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ILC GA NY representative Muriel Beach served on the main panel of the annual Pfizer innovation gathering known as nEXt – “Building Bridges to the Future” on November 1, 2016 in New York.

The event drew an audience of several hundred from over thirty counties and reached a further three thousand people through live streaming. Muriel was invited to respond to the statement " how do older adults stay young?" Muriel responded by saying:

"I reject this question on the grounds it is ageism. Older adults age it is the normal process of the life cycle. We do not stay young. We are old but continue to live full and vibrant lives as older adults. We are a gold mine of assets, talents, experience, and continue to make substantial contributions to our communities. Robert Butler coined the expression ageism to describe the negative views of older adults and when you ask a question like this, it is ageism.

I believe the question you intended was how do older adults stay healthy? Alex Kalache wrote that healthy aging is active aging. I would like to see Pfizer reach out to older adults and develop programs utilizing their services keeping them active and healthy. We need your collaboration and your partnership.

Fellow panellist and Executive Director of Older Adults Technology Services, Thomas Kamber observed," it was the best answer I've ever heard anyone give on a panel. It was electrifying. She called them out on their bias, explained how they were wrong and how they might think differently about things and then she asked for their partnership. "

Since this was a young audience, increased intergenerational understanding of elders and aging was achieved through this response by Muriel.

 

Author: Muriel Beach
Conference photo courtesy: Tom Kamber

 

 

 

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On March 18th, Alexandre Kalache, President of ILC-Brazil participated as inspirational speaker in Shell’s LiveWIRE weekend for young entrepreneurs. At the event, he highlighted the importance of the longevity revolution and the impact population ageing will have on their business ideas as well as their lives.

On March 15th, Alexandre Kalache delivered the keynote of the event “Longevity – impact on the private sector” organized by the American Chamber of Commerce for Brazil (Amcham-Brasil).

In the context of the third review cycle of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA), ILC-Brazil contributed, together with InterAge Consultancy in Gerontology, to a global project on the “Voices of Older People”, led by HelpAge International and UNFPA.

Three University of Tokyo undergraduates, who were in New York in mid-February to participate in the UN Commission on Social Development 55th session, called on Ms. Muriel Beach, ILC Global Alliance’s representative to the UN, to exchange views and perspectives on global aging and intergenerational relations. Their student volunteer program at the UN was recommended by the ILC Japan and coordinated by the ILC GA’s New York team.

India is fast moving towards a cashless and digital economy. The use of the mobile phone/cell is increasing rapidly and with a view to making its usage, elder-friendly, this training programme was organised.

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