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In preparation for World Immunization Week (WIW) from 24-30 April 2018, the IFA would like to encourage participation on social media. This year, the theme of WIW is «Protected Together, #VaccinesWork,» a campaign which highlights the importance of community in establishing herd immunity, increasing vaccination education and uptake, and countering vaccine hesitancy.
In line with the theme of working together, the IFA is thrilled to collaborate on a joint statement on the value of life course vaccination with several partner organizations.
Use the hashtags:
Call for Applications: MENTOR-AFE
The World Health Organization and the IFA are calling for applications for a new capacity building initiative: the Age-friendly Environments Mentoring Programme (MENTOR-AFE).
This programme pairs age-friendly city and community leaders with experienced mentors to strengthen local projects. If you are an emerging or current leader in age-friendly cities and communities that would benefit from further skill development, or an expert interested to support skill development in others, then this programme may be for you.
Applications for both mentees and mentors are now open and the deadline is 30 May 2018. Click here to apply.
Over 15% of older people aged over 60 will face at least one incidence of abuse, according to estimates from the World Health Organization. In Australia, incidences of abuse are estimated to affect 6% of older people.
The Respecting Elders Support and Conflict Resolution Service developed by FMC works to empower older people and combat elder abuse. FMC Mediation and Counselling is a not for profit agency in Australia that has been providing family dispute resolution and relationship support, psychological services and financial counselling for over thirty years.
The Respecting Elders service is non-adversarial and works with the older person and family members to prevent the abuse and foster a safe, positive future relationship through a unique model of support and mediation.
For more information on FMC’s Respecting Elders Support and Conflict Resolution service, click here.
Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG) Accreditation
The Accreditation window has opened for the ninth Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG) session.
All NGOs with an interest in older people’s rights can accredit to the OEWG process. Accreditation gives your organization official standing in the OEWG process, which could be influential at national level advocacy. When organizations are accredited, it is possible to respond to the UN calls for submissions and other consultation opportunities related to the process.
Deadline: NGOs have until 18 May 2018 to submit their application for Accreditation. Do not miss out on this exciting opportunity to show organizational support for the rights of older people!
2018 AARP Community Challenge
AARP is now accepting applications for their 2018 Community Challenge and will be providing micro-grants to community organizations with great “quick-action” projects that will help make their communities better places to live for people of all ages.
Applications for AARP Community Challenge grants will be accepted until 5 p.m. ET, 16 May, 2018. All projects must be completed by November 5, 2018.
14th Global Conference on Ageing
Submit a photo holding the #ifaTO2018 logo!
  1. Download and print this file.
  2. Take a picture holding it at work, outside or with family.
  3. Submit via emailTwitterFacebook or LinkedIn and we will feature it before the conference.
Innovation@Home Competition
Innovation@Home is a competition and a call for age-friendly housing practices to inspire action around the world. This initiative is a collaboration between the WHO and Grantmakers in Aging (GIA).
Deadline Extended:
15 May, 2018
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Featured Abstracts
As people age, immune system function weakens which puts individuals at a high risk of vaccine preventable diseases such as influenza, pneumonia and shingles. Infectious diseases are a main cause of morbidity and mortality amongst older people, despite being largely preventable through vaccination. The following abstracts outline new technologies to help improve vaccine performance, and a strategy to increase vaccination uptake rates.
Dr. Leonard R. Friedland
Vaccine Technologies to help improve vaccine performance; HZ as case study
Advances in understanding immunological mechanisms and technological innovation are enabling scientists to develop vaccines based on rational scientific design. Vaccine development today encounters challenges in immunologically difficult populations of older adults and the immunocompromised, and the use of less immunogenic highly specific recombinant antigens. New technologies and novel approaches to vaccine design are being employed to improve vaccine performance.
New evidence-based knowledge enables the selection of the right antigen and adjuvant combination leading to the development of better or newer innovative vaccines against pathogens that affect older adults. Recently, several vaccines have been approved and are formulated with a new generation of adjuvants to target diseases associated with immunosenescence: influenza, hepatitis B and herpes zoster.
Mr. Graeme Prior
Injecting industrial and social change into an influenza vaccination program
An Australian aged care provider has learned that aiming for 95% influenza immunity by 2020 requires a collaborative approach as they strive to achieve community (or herd) immunity to support health ageing and wellbeing.
Understanding who is in the herd and working together to motive and enable annual influenza immunisation is the focus of this program, which has seen staff immunisation rates rise from under 40% in 2011 to 86% in 2017, compared with an industry average of 47%, and elder population immunisation rates increase to greater than 80%.
The program continues to evaluate the impact of a long-term, sustained and coordinated program with a shared community objective to prioritise influenza vaccination using a life course approach. Recognised strategies such as the World Health Organization (WHO) best practice guidelines have been implemented.
New White Paper: Denmark – a dementia friendly society
On Thursday 19 April, 2018, Danish Regions, Local Government Denmark (KL), the Danish Ministry of Health, and Healthcare DENMARK officially launched a new White Paper about the Danish approach to dementia care based on their National Action Plan on Dementia 2025.
Denmark holds a leading position in providing high quality treatment and care within the field of dementia. Their po­sition is based on a strong ambition to maintain dignity, safety and quality of life for people with dementia and their families. The new White Paper called “Denmark – a dementia friendly society” presents a broad range of unique Danish initiatives and solutions to many of the challenges in rela­tion to dementia. It includes many good examples of how Danish hospitals, municipalities, volunteer organizations and companies have developed new solutions that are used daily all over the country.
Danish healthcare innovation is not exclusive to the Danes: many years of global presence show that their healthcare products and solutions create value internationally. Danish ideas and products are used every day in ambulances, medical clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes across the world. This White Paper further strengthens international promotion of Danish technological, organizational and architectural solutions with the purpose to benefit people with dementia in other countries.
The White Paper about dementia is part of a series of White Papers that show how Danish solutions can contribute to increase efficiency in healthcare while empowering patients and staff.
Maintaining Dignity: A Survey of LGBT Adults Age 45 and Older
Three out of four adults age 45 and older who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender say they are concerned about having enough support from family and friends as they age. Many are also worried about how they will be treated in long-term care facilities and want specific LGBT services for older adults.
These were among the findings of a recent national AARP survey, “Maintaining Dignity: Understanding and Responding to the Challenges Facing Older LGBT Americans.”
From 27 October to 12 November, 2017 Community Marketing and Insights (CMI) fielded an online survey for AARP to better understand LGBT community members age 45 and over living in the United States.
CMI’s research panel of 85,000+ members was developed over a 20-year period by partnership with over 300 LGBT media, events, organizations and social media.
The panel mostly includes «out» LGBT community members who interact with LGBT media and organizations. Panelists do not include LGBT community members who are more «closeted» about the sexual orientation or gender identity.


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