James Beckford Saunders is a new member of ILC- Australia, and is the CEO of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG), which is the administering organization of ILC-Australia.

He has twenty years’ experience in senior management roles in leading health and community not-for-profit and educational organisations.

His experience of issues related to ageing has come through population health approaches (both mental and physical) at beyondblue, Mental Illness Fellowship, Diabetes Australia and most recently at ReGen, the lead alcohol and other drug treatment and education agency of UnitingCare.

James has also worked at the University of Melbourne and lectured at Master, undergraduate and TAFE level at Swinburne University and RMIT. He has an honours degree, post graduate qualifications in marketing, management and an MBA.

We all extend a very warm welcome to Dr. James Saunders to the ILC-GA family.


In July, Dr Alex Kalache, President of ILC-Brazil and Co-President of the Global Alliance, participated in a debate with Dr Anne Karpf, author of 'How to Age' and Prof Lynda Gratton, author of 'The 100 Year Life' for the BBC World Service.

On June 28, 2017, Senior Planet in New York held an all-day session titled “Hack Aging.” The event, designed by Debbie Galant, was attended by approximately 80 persons. Muriel Beach led a group focused on the problem of negative concepts of aging (which Dr. Robert Butler called ageism) and won the First Place for the group and a special award, “Personality Plus” for herself.

Aging 2.0 brought together a number of start-ups, investors and experts on ageing at its Americas Summit in Toronto.

Foundation Oportunidad Mayor launches Valdivia as a Chilean centre for gerontology. Dr. Alex Kalache delivered the keynote of the event.

ILC-Brazil participates in World Bank Workshop on “Population Aging and the organization of health and social care in Brazil”