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FEBRUARY IFA VoltAGE
Your Global Point of Connection to Experts & Expertise
February Update
The IFA e-newsletters have a new look, but will still feature the same important age related news.  This edition of the IFA VoltAGE highlights updates related to the Copenhagen Summit on Reablement, the 13th Global Conference, an upcoming Adult Immunization Advocacy Summit and more!
IFA Copenhagen Summit
With respect to the rising cost of the US dollar, registration rates have been reduced. Registration is open for all invited delegates.
13th Global Conference
Register by 22 March to receive the early bird registration fee, and learn from experts in the field of Age-friendly Cities, Income Protection & more.
Companion Animals Photo Competition

The IFA is holding a photo competition featuring the therapeutic benefits of companion animals.

PROJECTS
Announcing Featured IFA Copenhagen Summit Speakers
The IFA and DaneAge are proud to announce the featured speakers and experts of the IFA Copenhagen Summit (17-19 April 2016) including Dr John Beard of the World Health Organization, Mr Brian O’Connor of the European Connected Health Alliance and many more. See the informational poster for more details.
Featured Session
Dr Ritu Sadana of the World Health Organization will lead a special session on the WHO Global Strategy and Plan in the context of healthy ageing.  The session will examine what are the key questions and approaches towards building up and implementing a new global research agenda on healthy ageing, that is policy relevant, equity oriented, and serves the needs and rights of older adults.
This high level knowledge exchange platform is targeted towards thought leaders and decision makers in government, industry and civil society on the subject of improving the capacity and capability of older people through the policy of reablement.
Registration is open for all invited delegates. For more information, visit the website or contact Ms Dana Bandola dbandola@ifa-fiv.org.
Dr John Beard
World Health Organization
Mr Brian O’Connor
European Connected Health Alliance
Dr Ritu Sadana
World Health Organization
Less than 4 Weeks Left for Early Bird Registration to Attend the IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing

Don’t miss your chance to meet and discuss emerging ageing issues with prominent experts at the IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing in Brisbane Australia from the 21st — 23rd June 2016.
At the conference you will have the opportunity to listen and learn from:
  • Dr John Beard, Director of the Department of Ageing and Life Course, World Health Organization (WHO) opening up the IFA Conference discussing the pivotal World Report on Ageing and Health
  • IFA’s United Nations Representatives, Ms Helen Hamlin, Ms Valerie Levy and Dr Cynthia Stuen along with AARP’s, Ms Erica Dhar to discuss the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda
  • Dr Jennifer Campbell from Grantmakers in Aging along with IFA’s Mr Shaw, Dr John Beard and Pfizer’s Mr Christopher Gray talking about creating a framework for sustaining age friendly communities
  • Dr Catherine Barratt and colleagues to discuss the then and now of older LGBTI people’s rights
Register today before time runs out (22nd March 2016) to pay the early bird fee for the IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing.
Latin American Adult Immunization Advocacy Summit

On 8 — 10 April 2016 in Mexico City, the IFA in collaboration with the National Institute of Geriatricsand the National Institute of Public Health are convening a Summit of Latin American key stakeholders and opinion leaders in health, ageing and vaccines from countries including Mexico, Chile, Uruguay, Cuba, Colombia and Brazil.

The Latin American Summit is pivotal to exchange learnings, good practices and work to understand the issue and create solutions for improving the uptake rates of adult vaccinations in Latin America and globally.

During the course of the Summit, organizers will explore with delegates the opportunities to use the newly established World Coalition on Adult Vaccination to collaborate and consolidate regional work.
If you are an expert working in the field of ageing, health or vaccination and are interested in the Latin American Summit or the newly established World Coalition on Adult Vaccination, please contact Ms Izabella Kaczmarek at ikaczmarek@ifa-fiv.org.
Ms Alana Officer, World Health Organization
 Workshops in Toronto
Ms Alana Officer in discussion with Ms Shirley Christo at the age-friendly workshop
The IFA in partnership with the newly launched Ryerson University National Institute on Ageing was proud to host two WHO led workshops on:
This workshop was the first policy dialogue since the launch of the WHO World Report on Ageing and Health and offered a real opportunity for participants to work through policy challenges such as measuring impact and managing diversity in an ageing population.

Engaging with the World Health Organization on Age Friendly Cities and Communities

