June 2018
14th Global Conference on Ageing
Delegates from around the world shared their excitement for their upcoming journey to Toronto, Canada for the 14th Global Conference on Ageing. The IFA is preparing to welcome delegates from over 70 countries for a jamboree of knowledge, networking and friendships.

One stand out event is the Addressing Inequalities Summit on 7 August - designed in collaboration with the Government of Canada to foster discussion among participants who are interested and committed to eliminating inequalities experienced by older people within marginalized subpopulations.

This summit will include a keynote speaker, plenary panels and an open forum of conversations with the purpose of informing policy and practice to improve the health and well-being of older people within marginalized populations. For more information please co ntact Ms. Hannah Girdler (Project Officer) at  hgirdler@ifa-fiv.org .
Launching: Results of Canadian Diabetic Retinopathy (DR)
Barometer Study
The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) is pleased to announce the Canadian results from a multi-country study of almost 7,000 adults with diabetes and health care professionals from 41 countries.  The global data provides a unique perspective of diabetes-related eye diseases around the world, however there are many areas of alarm for Canadian populations, based on the study.

May was Vision Health Month and a perfect opportunity to launch the Canadian results from this landmark initiative that captured both the patient and physician perspective on diabetes-related eye disease, yielding some truly Canadian insights, said Dr. Jane Barratt, Secretary General, IFA. “We have cause to be worried! The study showed gaps in the current management of diabetic eye diseases and we now need to focus our attention on addressing these areas, to prevent unnecessary blindness.”

To view the full press release click here .
Towards a Decade of Healthy Ageing
Health Europa Article
Throughout its 45-year history, the IFA has been at the forefront of efforts to safeguard and prioritise the ageing population: it has played a crucial role in helping to draft key initiatives such as the United Nations Principles for Older Persons, which encourage governments to incorporate the independence, participation, care, self-fulfilment and dignity of older people into national programmes; it has actively advocated for older people to be recognised in the Sustainable Development Goals (Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages); and it continues to maintain a strong voice in the debate on how best to protect the rights of older people globally.

The IFA is proud to have gained general consultative status at the United Nations and its agencies and formal working relations with the World Health Organization (WHO).  Now, the IFA has set its sights on working with other stakeholders to deliver on the proposed Decade of Healthy Ageing from 2020 to 2030 outlined in the WHO’s Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health.

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New PSA to Encourage Americans to Get on Track with Retirement Savings
To help address America’s retirement savings shortfall, AARP and the Ad Council have joined forces to create a new public service advertisement (PSA) featuring characters and footage from the highly-anticipated film Uncle Drew. According to the National Institute on Retirement Security, two in five households headed by Americans age 55-64 have no assets saved for retirement.

Click the video above to watch.
WBU Elderly Persons Committee Survey
The World Blind Union - Elderly Persons Committee is working on initiatives to encourage more engagement of older adults with sight loss in the work and activities of the WBU and its members. The IFA is very proud to be a member of this important committee has part of our interest in the vision health of older people.
The WBU needs to know more about the present situation both for organizations and for older adults who are blind or partially sighted. Kindly fill out one of the following two surveys.
Blindness Organizations:
Individuals with sight loss who are 55 years of age or older:
Please complete and submit surveys to Mr Charles Mossop by 30 June, 2018.
Upcoming Event
Middle East Infectious Diseases Conference

Designed to provide healthcare professionals involved in infectious diseases with up-to-date and evidence-based clinical data, this congress will provide a comprehensive review of current issues and recent advances in selected ID topics.

On behalf of the IFA, Mr Greg Shaw will be presenting on "Enhancing awareness of adult vaccination: Role of HCPs". Take advantage of a special 20% discount if you wish to attend by clicking here .
14th Global Conference on Ageing | Featured Paper Abstracts
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Around the world, elder abuse is an issue that impacts the health and well-being of older people. With a rapidly ageing population, the incidence of abuse against older people is also expected to increase. Today (15 June), the global movement to combat elder abuse is amplified and the IFA aims to ensure that the conversation continues. The 14th Global Conference on Ageing includes a robust program, parts of which feature abstracts on elder abuse that encourage discussion on how to improve the conditions for older people.
Mr Charles Waldegrave
New Zealand
The Excluding Impacts of Elder Abuse and Discrimination

This presentation will provide results from the New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NZLSA). The specific aim is to explore the social exclusion impacts of elder abuse and discrimination respectively, and help identify social inclusionary approaches that overcome abuse and discrimination. There have been no previous studies measuring the prevalence of elder abuse and discrimination, the populations affected and the impacts on their lives in New Zealand.  

The results demonstrated significant relationships between elder abuse and discrimination with each of the independent variables. Higher discrimination and abuse scores were strongly associated with lower wellbeing and health scores, and higher loneliness and depression scores. We estimated linear regressions of elder abuse and discrimination and the results showed significant relationships for and within the models.
Ms Gabrielle Frook
United States
Elder Abuse, a public health concern: Examining Demographic Differences

Approximately 1 in 10 community residing older adults have experienced at least one type of abuse (Acierno et al., 2010), and health and mental health consequences of elder mistreatment are significant (Acierno et al., 2017). As such, elder abuse is a serious public health concern. Prior research has also suggested that minorities fare more poorly compared to their White counterparts in regards to mental health following abuse (Jang et al., 2008; Sorkin et al., 2009).

