitioners, educators, and advocates dedicated to protecting the safety, security, and dignity of America’s most vulnerable citizens. It was established in 1988 to achieve a clearer understanding of abuse and provide direction and leadership to prevent it. The Committee is one of three partners that make up the National Center on Elder Abuse, designed to serve as the nation’s clearinghouse on information and materials on abuse and neglect.
The purposes of NCPEA are to: (a) strengthen elder and adult abuse prevention and intervention capabilities; (b) conduct and support research on the subject of the abuse and neglect of older persons and adults with disabilities; (c) educate the public about the problem of the abuse and neglect of older persons and adults with disabilities; (d) promote the sharing of information among professionals and advocates in the field of elder and adult abuse and neglect; (e) develop educational and training programs about elder and adult abuse prevention and treatment for individuals and groups working with older persons and adults with disabilities; and (f) advocate for system and legislative action that will respond to the needs of victims, perpetrators, and their families; support the individual’s right to self-determination; and prevent the mistreatment of older persons and adults with disabilities before it occurs.
National Council for the Elderly (NCOA) — United States
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC.
Originally formed in response to concerns about rising health costs and mandatory retirement, this organization continues to champion issues and create innovative programs that reflect core values and focus on making life better for older adults, especially those with limited income and resources.
NCOA is a national voice for older Americans and the community organizations that serve them. They bring together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. And NCOA works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently, and remain active in their communities.
Vision: A just and caring society in which each of us, as we age, lives with dignity, purpose, and security.
Mission: To improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged.
National Institute for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) — Canada
NICE is an international network of researchers, practitioners, students and seniors dedicated to improving the care of older adults, both in Canada and abroad. Members represent a broad spectrum of disciplines and professions, including geriatric medicine, gerontological nursing, gerontological social work, gerontology, rehabilitation science, sociology, psychology, policy and law. Through the international arm, the International Collaboration for the Care of the Elderly, NICE has researcher and student partners in nine countries: Australia, China, England, Germany, India, Israel, Scotland, South Africa and Switzerland.
NICE was proposed within the context of aging at present. While research consistently shows that the best geriatric care is delivered in interdisciplinary teams, actual practice does not always occur in this way. NICE was proposed to help address these issues. The overarching emphases of NICE are networking and knowledge transfer – that is, getting good research into practice.
Three main goals: help close the gap between evidence-based research and actual practice, improve the training of existing practitioners, geriatric educational curricula, and interest new students in specializing in geriatric care, effect positive policy changes for the care of older adults.
The National LGBTI Health Alliance is the national peak health organisation in Australia for organisations and individuals that provide health-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people (LGBTI) and other sexuality, gender, and bodily diverse people and communities.
We recognise that people’s genders, bodies, relationships, and sexualities affect their health and wellbeing in every domain of their life.
Silver Rainbow provides national coordination and support activities promoting the well-being of LGBTI elders older people and the ongoing delivery of the LGBTI awareness training to the aged care sector. Rainbow works collaboratively with the government, aged care providers and related services, LGBTI older people and elders and organisations to create an LGBTI inclusive aged care sector. We do this through providing policy and program advice to the Department of Health and the ageing and aged care sector and working in partnership with LGBTI organisations and individuals across Australia and internationally.
National Seniors Australia, formed in 1976, is a strong and independent voice for people aged 50 years and over in Australia. As the consumer lobby for older Australians and the fourth largest organisation of its type in the world, the organization works to ensure that the concerns of the over 50s are heard and acted on by decision makers across government and business.
With access to 200,000 members, National Seniors is uniquely placed to facilitate research into productive ageing and disseminate findings to the broader community
While the organisation stays true to its roots by giving older Australians – working and retired – a strong national voice, it also leads a new guard of seniors: the baby boomers who are already redefining what it means to grow old.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) — United States
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) opened in July 2000 as a national information and resource hub relating to all aspects of sexual violence. Founded by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, the oldest and one of the largest state sexual assault coalitions, the NSVRC is funded through a cooperative agreement from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Violence Prevention.
The NSVRC staff collects and disseminates a wide range of resources on sexual violence including statistics, research, position statements, statutes, training curricula, prevention initiatives and program information. With these resources, the NSVRC assists coalitions, advocates and others interested in understanding and eliminating sexual violence. The NSVRC has an active and diverse Advisory Council that assists and advises staff and ensures a broad national perspective. The NSVRC also enjoys a strong partnership with state, territory and tribal anti-sexual assault coalitions and allied organizations.
