International Day of Older Persons 
"Older persons are an asset to and make a significant contribution to global development" - United Nations, Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon

In 2015 we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons (IDOP), urging countries to improve older persons' accessibility to urban infrastructures, facilities and services due to two phenomena - rapid urbanization and ageing populations - which when combined, can and will dramatically change the face of the world's cities in the coming decades.

Well planned cities are more likely to create opportunities for income generation and education opportunities, in addition to housing and urban environments that are more accessible and safe.  

Read the 2015 IDOP mission statement along with statements by Ms. Kornfeld-Matte, Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persosn and Dr. Osotimehin, UNFPA's Executive Director on the United Nations Ageing, Social Policy and Development Division website. 
What happened around the world on IDOP...
"President of the Republic of Liberia, Mrs Ellen Johnson Sirleaf declares United Nations World Older People Day as a working holiday..." Read more here.

"UN Women released an infographic, entitled, "Ageing has a Female Face" discussing how to transform pension systems to protect women's income security in old age..." Read more here.

"The Pan American Health Organization news release discusses the WHO's release of the World Report on Ageing and Health in the Americas..." Read more here. 

Global NEWS!
WHO World Report on Ageing and Health

"In my view, the World Report on Ageing and Health has the potential to transform the way policy-makers and service-providers perceive population ageing and plan to make the most of it" - Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General, WHO

On 30 September 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the World Report on Ageing and Health. For the first time, evidence on a global basis has been comprehensively and carefully analyzed to inform a new paradigm on Healthy Ageing, where a person is not defined nor stereotyped by a specific level of functioning or health.

The IFA urges all stakeholders, across sectors and across disciplines, to stand behind this ground breaking report and help connect and create networks to drive innovation and change toward sustainable and purposeful outcomes for future generations.  The underlying principles of human rights, equity and non-discrimination and social cohesion between generations are the foundation stones for the future WHO Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health.

For more information, please visit the WHO website and read the full statement from the IFA on the occasion of the launch of the World Report on Ageing and Health.
Shaping Ageing Cities: 10 European Case Studies

In 2050, 70% of the world's population is predicted to live in cities and the number of people aged 65 years and over is expected to triple to 2.1 billion, representing 22% of the entire population.

The report Shaping Ageing Cities: 10 Europe Case Studies developed by ARUP, HelpAge International, Intel and Systematica responds to these two key issues namely the unprecedented rate of population ageing and second the urban/rural population.

This comparative overview of the selected cities and urban environments has the potential to help us understand how to mitigate, adapt or manage societal changes such as our ageing population by examining the complexities that each city is experiencing. 

Read the Shaping Ageing Cities report here.
5 Technology Products to Help Increase Independence

An AARP report entitled, "Aging in Place: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices" stated that approximately 90 percent of older adults aged 65 years and older want to independently live in their own homes as long as possible and 80% believe they will always live in their current home.

There are many factors, such as increased frailty or certain disabilities that could make some activities of daily living difficult or unsafe.  The development of smart sensors, alarms and other new technologies could make environments safer allowing older adults and other people with disabilities the opportunity to living independently for longer.

Find out the what these 5 new devices are on the IQ Intel website.
WHO Global Database of Age-Friendly Practices

Are you interested in how cities and communities world-wide are striving to become more age-friendly?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed a global database of age-friendly practices demonstrating what cities and communities are doing to adapt to the needs of their ageing population.

Look through the Global Database of Age-Friendly Practices here.
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