August 2018
14th Global Conference on Ageing
While the work of the IFA is much more than a global conference, it was and will continue to be for us one of the most important platforms through which knowledge is exchanged. Over 1,200 delegates attended the conference where connections and friendships were made and strengthened. This year the focus of the conference was Towards a Decade of Healthy Ageing – From Evidence to Action. The next conference will also be hosted in Toronto, but 2020 is not about “more of the same” its about delegates and organizations being accountable to change so that together we can enable older people to do what that value. This means coming back, re-engaging with peers and sharing the actions that have been taken since last meeting.

Thank you to the IFA Team who ran one of the most robust global conference programs the IFA has ever hosted. From program development to on-site logistics it would not have been possible without Dr Jane Barratt, Mr Greg Shaw, Ms Ansa Rana, Ms Paula Colaso, Ms Megan Acton, Ms Angela Burns, Ms Hannah Girdler, and Ms Jessica Rochman-Fowler.

A special thank you to Ms Nathalia Wittingham and Ms Laura Orlando. These two team members joined the IFA as student interns and contributed greatly to the success of this year’s Global Conference. In addition to all of the pre-conference coordination support, they were on-site leading a team of over 100 global volunteers. Please join the IFA team in wishing them well in their future endeavours.
Older LGBTQI People Call to Action - Sign the Pledge
“Invisibility and isolation among older sexual orientation and gender identity minorities across the globe leads to neglect and abuse,” said Michael Adams, CEO of SAGE and speaker at the formal launch of the Call to Action at the 14 th Global Conference on Ageing. The IFA and the Working Group on Older LGBTQI People are seeking to improve awareness through new learnings of the inequalities experienced by older LGBTQI persons and build expertise to create solutions. As part of the campaign, the Call to Action has a number of organizations who have come forward to sign the pledge and are committing to protect the rights of marginalized older people, like:
Interested in joining the global movement? 
Sign the pledge as an individual or on behalf of your organization by following the links below.
For questions or support please contact Ms Hannah Girdler , Project Officer, IFA.
Call for Nominations to the
IFA Board of Directors
The IFA is seeking expressions of interest through a nomination process to be considered for election to the Board. Full IFA members in good standing are qualified to nominate and be nominated to the IFA Board of Directors.

Nominations will be accepted until  28 September 2018 . To nominate an individual to the IFA Board of Directors, please click the button below.
Age-Friendly Environments Mentorship Programme
Kicks Off in September
In partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), the IFA is pleased to launch the first-ever cohort of the Age-Friendly Environments Mentorship Programme (MENTOR-AFE). This programme is for individuals who have the potential to gain significantly from mentoring and whose actions can have a significant impact within their communities. 

The selected mentees hold leadership roles within their community’s age-friendly initiative and have identified their priorities for skills development and local project work. Mentees have been matched with mentors who possess these desired skills along with experience in training, coaching, and promoting the professional development of others. This year, mentoring will be offered in English, Spanish, and French. MENTOR-AFE will officially begin this September and will continue for one year until August, 2019.
Where in the world is the IFA?
Glasgow, Scotland
1 September, 2018

Dr Barratt has the pleasure of presenting at the FIP Policy Conference in Glasgow on “Beyond flu vaccines in older adults: influenza, pneumococcal disease, herpes zoster.”    Aligned with the IFA’s goal to improve adult vaccination uptake rates, Dr Barratt will be exploring the critical need for at-risk groups with weakened immunity to appreciate the preventative effect of vaccines such as those combatting influenza and community acquired pneumonia.
Belfast, Northern Ireland
6-7 September, 2018

The IFA is hosting an expert meeting in Belfast to discuss  Vaccinations and the At-risk Adult Population of Diabetes.  While the overarching goal of the meeting is to improve vaccination uptake rates for the at-risk adult population of diabetes, a primary objective is to better understand the barriers, opportunities and competing priorities diabetes organizations face in placing adult vaccination on their agenda.
Milan, Italy
14-15 September, 2018

The IFA, together with the International Diabetes Federation, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, and Bayer, will be hosting the Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) Barometer European Advocacy Workshop in Milan. The goal of the workshop is to improve vision health outcomes among adults with diabetes by addressing issues related to patient education and empowerment, guidelines and protocols for screening and treatment, and coordinated diabetes care. Multi-disciplinary professionals from 12 countries across Europe will work together to develop strategies and form the basis for the DR Barometer Community of Practice.
Hong Kong
20-21 September, 2018

