September 2019
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IFA Copenhagen Summit on Cognitive Reserve
24 - 25 October 2019

Shaping the Agenda: Seizing Opportunity and Driving Change  will be the panel discussion closing the Summit. Thought leaders will highlight specific next steps to help shift the conversation around cognitive decline to that of promoting cognitive reserve across the life course. Gaps in current research and understanding will be discussed by panellists to highlight the evidence necessary to influence governmental policy. 

Program, registration, sponsorship opportunities and additional logistical information are available on the summit  website.  
2019 UNIDOP Celebrates
“The Journey to Age Equality”

The 2019 theme is aligned with UN  Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 10  and will focus on pathways of coping with existing and preventing future old age inequality. 

SDG 10 aims to “ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome,” including through measures to eliminate discrimination, and to “empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.”

Date: Thursday, 10 October 2019, 10 am - 1 pm in ECOSOC Chamber, UNHQ.
Consensus Statement: Uniting Diverse Groups to Improve Adult Influenza Vaccination in Canada

The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) together with Canadian patient and advocacy organizations represented at a recent expert meeting released a consensus statement toward raising the awareness and importance of adult influenza vaccination.

Improving influenza vaccination uptake rates in at-risk population groups such as older people and those with chronic diseases is crucial, considering the increased risk of morbidity, mortality and prolonged recovery from influenza due to underlying frailty.
Service Provider for Part time Tutor Role in Online Learning Programme on Healthy Ageing
One of WHO’s priorities in the strategy and related Decade proposal is to build capacity on ageing, particularly at country level. The delivery of an online learning programme on Healthy Ageing for policy makers and other stakeholders including WHO staff, focal points on ageing in relevant ministries, civil society organizations and academics is a key component of this priority.

The learning programme is intended to equip participants with the understanding and the competencies to engage meaningfully with the topic of Healthy Ageing and become the change agents around the world who put it into practice. The full content for this learning programme is available here .
Calling for Survey Participation

The  Canadian  Frailty  Network  is seeking individuals who would like to take part in a global Delphi survey to identify a set of common outcome measures for frailty. The FOCUS (Frailty Outcomes Consensus) Project aims to standardize research and translation studies so that common outcome measures are captured in all frailty studies. 

If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Jeanette Prorok ( ) or sign up below.
Frailty and Vaccine Effectiveness in Older Adult
19 September 2019
12:00 - 13:00 EST

Old age and frailty are not synonymous, however the risk of becoming frail increases with age. In celebration of this year's UN International Day of Older Persons, the IFA is hosting this webinar with Dr Melissa Andrew to explore how frailty impacts vaccine effectiveness, and how this may be considered in a life-course approach to immunisation.

UN Headquarters, New York
11 October 2019
13:15-14:30 EST

In celebration of the International Day of Older Persons (IDOP), the IFA is hosting a side event at the United Nations in New York. This event aims to “end immunisation inequality” by bringing attention to the critical nature of a life-course approach to immunisation. Special focus will be given to the social and economic consequences of influenza and the protective effects of immunisation.

IFA Copenhagen Summit on Cognitive Reserve 
Ældre Sagen (DaneAge) Headquarters
Copenhagen, Denmark
24-25 October 2019

New Reading: When We're 64

When We’re 64 is a friendly, practical guide to preparing for what could be the best years of your life - from the essentials on work and how to fund retirement, to volunteering, where to live and what kind of housing you’ll need. It covers how to stay healthy – and still live a full life if you get a health condition – and reveals how your attitude to ageing could actually increase your lifespan.
New Reading: The Hospice Team

There are many misunderstandings and apprehensions surrounding hospice, but this series of 21 essays from 9 disciplines of hospice care demonstrates that the end of life can be filled with profound comfort and hope.

From the experiences of those who work in this field, you will discover what hospice truly is and the many ways in which the care team supports those who are approaching the end of life.
UN International Day of Older Person 2019
Launch of the WHO Package of Tools on Integrated Care for Older People
On the International Day of the Older Person – 1 October – the World Health Organization (WHO) releases a package of tools to implement Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE). 

The new package includes a handbook with an interactive digital application for person-centred assessment and pathways in primary care and an implementation framework for systems and services. ICOPE tools provide a practical guidance to address the priority conditions associated with declines in capacities: mobility limitations, malnutrition, vision and hearing loss, cognitive decline, depressive symptoms and social care and support. The innovative digital application will accelerate the efficient training of health and social care workers to better address the diverse needs of older people. 

For more information, visit WHO ICOPE site here .
Report - Adult Vaccination in the Asia Pacific:
Mobilizing Policy and Practice Knowledge
Population ageing is a global phenomenon with tremendous social and economic opportunities as well as challenges. In the Asia Pacific region, this trend is evident with 11.2% of the population aged 65 years or older among Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries. 

A life-course approach to immunization belongs in a comprehensive public health strategy that can help facilitate healthy ageing and an environment that enables older people to do what they value. This report reflects the discussions held by experts and thought leaders on improving adult vaccination uptake rates in the Asia Pacific including the barriers, gains and identified solutions.
Congress of the European Society of Retina Specialists (EURETINA  )
From 3-5 September 2019, IFA Secretary General, Dr Jane Barratt participated in the EURETINA, Paris, France.
The European Society of Retina Specialists (EURETINA) was established in 1999 to promote the sharing of knowledge among European vitreoretinal and macula specialists. Our annual congresses are the highlight of the Society’s annual activity and since the 1st EURETINA Congress in 2001, participation has expanded rapidly from 211 to over 5,000 in recent years.
EURETINA actively promotes new diagnostic developments, advances in vitreoretinal surgery, the development and application of new drugs, and changes in the treatment of macular degeneration. The Society is particularly committed to educating young vitreoretinal surgeons and encouraging the pursuit of its subspecialty among newly qualified ophthalmologists.
The IFA advocates for a life course approach to healthy ageing and calls for transformative change that would foster both longer and healthier lives. As such there is a call to improved access for health promotion and preventative interventions to improve access to screening, care and treatment for vision health. The time has come to take meaningful action to stop the advance of a debilitating vision disorder known as diabetic retinopathy (DR), which affects some 93 million adults worldwide.
Upcoming Meetings
Influencing Policy to Improve Adult Vaccination in Germany
3-4 December
Munich, Germany
A Forum to Explore the Role of Patient Organizations in Vaccination
6 December, London UK
Vaccination in France: Changing the Public Perception
Lyon, France
9-10 December
The 15th Global Conference on Ageing
Conference Subtheme:
Enabling Functional Ability

Health is often assumed to be the sole factor influencing quality of life in old age, when in reality many older people experience health conditions that have little or no impact on their wellbeing. Functional ability, defined by the World Health Organization as “having the capabilities that enable all people to be and do what they have reason to value” encompasses a wide range of factors including the ability to grow and gain knowledge, move and participate in activities, maintain and form new relationships, and contribute to society.

The IFA Global Conference on Ageing will be covering the following subtheme :
  • Brain and Cognitive Health
  • Innovation in Long-term Care
  • Maximizing Senses

Register now for the 2020 IFA 15th Global Converence. Early bird pricing is in effect until 31 December 2019.