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March Update
The IFA has been busy this month finalizing plans for the upcoming IFA Copenhagen Summit on Reablement and the Latin American Adult Immunization Advocacy Summit happening in April.  The March edition of VoltAGE provides important updates about these upcoming projects and information about how you can get involved.  The next edition of VoltAGE will be released in May and will provide an update on the outcomes of the Summits, including the key findings and frameworks for future action.
IFA Copenhagen Summit
will convene on 17 — 19 April. Featured session information has been released, such as The Economics and Ethics of the Reablement Approach.
13th Global Conference
How can we ensure that older people are cared for in disaster planning and recovery? This is one of many important questions up for discussion.
Latin American Adult Immunization Advocacy Summit will convene on the 9 — 10 April in Mexico City as part of the World Coalition on Adult Vaccination.
The IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing
Program is Now Available
The draft program for the IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing from the 21st — 23rd June 2016 in Brisbane, Australia is now available.
You will have opportunities for knowledge exchange and to meet a diverse group of high-level experts in the field of ageing such as:
  • Ms Alana Officer, Senior Advisor for the Department of Ageing and Life Course at World Health Organization who will be presenting two pivotal workshops on the WHO World Report on Ageing and Health and Age-friendly Cities and Communities.
  • Dr Catherine Barrett who will be leading an important Symposium in the Elder Abuse, Law and Rights thematic track on issues faced by older LGBTI in Australia and will conclude with a framework for the development of LGBTI age-friendly cities.
  • Dr Jennifer Campbell, previous Director of the Hurricane Fund for the Elderly (HFE), a Grantmakers in Aging (GIA) initiative, with colleagues — Ms Lindsay Goldman (New York Academy of Medicine), Ms Gail Kohn (DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services), Mr John Stalker (COTA) and Dr Jeffrey Stiefel (US Department of Homeland Security) will discuss community resilience, philanthropy and creating age-friendly communities in the lens ofolder adults and disasters.
Find out more about the sessions and the experts who will be coming to the IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing and what is in store by viewing the conference program on the IFA Conference website.
Ms Alana Officer
Dr Catherine Barrett
Dr Jennifer Campbell
Applying the WHO World Report on Ageing and Health
— WHO led Workshops in Toronto —
Ms Alana Officer, Senior Health Advisor, Department of Ageing and Life Course at the World Health Organization conducted workshops on policy and age-friendly environments in February.
Experts in the field of ageing, members of the community, and special interest groups as well as government officers exchanged ideas about their own work; but also worked to identify barriers to policy change and then suggest solutions.
The report from the workshop provides a record of some of the discussions and aims also to assist in making connections across disciplines.
«Reablement and Older People»
IFA Copenhagen Summit 17-19 April, 2016
Policies should be built on a strong evidence base yet this is often not the case, as noted by the WHO in its first evidence based report on ageing and health.
The emergence of «reablement policy» was the catalyst for the IFA and DaneAge to develop a mechanism to «ask the experts» to help define/describe this intervention but more so understand whether it is a yet untested piece in the process to maintain functional ability.
The IFA Copenhagen Summit has attracted thought leaders and decision makers in government, industry and civil society to explore the applicability of a reablement approach.
Speakers include:

Mayor Ninna Thomsen, Chairman of the Health and Care Committee, Denmark

Dr Manfred Huber, Coordinator of Healthy Ageing, Disability and Long-term Care, WHO Europe, Denmark

Ms Ruth Crowder, Chair of the Welsh Reablement Alliance, United Kingdom

Mr Frido Kraanen, Director of Cooperative and Corporate Sustainability, PGGM, Netherlands

Limited space is still available for invited delegates: http://www.ifa-copenhagen-summit.com/registration/.
For information please contact Ms Dana Bandola at dbandola@ifa-fiv.org.
Measuring the Benefits:
Improving Social Capital Through Animal-Assisted Interventions
«Guide dogs provide increased well-being, unconditional love, companionship, security, social engagement, exercise, and more while enabling access to a cadre of activities.»
In association with World Glaucoma Week, the infographic outlines how guide dogs enable those with vision impairments to increase mobility, freedom and independence as well as positively improve emotional and psychological health.  Companion Animals have also been shown to improve civic engagement, as they facilitate the use of public spaces, increasing one’s sense of community belonging.
The infographic series features information from the Companion Animals and the Health of Older Persons (2014) report and illustrates the positive therapeutic benefits of companion animals.  The next infographic will be released in April in association with World Health Day and will emphasize how companion animals improve the physical health of older adults, and the important role that veterinarians play.
Contribute to Raising Awareness on #CompanionAnimals
Four year old Japanese Spitz, Meiko knows the sight of his red bandanna means it’s visiting day!  A brush of his fur, a clean of his face and he’s off to visit residents in a nearby aged care facility.  Meiko provides one of the few interventions capable of permanently lifting the atmosphere at the care home.
Take part in the #CompanionAnimals international photographic competition for a chance to win up to 1000 USD!  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.
Participate in #YearsAhead at IFA Conference in Brisbane
Photo: @eric_khm via @infosenijogja via @oriintaa
Opportunity to win free registration for IFA 2018!
The IFA is thrilled to support the World Health Organization’s (WHO) #YearsAhead Campaign to Challenge Ageism at the IFA Conference with an interactive photo booth.
Visit the booth during the IFA conference in Brisbane to have your photo taken and uploaded to Instagram with the hashtag #YearsAhead.
View some of the initial posts on WHO’s Instagrampage for inspiration, and learn more about the campaign here.
Ms Grace Chan, Regional Vice President,
Asia Pacific of the IFA
Ms Grace Chan is the Chief Officer (Elderly Service) of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS), which is an umbrella federation of over 440 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are providing 90% of the social welfare services through 3,000 operating units in Hong Kong.  Grace joined the HKCSS in 2006.  Before that, she has worked as a Service Supervisor on elderly service in the Hong Kong Salvation Army for 10 years.
Ms Chan sits on a number of networks, committees and appeal boards in the statutory bodies of the Hong Kong SAR and Hospital Authority, under Administration Wing, Home Affairs Bureau, and Environment Protection Department.  In 2013, she was appointed as a member of Consumer Council.  She also joined the Elderly Commission as a member in 2013.  Apart from this, Grace is formally invited as a member of the Strategic Advisory Group for the WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities.
To read the full profile, click here.
Ontario Budget — Adult Vaccination News
The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) welcomes news that the shingle vaccine will be made available for older Ontarians but the IFA Secretary General, Dr Jane Barratt suggests that the announcement does not go far enough.
«Coverage should be extended to all older people aged over 50 and not just limited to those between 65 and 70».  «Given that there are no announcements as to when this policy will be implemented we can only hope that common sense will prevail to extend coverage to all those over the age of 50».
«Shingles does not only impact those in the 5 year life span as suggested by the Minister.  In considering coverage options the governments can not only look at the costs to the health care system but need to consider the cost to the individuals and families affected by this condition», said Dr Barratt.
Read the full blog here.
Dear Readers,
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