IFA Skim | August 2016
Your Global Point of Connection to the World on Ageing
The August edition of IFA Skim provides important announcements on international ageing news, including campaigns against elder abuse, international initiatives for economic development in ageing communities, and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights' Report of the Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of All Human Rights by Older Persons.
Report of the Independent Expert on the Enjoyment 
of All Human Rights by Older Persons

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights recently published a critical Report of the Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of All Human Rights by Older Persons .
Among the Independent Expert's key conclusions are:
  • Older persons face a number of particular challenges in the enjoyment of their human rights that need to be addressed urgently.
  • The Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) is not sufficient to ensure older persons' full enjoyment of their human rights.
  • States must step up their efforts to strengthen the protection of older persons' human rights and to consider the various proposals that have been made, notably the elaboration of a convention on the rights of older persons.
  • It is hoped that the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing will, in due course, present to the General Assembly a proposal containing the main elements of an international legal instrument to promote and protect the rights and dignity of older persons, which are currently not addressed sufficiently by existing mechanisms and, therefore, require further international protection.
  • Existing divergences must be overcome, given the unanimity about the need to strengthen the protection of the human rights of older persons and the millions of older persons waiting for their human rights to become reality.
2nd Africa Region Conference 
of Gerontology and Geriatrics
December 6-8, 2016

Register by September 12, 2016 to benefit from the early-bird rate

The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) will be hosting the 2nd Africa Region Conference of Gerontology and Geriatrics from December 6-8, 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The theme of the conference - Long-Term Care Systems for Africa: Setting Agendas - centers on the need to develop effective and appropriate systems in place of the current long-term care arrangements for older adults in sub-Saharan Africa. 

The conference aims to be a platform for dialogue to generate agendas and roadmaps for collaborative action to inform strategies for implementing long-term systems of care for Africans in coming decades. 

Register now. View the announcement and visit the website for further details. 
National Institute on Ageing 
"Rethinking Ageing" Conference
November 24-25, 2016

The National Institute on Ageing will bring together delegates to learn, share and brainstorm the key actions for advancing the pillars of the National Seniors Strategy (NSS) in Canada released in October 2015. 
On November 24, 2016, the conference themes  will focus on independence, activity, and engagement among older citizens, as well as ensuring healthy and active ageing. On November 25, 2016, themes will focus on person-centred, high-quality and integrated care closer to home and associated support for caregivers. 
For further details, see the 
NIA website
Habitats for Happy and Healthy Ageing
International Conference 
October 11-14, 2016

Mobility, Mood and Practice: Habitats for Happy and Healthy Ageing Conference will take place in Edinburgh on 11-14 October 2016. This conference will showcase the best global research on realizing environments for healthy, happy and active ageing for all.
As the fourth conference in the Open Space: People Space Series, keynote speakers include Professor Billie Giles-Corti (Australia), Professor Gloria Gutman (Canada) and Professor Sarah Wigglesworth (UK).
In addition to plenary, parallel and poster sessions, delegates will hear from the Mobility, Mood and Place (MMP) project team who will share emerging findings from three years of research engaging over 750 older participants in innovative studies, including co-design, mobile neural imaging and lifecourse work.

Register now on the conference website and follow #OSPS4 on social media.
Queensland's Age-friendly Community Action Plan
At the IFA 13th Global Conference held this June in Brisbane, the Honourable Coralee O'Rourke, Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland, announced the Queensland Government's Age-friendly Community Action Plan.

The Action Plan provides a clear way forward to direct the implementation and delivery of age-friendly communities in Queensland. The Action Plan includes activities and initiatives as committed in the government's response to Australia's  Parliamentary Inquiry into the adequacy of existing financial protections for Queensland's seniors .
Timeframes for progressing actions are outlined in the accompanying Implementation Schedule for 2016-17 and 2017-18.   Please refer to the Queensland: An Age-friendly Community website for more information.
If you would like to stay connected with seniors news and activities in Queensland, please visit Queensland Seniors on Facebook.
New Resources on Elder Abuse from Terra Nova Films

Terra Nova  creates, produces, distributes, and presents films and videos on ageing. From small beginnings in 1981 Terra Nova now manages more than 300 productions, with a client base of more than 10,000, ranging from colleges and universities to community groups and senior centres. Terra Nova continues to be a leader in the use of visual storytelling to help people understand, value, and traverse the human experience of ageing.
A number of productions from Terra Nova focus encapsulate the violence and neglect of the abuse of older people. These resources are designed to address and raise awareness of the many care, safety, and dignity issues that affect older adults and are used throughout the United States, in Canada, and abroad to train and educate advocates, health care providers, and social services staff.

To learn more about Terra Nova's films on elder abuse, visit their website at this link, or click here to download a catalogue of new and best-selling DVDs on elder abuse, domestic violence, and self-neglect.
PAMI's New Open Government Portal

In January 2016, Argentina's National Institute of Social Services for Retirees and Pensioners (INSSJP-PAMI) joined the Open Government Initiative of Argentina, initiating a policy of transparency and dissemination of the Institute's public health data.

A policy of open government involves three fundamental pillars: transparency, participation, and innovation. PAMI's open government website serves as a portal for publication of health data, facilitation of audits and accountability, and communication between government and citizens. All information PAMI makes available online may be used by citizens for research, development of technological solutions and mobile applications, and improving care services.

To visit the new Open Data PAMI website, click here.
Working C.A.R.E.R.S. Offers New Virtual Program
Are you caring for a loved one who is living with Alzheimer's or another type of dementia?  Mount Sinai Hospital's  Reitman Centre is now making it easier for caregivers to connect with other caregiving employees experiencing similar challenges

The Hospital has partnered with LifeWorks to offer a virtual format to Working C.A.R.E.R.S. (Coaching, Advocacy, Respite, Education, Relationship, Simulation), a comprehensive training program designed to help reduce the emotional strain of dementia caregiving. In this new format, participants can interact in online group sessions from the comfort of their own home and at no cost.

For more information please click here, or to register, call 1-877-418-1538.
Noah's Ark of Calcutta - Call for Donations

Noah's Ark of Calcutta is seeking funding to create a facility in which older people living in poverty can receive end-of-life care with dignity. All donations will aid Noah's Ark in funding the facility's construction and first year of operation, at which point the facility will begin to receive federal funding. More information regarding particulars of the project is available on the organization's website and Facebook page

Donations may be made through the Noah's Ark website or through the IFA's website.
Free Online Course on Understanding Dementia

The University of Tasmania's Massive Open Online Course, Understanding Dementia, is an easily accessible 9 week online course that builds upon the latest in international research on dementia. It's free and anyone can enrol.

The ageing of populations across the globe has contributed to dementia being identified as one of the public health issues of the 21st century. The MOOC curriculum addresses this health issue by drawing upon the expertise of neuroscientists, clinicians and dementia care professionals from both within the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, and beyond.

Since 2013, 70,000 people have enrolled in the course from 170 countries. Enrol today.

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