This workshop provided insight into some of the real barriers that stakeholders across sectors and disciplines currently experience in Ontario and Canada.  There was also much discussion about the role and responsibilities of the WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities (GNAFCC).
Reports from these workshops will be publically available and aim to contribute to the thinking and dialogue at the WHO.
National Institute on Ageing Launched in Toronto
The  National Institute on Ageing (NIA) has been officially launched at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University.  The IFA alongside Ryerson University, Sinai Health System, the Ontario Gerontology Association and the City of Toronto is proud to be an inaugural founding partner of this initiative.
IFA Secretary General Dr Jane Barratt states: «We are indeed proud to be able to bring a global perspective to the work of the new National Institute on Ageing that will help to inform more local and national efforts in a city and country prepared to lead the field of ageing in such a comprehensive and holistic way.»
The NIA is Canada’s first academic based institution to study both the financial and health aspects related to healthy ageing, and will produce actionable research innovations to inform policy related to the four pillars of the National Seniors Strategy.
More information about the launch of the NIA can be found here.
Submit Your #CompanionAnimals Photographs
Take part in the #CompanionAnimals international photographic competition for a chance to win up to 1000 USD!  Your photo should demonstrate the therapeutic health benefits (physical, mental, emotional, or community) of companion animals to older people.  For more details, read the official contest guidelines.
Entries can be submitted through two options:
  1. By Email: send your high-resolution photo and short (150 words) description to Ms Dana Bandola at dbandola@ifa-fiv.org
  2. Through Instagram: post your high-resolution photo and short (150 words) description and tag @intfedageing
Don’t miss your chance, submit now until 6 May 2016. With permission, photos will be showcased at the IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing in Brisbane, Australia from 21-23 June 2016.
Prominent Experts in Income Protection and Security at the
IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing
The IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing program is tackling a variety of income protection and security issues globally with abstracts coming from United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, United Kingdom and India.
Some of the prominent speakers who will be discussing income protection and security issues are:
  • Mr Danis Prudhomme, IFA Member and Executive Director of the Federation for Ageing in Dignity and Overall Quality (FADOQ), focusing on income security in an ageing world
  • Professor Cheryl Tilse, University of Queensland will present on intergenerational transfers, rights and abuse
  • Professor Simon Biggs, IFA Member and Professor of Gerontology and Social Policy at the University of Melbourne will discuss the pension reform and the mature age unemployment challenge
Learn more about the Income Protection and Security theme at the IFA 13th Global Conference here.  If you missed the deadline to submit your abstract and would still like to, please contact Ms Izabella Kaczmarek at ikaczmarek@ifa-fiv.org
Mr Danis Prudhomme
Prof Cheryl Tilse
Prof Simon Biggs
Infographic Series Highlighting
Therapeutic Benefits of Companion Animals

Did you know fish tanks have positive effects on Alzheimer’s patients?
As part of raising awareness of the report onCompanion Animals and the Health of Older Persons (2014), the IFA is pleased to launch a six-part infographic series highlighting the influence of companion animals and animal-assisted activities on older people’s physical, psychological, emotional, social and economic health as determined through research.
Partnering with Bayer Animal Health and the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI), the first infographic focused on the benefit of companion animals in improving the health and well-being of older people during periods of illness and the correlating potential cost benefit to health care systems.
In association with World Cancer Day on February 4th, the infographic also makes reference to the important role of dogs in early cancer detection.  Emerging studies have shown that dogs can smell minute odours associated with many cancers, with up to 90% accuracy rates.
The next infographic will be released in March in association with World Glaucoma Week and will showcase the efficacy of Animal-Assisted Therapy in enabling older people to increase quality of life and maintain a healthy ageing lifestyle.
When a Family Member has Dementia:
Balancing Life, Work and Caregiving Webinar
Thursday, March 24, 2016
12:00 — 1:00PM EDT
The International Federation on Ageing in partnership with The Cyril & Dorothy, Joel & Jill Reitman Centre for Alzheimer’s Support and Training are proud to convene a webinar on the issues surrounding working caregivers.
The webinar aims to improve the lives of working carers and provides an opportunity to learn, explore, discuss and be engaged with one of the most important social issues of our time.
The webinar will be hosted and moderated by IFA’s Secretary General Dr Jane Barratt, and will feature discussions from prominent experts in the field including Dr Sadavoy, Professor of psychiatry and Director of the Reitman Centre for Alzheimer’s support and training.
Register for the webinar here to learn more about working caregivers.
INTRODUCING IFA DIRECTOR
Ms Sue Hendy, CEO, Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria, Australia and IFA Vice President

Having worked in the field of ageing for nearly forty years, I bring an understanding of issues faced by older people, in a world where age discrimination continues to reduce the options for older people and continue to diminish the ways in which older people can pursue meaning and maintain independence, despite ill-health or disability.
I have worked as CEO of Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria, Australia for the past 14 years and continue to believe in the great work we do, whether it is the advocacy to government, information to older people or raising community awareness about ageism and ageing, without the myths.
I first met the IFA in 2000 in Perth at the IFA Global conference, and this is where I became excited about the work of this important effective global organisation, bringing the many interest groups together to share ideas and knowledge and to work collaboratively on matters of importance.
To read the full profile, click here.
FROM THE BLOG
My Internship at the International Federation on Ageing

I have been working as an intern for the last four months at the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) in Toronto.  My internship at the IFA and my close collaboration with its team is a very interesting and rewarding experience that met my expectations.  I wished to be immersed in a professional and Anglophone environment in order to see for myself the day-to-day routine of how an international non-governmental organisation works.
Ageing concerns all of us and it is now crucial that we become aware, collectively, of the situation in order to stimulate new initiatives and policies.  I am directly involved in IFA projects which aim to improve the life of older people by providing reliable information.  From this point of view, I undertake research on topics such as adult vaccination.  This research is really interesting in terms of content because it is an opportunity to widen my knowledge about ageing issues.  I can tap into several important skills such as research, analysis and synthetizing.
Read the full blog here.
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