European Adult Immunization Advocacy Summit Report Now Available

With the diligent support of Summit delegates and collaborators, the Confederation of Meningitis Organizations (CoMO) and Hacettepe University, are proud to launch the European Adult Immunization Advocacy Summit Report which summarizes the discussions, outcomes and next steps.  
Delegates contributed to an improved understanding of the current situation of adult vaccination policies and practices in the European Union and specific countries in the region, and agreed to the need for an across discipline strategy to improve the uptake rates of adult vaccinations. 
There was unanimous agreement on the importance of working together to improve the rates of adult vaccination in Europe in a broad coalition model.
The IFA urges all stakeholders across sectors and across disciplines to support this report and help connect and create networks to drive innovation and change toward sustainable and purposeful outcomes in the field of vaccination to ensure healthy ageing for all. 
If you are an NGO, academic, scientist or government member working in the field of health, ageing, or vaccination and would like to learn more and be a part of the World Coalition on Adult Vaccination, please contact Ms. Izabella Kaczmarek at ikaczmarek@ifa-fiv.org.
Read the European Adult Immunization Advocacy Summit report on the IFA website.
IFA's Patron Member Revera Appoints Hazel McCallion as Chief Elder Officer
"My strong belief is the every individual, young and old, has the ability to live a life with purpose.  I am very excited to become Revera's first Chief Elder Officer and look forward to working with Revera's leaders to help seniors live life to the fullest" - Ms. Hazel McCallion, Chief Elder Officer, Revera Inc.
Revera Inc., a leading owner, operator and investor in senior living has appointed Ms. Hazel McCallion, former Mayor of Mississauga to the role of Chief Elder Officer.  
In her new role, Ms. McCallion will engage with residents and families at Revera communities in an open dialogue about their experiences in senior living to help Revera continue to improve its programs and services.  
Ms. McCallion will also provide input and guidance to help shape Revera's innovation agenda to enrich the lives of older adults and will participate in Revera's "Age is More" initiative to challenge ageism.
Read Revera's press release here and watch Ms. McCallion discuss her position below:
 
Save the Date: IFA Copenhagen Summit, 17-19 April 2016
"It is essential to offer reablement models of community health and social care that focus on multi-disciplinary, individualized care for both the older person and the caregiver" - Diabetes Working Group
The IFA in partnership with DaneAge is convening the inaugural IFA Copenhagen Summit on 17-19 April 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark on Reablement and Older People. 
This high-level knowledge exchange platform is targeted towards key decision makers in government, business and civil society as a means of developing the social and economic case for future policy. 
Registration opens in January 2016 (800 USD for NGOs and Academia and 1600 USD for Government and Industry).  For all enquiries contact Ms Dana Bandola (dbandola@ifa-fiv.org) and visit the website: www.ifa-copenhagen-summit.com.
IFA's 13th Global Conference on Ageing, Brisbane
Submit your abstract today and have the opportunity to discuss and network with like-minded individuals in the fields of:
  • Disasters and Older People
  • Age-Friendly Cities/Communities
  • Care and Support for Older People (Community and Residential)
  • Elder Abuse, Law and Rights
  • Income Protection and Security
Championing Adult Vaccinations - A View from the IFA 

Our vision at the IFA is a world of healthy older people whose rights and choices are both protected and respected.  Fostering healthy ageing is one of our five priorities. 
 
Preventive strategies are key to fostering health and well-being.  The IFA is proud to be working with experts across the world to develop universal messages.  Dr Barratt, Secretary General of the IFA at the European Public Health Conference spoke about the importance of civil society taking a leadership role at the European Public Health Conference in 2015. 


Congratulations to Dr Sandra Timmerman for the GSA Fellowship Award
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) named Dr. Sandra Timmermann a GSA Fellow at its Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, on November 20, 2015. She joins Dr. Cynthia Stuen who was previously named a GSA Fellow.  
The IFA is proud to have both of these remarkable individuals as our United Nations representatives in New York.
The status of Fellow - the highest class of membership within the Society - is an acknowledgement of outstanding and continuing work in gerontology.  This recognition acknowledges outstanding professionals representing a broad scope of activity, including research, teaching, administration, public service, practice, and notable participation within the organization.
GSA is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of ageing. The principal mission of the Society - and its 5,500+ members - is to advance the study of ageing and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public.
Learn more on the GSA website.
Companion Animals and Older People Photographic Competition for the IFA Conference
The interaction between humans and animals is powerful. Animals can educate, motivate, and enhance the quality of life for people around the world. 
 
The IFA is pleased to announce a photographic competition to complement the published report on "Companion Animals and the Health of Older Persons." 
Prizes will be awarded to the top three photos judged the best.
Photos will be (with permission) showcased:
  • at the IFA Conference in Brisbane, 21-23 June 2016
  • on the IFA and COTA QLD website
  • throughout our e-newsletter readership
For further enquiries please contact Ms Dana Bandola (dbandola@ifa-fiv.org).  Details will be in the January Newsletter.
See Australia at the IFA Conference in June 2016
Only 3 months left for early-bird registration for the IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing.

Take advantage of being in Australia and do not miss your chance to see and if you are up to it, eat the Green Tree Ants, also known as Weaver Ants.  These ants are a traditional source of bushfood and are only found in the tropical coastal areas of Australia. 
The Green Tree Ant's abdomen is high in vitamin C and protein and tastes a little like lime.  As well as being a good source of nutrition and flavour, these ants also provide a traditional remedy for coughs, colds and fevers.  
The Green Tree Ant is one of many fascinating opportunities for adventure that Australia has to offer.  Read more about exciting tours on the IFA Conference website.
INTRODUCING IFA's Director
Dr. Amy D'Aprix, Co-Founder of Essential Conversations Project, Canada

Dr. Amy D'Aprix, a gerontological social worker, a consultant, professional speaker, and co-founder of the Essential Conversations Project, an organization focused on training facilitators to assist families in having harmonious and productive conversations across generations.  She holds a Ph.D. and Masters in Social Work, and the designation of Certified Professional Consultant on Aging.
She has authored the book From Surviving to Thriving: Transforming Your Caregiving Journey, and co-recorded a CD with an accompanying workbook: Building the Bonds of Friendship in Midlife and Beyond. Amy has also created two products, Caring Cards and the Life Journal to inspire more meaningful conversations between generations.
In the academic world, Amy has worked on both the national and international levels, teaching at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hill School of Social Work, Skidmore College and for the Soros Foundation's Open Society Institute.  While teaching at UNC Chapel Hill Amy led numerous international study-abroad courses for graduate students.
Prior to working in academia, she held positions in direct social work practice serving older adults and their families. 
Read Dr. d'Aprix's full biography here.
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