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April IFA Skim
Your Global Point of Connection to the World on Ageing
April Update
The April edition of IFA Skim provides an update about several newly published Age-friendly Community resources, such as the Age-Friendly Communities Evaluation Guide: Using Indicators to Measure Progress, as well as age related news items such as intergenerational house sharing.
Intergenerational House Sharing
Written by IFA Intern Ms Maëlle Undstad
The Intergenerational flat or home sharing is a growing phenomenon across the world.  It is a relevant way to share time, knowledge and space.  Older people are encouraged to rent a room in their house to students and younger people in exchange for help in the daily household tasks.  This kind of experience can be a win-win situation for both older and younger people.
Intergenerational solidarity and intergenerational activities aim to reduce barriers between ages.  They break the ice and bring the generations together for mutual benefits.
On one hand, young people can stimulate the participation of older people in various activities (theatre, cinema, walking or gardening) and provide assistance when it is needed.  On the other hand, older people can bring their life experiences to young people and be a valuable support.
Currently, there are more and more organizations that put students and older people in contact.  The French association named «Ensemble2generations» is one of them.  2900 student/senior pairs have been created since 2006.  This type of association helps to build social ties and harmonious cohabitations in encouraging exchanges and sharing.
As a result, the well-being of older people is improved while giving the opportunity for all generations to be recognized in their communities.
Age-Friendly Communities Evaluation Guide:
Using Indicators to Measure Progress
The Public Health Agency of Canada has developed an Age-Friendly Communities Evaluation Guide as part of its commitment to promote the Age-Friendly Community model throughout Canada.
The guide provides information and tools to measure indicators of age-friendliness.  Based on the eight domains of AFC, the guide identifies 43 outcome indicators to help communities measure the progress of their initiatives, such as walkability, crime prevention, sense of belonging and health.
The guide is flexible and dynamic and designed to serve as a comprehensive starting point to enable communities of all sizes to develop a plan to met their specific needs.
The guide is now publicly available and can be accessed here.
Ageing Population: Work Until You’re 80, Retrain at 60
Photo Credit: www.theaustralian.com.au
Approximately two thirds of babies born today are expected to live until the age of 100.  With increased longevity, more people are likely to be working into their mid-70s and 80s before retirement.
A 5% increase in workforce participation from people over the age of 55 would provide an additional $48 billion annually, including pension and income tax savings.  In recognition of this, the Australian government has increased the retirement age to 67 by 2023.
Consequently, there must be a fundamental shift in the valuation of older workers to ensure they remain adequately skilled.  Workers need to build transferable skills in light of changing industries and focus on strategic career management, by retraining and upskilling throughout the course of their career.
Industries that serve older people stand to benefit a great deal from older workers.  Service and management roles in aged care, financial and legal services, not-for-profit organizations and travel and hospitality suit experienced workers with good communication and interpersonal skills.
Read the full article here.
The Case for Age-Friendly Communities
In a report prepared for Grantmakers in Aging, it was predicted that by 2050, the percentage of people over the age of 65 in the United States will reach 20%.  Due to medical, public health and technological advancements, years have been added to middle age, when people are most productive and creative.
The Case for Age-Friendly Communities outlines the reasons why the creation of age-friendly communities makes good sense, including: economic benefits, improved social capital, opportunities related to innovations in housing and physical infrastructure and health benefits.  These improvements address the needs of our ageing population, and benefit people of all ages and abilities.
Information in the publication is applicable to business leaders, government officials, philanthropists, educators, civic groups, advocacy organizations, service organizations and residents to take advantage of the opportunities that older adults represent, and to help build communities that support people throughout the life course.
The full report can be accessed here.
Directory of Research on Ageing in Africa: 2004 — 2015
Dr Paul Kowal, World Health Organization
Dr Julie Byles, University of Newcastle
The number of older persons in Africa is growing rapidly: between 2015 and 2030 the number of people aged 60 years or over is projected to increase by over 63%.  The wellbeing of older people in Africa is a growing concern among researchers and policy makers.
The Directory aims to profile, promote and encourage research into the health needs of people aged over 50 to enable the use of evidence for policy.  This evidence will be crucial in enabling countries undergoing rapid demographic and epidemiological transitions to develop appropriate policy responses to monitor the implementation and impact of policies.
Filling the evidence gaps on the status and needs of older persons in Africa requires a concerted effort from individual countries and the pan-African community with contributions from the international research community.  It is hoped that this Directory will enhance networking and political action and facilitate collaborative research efforts to focus on older persons in Africa.
The full report can be accessed here.
Epoch Elder Care
Founded in 2011 by Kabir Chadha, Epoch Elder Care started as a home care service provider for seniors in 3 major cities in India.  In addition to «intellectual companionship», it also provided a home and health management and dementia care.