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New World Hope is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious & non-governmental organization, established in 1996. New World Hope Organization (NWHO) was registered in 2005, as an NGO with the Government of Pakistan under Societies Registration Act. XXI of 1860 (Registration No. RJSC/DISTT RWP/40).
The Organization [NWHO] is engaged in humanitarian, environment and participatory development and sustainability here at home and abroad. Whether responding to disasters and emergencies, promoting sustainable economic and social development, strengthening the well-being of people specially women, children, senior citizens, providing training, or building infrastructure, we at NWHO remain focused on our philosophy of: “Improvement of the quality of life for all peoples, strengthening people for disasters and emergencies, participatory involvement regardless of race, religion or gender ,creed or nationality, and the preservation of Earth, and environmental development”.
The NWT Seniors’ Society is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1983 under the Societies Act of the NWT.
The Society provides information, acts as a resource and support for older adults across the NWT. The Society is the only voluntary agency representing the individual and collective interests of all older adults in the NWT.
The Society is also made up of member organizations representing the interests of older adults throughout the NWT. The Board of Directors, consists of representatives from various regions of the NWT and be appointed by their community.
The NWT Seniors’ Society provides:
Toll Free Seniors’ Information Line (1 800 661 0878)
Advice to governments and communities which supports and promotes policy development, programs and services to enhance the lives of older adults
Community workshops on topics and issues which affect older adults
Youth and Seniors Literacy projects to build intergenerational supports and enhance the strengths of both age groups at the community level
An Annual General Meeting periodically held outside of Yellowknife, with a Seniors’ Information Highway and opportunities for older adults to talk with service providers and government departmental staff about issues which affect them.
The Nova Scotia Seniors’ Secretariat is a provincial government agency responsible for seniors. The Secretariat consults extensively with government departments, seniors, and voluntary seniors ‘organizations to coordinate the planning and development of government policies, programs and services for seniors.
Odessa State Medical University is one of the largest higher medical universities, a member of European and International Association of Universities, the leader of reformation of medical education in the country. Odessa State Medical University is a higher education institution of the IV (the top level) accreditation level conferred by the State Accreditation Committee of Ukraine (Record No. 12 of June 30, 1994). The University trains specialists of the following qualification levels: Junior Specialist, Specialist, Master (Foreign students included) for the following specialties:
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services (DMHHS) — United States
The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services (DMHHS) supports the Mayor in coordinating a comprehensive system of benefits, goods and services across multiple agencies to ensure that children, youth and adults, with and without disabilities, can lead healthy, meaningful and productive lives.
The Age-Friendly DC Initiative is part of an international effort started by the World Health Organization (WHO) to respond to two significant demographics trends: urbanization and population aging.
The aim of Older People Speak Out is Justice For Seniors through the promotion of Positive Ageing. We are an all-volunteer organisation, apolitical in outlook and we work with the Media and Government at all levels to advocate without fear or favour on behalf of seniors to resolve issues affecting older people highlighted through our research. We are active in the Community promoting Positive Ageing by example, by action and by education.
The National Institute of Social Services for Retirees and Pensioners (INSSJP), better known as PAMI, is the Argentine public agency specialized in the care of the elderly.
Since its creation in 1971, the goal of PAMI is to be a transparent and close-to-the-people institution, providing health and social services based on excellence and equity to more than 4,800,000 retirees and pensioners, Veterans of the Malvinas War, and their family groups.
The structure of PAMI has been decentralized in 38 Local Management Units located in high population density areas throughout the Argentina, and 677 service offices located in different cities nationwide, engaging a total of 14,443 workers.
PAMI provides a wide range of services, from disease prevention & treatment, rehabilitation, promotion and recovery of health, to services that aim at increasing the functional autonomy of the elderly and their social integration, taking care of risk situations and social vulnerabilities.
The Institute also runs its own hospitals dedicated exclusively to the attention of its beneficiaries. In addition, agreements with various public and private institutions grant all levels of healthcare coverage, including one of the most complete prescription drug coverage in the world, and a special free of charge prescription drugs program for the most vulnerable retirees.
