A Message from the IFA President, Mr. Bjarne Hastrup

As the President of the IFA I am pleased to present our new monthly online publication called IFA VoltAGE which will update readers on 'what's happening at the IFA' and there is a lot happening! 
The socioeconomic and political consequences of population ageing are clear and unequivocal yet in general NGOs at an international level have failed to capture "the moment" or present unquestionable arguments for change to key stakeholders.

During the coming months the IFA Board of Directors will be working towards our next strategic plan; a plan that responds to the current and future issues experienced by older people through to 2020. This is a big task but we are all up for it!

Today IFA has four strategic pillars: Knowledge Platforms such as global and regional conferences; Action in Global Advocacy Program; the IFA Copenhagen Summit and the IFA International Centre of Excellence on Ageing.

These pillars connect our stakeholders by providing a reliable platform for the mobilization and exchange of knowledge; bridging the gaps in the knowledge and understanding of the ageing experience; and facilitating and coordinating interactions and collaborations across sectors concerned with ageing issues.

The IFA Secretariat led by our Secretary General continues to develop and consolidate strategic relationships; seeks opportunities in different regions of the world; and ably represents the interests of the corporation through presentations and consultations globally. 
The IFA is positioned better than ever before to take an ambitious yet measured step toward responding to emerging fields of interest in age-related issues.  It is also in the best interests of our growing membership, relationships and partners to be focused and steady in the decisions that matter. Please enjoy learning more of the work of the IFA through IFA VoltAGE. 

Kind Regards, 

Mr. Bjarne Hastrup, IFA President  

What was the point of the ALS ice bucket challenge? The answer: to raise awareness. Building awareness toward mobilizing knowledge and people is the first step towards change. 

Did you know that vaccinations save 2 to 3 million lives each year? This includes individuals of all ages, yet the uptake of adult vaccinations is relatively low. 

Interim results from this survey suggest the need for greater education and awareness of immunizations, serving as a wake-up call for individuals and organisations interested in helping to improve the quality of life of older people. 

The IFA has a commitment to raise the awareness of the importance of adult vaccinations but we need your help!

Do you know what vaccinations are covered by the government in your country? Do you know how often you should be receiving certain vaccinations? 

For more information go to the IFA website.

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." 
- Kofi Annan 
The IFA together with Grantmakers in Aging (GIA), is developing a webinar series on Age-Friendly Cities and Communities (AFCC) that will be a resource in IFA's investment in developing continuing education modules around age-friendly cities and communities.  

So that the webinars deal with current issues and needs, the IFA has a short online survey to gather intelligence and ideas. Be part of this development and share your views in this survey. 

IFA is also very keen to talk with age-friendly devotees to better understand how to help strengthen the program.  If you are interested in sharing your thoughts contact Ms. Nicole Waldston (nwaldston@ifa-fiv.org).

Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) is a common and devastating complication of diabetes.  The IFA, IAPB, and IDF are learning through a forty-two country survey important information that could change the lives of millions of people such as level awareness, access to screening and treatments, levels of education. 


If you are a health provider working in the field of diabetes, a patient organization and/or person with diabetes we really need your voice in this survey!


Go to the IFA website for more information about the Diabetic Retinopathy Barometer Project and the impact your participation will have. 
Bayer Pharma AG has funded and facilitated this research, acted as an advisor to the participating organizations and will assist in the dissemination of the research findings. Bayer Pharma AG has no involvement in collection or analysis of data relating to this research.

Ms. Helen Hamlin
The IFA has obtained General Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations since 1993. Ms Helen Hamlin has represented the IFA at the United Nations in New York for over two decades now, with additional representatives of Dr Cynthia Stuen, Ms Mary Mayer and Ms Valerie Levy. 


The key focus for the IFA at the United Nations this year is the post-2015 Development Agenda, beginning with the 53rd Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD53) taking place 4 to 13 February 2015.  The priority theme of this session is "Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world".  


Ms Helen Hamlin will be making an oral statement at this session to emphasize the importance of protecting the rights of older people and the inclusion of older persons in the post-2015 Agenda. 

The IFA is pleased to advise that the "IFA International Centre of Excellence on Ageing(IFAICEA) was incorporated by Corporations Canada under the Canada Not-for-profit Act in December 2014.  
The IFAICEA has been established to mobilize experts, expertise and knowledge on ageing in the context of developing a sustainable social and economic environment in the context of population ageing across with globe with particular priorities in the Middle East, Northern Africa and Eastern Europe.


The primary goal of the Centre is to help to re-frame the agenda on ageing - by extending the focus beyond health care and pension provision through changes in attitudes, changes in care and changes in the environment.

This is a new and exciting venture and one that we will provide you with regular updates and information on how you might get involved through future editions of IFA VoltAGE. 

Read more on the IFA website. 

IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing: Disasters in an Ageing World - 
Readiness, Resilience, and Recovery 

The IFA in partnership with the Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland is proud to announce that the 13th Global Conference on Ageing: Disasters in an Ageing world - Readiness, Resilience and Recovery will be held in Brisbane, Australia 21 - 23 June 2016. 
The central theme of the 13th IFA Global Conference will be natural and human-induced disasters and health emergencies in an ageing world.

The program will explore approaches to risk reduction (e.g. mass gatherings), readiness, resilience, response and recovery with the goal of understanding how to establish more age-friendly, disaster prepared communities. 
There will be regular updates and information on this conference through the IFA VoltAGE.

Mr. Graeme Prior is the Chief Executive Officer of the Hall & Prior Residential Health and Aged Care Organization which was established with Mr. Michael Hall in 1992.

Hall & Prior is a specialist aged care service provider that provides care to over 1,200 people with services encompassing the full spectrum of residential aged care.

Graeme joined the IFA in 2013 because he believes the IFA has an opportunity to lead the debate on the implications of an ageing population, in particular in society and future economic care. 

Graeme is passionate about improving the quality of aged care services through education, workforce enablement, and the use of technology to implement evidence based practice with a focus on knowledge creation to ensure better evaluation, planning and delivery of care services for the future.

With an interest in the WHO Age-Friendly Cities Program Hall & Prior is a major contributor to the IFA's ongoing development of the Age Friendly Cities Program and the development of new educational modules to maximize knowledge mobilization and exchange between members and interested parties. 

This investment will also see the IFA developing an ongoing awards recognition process for good practice on improving age friendly environments. Work that could not be achieved without the generous support of Hall & Prior and in particular the leadership of Mr. Graeme Prior.

To learn more about Mr. Prior and Hall & Prior visit the IFA website.
On 22nd October, 2014 the IFA re-launched its Blog. The IFA is excited about this initiative and hope that you will embark on a journey with the IFA as contributions are made once a week in order to disseminate, analyse and discuss the latest issues in the world of ageing.  If you would like to post your blog on the IFA website please email Ms. Dana Bandola at dbandola@ifa-fiv.org

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