IFA Voltage | April 2017
Live from New York: The IFA at the UN in April

IFA UN TEAM ADVOCATES FOR OLDER WOMEN'S ISSUES AT CSW IN MARCH

The 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) convened at the United Nations from March 13-24 with over 6,000 women from around the globe attending.  The theme was "Women's Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work."  The UN team advocated throughout the two weeks with a prepared handout to share at parallel and side events that addressed older women's issues.  There was tangible progress made in including references to "ALL women," "women of all ages," and "throughout the life cycle" infused in 45 agreed conclusions of CSW61.

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Written by Sandra P. Hirst, RN, PhD, GNC(C)
Vice President, North America, IFA

IFA UN Representative in Vienna 

The IFA is pleased to announce the appointment of a new IFA UN representative in Vienna, Dr. Jacqueline Stark.  Dr. Stark comes to the IFA from the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, where she is a senior researcher in the Department of Linguistics and Communication Research, specializing in neuropsycholinguistic research.
 
In addition to her work in neuropsycholinguistic research, Dr. Stark is head of 'Aphasie-Club' - a self-help group for persons with aphasia; as well as developing language therapy materials, the ELA (Everyday Life Activities) Photo Series, computer software for language training and ELA-Language Modules and Basic Vocabulary.
 
As the IFA welcomes Dr Stark we also pay tribute to the tireless work of Mrs Christina Quijano-Caballero, our former representative in Vienna.  Christina's dedication to raising the interests of older people was remarkable and wish her good health going forward.  

Spotlight on Senior Students

In March of 2017, the IFA was introduced to Olive Bryanton, an 80-year-old PhD candidate at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI).
 
Ms. Bryanton is currently the oldest student in the PhD program, although she doesn't see this as a barrier towards completing her research, having already completed a Master in Education in 2009.
 
The focus of Ms. Bryanton's PhD research is older women in PEI, who she describes as "ageing in place" - meaning they live relatively independently in rural communities around the island. Ms. Bryanton will be using photovoice for her research, a method of documentation where participants take photos of their day to day lives, which will then be compared for common themes and practices among the participants' experiences.
 
Ms. Bryanton's penultimate goal, upon completion of her thesis, is to share her findings with the Canadian government, as she believes there is much to be learned from these "pioneers of ageing."
 
The IFA is looking to profile other senior students, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. If you are over sixty-five years of age and attending a post-secondary institution and would like to be profiled in an upcoming edition of VoltAge, please contact Kate MacRae at kmacrae@ifa-fiv.org

IFA 14th Global Conference Keynote Speaker

The IFA is proud to announce a new keynote speaker for the 14th Global Conference on Ageing - Professor Goldie Nejat  (University of Toronto).

Professor Nejat's research is in the development of intelligent assistive robotic aids that can meet the challenges posed by an aging population.  Professor Nejat  is the Canada Research Chair in Robots for Society and the Director of the Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics (IRM) at the University of Toronto.  Her interactive robots, including Brian, Casper and Tangy, are being designed to provide cognitive and social interventions, help with activities of daily living, and lead group recreational activities to improve the quality of life of older adults.

The IFA Organizing Committee is honoured to welcome Professor Nejat to the Conference Framework and looks forward to sharing the ground breaking work Professor Nejat has accomplished with conference delegates.

World Coalition on Adult Vaccination 

The World Coalition on Adult Vaccination is now on Twitter!
 
The Coalition's Twitter account is used to share pertinent information on the life course approach to vaccination and related topics, and to spotlight member organisations of the World Coalition on Adult Vaccination.
 
The Twitter feed can be found here.  The IFA encourages and appreciates all follows, shares, re-tweets and tags from the World Coalition on Adult Vaccination Twitter feed.  In reciprocation, the IFA will make it a priority to follow, share, re-tweet and tag relevant posts from IFA members in outgoing tweets from the @vaccines4life Twitter account.
 
Additionally, the World Coalition encourages the use of social media to support World Immunization Week (24-30 April).  This week acknowledges the impact that immunization has on healthy ageing.

