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The Reframing Healthy Ageing Podcast Series

The Reframing Healthy Ageing Podcast Series

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Populations across the world are ageing rapidly, bringing a range of global challenges to the fore. In the context of the United Nations Decade of Healthy Ageing and as part of a mission to drive the agenda of the world’s ageing populations, IFA has created the Reframing Healthy Ageing podcast – Interactive Dialogues on the Intersections of Health and Well-being of Older People, in collaboration with Amgen.

Amidst the backdrop of the Decade, now is the time to explore challenges and strategies to improve health and social systems that ultimately impact the function and quality of life of current and future generations of older people.  This series provides a platform for rich and productive dialogue on the intersecting issues which contribute to the burden on healthcare systems, societies, and individuals.

These conversations aim to address the main barriers and challenges on the path to prioritizing healthy ageing and improving the lives of older people.

Join host Dr. Jane Barratt, Secretary General at IFA, along with esteemed colleagues and experts. Listen to the episodes below or on your favourite podcast platform. You can also find transcripts for each episode and blog posts summarizing the main highlights.

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Series 1

IFA episode 1Episode 1: From the Friends of Europe Summit – Health at the center of society


The Friends of Europe is a European think-tank which aims to build a more inclusive, sustainable, and forward-thinking Europe, through connection, debate, and idea generation. Live from the recent Friends of Europe Health Summit, IFA’s Dr. Jane Barratt is joined by Ms. Tamsin Rose of Friends of Europe, Mr. Sean Lybrand of Amgen and Mr. Stecy Yghemonos of Eurocarers to discuss the biggest challenges in health and social systems, including in the long-term care sector, adapting to an ageing society and advocating for policy change and system reform.



IFA Podcast 2Episode 2: Prioritizing prevention to advance economies, societies, and longevity


Currently health and social systems are reactionary focusing on “curing” disease rather than prevention, resulting in undue burden on health and social systems. There is a need to re-orient health systems to foster a life-course approach to healthy ageing and shift to a longevity society which harnesses the advantages of longer lives, including economic opportunities and benefits. In this episode of the Reframing Healthy Ageing podcast, IFA’s Dr. Jane Barratt is joined by Prof. Andrew J. Scott, author and Professor of Economics at London Business School, and Prof. Bradley J. Willcox from the University of Hawaii to discuss ageing well, harnessing longevity and the learned perspectives of centenarians.



IFA episode 3Episode 3: Equity in healthy ageing


In this episode of the Reframing Healthy Ageing podcast, IFA’s Dr. Jane Barratt is joined by Ms. Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the American Heart Association and Co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Health Equity Network and Prof. Sridhar Venkatapuram, Associate Professor in Global Health and Philosophy at the King’s College London Global Health Institute. Dr. Barratt and guests discuss ensuring the right to healthy ageing for all, while bringing particular attention to how health equity impacts health outcomes, access to care and prevention strategies for those with cardiovascular disease.





IFA episode 4Episode 4: Prioritizing coordination of care in global health systems across the life-course


Health care is too often fragmented within health systems, lacking patient-centeredness, and integration between settings and providers, impeding the highest level of care and counter to the promotion of healthy ageing. In this episode, IFA’s Dr. Jane Barratt is joined by Dr. John Muscedere, John Muscedere, Professor of Critical Care Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University in Canada and the Scientific Director, and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Frailty Network, and Dr. Niamh Lennox-Chhugani, Chief Executive and Director of Research at the International Foundation for Integrated Care, to discuss the importance of patient centeredness in health systems, bringing specific attention to the prevention, management and care for frailty and bone health, as well as current gaps and strategies for policy and practice improvement.




IFA episode 5Episode 5: Measuring impact in the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing

As we work toward the goals of the Decade across key action areas, there is a need to understand how success is measured and the improvement of health across the most relevant metrics across multi-disciplinary stakeholders and older people themselves. In this episode, Dr. Jane Barratt and guests, Dr. Amuthavalli Thiyagarajan Jotheeswaran, Technical Officer in the Ageing and Health Unit at the World Health Organization, and Mr. David Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer of the International Longevity Centre UK, discuss the importance of measuring impact to drive action on healthy ageing, prioritizing global data collection and using existing evidence and information to improve the lives of older people, while learning from global good practice.


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