IFA member network has grown and relationships with the World Health Organization and the United Nations have been strengthened as IFA continued to support and show leadership on initiatives like the global campaign to combat ageism and work on the global network for age-friendly cities and communities.
Through various projects, IFA works tirelessly toward a world of healthy older people whose rights and choices are both protected and respected.
15th Global Conference on Ageing
The IFAs 15th Global Conference on Ageing, entitled “Rights Matter,” is an international platform to improve our understanding of age-friendly environments, to debate the solutions to address inequalities, to confront the reality of ageism, and to delve into what it means to enable the functional ability of an older person.
Copenhagen Summit on Cognitive Reserve
Some 46.8 million people report that they are living with severe cognitive impairment impacting their ability to function independently in society. While global population ageing is attracting the attention of government, industry, academia and individuals around the world, enabling the functional ability of every person, specifically brain health and cognitive function, is of critical importance.
DR Barometer Program
The International Federation on Ageing (IFA), the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), and Vision Academy – supported by Bayer– have come together to shine a spotlight on the prevention, assessment and treatment of the potentially devastating consequences of Diabetic Retinopathy (DR).
Eye See You Program
Every year, more than 50,000 Canadians will lose their sight. As we age, and diabetes and obesity continue to rise, the incidence of vision loss is expected to escalate by nearly 30% over the next decade. For many Canadians, vision loss is preventable if they are aware of the importance of regular comprehensive eye exams and maintaining vision health across the life course.
Vaccines 4 Life Program
Vaccination is an important element of a comprehensive health promotion strategy to healthy ageing, as science shows reduced burden of infectious diseases, decreased functional decline and additional healthy life years. As people age, immune system function declines, leaving older people at a higher risk for infectious diseases such as shingles, pneumonia and influenza.
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Support for older people is becoming an increasing priority issue in the developing world and this will only continue as the proportion of older people increases in the future. Globally, the number of persons aged 60 and above is expected to more than double by 2015 and more than triple by 2100 (3.2 billion). Sixty-six percent (66%) of the increase will occur in Asia, 13% in Africa and 11% in Latin America and the Caribbean.