IFA VoltAGE | Winter 2016
Your Global Point of Connection to Ageing Experts & Expertise
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EYE SEE YOU HOLIDAY CONTEST
Snap, share, and win!


Photographers across Canada are invited to join the IFA in celebrating eye health this holiday season. 

Tweet a photo of your favourite holiday sight using the hashtag  #EyeSeeYou2016 , and you will be automatically entered to win a brand new pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses, valued at $175 CAN.

For more information and full contest rules, visit eyeseeyou.care.
IFA2018
New Conference Updates
The IFA is proud to invite you to the IFA 14th Global Conference on Ageing: Towards A Decade of Healthy Ageing .

The Global Conference is a longstanding, highly regarded international forum that attracts many world-class experts, practitioners, academics, and decisionmakers in the field of ageing. 

Supported by a network of partner organizations, the 2018 Conference will welcome 1,300 delegates from across the globe to downtown Toronto.

As a delegate, you will be able to explore four key themes aligned with several elements of the WHO Global Strategy and Action Plan: Combating Ageism, Enabling Functional Ability, Addressing Inequalities, and Toward Healthy Ageing.  You will also be able to connect with delegates from leading NGOs, prestigious academic institutions, innovative industry circles, and all levels of government.  

Register now for the conference.

Submit an abstract.

Propose a master class.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Brain Health and Enabling Functional Ability
The IFA is pleased to announce that Dr. Andres Lozano will deliver a keynote address on his ground-breaking brain health research at the IFA 14th Global Conference on Ageing.

Dr. Lozano is a world-renowned expert in the field of neurosurgery, specializing in movement disorders and micro-electrode recordings of the human brain. 

His keynote speech will explore the nuances of brain health within the context of Enabling Functional Ability.

Dr. Lozano is the Dan Family Chair in Neurosugery at the University of Toronto and the inaugural Ron Tasker Chair in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery at the University Health Network. He holds a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience and has served on the staff of Toronto Western Hospital for 25 years.

The IFA is honoured to present Dr. Lozano and share this exceptional opportunity with delegates from across the world.  To learn more about Dr. Lozano's innovative work in neuroscience, click here.
MASTER CLASS
Ageism: Negative Attitudes and
Discrimination  on the Basis of Age
The IFA is pleased to announce that Ms. Alana Officer will be leading a Master Class on  Ageism: Negative Attitudes and Discrimination on the Basis of Age. 

Ms. Officer is a Senior Health Advisor in the WHO Department of Ageing and Life Course.  She led the development of the first evidence-based  WHO World Report on Ageing and Health, which resulted in the WHO Global Strategy and Action Plan, signed by 192 member states. She has also worked extensively throughout the world in health, disability, and rehabilitation.

In this highly interactive session, delegates will be able to draw on the best-available evidence, case studies, and group discussions to examine ageism and its impact on older people. Attendees will respond to research gaps, apply existing resources to improve policy and practice, and contribute to the global movement to combat ageism.

SAVE THE DATE POSTCARDS
Be a conference partner and promote your organization 
and the IFA Global Conference


The IFA is proud to announce that promotional materials have been developed for all members, conference partners and stakeholders to share with their networks. The IFA aims to reach as many delegates as possible worldwide, and would appreciate your assistance in doing so.
 
To that end, Save the Date postcards are now available in English, French, French (Quebec), Spanish, and Polish.


If your organization is interested in becoming a conference partner and distributing more promotional material in the future, please e-mail our Event Management Officer, Ms. Savanah Duchen.
DR BAROMETER
A New Landmark Study Reveals Adults  with Diabetes Are at Unnecessary Risk of Vision Loss

The DR Barometer  Report is based on a groundbreaking study of almost 7,000 adults with diabetes and health care professionals in 41 countries.  It has already received worldwide media attention in the  Ophthalmology Times , the iTech Post , and Medscape , among numerous other outlets.

Approximately one in three adults with diabetes worldwide - up to 93 million - are affected by diabetic retinopathy (DR), a complication of diabetes which can lead to blindness if left untreated.