Our current 8,919 GPs and 18,798 health care providers are the main references of our integral healthcare model. A comprehensive view of health, focused on the person, is what drives our social and human essence, and this view is reflected in our wide coverage, including prevention of disease and health promotion, as well as vulnerability and fragility care in old age.
Pan Cyprian Volunteerism Coordinative Council — Cyprus
The Pancyprian Volunteerism Coordinative Council (PVCC) was founded in 1973, when there was a need for coordination amongst the voluntary organizations, development of policy for the voluntary sector and social policy consultation with the voluntary sector and cooperation with governmental authorities. It currently brings together more than 350 voluntary organizations and NGOs both at national and local levels which represent the interests of the Cyprian civil society. Inside the PVCC’s platform, the member organisations can shape the voluntary sector policy through their participation in decision-making processes.
The Pancyprian Volunteerism Coordinative Council promotes the principles and values of volunteerism, seeks to advance the shared interests of the voluntary organisations and to deliver a strategic vision for the further development of the voluntary sector.
Patient Planet is a Home Care organization that coordinates and promotes home care, elder care and connected health in India. Their mission is to inform, empower and engage with the patients and all the stakeholders in India’s healthcare ecosystem; create an environment with a strong research system; and provide a platform for real time transfer of knowledge.
Pietermaritzburg and District Council for the Care of the Aged (PADCA) — South Africa
PADCA is a dynamic non-profit organisation based in Pietermaritzburg. It was started in 1948 by concerned individuals to assist senior citizens with difficulties when collecting their pensions. In the intervening years it has grown to a substantial organisation caring for 600 seniors under roof and impacting 3000 seniors in the community.
Pietermaritzburg and District Council for the Care of the Aged is currently a leader in senior care in South Africa and a resource of choice for senior citizens and their families. PADCA supports people through the aging process, offering a continuum of services and care for seniors across the whole financial spectrum.
The Council offers the hand of friendship to fellow organisations in the sharing of knowledge, expertise and resources and is active on various forums to continually uphold standards and the rights of senior citizens.
Pinetree is a home care service provider. Its mission is to build China’s top trusted brand for senior healthy living. Pinetree’s services try to provide long-term care to help senior citizens to stay independent without being uprooted from their communities or familiar surroundings and put into nursing homes. By providing tailored professional home care to senior citizens at different stages of life and with different conditions, Pinetree will enhance their physical and mental health, increase their confidence and improve their ability to live independently. It also encourages the decrease of the medical care expenses by making possible to age at home in the long run.
Project Flame - City University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
Created in 2012, Project Flame is an interdisciplinary initiative at the City University of Hong Kong promoting Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship within the university and beyond. Operating under the University’s strategic plan to provide a Discovery-Enriched Curriculum to students, the Project enables its students to contribute to society as change-makers, adds value to their educational experience, and develops positive mindsets and skills in social innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, and solution-seeking across disciplinary boundaries.
– To foster social innovation and transformation through education, innovation incubation, research, knowledge transfer, and through proactive collaboration with diverse local and international partners spanning civil society, business, industry, academia and government.
– To become the leading tertiary sector centre in Hong Kong, China and Asia for the advancement of knowledge transfer and practice in social innovation and entrepreneurship.
The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging facilitates practice-relevant research to enhance quality of life for older adults everywhere. It demonstrates strong partnerships with research and education institutions, government and communities in order to make a sustain and positive change in the lives of older adults.
The institute strives to bring researchers, educators and professionals together to find ways to improve care and living for older adults, within the ever-changing landscape of independent living, homecare support and long-term care. Among other topics, researchers affiliated with RIA are investigating spirituality, balance and posture, function abilities and dementia.
The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging develops innovative training programs as well, building a highly-skilled workforce prepared to care for an increasingly complex aging population. Its vision is to be one of the top 5 innovation institutes for aging in the world.
Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA) — Canada
The Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA) is responsible for administering the Retirement Homes Act, 2010 (the Act), which includes licensing and regulating retirement homes on behalf of the government of Ontario. We are an independent, self-funded, not-for-profit corporation, committed to the protection and wellbeing of seniors living in retirement homes.
Our mandate is to ensure retirement home residents live in dignity and have the support and knowledge needed to make informed choices about their care options.
Rossetti Care (Nigeria) Ltd is proud to launch a residential care facility, a home away from home for people over 65. Rossetti Care provides prestigious hotel quality accommodation supported by 24 hour care for the elderly.
