As the dust settles on the 6th Session of the UN Open-ended working group much can be said about the increasing number and voice of civil society urging action toward a Convention on the Rights of Older People.  There is indeed progress, but as is human nature, never ever fast enough.

 

I have great pleasure on behalf of the GAROP Steering Group to announce that on Friday 18th July 2015 in principled agreement was attained with HelpAge International to host GAROP as we move forward to 2016. The process of transition will be conducted in a systematic and thoughtful way, with the first step being the development of an appropriate governance and management framework that builds upon our current foundations.

 

One motto that we are all familiar with is "leave no one behind" and as the outgoing Chair you can all be assured that the goal is to be walking together playing the same tune with and on behalf of older people.

Read the full statement here.

On 31 July 2015 at 11am EDT, the IFA will be conducting its final collaborative age-friendly webinar with Grantmakers in Aging.


Ms Gail KohnAge-friendly DC Coordinator, presents the government perspective around the integration of age-friendliness into existing policies and policy development, the barriers that are encountered and how they are overcome, civil society engagement in driving successful outcomes and sustaining age-friendly initiatives through shifts in political leadership.


Don't miss this learning opportunity and to be connected to those working in the area of age-friendly cities and communities.  

Learn more about the webinar and register now!

Coming Together to Protect the Rights of Older Persons

 

The Sixth Session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG)  convened on 14 - 16 July 2015 at the United Nations headquarters in New York. 

Informal notes summarizing both the working session and various side events are available via this link.

 

The OEWG is an opportunity for Civil Society to come together as a unified voice for older people and play a major role in protecting their rights. Events that the IFA was involved in include: 

Working Towards a Life Course Approach to Vaccination

On 25 - 27 June 2015 the IFA 

convened the Adult Immunization Advocacy Summit in Rome, Italy comprising of scientific experts from key European organizations associated with diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases.

 

Presentations and focused discussions highlighted current data on vaccine preventable diseases and vaccinations important for older adults as well as barriers and proposed strategies in improving the uptake of adult vaccinations.

 

A commitment of attendees to work together to develop European guidelines reveals the potential of firmly positioning the life course approach to vaccinations within a policy framework and addressing the continued impact of the low uptake of adult vaccinations on health, social and economic systems.

 

Participants acknowledged the importance of civil society as partners in helping to influence and shape improved healthy ageing and public health policies that strengthen the role of adult vaccinations. 

 

Read Dr. Daphne Holt's blog about the Adult Immunization Advocacy Summit here

IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing Calling for Abstracts on Care and Support for Older People

Standards in care are important to ensure quality of care is maintained and provided to all residents without discrimination.  

 

Quality of care represents an important and fundamental right in a health care system by ensuring - through written documentation - the safety and well-being of clients.

 

Organizers of the IFA Global Conference on Ageing is interested in abstracts that define a broad-spectrum framework about quality of care and standards and how such a framework can be used to guide countries to form a health care system that is inclusive, client centered and ensures the safety and well-being of all users.


Submit your abstract today on the conference website.

Diabetic Retinopathy Barometer Study - UPDATE!

 

The IFA is delighted to report that the Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) Barometer Survey attracted 5,000 responses globally from both health care practitioners and adults with diabetes from 41 countries.

 

The project will culminate in a substantive report, targeted towards policy and decision-makers, and will be launched through various platforms and events throughout the upcoming months.  In addition to the report a set of resources, including a country toolkit, related to diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema and vision loss will be developed for on-the-ground advocacy country efforts.

 

The success of the study could not have been achieved without the invaluable assistance and participation of IFA members, supporters and a number of key champions across a variety of countries.  The IFA is extremely grateful for the support and is eagerly awaiting the launch of the results and the shifts in the way preventable vision loss is seen.     


The IFA is please to invite IFA members to the 2015 IFA Annual Members Meeting on Wednesday 2nd September 2015 at Castleview Wychwood Towers in Toronto, Canada.  For further information please visit IFA's website
INTRODUCING IFA DIRECTOR

Ms. Cristiane Brasil, Congresswoman, Member of the National Congress of Brazil

Ms. Brasil is a Law and Project Management specialist, dedicated to political and public life on behalf of the older adults.  

She was elected Congresswoman in October 2014 and brought to the Brazilian Parliament practices and policies focused on the third age people and improving quality of life.

 

Ms. Brasil was a Municipal Secretary in Rio de Janeiro between 2009 and 2013.  During that period she was engaged in promoting the Helping City Program for Elderly in the Rio de Janeiro City.  Ms. Brasil was also elected for three consecutive mandates (from 2004 to 2016) in Rio de Janeiro House of Councillors.

As Alderwoman and Municipal Secretary, Ms. Brasil has contributed to the development and implementation of public policies for older adults in the Rio de Janeiro City, with the concern to ensure the dignity and welfare of older adults.

Read Ms. Brasil's full biography here.

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