The study exposed numerous barriers that prevent people with diabetes from accessing timely screening, diagnosis, and treatment for DR and diabetic macular edema (DME).

Worryingly, the study found that a quarter of people with diabetes are not discussing eye problems with their health care professional.  Seventy-nine per cent had vision loss that made everyday activities such as driving, going to work, and completing household tasks difficult - and, in some cases, impossible.

These and many other findings highlight the urgent need for clear patient care pathways and robust, responsive health systems around the world to prevent unnecessary vision loss associated with diabetes.

THE ECONOMIST 
Ageing Societies 2016 Summit
Mr. Greg Shaw, Director of International and Corporate Relations at the IFA, recently appeared at  The Economist's 2016 Summit on Ageing Societies alongside eminent panelists Baroness Sally Greengross, a member of the United Kingdom's House of Lords; Dr. John Beard, Director of Ageing and Life Course at the World Health Organization; Dr. George Leeson, co-director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing; and Mr. Derek Yach, Chief Health Officer of Vitality.

The panelists focused on the future, discussing the question "A changing world - what will it look like and what will it mean?"  Mr. Shaw put into context the importance of a life course approach to vaccinations, with a particular focus on older adults. He also emphasized the opportunity for a model of re-ablement within the continuum of healthy ageing. Encouraging re-ablement, Mr. Shaw said, encourages health and social care professionals to explore innovative approaches to improve individual function.  This approach, he argued, could be part of a broader shift in purpose-driven infrastructure to enhance healthy population ageing.

WORLD COALITION 
ON ADULT VACCINATION
Asia-Pacific Immunization Meeting

The International Federation on Ageing (IFA), in collaboration with Friends of IFA (FOIFA) Japan, convened the Asia Pacific Immunization Meeting on December 1-2, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan.  This international, high-level knowledge exchange platform attracted twenty key stakeholders and opinion leaders from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Canada, and the United States. 

The overall goal of this meeting was to share the most up to date information on adult vaccination from a scientific and public health viewpoint through presentations by key opinion leaders (KOLs).  From these KOLs, attendees learned the process for approval, and reviewed studies conducted to improve awareness of vaccinations, increase uptake rates, and better understand barriers to adult immunization.  Throughout the meeting, attendees discussed policy actions to be taken at a national and international level.

The many insightful speakers and rich discussions offered valuable information on adult immunization in the Asia Pacific region, barriers to vaccination, and opportunities for change.  All contributions demonstrated how barriers such as ageism, lack of awareness, pre-conceived beliefs, and inadequate communication between health care professionals can be addressed to raise awareness of adult vaccination and increase uptake rates.

The IFA is presently preparing a report on the outcomes of the Asia Pacific Immunization Meeting, to be published early next year.  To learn more about IFA's work on adult vaccination and the World Coalition on Adult Vaccination, please click here .
LATIN AMERICAN IMMUNIZATION ADVOCACY SUMMIT REPORT
Coming in early 2017
The Latin American Adult Immunization Advocacy Summit was co-hosted by the International Federation on Ageing (IFA), the Mexican National Institute of Geriatrics, and the Mexican National Institute of Public Health in 2016.

Recommendations resulting from the Summit include: the need to shift regional vaccination models toward a life course approach to vaccination; the need for countries to commit to fixed and increased funding for vaccination coverage across the life course;  a commitment across countries to conduct scientific and cost benefit research on comprehensive vaccination coverage; knowledge-building resulting from the strengthening of epidemiological data; and the need to create interdisciplinary connections between organizations and experts working with vaccination and ageing to effect policy change.

The Report of the Latin American Adult Immunization Advocacy Summit will be launched in early 2017.
The IFA welcomes profiling the work of our members and other interested organizations in IFA newsletters.  Please contact Peyton Thomas at  pthomas@ifa-fiv.org  or Mr. Greg Shaw at  gshaw@ifa-fiv.org  to learn more,  or contact us by phone at +1 416 342 1655.