“Philanthropy for Better Cities,” convened by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, will explore and promote innovative approaches to tackle complex city social issues by bringing together new and existing partners in a collaborative pursuit of learning, leverage and social change. Dr Barratt will join other experts to discuss Age-friendly Cities: How can urban planning respond to the needs of older people?
14th Global Conference on Ageing
In the Media
The 14th Global Conference on Ageing garnered the attention of media and experts from around the world. Browse key takeaways and join in the discussion on social media today!
The Aging Suit

Roger tests out The Aging Suit - a suit that simulates the physical limitations of aging. The goal of the suit is to foster empathy for people in their later years.

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A WORD OR TWO ABOUT OLDER WOMEN - Soroptimist International

A blog by Frances Zainoeddin, SI Representative, New York, "I urge Soroptimists everywhere to also pay attention to older women. In many countries they are ostracised, neglected and abused (including financial abuse), often by family members and...

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Interested in aging well? It's easier than you think |...

Aging ... is it a disease? If so, should we take more of a preventative approach? What does it mean to add life to one's years versus just adding years to one's life?

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Metro Morning | Learning about aging

Metro Morning with Matt Galloway: You might be looking for ways to feel younger but what about having the chance to feel instantly older. Registered dietitian Zannat Reza speaks about what'st like to wear an aging suit. We'll also talk to Jane...

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LGBTQ seniors fear renewed discrimination in long-term care

When deteriorating health forced David McClure, who is 81, to enter first one Ottawa nursing home, and then another, he felt as though he was going back into the closet, after decades out of it. "I couldn't let my gayness show," he said. "The...

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Tipping Points for Global Aging - Global Coalition on...

If you were anywhere near Toronto, Canada this past week, and attending the International Federation on Aging Global Conference, you would have sensed one of the most important global megatrends of our time: aging. Aging fits Malcolm Gladwell's...

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Thoughts and Observations From Two Conferences on Aging...

By Susan Williams Last week I had the opportunity to attend two conferences on aging; Aging 2.0's - Brain Health Forum and the International Federation of Ageing's (IFA) International Conference of Aging. Here are a few of the highlights of what...

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Successful Aging: How to create a more age-friendly world

Dear readers. I recently returned from Toronto where I attended and presented at a conference offered by the International Federation on Ageing. More than 77 countries were represented with about 1,500 attendees from around the world.

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9th Open Ended Working Group on Ageing
The 9th Session of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on Ageing was held from 23-26 July at the UN Headquarters in New York. The Report of the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons to the OEWG examined how older persons are excluded across the Sustainable Develop Goals and the New Urban Agenda along with the rights to housing, social protection, work, health, and independence.
As part of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People (GAROP), the IFA advocated to the OEWG to take concrete steps towards the development of a universal human rights instrument on the rights of older persons in coordination with the proposed WHO Decade of Health Ageing. Read GAROP’s full statement   here
In addition, the IFA in collaboration with our global partners, hosted a side event at the OEWG on Addressing the Inequalities Experienced by Older LGBTQI People. This side event aimed to draw attention to the experiences of older LGBTQI people. In addition, it underscored that to promote the health and wellbeing of older people, marginalized populations need to be included in human rights protections by governments, civil society, and international organizations. It was also noted that it is critical that targeted policies and practices address the inequalities experienced by this growing population.

Transforming later lives – Centre for Ageing Better 2018 Strategy
The  Centre for Ageing Better  has announced it will focus on achieving  ambitious goals in four areas  ( improving health housing employment , and  communities ) to help society make the most of the social and economic opportunities presented by people living for longer and to help those most at risk of missing out on a good later life.

Public Attitudes Toward Aging Sexual and Gender Minorities Around the World
This report of survey data from the 2017 ILGA-RIWI Global Attitudes Survey on Sexual, Gender and Sex Minorities shines a much-needed spotlight on the experiences of LGBT older people across the globe. The annual survey gathers and assesses credible global data on public attitudes related to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics, providing a breadth of quantifiable evidence of international public attitudes.