In 2014, Epoch reached out to the more critical segment of seniors — the ones who needed assistance and nursing care.
In India, it is not acceptable for children to ‘send’ their parents to a home, which made for a challenging start.  Despite social and moral issues, Epoch managed to successfully create awareness about the importance of specialized care, especially in cases of dementia and Parkinson’s Disease.  Kabir and Neha (co-founder) have both been featured in the Forbes 30 under 30 list, in recognition of their contribution towards elder care in India.
Epoch Elder Care now has two assisted living homes for seniors with any kind of impairment, disability and for those who need complete assistance with their ADLs.  Both homes are nearly full and running successfully.  Epoch’s team specializes in dementia management and is the only home in India to follow their own dementia care program.  Their approach focuses on emotional well being and improving quality of life.
Read more about Epoch homes at: www.epocheldercare.com.
Sri Vivekananda Sevashrama Eye Hospital
Sri Vivekananda Sevashrama is a registered charitable trust that began offering a free clinic on Sundays to low income residents of Vasanthapura and Tataguni villages in 1975.
In 1979, an EYECARE service was added under the National Programme for Control of Blindness.  The initiative involved reaching out to remote villages, specifically underprivileged and lower income people, to provide eye care.  The first cataract surgery camp was conducted in VGKK Tribal Hospital in BR Hills under the support of Dr H. Sudarshan, Right Livelihood Award.  90% of the surgeries are conducted in rural areas.
Regaining and maintaining one’s vision results in increased productivity, employment, independent living and prevention of injuries.  Surgery is the only remedy, and many challenges still persist, including poor infrastructure, backlog of cases, shortage of technical manpower, illiteracy and poverty.  The program involves the local community and many of the volunteers are senior citizens.  Since January of 1998, the clinic has provided a total of 36,123 cataract surgeries.
Learn more about Sri Vivekananda Sevashrama here.
National Institute on Ageing (NIA)
Conference Program Highlights
On 4-5 May 2016, the National Institute on Ageing (NIA) will bring together experts, thought leaders and practitioners for the conference on Rethinking Ageing 2016: Planning Innovative Ways to Implement a National Seniors Strategy.  This conference aims to advance the four pillars of the National Seniors Strategy (NSS) released in October 2015:
  1. Independent, Productive and Engaged Citizens: This session considers key factors for supporting older Canadians such as adequate retirement income, age-friendly work environments and volunteer contributions.
  2. Healthy and Active Lives: Dr Mike Evans, Dr Lori Schindel-Martin and Dr Jane Thornton will share perspectives on supporting older Canadians to lead healthy and active lives.
  3. Care Closer to Home: This panel will demonstrate how the combination of supportive communities with integrative models of primary care, home care, community paramedicine and palliative care can provide successful care closer to home.
  4. Support for Caregivers: To improve support for family caregivers, this session will discuss how to reduce caregiver burden through accessible home design, home modifications and home care technologies.
Click here to register.  Further program details and highlights can be found here.
Honouring Constable Pat Fleischmann
on the Occasion of her Retirement
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Constable Pat Fleischmann has served with the Toronto Police Service for 30 years, and spent over half of her career as the Vulnerable Persons Coordinator.  Constable Fleischmann worked with seniors groups and educated officers and members of the public about elder abuse and crime prevention.

Constable Fleischmann presented elder abuse issues to parliamentary subcommittees both federally and provincially, and has acted as an educator for national and international agencies.

Constable Fleischmann is an advocate for older people, and encourages everyone to be aware and mindful of issues facing older people, such as financial abuse, power-of-attorney, changes in level of care, etc.
The IFA would like to acknowledge the extraordinary work of Constable Fleischmann, and thank her for her tremendous contributions to older people in Toronto, and for the impact she has had on national and international platforms.
Read the full announcement from Toronto Police Services here.
Dr Lochana Shrestha Attending
Council for International Institute on Ageing
IFA Member Dr Lochana Shrestha Selected as Honourable Member of Council of United Nations International Institute on Aging
This first meeting of the Council for the International Institute on Ageing (United Nations — Malta) Satellite Centre for SAARC Countries was held in Mumbai on 10 April 2016 at the International Longevity Centre — India (ILC-I), Mumbai.  The Council will direct the functions of the satellite centre in the field of ageing.
Members of this council share information on ageing in their country and support and disseminate information among the SAARC countries.
The Council will discuss issues and concerns about the ageing population for the productive outcome that helps to bring quality support for older people.  It will aim to provide inputs to promote closer collaboration between SAARC countries in relation to research and advocacy in the field of ageing and also to develop linkages with networks of organizations engaged in this filed worldwide.
Dear Readers,
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