ILC partners in eleven of the 12 countries represented in the Global Alliance extend heartfelt sympathy and condolences to our colleagues and friends at ILC Japan, our 12th partner organisation, and the people of Japan, following the recent multiple disasters the country suffered and the enormous losses the Japanese people sustained.

We are immensely shocked and saddened by the news of the devastating events, and hold the country and the people in our thoughts and prayers. We are mindful moreover of the disproportionate number of older persons who perished in the wrath of the tsunami, for whom we grieve, and of those who survived but lost all and are bewildered in the aftermath.

We find it difficult to imagine how intolerably painful and incomprehensible the devastation and losses must be. Yet as with individuals everywhere, we too are humbled at the resilience, stoicism, forbearance, courage and dignity shown by the people as they start on the long and painful road to accept what happened, and rebuild their country and lives. We wish all Japanese citizens well as they tread this path, and we hope and pray that with the passage of time there may be some solace for them.

Monica Ferreira & Sally Greengross


The President of ILC-BR, Alexandre Kalache, is currently in Australia advancing the ageing agenda of the South Australian Government.

On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, the Columbia Aging Center celebrates the participants in its digital narrative project “Exceeding Expectations” ( 

The Columbia Aging Center has been following 20 older New Yorkers for two years with the aim of disrupting stereotypes of aging and portraying everyday life. Many of the 20 New Yorkers met for the first time on Oct. 24.

On October 17, ILC-BR organized a Symposium with three international speakers in São Paulo. The event took place in the auditorium of Iamspe (Institute for Medical Assistance to the Public Servant of the State of São Paulo).

On October 19 and 20, ILC-BR hosted the 5th International Longevity Forum in Rio de Janeiro. This year’s theme was the construction of resilience along the life course; a very timely topic given the ongoing crisis in Brazil.