Findings indicate that it may be financial stability, rather than race, per se, that increases risk of negative outcomes for abused older adults. As such, the 'social safety net' we assume exists for older adults in the form of medicare and other social programs may not be protective against a prevalent problem (i.e., elder abuse) of which we are becoming increasingly aware. These findings suggest yet another reason policymakers should consider the financial stability of older adults in their decision making efforts.
Prof. Marie Beaulieu
The contributions of Canadian non-profit organizations in countering abuse against older persons

In Quebec, a Canadian province, the responsibility of responding to abuse against older persons, here called mistreatment of older adults (MOA), is shared between public services, community services and the private sector. Public policy also focuses on strengthening the continuum of services which includes prevention, detection, accompaniment and coordination roles for each type of organisations involved in countering MOA, within which non-profit organizations (NPOs) specialized in MOA or offering a MOA program including employees and volunteers, are considered essential partners.

In relation to prevention, detection and accompaniment activities, the five NPOs are active in the aspect of prevention but there are differences in their engagement to detection and accompaniment. For mistreated older adults, NPOs which specialize in the fight against MPA are recognized for allowing their situation to be heard. Volunteers, as much as employees, are considered for the generosity of offering their time, their regard for the respective rhythms of the older adults, their guidance in the recognition of rights and possible solutions.
Dr Vinod Shah
Study on Elder Abuse in the community in 2017 by Janaseva Foundation

Population of elderly is increasing rapidly worldwide and is expected to be 200 billion and India will have nearly 300 million in 2050. One elderly out of three is regularly abused. Elder abuse and neglect is a problem that occurs globally. Most cases of elder abuse and neglect are observed in domestic environment and it’s incidence is also increasing in institutional care, in community and public places. The victims are generally above 75-80 years old and hence dependent on others for care and protection. The abuse always leads to physical and psychological health problems and is
independently associated with significant morbidity and premature mortality. The major incidences of abuse are material and financial exploitation.

Though Elder abuse is a serious issue it receives less attention than other forms of domestic violence, and fewer than 10% of cases are reported because of reasons like family attachment, frailty, dementia, depression etc.

The objective of this paper is to ascertain the scale of elderly abuse in the community in the urban Pune city. This will help us to develop appropriate social and legal intervention strategies to prevent and curb this anomalous behaviour.

The Revera Report on Innovation and the Aging Experience
In many regards, it’s never been better to be an older adult in Canada. Statistically people are living longer, in large part thanks to improved public health outcomes and medical advancements. Also, the standard of living for many Canadians has seen a dramatic rise over the decades, although inequality remains a critical issue. That being said, despite the increased longevity and buying power of Canada’s older adults they have been largely left out of discussions on innovation, and here lies a tremendous opportunity for the private sector and society as a whole.
As was demonstrated in the Revera Report on Ageism there is much bias and stigma attached to aging and older adults. Ageism is the most tolerated form of social prejudice in Canada when compared to gender or race-based discrimination. This bias and stigma are reflected in the business world, as well as with Canadian companies that often overlook older adults as a relevant demographic when it comes to product and service development.

In fact, older adults represent a great opportunity for Canadian businesses to tap into their expertise and rethink what the aging experience can look like. Canada’s seniors are actively looking for solutions to make aging easier, and they desire new tools that will increase their independence and choice.
In consultations with them for this report they brainstormed a number of ideas that would deeply impact their lives, such as robotic assistants and a fleet of driverless vehicles. Contrary to the stereotypes, older adults are not afraid of new technologies and have a desire to embrace them.
As Canada’s population continues to age there is an incredible opportunity for innovative thinking, and the chance for intrepid businesses to capitalize on this growing market. At the heart of this issue is the older adult and how we can work with this segment to improve the aging experience.

Let’s build strong support for elders and stop elder abuse
The month of June becomes very significant for senior citizens across the world. Around June 15 every year, a day launched by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) at United Nations as the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), generally for a week or two before and after both developed and developing countries observe various events to mark the day. This year too many groups of people, mostly NGOs, civil society members at times along with their governments are building strong support for elders and bringing attention to the need for stopping elder abuse, neglect and exploitation of older people, which is emerging as a serious human rights problem. With demographics changing, populations ageing rapidly in absolute numbers and proportions, older people are increasingly facing the issue of abuse in different forms: physical, financial, emotional or psychological, neglect or marginalisation, sexual abuse at home, in institutional settings and in public places.

The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) Report on Health and Aging in Canada

The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) was conceived with the recognition that Canada’s population is getting older, and the vision that we can unveil the determinants of health and wellness in our later years. We reached a key demographic point in 2016 when for the first time the number of Canadians over 65 exceeded the number of those aged 14 and under. In fact, by 2031, one in four Canadians will be 65 or older.

As a country, where the average life expectancy is 80 for men and 84 for women, people are living longer. The addition of these extra years of life is a good sign in itself. They demonstrate Canada’s high standard of living, innovative public health and high-quality health care. But we have to make sure that these extra years are worth living: More time to work and contribute wealth and wisdom to society, as well as more time to enjoy with family and friends.

By supporting the CLSA, CIHR aims to ensure that research on the determinants of healthy and active aging will be better known and shared with all Canadians, help to empower them to maintain their health and quality of life throughout the lifespan. 

The information being collected at sites across the country from the more than 50,000 Canadians participating in the CLSA is an important national resource. Its value speaks to researchers, health policy makers, public health professionals, and anyone else with an interest in maintaining good health in Canadians. Our goal is that CLSA data will guide the development of policies and programs to support healthy aging for decades to come.

This report is only the beginning of the long road towards better knowledge about the determinants of healthy aging. As a baseline report, it provides a necessary starting point to measure the health trajectory of Canadians. It will eventually help us design a blueprint for a longer, healthier life course.