Rossetti Care provides short-term care, as a holiday or to recover from an illness or operation, or long-term care. Rossetti Care is a privately owned residential care setting offering the best quality for people who genuinely care for their elders.
Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (SAGE) — Canada
The Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (SAGE) is a multi-service senior centre which was established in 1970. It aims to enhance the quality of life of older persons and their families through the work of staff and volunteers, and in collaboration with stakeholders, by providing:
Services that promote socialization, intellectual stimulation, skill and information acquisition;
Services that enhance the safety and well-being of older persons who are, or who may become, isolated, disadvantaged or at-risk in the community;
Information and services that assist older persons to participate as active members of the community and to reside safely in accommodation that meets their needs;
Research and advocacy on issues affecting older persons.
A community where all seniors are valued and have the opportunity to live according to their beliefs, abilities and aspirations.
Sheffield 50+ is a non-party–political, independent, voluntary group democratically run by and for older people over 50 residing in Sheffield. In support of our mission we promote and enhance the capacity and skills of all people over 50 residing in Sheffield, so that they can actively participate in society. Sheffield 50+ adopts a rights based approach to engagement that supports the interdependence, choice and control of and by the older people within Sheffield.
In particular we aim to:
Raise and develop a more positive profile of older people within society
Campaign for improvements in the quality and range of services for older people in Sheffield
Enhance the capacity for greater participation and dialogue within local and national policymakers and politicians to secure such improvements
Encourage greater recognition of the varied contributions made by older people
The Sheridan Elder Research Center (SERC) is a research facility of the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. It is located in Oakville, Ontario. It provides a unique environment for conducting applied research into areas of practical concern and immediate relevance to older adults and their families. The SERC develops innovative approaches and creative interdisciplinary partnerships that focus on enhancing the lives of older Canadians.
Having “from lab to life” as motto, the SERC research is intended to directly benefit older adults and their families in their everyday lives. The research interests include for instance elder abuse, ageism, care-giver support or the access to the new technologies.
Silver Chain began over 100 years ago as a small district nursing service in Western Australia. Today it is one of the largest providers of community, clinical and health care services assisting over 53,000 people each year in WA.
It strives to assist people of all ages, including the elderly, people with disabilities, acute illness and injury to maintain or regain their independence while caring for them in their home. The diversity of services the organization delivers across metropolitan, country and remote areas of Western Australia are testament to the accumulated knowledge that comes with over 100 years of experience.
Care is delivered by trained professional staff who aim to continually improve the services of Silver Chain to best meet the individual needs of its clients. Staff is supported by research teams for its missions.
Silver Sherpa is a Canadian company headquartered in Oakville, Ontario. It is a lifestyle transitions company delivering independent and personalized advice on smart ageing in 3 simpler steps – Plan, Navigate and Connect. Once a Personalized Living Plan™ is completed, a Sherpa Director works with a senior to navigate his plan every step of the way. His Director helps him map out the appropriate support and services he requires. Then, Silver Sherpa can directly connect the person with an extensive Professional Network of pre-qualified experts.
Silver Sherpa focus on assessing the current situation of its customer and developing pragmatic plans of action tailored to their priorities.
The Sir William Beveridge Foundation is a UK-registered charity that was founded in 2006 by Rahman Jilani and has special consultative status with the United Nations since 2012. The Head Office is based in London UK and it has an operations office in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The Head of Operations in the Dhaka office was established in 2007 and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Foundation’s practical projects in that country.
The Foundation bases its work on the initiation and delivery of practical projects under three principal areas: health and social care, empowerment and education. The Foundation is addressing problems for elderly people and families that come about through poverty. Its primary work involves the successful operation of a homecare service operating in Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, the problem of caring for the elderly is acute not least because of climatic catastrophes that have hit the country.
For more information about this project please visit the website.
Initially the role of the Forum was to promote the rights and dignity of older persons, consult and advise government, comment on legislation and policy, foster the growth of community organizations, disseminate information, raise public awareness, interact with the Minister of Social Development, Parliament and other relevant stakeholders.
