Outreach 
 
People are now living longer and the number of older people is constantly increasing due to social, economic, scientific, technological and health-care developments.  Currently there is not enough support in these areas to address such a serious demographic shift.

The IV. TURYAK International Congress on "Longevity"  taking place in Istanbul, Turkey on 13-14 March will be raising awareness on issues related to longevity and emphasize what should be done on governmental and global levels. 


Grantmakers in Aging (GIA) is running a new intergenerational project, a social media photo campaign to reduce loneliness and social isolation. People of all generations are invited to team up, take a "selfie" photo together and post it on social media.  

Learn how to connect, share the moment, and have a little fun on GIA's website. 
Senior Citizens Welfare Forum New Initiative

The Senior Citizens Welfare Forum in India comprises over 400 seniors from all walks of life. One of their successful activities is the inauguration of computer classes for older adults encouraging them to learn basic computer skills. 

For more information about this initiative or other initiatives please contact Mr. Ramnath at srnath99@yahoo.com
 
News 
During the 2nd World Human Rights Forum (Morocco, 27th - 30th November 2014) the topic of 'Old-age Human Rights' convened and discussed opportunities and ways to protect and promote the rights of older people. 

Read about the Marrakech declaration and recommendations here

More than two hundred delegates representing diverse branches of the Aged Care Industry came together for the 3rd National Elder Abuse Conference in September, 2014 at the Hyatt Hotel, Perth. 

The conference provided an opportunity to gather and exchange ideas to safeguard older adults from various types of abuse.

Papers presented at the conference may be viewed on the conference website.

This unique 5 day intensive program occurring in March, April and May 2015 was specifically designed by legal and health care experts to bring clarity to elder law.  

The program will serve as a key forum for lawyers and health care professionals to develop comprehensive knowledge of issues relating to elder law, expand their networks, and tap into a deep reservoir of practical, relevant information.
 
For more information about program details go to York U's website.

Age International launched its flagship publication entitled, "Facing the Facts: The Truth about Ageing and Development" this month.

The publication contains a series of articles by thought-leaders, academics, and development experts highlighting that older people in developing countries are both valuable and vulnerable. 

In order for international development to move forward, ageing must be taken into account in government and NGO policies and programmes. 

Read the Facing the Facts Report here.

Many Canadians are juggling the demands of full or part-time employment with the need to provide regular informal care to family and friends.  

Following the Budget 2014, the Government of Canada launched the Canadian Employers for Caregivers Plan (CECP) to explore ways to help employee caregivers participate as fully as possible in the workforce.

Needs for Assistive and Medical Devices for Older People

The WHO Kobe Centre recently published a report of needs for assistive medical devices for older people in six countries of the Western Pacific Region: China, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea and Vietnam. 

This report demonstrates how innovations in health technologies, and associated health and social delivery systems, are critical in preventing and managing functional and cognitive decline that older populations increasingly experience and reducing long-term institutionalization. 

Learn more about what the research identifies here. 

IDEO, an award-winning global design and innovation consulting firm, helps organizations in public and private sectors innovate and grow. 

One 90 year old employee, Ms. Barbara Beskind, was recently hired as a designer at IDEO, working with engineers on products that improve quality of life for older people. 

Read Ms. Beskind's story here.  

Ghana's assessment report was prepared to identify priority issues on ageing while providing reliable evidence for policy-making in ageing and health. 

By reviewing evidence from the WHO Study on Global AGEing and Adult Health (SAGE) in Ghana and other sources, this document reveals the health status of older people in Ghana as well as the health systems response and policies relevant to ageing.  

Read the proposed priorities related to the prevention, treatment and care needs of older people in Ghana here. 
The Lancet Series on Ageing Highlighting Neglected Areas

The Lancet Series on Ageing highlights neglected areas in the health sector and in social and economic-policy development.  The six papers address issues related to mortality, morbidity and disability, well-being, and potential health-system responses. 

The series provides a much-needed combination of evidence, and suggests possible strategies to address the health and well-being of older adults. 

To view the papers go to the Lancet website.

"The world has reached a decisive point in the history of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and has an unprecedented opportunity to alter its course. WHO Member States have agreed in a time-bound set of nine voluntary global targets to be attained by 2025."

To find out what the nine voluntary global targets are and further information read the Global Status Report on Non-Communicable Diseases
Initiatives
Age-Friendly Network in Western Australia 

Since 2007 the Western Australian State and Local Governments have been involved in the WHO Age-friendly Cities and Communities approach to improve the quality of life for older people in Australia.

Initial funding has been provided by the State Government to support the development of the network arising out of an Age-friendly Forum held last November 2014 to introduce the concept of a network.  The first meeting of this new network is scheduled for early 2015 with interest from across the aged and local government sector.  

Further information can be found on the LGMAWA website.

Creating a Resilient Society and Community for Ageing Populations in Disaster Situations


Five Japanese experts from the fields of medical care, nursing, as well as local government and the WHO will discuss how to develop a resilient society and community that is better prepared for natural disasters and can further support the survivors of natural disasters - drawing from experiences of past disasters. 

If you are in Japan and would like to attend this event go to WKC's website
Welcoming IFA's New Members

Dr. Sunny Kurian, Dr. Sunny Medical Centre (United Arab Emirates) 

 

 

Ms. Daria Koutsoukos, Manager Aged Care, MercyCare (Australia)

 

 

Ms. Christine Young, Director, Community Development, City of Melville (Australia)

 

 

Thank you for your membership to IFA's global network and look forward to your continuing support in generating positive change for older people throughout the world!

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