Outreach 
WHO Seeking Comments on Draft Zero of the Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health

The web based consultation and survey for Draft Zero of the Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health is now open for public consultation from individuals and institutions.  

The consultation aims to gather valuable inputs towards the agreement on the Global Strategy and Action Plan, such as suggested goals, strategic objectives, and action points, commitments from stakeholders and indicators to measure progress towards healthy ageing that reaches every person.

Responses received by 25th September 2015 will be carefully considered in Draft 1.  Comments received by 30th October 2015 will be reviewed for the final draft.

Read more and contribute to the WHO Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health here.
News 
AARP International - Age-Friendly Report: Inspiring Communities

AARP International examined age-friendly cities and communities initiatives in the United States and worldwide to identify projects and programs worth sharing and replicating.

Through AARP International's initiative, the 2015 Age-Friendly: Inspiring Communities report was developed to present a collection of age-friendly good practices.  AARP International decided to call them good practices instead of best practices because it is impossible to compare every age-friendly initiative around the world as the needs of older adults are different in different communities.

Learn about the 16 communities working toward becoming more age-friendly featured in the 2015 Age-Friendly Report: Inspiring Communities on AARP's website.
Active Ageing: A policy Framework in Response to the Longevity Revolution Report

The Active Ageing: A Policy Framework in Response to the Longevity Revolution report, written and produced by the International Longevity Centre Brazil in consultation with multiple partners around the world, examines ageing in the context of major contemporary trends, such as urbanization, globalization, growing inequalities migration, technological innovation and environmental and climate change. 

The report also revisits the Active Ageing framework within the context of the evolving international momentum toward reinforcement of the human rights of older persons.  New data and information about the determinants of active ageing are explored and lifelong learning is added as a new pillar to the Active Ageing framework.

Read the Active Ageing: A Policy Framework in Response to the Longevity Revolution Report here. 
Embracing Older Women in the Workplace Blog

Two summer interns at Gray Panthers, Florence Shen and Brendan Birth, wrote a blog piece entitled, Embracing Older Women in the Workplace and published it in the American Society on Aging's Age Blog.

This blog discusses the importance of creating and supporting vibrant multigenerational workplaces in order to build sustained long term prosperity in the United States of America.  To ensure sustained economic growth, companies need to embrace the skills, talents and abilities of older women.  In today's workplace, older women often lose out, usually to younger counterparts.    

Learn the five main reasons it is important to embrace older women in the workplace on the American Society on Aging's Age Blog.
Vaccine Hesitancy: A Growing Challenge for Immunization Programmes

The journal, Vaccine, published a Special Issue led by a joint World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Secretariat, and the SAGE Vaccine Hesitancy Working Group, to understand the role of vaccine hesitancy in limiting vaccine coverage while exploring strategies to address it.
 
Although this Special Issue focuses on vaccine and vaccination hesitancy, it is important to see the work on hesitancy as only one aspect of a broader agenda of generating public trust in and demand for immunizations. 

Increasing public trust and demand for immunization is an important step in order for countries to achieve the recommended uptake rates for all ages and particularly in older adults, where current low uptake rates often lead to unnecessary infections and associated complications.

Read the WHO Vaccine Hesitancy news release on the WHO website and access Journal Vaccine Special Issue on vaccine hesitancy on ScienceDirect.
Given the Chance, Older Workers can Fill the Gap

Governments around the world are addressing the issue of sustainable economic growth and retirement by abolishing the default retirement age so that staff can no longer be forced out of the workforce at 65 years of age. 

It is important to extend working age and develop flexible work policies to avert serious labour shortages in the future.  Older adults are the perfect cohort to support economic growth as their working lives are being extended due to increased life expectancy and improved public health conditions.

Many companies' attitudes and practices need to change faster to support older adult workers and avert serious labour shortages in the future.

Learn more here. 

Initiatives
Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The draft outcome document, Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is now available in the six official languages of the UN.  The agenda discusses the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets that demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal agenda. 

The Agenda for Sustainable Development seeks to build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  The agenda further seeks to realize human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.  The goals and targets of the agenda are integrated, indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.

The General Assembly convened a meeting on 1st September 2015 to take action and transmit the draft outcome for consideration at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 on 25th - 27th September 2015.

Read the Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development here.
Ageing Well Network: A Case Study of an Irish Success Story in the Field of Ageing

The Ageing Well Network in the Republic of Ireland, established in 2007, filled a considerable gap in bringing together senior level executives to discuss, in a safe and stimulating environment, the challenges and promises of an expanding older population.

The ageing field in Ireland owes much to the work of the Network as its various initiatives and stature contributed significantly to an increased focus on ageing in Ireland, helped raise the profile of ageing issues as a national priority and brought issues forward that were not previously discussed.

As this case study indicates, while networks are not in short supply, the particular characteristics of the Ageing Well Network are noteworthy and could be useful for other organizations looking to bring together a fragmented field and influence both national and local policy.

Read the Ageing Well Network Case Study here.
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