Keynote Speaker Announcement: Mr Spencer West

Keynote Speaker Announcement: Mr Spencer West

Whether addressing corporate leaders, non-profits or the world of education, Mr Spencer West’s charisma and dynamism captivates all audiences. Sharing his journey from losing both legs at the age of five to climbing—and summiting—Mount Kilimanjaro using his hands and wheelchair, Spencer will inspire listeners to tackle their own obstacles and redefine possible.   He is a top-ranked keynoter, author of the bestselling book Standing Tall: My Journey and star of the documentary Redefine Possible: The Story of Spencer West, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012.   Mr West lost both his legs from the pelvis down...
Age-friendly Global Village

Age-friendly Global Village

The WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities has ignited the voices and actions of not only civil society but leaders of all levels of government in many countries around the word.  This enthusiasm and energy will manifest itself through the upcoming IFA 15th Global Conference on Ageing in Niagara Falls, Canada with at least 1 in 3 abstracts within the Age-friendly Environments theme.   In response to this unprecedented interest IFA is pleased to invite your city and community to be part of the Age-friendly Global Village.  This Village is a unique opportunity for network members to showcase...
IFA Support for the Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020–2030

IFA Support for the Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020–2030

6 February 2020 Geneva, Switzerland - The 146th session of the World Health Organization Executive Board is currently taking place at WHO headquarters in Geneva, 3-8 February 2020. At this meeting, members will agree on the agenda and resolutions to be considered at this year’s World Health Assembly. Dr Jane Barratt, Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) is attending the meeting to input into the Boards considerations for EB146/23, specific to the development of a proposal for a Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020–2030 In Dr Barratt’s statement to the Executive Board she stated, “Member states around the...
Réseau FADOQ Confirmed as Primary Sponsor at the Conference

Réseau FADOQ Confirmed as Primary Sponsor at the Conference

Réseau FADOQ is proudly announced as a primary sponsor for the IFA 15th Global Conference on Ageing in 2021. The IFA will celebrate with Réseau FADOQ its 50th anniversary in 2020 as the largest seniors’ organization in Canada, with over 535,000 members aged 50 years and over. FADOQ is an unquestionable leader in Canada and the world having made significant gains to ensure better living conditions for seniors, pressing for a national policy on ageing and an international convention on the rights of older people. To this day, in addition to offering a wide range of recreational activities to its...
Campaigning to Combat Ageism

Campaigning to Combat Ageism

Pre-conference Master Classes Available   This highly interactive, hands-on workshop will draw on contemporary evidence about what works in campaigning to combat ageism. Drawing on a recent review by the World Health Organisation, this workshop will present lessons learned from a number of campaigns to combat ageism around the world.   The workshop will be designed for those interested in campaigning but who may not have had experience in developing or rolling out a campaign. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn about the elements of campaigning and how they can incorporate the best available evidence about what works...
Frailty and Long-Term Care

Frailty and Long-Term Care

Pre-conference Master Classes Available   Frailty is a state of increased vulnerability that results from reduced reserve and loss of function across multiple systems. Over one million older Canadians are living with frailty. To adequately care for the ageing population, frailty needs to be part of the conversations among long-term care residents, health care providers, caregivers, scientists, and policymakers.   Throughout the interactive session, participants will gain an understanding of frailty, the operationalization of frailty identification, and the roles of social and palliative care for older adults living with frailty in long-term care. The session will also explore national and...
Human rights are at the heart of the issue

Human rights are at the heart of the issue

“The Universal Declaration inspired liberation movements and led to better access to justice, social protections, economic opportunities and political participation. Wherever respect for its commitments has been present, the dignity of millions has been uplifted, suffering prevented and the foundations laid for a more just world.” - Michelle Bachelet United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights In the aftermath of conflict, the universal declaration of human rights represents a global commitment to upholding the values of equality, dignity and respect for all. The IFA proudly and enthusiastically advocates for the rights of the world’s population ageing. With almost a quarter...
“Disrupting the Status Quo”

“Disrupting the Status Quo”

Michael Tamblyn, Rakuten Kobo CEO, to deliver a key note address at the conference PRESS RELEASE | 25 April 2019   Outdated stereotypes and misconceptions of older age are pervasive, overwhelmingly negative and are also often internalized by older people, with serious impacts on participation, health and life expectancy.   With the undying belief that innovation is the key to helping older adults maintain their health, independence, and dignity as well as an ongoing commitment to accessibility for reading in later life, Mr Michael Tamblyn is a leader in disrupting the status quo.   Embedded in his work is the...
Rights Matter – Make Your Voice Heard

Rights Matter – Make Your Voice Heard

The IFA is pleased to announce that the 15th Global Conference on Ageing will take place in Niagara Falls, Canada from 1-3 November 2020.  With the central theme of “Rights Matter” the goal of the Conference is to bring together expertise from around the world and highlight the actions that have and continue to be taken in promoting the rights of older people since last meeting in 2018.  This will involve developing strong relationships, translating best practices, and sharing new research findings that impact the health and wellbeing of people globally.   Under the umbrella of “Rights Matter” the Conference...