Outreach 

What World Do You Want?

On 1 October 2014, Ban Ki-moon said, 

 

"The post-2015 Development agenda offers a historic opportunity for the United Nations and its Member States to strengthen the rights and roles of older people in society as an integral part of our commitment to 'leave no one behind.'"

 

By 2050, there will be 2 billion older people, which will make up 22% of the world's population. Be part of the movement by answering the questions on ageing on the World We Want website.

 

The Let's Talk about Sex Conference takes place in Melbourne, Australia on 8 - 9 September 2015.  This Conference aims to challenge many assumptions, taboos and stereotypes when it comes to older people and sexual intimacy. The failure to acknowledge sexuality and ageing has left many older people deprived of their right to a fulfilling sex life.

 

The Conference, organized by Alzheimer's Australia Victoria and co-hosted by COTA Victoria, will promote discussions that aim to improve the health and emotional well-being of older people through recognition of their rights to sexual expression.

 

Deadline for the call for abstracts is 22 April, 2015 and early bird registration is OPEN until 10 June 2015. 


The 13th International Workshop on Pensions, Insurance, and Savings is being convened at the Dauphine Universite Paris on 28 - 29 May 2015.  This workshop aims to provide researchers with an opportunity to present and discuss their latest research pertaining to financial markets, demographic risks and governance in developed and developing countries. 

Researchers interested in presenting a paper are requested to submit a complete version by 30th March 2015.

Further information on submitting research papers on the INOMICS website. 
News 

Global Status Report on Violence Prevention 2014

 

Jointly published by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime this ground breaking report reflects evidence from 133 countries on national efforts to address interpersonal violence, namely child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner and sexual violence and elder abuse.

 

After reviewing the current status of violence prevention efforts in countries, agencies called for a scaling up of violence prevention programmes; stronger legislations and enforcement of laws relevant for violence prevention and enhanced services for victims of violence.

 

Read the report on the World Health Organization website. 

How will Sweden Pursue Perfection in Patient Flow?

 

Meet Esther! Esther is not a real patient, but her persona as a grey-haired, ailing, but competent older Swedish woman with a chronic condition and occasional acute needs is admitted to the hospital for some much needed health care.

 

Esther was created by a team of physicians, nurses, and other providers for the 'Pursuing Perfection' initiative to help physician organizations and hospitals dramatically improve patient flow and coordination of care for older patients within a six-municipality region in Sweden.

 

Learn more about the Pursuing Perfection initiative here.  

Canadians Facing Longer Wait for Retirement

 

Canadians will both live longer and work longer than previously thought in the coming decade according to a recent poll by Sun Life Financial.

 

Current working Canadians actually expect to be in the workforce beyond the so called normal retirement age of 65 years.


 
One must ask whether there is any such thing as "normal working age" or even retirement!

 

Read the article on the Financial Post website

The 2015 Intergenerational Report - Australia in 2055

 

Australia is at a critical juncture in their history.  To ensure Australian governments make the right choices, the recently launched Intergenerational Report outlines what Australians need to do to maintain and improve standards of living.

 

The main issue described in the Intergenerational Report is the loss of available employment, impacting negatively on economic growth and prosperity.  Therefore, to drive higher levels of prosperity through economic growth, Australians must increase productivity and participation by encouraging those currently not in the workforce, especially older Australians and women, to enter, re-enter and stay in work if possible.

 

Read the Intergenerational Report here. 

Societal Change and Sustainable Economic Development - The NEW Agenda

 

The Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing in Brussels, aims to engage Europe's policy services and market leaders to co-create a shared vision on how Europe can address the challenges and seize the opportunities arising from demographic change through ICT (Information and Communication Technology) and innovation to contribute to economic recovery.

 

Thought Leaders from government, politics and finance, medical and pharmaceutical sectors, social and health care, civil society and consumers will come together to share insights and innovations that meet the needs of Europe's ageing population.

 

Read more about the summit on the European Commission website.

The Health of the People: The African Regional Health Report

 

The Health of the People is the first report to focus on the health of the 738 million people living in the African Region of the World Health Organization.  While acknowledging that Africa confronts the world's most dramatic public health crisis, the report offers hope that over time the region can address the health challenges it faces, given sufficient international support.

 

Interested in reading more, please go to the Bulletin of the WHO

Initiatives

The Magic of Music for those Suffering from Alzheimer's and Dementia

 

"When you are listening to music you forget about problems, you forget about loneliness, you forget about depression, things like that" - Alex Morales at Lemon Grove Care Centre, California.

 

In 2006, the founder of MUSIC & MEMORY, Dan Cohen, had the simple idea to bring music - through the use of digital technology - into the lives of older people suffering from Alzheimer's disease, dementia and other cognitive changes.

 

Read more on the MUSIC & MEMORY website.

This looks like a Normal Village, But It's Hiding a Wonderful Secret

 

After years of working in the senior care system, Yvonne Van Amerongen saw the need for a change.  This change inspired the 'Dementia Village,' a neighbourhood in the Netherlands that is the only place in the world where all its residents are patients with dementia.  The idea behind this project came to Yvonne when she realized dementia patients should be able to have a happy life in their own homes, doing the things they loved to do before their illness advanced.

 

In this village, residents carry out many normal day to day activities that help their mental health and the positive atmosphere the village offers has in large part contributed to more active people who require less medication.

 

Watch the video here.

Welcoming IFA's New Members

 

Sheffield 50+, represented by Dr. Tony Maltby, Chairman (United Kingdom)

 

 

 

Concern for Elders Initiative, represented by Mr. Matthew Oruga, CEO (Nigeria)

 

 

Ms. Joanna Maxwell, Work in Colour Pty Limited (Australia)

 

 

 

Mrs. Kikelomo Laniyonu Edwards, Rossetti Care (Nigeria)

  

 

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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