Post 2005 the SAOPF has established itself as a legal entity, established an office and employed a coordinator. The SAOPF in collaboration with older persons has been instrumental in drafting the Older Persons’ Charter. The SAOPF has also engaged with National government and relevant organisations on a variety of issues affecting older persons in an effort to make a difference to the lives of all the older persons in South Africa
Mission: The mission of the South African Older Persons Forum (SAOPF) is to identify and articulate the concerns and needs of older persons, as voiced by them, and, in consultation with Government and other role players, to ensure that these needs are addressed in legislation, services and programs.
Southside Community Services Inc. is a community based not-for-profit, non-government organisation incorporated as an association in 1987. The organisation manages and delivers a range of community services including community development, family support services, training services, children’s services and aged care and disability services. Services are designed to meet community needs and are partly or wholly funded by the Commonwealth and ACT (Autism Community Training) Government grants, client contributions and donations.
The main objectives of Southside Community Services are the relief of poverty, distress, sickness, suffering and destitution in the ATC community. Its vision is “to build and sustain strong communities by empowering people whilst enriching lives through our services and programs.”
The Sparko team, which has over fifty years combined experience serving the senior community, is excited to bring the Sparko experience to life. With social, entertainment and connectivity features, Sparko provides the tools needed to be a part of a larger community, improve health, live a more fulfilling life, and implement lifelong dreams.
TelUs Pty Ltd is an Australian owned, managed and based company. TelUs is unique in the Computer Support market, in that it is a dedicated and specifically designed support company targeting people over 55. Telus™ mission is to encourage, maintain and coach in the use of everyday technologies to promote independent living.
Terra Nova Films is the only company in the world dedicated exclusively to the production, distribution, and presentation of films, videos and educational material on aging. The company is also a pioneering media organization expanding into groundbreaking ventures that will help redefine the way we look at the process of growing older.
When the company started in 1981, it was dealing with mainly one film: now it handles more than 33, with a client base of more than 300, with a client base of more than 13 000, ranging from colleges and universities to community groups and senior centers.
The Aged-care Rights Service Inc (TARS) is a community legal centre that protects the rights of older people. TARS provide free advocacy, information and legal advice for older people living in New South Wales including:
Telephone and face-to-face advocacy for people getting aged care services at home or in an aged care home;
Legal advice and advocacy for people living in retirement villages and;
Legal advice and information to all older people in NSW.
TARS raise awareness about the needs of older people who are culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD), Indigenous, a care leaver, live remotely or identify as LGBTI. The organization workshops affirm people’s right to be treated with dignity and cultural respect.
Formally established in 2003 by the B.C. Law Institute, the Canadian Centre for Elder Law (“CCEL”) is a national and non-profit body dedicated to exploring the particular legal issues which affect older Canadians. The mandate of the CCEL includes research, law reform, and education relating to legal issues of interest to older adults. The organization is well situated to engage the larger community in identifying problems and developing solutions. An important part of the CCEL mandate is to be “reform-minded” and to seek better laws, policies, and systems for Canadian or international societies.
The objectives of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law are:
to enrich and inform the lives of older adults with the law;
to meet the increasing need for legal education and research in relation to legal issues having particular significance for older adults and;
to serve as a national and international focal point for this emergent field.
The CCEL also hosts the World Study Group on Elder Law, a group established in October 2005 to facilitate study and knowledge exchange internationally on issues affecting the legal rights of older adults worldwide. Today, the CCEL is recognized for its expertise in Elder Law issues both in Canada and internationally. Being the only such Centre in the world, the CCEL is also serving as a model of interest for several other countries.
The Dave Omokaro Foundation is registered with the corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria as a Private Trust and non-profit organization. The Foundation partners with Governments, institutions, agencies, development partners and individuals to develop capacities for translating internationally agreed policy frameworks into strategies and programs on Ageing.
The Dave Omokaro Foundation has acquired unique experience and expertise in identifying training needs and organizing and conducting training programs in various areas of ageing; health, social services, retirement, economic empowerment or curriculum development.
Over the past three years, the Dave Omokaro Foundation, has evolved integrated strategic initiatives that brings together multi sectors for consistent multidisciplinary International workshops, conferences and seminars to address the need for human capital development and coordination of programmes in the field of ageing and care of the elderly in Africa.
Created in 1962, Eurag is a non-profit independent organisation. Through its 148 member organisations, in 33 European countries, EURAG represents millions of older people in Europe.
Eurag works on the improving of the quality of the social and political standards of living of older people.
Member organisations are: senior citizens associations; self-aid groups, public institutions, social and educational institutions, individuals.
