IFA VoltAge | February 2018
IFA at CSocD56

There was a renewed energy around the topic of ageing and older persons at the recently convened 56th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD56), taking place from 29 January to 7 February 2018 - at least in part due to the Third Review of the Madrid International Action Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA).

Numerous member states' noted their efforts related to the MIPAA priorities and how this plan is being used to address older persons as a target group in their implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its motive of "Leaving No One Behind," particularly under the Commission's theme of "strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all." 

The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) co-organized a side event called "Ageism: A Prejudice Against Our Future Selves" on 1 February 2018, which was moderated by the Honorable Darja Bavdaz Kuret (Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the United Nations) and featured  Dr. Toni Antonucci (Secretary General, International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics);    Dr. Jane Barrat (Secretary General, IFA);  Ms. Rosemary Lane (UN Focal Point on Ageing and Senior Social Affairs Officer, UNDESA); and  Dr. Enrique Vega (Unit Chief, Healthy Life Course, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization) as panellists.

Click here to read the full blog post on the IFA's involvement at CSocD56.

IFA Welcomes New Staff
Megan Acton (Project Officer)

Megan Acton joined the IFA team as a Project Officer in February 2018. She recently spent a year abroad in London, UK to complete her master's degree in Ageing and Society, taught by the Institute of Gerontology at King's College London. There, she gained a strong understanding of the experiences of ageing societies and policies for an ageing world. 

For her final dissertation, Megan conducted qualitative interviews with older women in London to determine whether the city is 'age-friendly' from the perspective of older women themselves, and to determine what improvements could be made with regards to transport and outdoor spaces. Prior to her master's degree, she completed an Honours BA in Health Studies and Gerontology from McMaster University.

Megan is thrilled to work for an organization whose values align with hers, and whose hard work turn to actions. She is excited to join the IFA and put her education and skills to use to benefit the lives of older people around the world.

Click here to learn more about Meghan

Nathalia Wittingham (Conference Intern)

Nathalia Wittingham joined the IFA team as a conference and events intern in January 2018, she is currently a student at George Brown College in the special events management program. 

She holds a diploma in dental assisting from Fanshawe College, London Ontario and she worked in the dental industry for over 7 years, where she gained practical and administrative experience, always aiming to help others, focusing on always delivering the best experience and customer service.

Prior to coming to Canada in 2008, Nathalia took a marketing and advertising technical course in Colombia. She has also volunteered in many events and has managed some small ones of her own in Toronto.

Travelling to the 14th Global Conference

The IFA and the 14th Global Conference on Ageing are pleased to announce that Air Canada and Porter Airlines have joined on as official travel partners of the Conference!

For delegates flying to and from Toronto during the month of August for the Conference, both airlines are offering a 10% discount on flights.

Certain dates and restrictions apply. For more information, and to access the special booking codes, click here.
Where to stay at the Conference

If you are in need of a place to stay while attending the 14th Global Conference on Ageing, then Chelsea Hotel Toronto is for you.

Located in downtown Toronto and just minutes away from the conference's primary venue, Ryerson University, Chelsea Hotel Toronto has  1,590 guest rooms and suites on offer, making it the largest hotel in Canada.

Chelsea Hotel Toronto is pleased to offer all delegates a guaranteed low price for a Single or Double Chelsea Room for $169.00 CAD/night (excluding taxes and fees), and a Triple or Quad Room for $229.00 CAD/night(excluding taxes and fees).

For more information, and to book your room now, click here.
Age-Friendly Innovation Exchange

The latest WHO / IFA webinar, Engaging Planners as Livable Communities Allies (February 7, 2018) was presented by Stephanie Firestone, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor for Health and Age-friendly Communities with AARP International, and Dr Laura Keyes, Ph.D., ACIP certified planner and Lecturer in Non-profit Management for the Department of Public Administration at the University of North Texas.

In this webinar, Ms Firestone and Dr Keyes discussed the results of a survey highlighting the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration, specifically between planning and ageing professionals, in creating Livable Communities for All Ages (LCA).

Many of the questions and comments concerned ways to adapt and integrate LCA principles into specific community contexts.  Through this question and answer period, Ms. Firestone and Dr Keyes provided not only answers but resources to assist attendees in learning about and implementing principles of LCA. 

Click here to access the recording for this webinar.
Click here to download webinar handouts.

The IFA appreciates the participation of the age-friendly community in the WHO / IFA webinar series.  The next WHO / IFA webinar on Social inclusion and the design of age-friendly spaces will be presented by Dr Ryan Woolrych on February 28 at 1pm GMT.   Click here to register

To be part of ongoing developments in the IFA's work on age-friendly, and to receive and make contributions to the upcoming age-friendly newsletter, register your interest here or contact Jessica Rochman-Fowler ( jrochman-fowler@ifa-fiv.org). 

Copenhagen Summit on Cognitive Reserve

The IFA, in partnership with DaneAge, is currently planning the Copenhagen Summit on Cognitive Reserve, an international high-level knowledge exchange and policy dialogue on the concept of cognitive reserve in the context of population ageing.  

