IFA began operations in 1973, at a time when organizations around the world were only beginning to understand population ageing trends. AARP was instrumental in founding the IFA, and the two organizations have enjoyed a strong relationship ever since.
An individual’s identity and lived experiences have profound impacts on the health and wellbeing of individuals as they age, often contributing to inequalities across the life course.
Age-friendly environments foster health and well-being and the participation of people as they age. They are accessible, equitable, inclusive, safe and secure, and supportive. They promote health and prevent or delay the onset of disease and functional decline.
A world without ageism is one where people of all ages, and moreover older people, are able to fulfill their capability and capacity.
Decent Work for All
Endeavors to achieve decent work for all must include older people who make important yet underappreciated contributions to the productivity and growth of the workforce and economies.
Fostering Healthy Ageing
Fostering healthy ageing can help tackle inequities and ensure older people age safely in a place that is right for them, is free from poverty, can continue to develop personally and can contribute to their communities while retaining autonomy and health.
Long-term care must be designed to facilitate the dignity, autonomy and personal wishes of older people while keeping them connected to their community and social networks.
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The IFA has a long established and wide-ranging network of member organizations around the world. The network extends to over 75 countries covering every region. Together these organizations represent over 80 million older people.