Main activities are: representation of older people’s interests at European level, exchange of experiences, co-ordination of activities and projects, network initiatives. EURAG especially promotes co-ordination, collaboration and exchange of opinions with expert and service organisations, self-help groups as well as individuals.
EURAG sets up working groups and committees on topical issues concerning the older generation and launches proposals and motions to all international institutions. It is also a member of the Platform of European Social NGOs in Brussels.
The Geneva Association is the leading international insurance “think tank” for strategically important insurance and risk management issues. The Geneva Association identifies fundamental trends and strategic issues where insurance plays a substantial role or which influence the insurance sector.
In this role The Geneva Association: detects early ideas and emerging debates on political, economic and societal issues concerning our industry; inspires and initiates further research into and analysis of such issues; organises debates on the issues detected; disseminates research results and analysis and pushes underlying ideas among clearly defined target groups.
Through the development of research programmes, regular publications and the organisation of international meetings, the Geneva Association serves as a catalyst for progress in the understanding of risk and insurance matters and acts as an information creator and disseminator.
For more information, visit the website of the Geneva Association.
“The Senior Agenda Incorporated” is a not-for-profit Incorporated Association which is located in Neutral Bay, in Australia. Its vision includes three key philosophies which are:
Promoting healthy ageing by providing effective evidence based products and programs that assist seniors to make choices for a more active healthy and socially satisfying lifestyle;
Ensuring seniors have the best and most convenient access to the latest information to enhance their health physical fitness and mental capacity providing them with a better quality of life and independence; and
Raising awareness of the needs of seniors and their ongoing value to society as a whole.
In the framework of its actions and projects, the Senior Agenda Incorporated strives to work with Councils, Community Associations and Local and Federal governments.
The Slovenian Federation of Pensioners' Organizations — Slovenia
The Slovenian Federation of Pensioners’ Organizations (ZDUS) groups 503 local associations and clubs of pensioners, including over 235.000 members all over Slovenia, which is 51% of all retired population.
Having a strong capacity to mobilize significant portions of elderly population, ZDUS has established good cooperation linkages with relevant governmental bodies, local municipalities and other decision makers.
The organization is experienced in research and promotion of different housing solutions for older people, in line with the specific needs of the individual and its family. Indeed, ZDUS goal is encouraging active, productive and creative life for older people as long as possible, by acknowledging the potential and experience of older people as a contribution to the whole society. The main activities that ZDUS realizes includes: promotion of health and healthy lifestyles among older population through sport, recreational, cultural and social activities in local communities; advocacy for the needs of older people on national and local level; support to intergenerational collaboration and understanding; active ageing and long-life learning.
The Turyak Seniors Council Association was founded in June 2003 by Mr. Mete Bora together with businessman and a number of social service volunteers. TURYAK is an umbrella organization which produces and does research regarding solutions to the problems of the elderly. In line with these goals it attaches importance to all national and international efforts encompassing an awareness of social responsibility. It is a TURYAK principle to be an active force to promote the passing of national and international legislation which tends to facilitate the lives of seniors in every area.
For more information, visit the official website of TURYAK.
Founded by the German doctor Erich Paulun in 1907, Tongji University School of Medicine (TUSM) has been committed to continuing its tradition of excellence in teaching, research and health service. TUSM maintains a dedicated and outstanding faculty of over 1300 physicians, surgeons and researchers, and bring together a group of diverse and talented students interested in becoming an outstanding health-care practitioner and researcher. TUSM has nine departments focusing on basic medicine education and research, and eight affiliated hospitals with over 5000 registered beds in total are responsible for students’ clinical training and rotations, and to provide a supportive environment to translate medical knowledge into daily patient care.
The Tsao Foundation is dedicated to transforming the experience of longevity for it to be an actualization of our full potential for growth, health and fulfillment in a society for all ages. Established in 1993 as a non-profit family foundation, the Tsao Foundation focuses on promoting successful ageing and active ageing as framed by the World Health Organization.
The Foundation’s work is taken forward through three interlinked initiatives:
Hua Mei Centre for Successful Ageing, which pioneers medical, social and psycho-social care services to mature adults living in the community, using a person-centred, team-managed approach;
Hua Mei Training Academy, the country’s only dedicated provider of training in community-based eldercare, offering professional and entry-level certificate courses, as well as informal training and public education; and
International Longevity Centre Singapore, which implements ground-breaking community development programmes, policy relevant research, and stakeholder collaborations to join the dots between community, academia, enterprise and public policy for more innovative and effective approaches to population ageing.