This Summit is based on expert consensus from the Copenhagen Think Tank on Ageing in April 2017 and will be held in December 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Growing evidence suggests that throughout the life course, brain health and cognitive function can be promoted and maintained - a concept known by neuropsychologists as "cognitive reserve."  The prospect of maintaining cognitive reserve among the current ageing demographic has significant implications for individuals, health systems, societies, economies and labour forces. 

With these implications in mind, the IFA, in partnership with DaneAge, is convening the Copenhagen Summit on Cognitive Reserve in December 2018 to establish a knowledge base for the concept of cognitive reserve among policymakers, experts, public health and ageing advocates, as well as relevant industry leaders. Attendees will be equipped to introduce the issue to their sectors with calls to action in policy, practice, and research.  
Webinar Series on Older LGBTQ2 People: Housing and Home Care: An Older LGBTQ2 Person's Perspective

After a successful webinar on " Ageism and Age-Based Discrimination within LGBTQ2 Communities," the IFA - in partnership with SAGE and Egale Canada - are proud to present the latest webinar in the series on older LGBTQ2 people.  "Housing and Home Care: An Older LGBTQ2 Person's Perspective" will be taking place on Wednesday, 14 March 2018 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST.  This webinar will discuss the fundamental importance of safe and affordable housing for an ageing LGBTQ2 population.

This webinar will be moderated by SAGE's Director of National Housing Initiative, Mr Kelly Kent and will feature Dr John Ecker (Affiliate Researcher, Centre for Community and Educational Services, University of Ottawa and Director of Research and Evaluation, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness) and Dr Andrea Daley (Director and Associate Professor, School of Social Work, York University) as panelists.

To register for the webinar, click here.

To stay updated on future webinars and other initiatives related to older LGBTQ2 people, please contact Hannah Girdler.
Stay in the loop with the 14th Global Conference on Ageing Newsletter

Are you up to date on all the latest happenings at the 14th Global Conference on Ageing? Would you like to be? The 14th Global Conference on Ageing Newsletter is the first and best source of new updates from the Conference - including new presenters, featured sessions, new exhibitors, and more!

To make sure you don't miss another issue, click here to add your name to the Conference mailing list.

If you have been missing out, you can also always catch up on previous editions of the newsletter by clicking here.
DR Barometer

At an unprecedented time in history with a rapidly ageing global population and a burgeoning diabetes epidemic the Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) Barometer Study (2017) informed by thousands of adults with diabetes, health care professionals from many disciplines in 41 countries identified serious gaps in awareness, screening and diagnosis and service provision.

Vision loss is preventable if diabetic eye disease is identified in its early stages.  The IFA, in partnership with the International Association for Prevention of Blindness, the International Diabetes Federation, and Bayer AG, are hosting two regional interdisciplinary workshops (Europe and Latin America) in Spring 2018. 

The proposed workshops will bring together influential thought leaders and patient and advocacy groups toward optimizing patient care through the development of communities of practice that address country-specific barriers and opportunities.

Please contact Angela Burns for more information.
Exploring lifelong immunization as a foundation of healthy ageing

The International Federation on Ageing (IFA), in collaboration with Ældre Sagen, convened the Adult Vaccination: A Public Health Priority expert meeting on 16-17 January 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

This international, high-level knowledge exchange platform aimed to highlight vaccination activities of countries in the Nordic region, and to promote dialogue among various stakeholders on how best to improve adult vaccination uptake rates nationally and regionally.

The discussion also focused on how best to bring vaccination to the forefront of the agendas of patient organizations, such as those representing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), respiratory diseases, and diabetes, and come together to emphasize the combined impact of vaccine-preventable diseases on vulnerable people with comorbid conditions.

The overall goal of this meeting was to strengthen the connections among those who have a stake in increasing adult vaccination uptake rates - specifically those working to support the people most affected by vaccine-preventable diseases, including those in the fields of vaccination, ageing, public health, and non-communicable diseases. Each delegate brought to the table a unique perspective of the role of vaccination as part of healthy ageing, and of their role as researchers, practitioners, educators, and influencers in enhancing awareness of vaccinations, increasing uptake rates, and better understanding the complex barriers that allow vaccination uptake rates to stagnate while the ageing population increases.

Click here to read the full blog post.

Calling for Additional Abstracts

Owing to a demand to present at the 14th Global Conference on Ageing, the IFA  has opened up additional spaces for abstract submission.

To fully address key global issues and present a complete Conference program, the IFA is seeking abstracts under the Conference themes of: 
  • Combating Ageism; 
  • Toward Healthy Ageing;
  • Addressing Inequalities.
Further abstracts under the theme of Age-Friendly Environments are also welcome. 

The new deadline for additional abstracts is  6 April 2018.
Click  here for more information and to submit your abstract 

If you have submitted an abstract, but have not received a confirmation, please contact Tarah McMaster.