On May 12, 2014 The Czech Diaconia in co-operation with ILC-Czech Republic hosted an international conference Towards Integrated Services and Support for Aging in Community/Challenges and Ways Forward – Learning from International Experience.

The aim of the conference was to gather experiences and recommendations to support the development of integrated health and social support services for seniors in the Czech Republic. The conference was held as part of the project supported by the Swiss-Czech Cooperation Fund and the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.

The conference featured leading experts in the field of health and social services from the Czech Republic and abroad, including several representatives of the GA ILC centres: Associate Professor Iva Holmerová, PhD, president of the ILC-Czech Republic, Professor Sara Carmel, MPH, PhD, President of the ILC- Israel, Professor Françoise Forette, Director of the ILC-France, and Noreen Siba, Managing Director of ILC-UK. Other speakers included representatives of the Ministry of Health (Professor Josef Vymazal, MD., PhD, Deputy Minister of Health and Mrs. Ludmila Vostřáková, Head of Health and Social Services Unit) and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (Mrs. Zuzana Jentschke Stöcklova, Deputy Minister for Social and Family Policy), Kent Löfgren, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Division for Family and Social Services, Stockholm, Sweden, Dr. Monika Roth, Director of the Centre for Prevention and Health Promotion, Gesundes Kinzigtal, Germany and Richard Humphries, Deputy Director for Policy, The King ‘s Fund, London (see the agenda, abstracts and CVs below). Other speakers from the Czech Republic were Zdeněk Kalvach, Geriatrician, Former Vice-president of the Czech Geriatric Society and Ladislav Průša, Director of the Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs.

More information, a summary of the conference, the presentations and other materials may be viewed on the ILC-Czech Republic website.

Petr Wija


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.