The University of Melbourne was established in 1853 and is a public-spirited institution that makes distinctive contributions to society in research, learning and teaching and engagement. It’s consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with international rankings of world universities placing it as number 1 in Australia and Number 33 in the world.
The University of Melbourne recently launched their Master of Ageing which is an innovative program, which can also be taken as a Graduate Certificate in Health and Ageing or a Graduate Certificate in Policy and Ageing. It aims to address the urgent need for specialized knowledge and skills in the workforce, across a range of industries, as our population ages. It is taught by leading academic in public health, medicine, social work, architecture and design, engineering, business and economics, government and the arts.
Volunteers of America, based in Alexandria, Virginia, is a national, nonprofit, faith-based human services organization providing support programs to more than two million people throughout the United States each year. Volunteers of America is ranked among the largest charities in the United States. The organization includes 38 local offices that provide services to clients in approximately 400 communities in 44 states and Puerto Rico.
Vision: A world where all people live in safety, with social, emotional and physical well being, spiritual fulfillment, justice and hope.
Through hundreds of programs, the organization focuses on a diverse variety of service areas that include affordable housing, seniors, children and families, the homeless, veterans, those with intellectual disabilities, substance abuse treatment and the incarcerated.
Volunteers of America helps more than 2 million people in over 400 communities in 46 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Retired Persons’ Organization “Wisdom Ripening” was founded in 2006 as a result of the WHO Global Age-Friendly Cities Project lead in the city of Tuymazy, Republic of Bashkortostan of the Russian Federation. This non-profit and nongovernmental organization strives to ensure active aging in Tuymazy. It also provides social security for older adults by organizing and coordinating local and regional initiatives.
Its global mission is to create an Age-Friendly Environment in concordance with the Age-Friendly Cities Guidelines developed by the World Health Organization.
Wisdom Ripening is an active member of the International Association of Third Age Universities.
WAVE is a network of European women’s non-governmental organisations working in the field of combating violence against women and children (women’s refuges, counselling centres, SOS hotlines/helplines, organisations focusing on prevention and training, etc.). Currently the Network focuses specifically on violence in the family and in intimate relationships. The Network sets out to promote and strengthen the human rights of women and children in general and to prevent violence against women and children in particular. WAVE fully supports the aims of the United Nations, stressing the importance of working towards ending all forms of violence against women and children in public and private life in accordance with the Vienna Declaration, the Declaration on Violence against Women, the Beijing Platform for Action and all other related documents.
Founded in 1921, the World Education Fellowship is voluntary and non-partisan, and enjoys the status of a UNESCO non-governmental organisation. It is open to educators, members of associated professions, and to all members of the public who have a common interest in education at all levels. The Fellowship meets biennially in international conferences, publishes books and pamphlets, and, through its national sections, participates in workshops, meetings and developmental projects. The Fellowship does not advocate any dogma; each member is free to put its principles into practice in ways which are best suited to his living and working environment.
Although the Fellowship has embraced a wide range of individual philosophies, the central focus has been on child-centred education, social reform through education, democracy, world citizenship, international understanding and the promulgation of world peace.
Yang Memorial Methodist Social Service is an organization providing social welfare services since 1967. Those services include emergency relief, cash assistance and resettlement in Hong Kong and in 40 other countries and regions. The organization works closely with a number of world-wide and non-denominational welfare agencies, including the American Christian World Service and the Switzerland Ecumenical Association.
Život 90 is a civil association which has arisen according to law No. 83/1990 Gazette, associating pre-born citizens-seniors, their friends, professionals from diverse fields and all people having a liking for the mission of the association Život 90. The founders are Jan Lorman and Blanka Lormanová.
Objectives: to improve the quality of life of society as a whole by contributing in humanitarian activities to the solution of specific problems encountered by senior citizens, to enable them to actively and sensibly spend time in their homes for as long as possible, and to navigate seniors through the “autumn leaves” so as their old age passes in a dignified manner.
Moreover, Život strives to create conditions for exchange, storing, dissemination of experience, knowledge and proficiency regarding the seniors.
For more information, visit the Život 90 website (English version).