Request for Proposal - Basic Literacy for Older Persons
In many developing and least developed countries, literacy opportunities for older persons are scarce. In some instances, older persons themselves might be reluctant to take on such educational opportunities.
The NGO Committee on Ageing, New York, funded by the Virginia Hazzard Fund is providing financial support of $3000 USD for a project focused on literacy of older persons. This project aims to support the SDG target "4.6...achieve literacy and numeracy," for older persons in every circumstance to be literate and to participate fully in society.
Selection is based on a short 2 page proposal sent to Mr. Jack Kupferman (email@example.com) by 31 December 2015. NGO's, schools, lifelong learning entities, academic institutions and faith-based institutions with experience in literacy are eligible to apply.
For more information please go to the NGO Committee on Ageing United Nations, NY website.
Encore.org is building a movement to tap the skills and experience of those in midlife and beyond to improve communities and the world.
Join Encore on February 9-11 2016 in San Francisco for the world's largest convening of encore leaders and activists.
The conference brings together people who share a belief in the power of experience to benefit society, representing local communities, higher education, business, philanthropy, government, nonprofits, faith groups, youth-serving organizations and the media.
Encore2016 will also celebrate 10 years of The Purpose Prize®, America's pre-eminent award for social innovators over the age of 60.
Join leading thinkers and innovators (including Tim Brown, CEO and President, IDEO; Michael Hodin, Executive Director, Global Coalition on Aging; and Laura Carstensen, Director, Stanford Longevity Center) to exchange ideas, grapple with challenges and propel the "encore effect" forward - learn more and register on the Encore Conference website.
Open Letter from Civil Society to OEWGA
The Open-ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG) has been the main forum for UN Member States to discuss promoting the better protection of the rights of older persons.
It is essential that civil society brings voice to the continuation of its mandate as the UN General Assembly's Third Committee meets to discuss the issue of protecting the rights of older people and the draft resolution.
Read the open letter from civil society organizations to the Chair of the OEWG on Ageing demonstrating the wide-spread civil society support for the work of the OEWGA.
Age-Friendly Universities "Engaging Ageing"
Dublin City University (DCU) became the first third-level institution to adopt the concept and principles of an Age-Friendly University in 2012.
DCU's commitment is to lead and highlight the role that universities can play in responding to challenges and opportunities associated with the ageing demographic of the 21st century.
The first international age-friendly universities conference was convened on 2-3 November 2015 in collaboration with international partners, Arizona State University and Strathclyde University. The keynote address was given by Dr. Jane Barratt, Secretary General of the IFA.
Read Dr. Barratt's presentation here.
Rethinking and Strengthening Social Development in the Contemporary World
Ageing cuts across the three pillars of sustainable development, one of which is social development. The theme of the 54th Session of the Commission for Social Development, Rethinking and Strengthening Social Development in the Contemporary World, means including people of all ages in all programmes and policies.
In response to this theme, AARP, HelpAge International, Gray Panthers, International Federation on Ageing, International Longevity Centres and INPEA have submitted a joint statement on leaving no one behind in a rapidly ageing world.
The joint statement recommends the Commission for Social Development to focus on strengthening opportunities and extended capabilities in older age, tackling age discrimination and addressing challenges with age inclusive policies, programmes and budgets.
Read the full joint statement to the 54th Session of the Commission for Social Development.
Age-Friendly Communities and Environments Support Healthy Ageing
Developing Age-Friendly Communities and Environments (AFCE) is a shared responsibility with the ultimate purpose of improving health outcomes for older people. The WHO World Report on Ageing and Health supports healthy ageing which facilitates greater ongoing contributions from older citizens to support families, communities and economies.
Read the statement by Mr Jim Hamilton encouraging Member States to become age-friendly.
Europe is Getting Older - Can We Get Healthier Too? - Vaccines Today
"It's time that those who are committed to this field across all sectors to join together and ensure that older adults of today - and those that come after us - have the benefits of adult vaccination." - Dr. Barratt, Secretary General, IFA
Increased longevity is one of the greatest achievements of the modern era. Helping people live long healthy lives is the next challenge of our times with adult vaccination playing an increasingly important role.
Vaccination is an important preventative tool to minimize instances that an older adult will have an infectious disease. With increasing age comes decreasing immunity. Therefore it is conceivable that vaccination needs to become a routine part of healthcare throughout life to reduce chances of adverse effects due to infectious diseases.
Read the full blog written by Mr. Finnegan on VaccinesToday's website.
World Diabetes Day 2015 - Healthy Eating and Diabetes
World Diabetes Day 2015 campaign on 14 November 2015 marked the second of a three-year (2014-16) focus on healthy eating and diabetes. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) calls for urgent action to improve access and affordability of healthy food choices to reduce the global burden of diabetes and save billions in lost productivity and healthcare costs.
The latest IDF Diabetes Atlas estimated that 415 million adults worldwide are living with diabetes and by 2040, 642 million people, or 1 in 10 people will be living with this condition.
Learn more about the diabetes epidemic on IDF's website.
2015 Influencers in Ageing
Next Avenue released its first annual list recognizing 50 inspiring leaders, innovators, doctors, authors, advocates, experts, and executives in America making a difference in how we live as we grow older.
As part of the project, Next Avenue asked each honouree to answer the question, "If you could change one thing about ageing in America, what would it be?" The article writes, "The change that Lester Strong, CEO of AARP Experience Corps would like to see: that offering community service would be the norm around the world rather than an exception.'"
The complete list includes several AARP representatives, including AARP director of livable communities Rodney Harrell and AARP Experience Corps co-founders Marc Freedman and Dr. Linda Fried.
The Inaugural International Conference of the African Society for Ageing Research and Development (ASARD)
The National Nigerian Universities and the Dave Omokaro Foundation are working together to develop programs of study in Gerontology and Geriatrics with the vision to become a globally relevant African oriented think-tank platform for collaborative research and knowledge exchange for policy action on ageing in Africa.
For more information, please go the African Society for Ageing, Research and Development website.