For more information, or to share material from your organization via @vaccines4life, please contact Jessica Rochman-Fowler at jrochman-fowler@ifa-fiv.org .

IFA's Global Think Tank on Ageing - Cognitive Reserve 

The International Federation on Ageing (IFA), in collaboration with DaneAge, will be convening its 2nd IFA Global Think Tank on Ageing from the 24-25 April, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  The area of focus this year will be Cognitive Reserve.  To learn more about Cognitive Reserve, click here .

The Global Think Tank on Ageing is the preparatory meeting of the IFA Copenhagen Summit and takes the form of an invited-only workshop of thought leaders, academics and practitioners in the field of cognitive ageing and cognitive reserve.  Experts will be asked to respond to key questions about cognitive reserve with the aim of gathering intelligence on the degree to which cognitive reserve is a value-added investment to improve and maintain the capacity of older people.

In 2017, this international, high-level knowledge exchange platform will be attended by thirteen world experts from Australia, Denmark, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, and Canada.  To learn who the participating experts are, click here .

To learn more about IFA's Global Think Tank on Ageing and Copenhagen 2017 Summit click here.  To read the consensus paper from the IFA Global Think Tank on Ageing - Reablement, click here and to read the final report of Copenhagen 2016 Summit click here.

Family Caregiver Day

The IFA's Secretary General, Dr. Jane Barratt, recently spoke at a Family Caregiver Day event at Toronto City Hall.  The goal of this event was to honour the dedicated, though often under-acknowledged, work of caregivers.  The event was a great success, with approximately 280 people, including several caregivers, in attendance and additional people watching remotely.
 
"Caregivers are irreplaceable [said Dr Barratt] but more and more is expected of them in terms of the complex care issues.  Canada, while being progressive and innovative in the work such as the Reitman CARERS program, lags behind the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and many countries in Europe that formally acknowledge that the needs of carers are distinct from those of the care recipient (often their loved one)."
 
Dr Barratt said "growing up she was the sibling who cared for a younger brother, Paul, who was born with a congenital heart complaint - what's now called a young carer.  It is ironical that today as we mark Family Caregiver Day I also think of my brother who died 5 years ago, who would be standing alongside me as an advocate for change."

This event was made possible by ENRICHES (Enga gement to Reduce Isolation of Caregivers at Home and Enhancing Seniors), a campaign led by Sinai Health System's Cyril & Dorothy, Joel & Jill Reitman Centre for Alzheimer's Support and Training .  ENRICHES is a collaborative endeavour between the Alzheimer Society of Toronto , North York Community House , WoodGreen Community Services , and the Canadian Mental Health Association

Please continue to share our event recording (found here: https://youtu.be/chWqTNvbhYQ) through social media using the hashtag #careitforward.  

IFA 14th Global Conference on Ageing 

The IFA invites you to the IFA 14th Global Conference on Ageing in Toronto, Canada on 8-10 August, 2018.

The Global Conference will welcome 1,300 delegates to explore four key themes aligned directly with the WHO Global Strategy and Action Plan:  Combating Ageism,  Enabling Functional Ability,  Addressing Inequalities, and  Toward Healthy Ageing.


Registration and Abstract Submission are both NOW OPEN for #ifa2018!

Click here to register for the conference!

Click here to learn more about submitting an abstract!

Although delegates do have to register for the conference to submit an abstract, please note that payment is not required.

Visit www.ifa2018.com to learn more about the Global Conference or email ifa2018@ifa-fiv.org should you have any questions.

IFA 14th Global Conference Partners

The IFA is calling upon interested organizations, with concern for the field of ageing, to join over 30 world renowned organizations as an IFA 14th Global Conference on Ageing Conference Partner.

There are no fees associated with being a Conference Partner and all partner's logos and websites are linked on the Conference Partners Page and promotional information is prepared regularly for dissemination throughout networks.

Interested Conference Partners are encouraged to contact Ms. Savanah Duchen at SDuchen@ifa-fiv.org.

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