IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing: Abstract Submissions Still Open


It is not too late to submit your abstract for the IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing in Brisbane, Australia convening on the 21st-23rd June 2016. The IFA and COTA Queensland are particularly looking for abstract submissions on the following themes:
  • Disasters and Older People
  • Elder Abuse, Rights and Law
  • Income Security and Protection
  • Age-friendly environments
Don't miss your chance to be part of this global platform discussing important topics in the field of ageing with other innovative stakeholders and key opinion leaders in the field.

The Results Are In...Reablement Is The Answer!
 
"The goal of any technology in reablement should be to support and enhance the existing skills and function of an older adult rather than replace the individual's capacity" - Technology Working Group, IFA Global Think Tank on Ageing.

Dementia Working Group
On 11-13 October 2015, the IFA and DaneAge convened the inaugural IFA Global Think Tank on Ageing.  This meeting brought expert leaders, academics and practitioners together in a workshop setting to discuss and debate the emerging field of reablement and older people within the specific fields of dementia, diabetes, frailty and technology.
 
The outcomes of the IFA Global Think Tank on Ageing have provided a comprehensive case for reablement as a necessary application for governments to consider at the IFA Copenhagen Summit.  

The IFA Copenhagen Summit will convene on 17-19 April 2016 as an invited-only international high-level knowledge exchange platform of government officials, industry leaders and civil society on improving the capacity and capability of older people through reablement.  

For more information, visit the website: 

IFA at the Forefront of Global Discussions on Adult Vaccinations

The past couple months have been exciting for the IFA on the topic of adult vaccinations. 
  • Second WHO Global Forum on Innovation for Ageing Populations, 7-9 Oct 2015, Kobe, Japan. IFA Secretary General, Dr Jane Barratt together with Mr Chris Gray facilitated the Round Table on Adult Vaccination.  Read the outline of discussions and inputs made by other key opinion leaders in the field of vaccination.
  • IAGG Congress 2015, Thailand 19-22 Oct. Ms. Sue Hendy, Vice-President of the IFA, presented at the IAGG Asia Pfizer Symposium on Adult Vaccinations, on the impact of low levels of awareness about Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPDs) and its impact on the quality of lives of older adults.
  • European NGO Adult Vaccination Summit, Brussels 4th-6th Nov 2015.  The IFA in collaboration with the Confederation of Meningitis Organizations (CoMO) and Hacettepe University invited key stakeholders together to better understand how to further the dialogue and actions to promote a life course approach to vaccination.  Increasing the uptake rates of adult vaccinations at national and regional levels is a critical way to maintain and improve healthy ageing.  
The IFA has and will continue to be active and engaged in creating platforms across disciplines and sectors to mobilize knowledge and connect experts around adult vaccinations. 

Curing "ME-BYO" - Healthcare New Frontier
 
On 19 - 20 October, Mr. Shaw, Director of International and Corporate Relations, participated in a WHO-Kanagawa collaboration on healthy ageing.  

During these meetings, Mr. Yuji Kuroiwa, Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan outlined his vision and steps taken to bring a number of sectors together to create a society where people achieve healthy longevity, while new industries and markets develop at the same time.

What was of great interest was the organizational structure to achieve this vision, including the appointment of a Special Assistant to the Governor and a new Healthcare New Frontier Promotion Bureau.  Four divisions and one center sit under this structure, bringing together: Public Health and Health Promotion, Medical Services, Aged Society, Personnel Welfare Bureau, Industry and Labor.  It also has direct and strong linkages to technology.

What is being done is very impressive and such steps should be considered by other governments across the globe.  Take the opportunity to look at the Kanagawa Prefecture proposal here.

2015 International Day of Older Persons 

"Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment"

On 15 October 2015 Mr. Shaw attended the 25th anniversary of International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) themed in anticipation of the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) to be held in 2016.  The focus was not only on the impact of the new urban environment on older persons, but also the impact of older persons on the new urban environment.

While the presentations and the day at the UN was a great success, what really touched the IFA was the wonderful acknowledgement given to IFA's former Representative Ms Mary Mayer.  As readers would know, Mary passed away earlier this year.  A luncheon in her honor was attended by over 100 delegates, greatly missed by many.

IFA Annual Board Meeting 2015

The IFA Directors visited the home of the IFA Secretariat in Toronto, Canada for the annual Board of Directors meeting on 2-3 September 2015. This was a very important few days as the directors mapped out a 5-year strategic plan for the IFA to realign its vision, goal and mission.

Congratulations to the new IFA Director,  Mr Njuakom Nchii Francis (CEO of CDVTA, Cameroon) and to the new Regional Vice President of North America, Dr Sandra Hirst (Director of Brenda Strafford Centre for Excellence in Gerontological Nursing, Canada). Subsequently the IFA would like to thank Dr Amy D'Aprix (Co-Founder of Essential Conversations, Canada) for her dedication in this role over the past few years. 

Recommended Reads 

A valuable resource for people interested in the science of ageing and longevity.  This book surveys the development of this field over the course of a century in major national contexts.  

Ageing Society and ICT: Global Silver Innovation edited by Toshio Obi, Jean-Pierre Auffret and Naoko Iwasaki

This book presents a wide range of important issues associated with an ageing population, and discusses how both governments and the private sector can best mobilize innovation and research to transform this global challenge into an opportunity for active and productive ageing and new sources of sustainable growth.  

INTRODUCING IFA's DIRECTOR
Professor Yitzhak Brick, Chairman of the Israeli Gerontological Society

Professor Yitzhak Brick is the chairman of the Israeli Gerontological Society since January 2013.

He was the Director General of JDC-ESHEL, the Association for the Planning and Development of Services for the Aged in Israel, from 1988 until September 2012.

Prof Brick came to JDC-ESHEL following a decade as Deputy Director-General of Israel's Ministry of Labor & Social Affairs.   Prior to this position, he held other top positions in the Ministry of Welfare, where he served for 25 years.

"During my work as the CEO of ESHEL in Israel, I met Dr. Daniel Thurtz, who was the CEO of NCOA in the US. We became friends and have maintained an ongoing professional and personal relationship for many years.

After Dr. Thurtz became the president of IFA, he asked me to join the organization and I was elected to the board of IFA. I served as a member of the board as well as the treasurer of the organization for a number of years. Dr. Thurtz passed away in 1999 and after that I was elected as the president of IFA, the position I held from 2000 until 2006". 

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"There has been an emerging tradition by longevity researchers and activists around the world to organize events dedicated to the promotion of biomedical and biological research..." Read more here.

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