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Conducting  of physiotherapy camps to assess and address the health of the Older Persons.

  • The objective of this camp was to help the older persons get an evaluation done of their physical health status, especially related to their mobility, and be given appropriate physiotherapy exercises to be diligently followed by the older person.
  • Another follow-up camp after a month is done to evaluate and assess the difference in their mobility health status due to the exercises done by them.
  • The senior citizens are then asked to continue the exercises for the next three months, provided that the prescribed exercises have been of use to the older person.
  • Such camps are being organised for different senior citizens’ organisations in Pune.
  • These camps would be held throughout the year to cover the maximum number of older persons in the city.
  • The camps are organised by ILC-I in collaboration with Deccan Education Society’s Brijalal Jindal College of Physiotherapy.

 

The programme is supported by Gharda Chemicals Limited.

Since its foundation in 2012/13, ILC-BR is promoting dialogue about population ageing and its implications for public policies.

In addition to its annual International Longevity Forum, ILC-BR is organising an International Symposium to specifically discuss public policies and provide subsidies for the next government to be elected in the coming weeks. The Symposium will be taking place on October 19th and be organised in partnership with the Open University for the Third Age of the University of São Paulo. The speakers will provide an analysis of public policy of the last 10 years and together recommendations for policymaking in the future will be elaborated. The event is co-sponsored by TENA Brazil and MSD Pharmaceuticals.

About a month later, ILC-BR will be holding its 6th International Longevity Forum, which will take place on November 22nd and 23rd in Rio de Janeiro. Central theme to this year’s Forum is “Designing the future of ageing”, providing an opportunity to discuss technological developments and other achievements in science and to examine how these advancements will influence the future for individuals, communities and society. The aim is also to examine the interplay between these changes and population ageing in academia, media, business, government and the non-governmental sector. The Forum, a realization of Bradesco Seguros / UniverSeg, will unite around 30 Brazilian and foreign experts. MSD Pharmaceuticals is co-sponsoring this event.

ILC-BR President Alexandre Kalache on how urban planning responds to the needs of older people

The Philanthropy for Better Cities Forum is convened by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and is the first of its kind in Asia to focus on metropolitan social issues. The event offers opportunity for dialogue between philanthropists, thought leaders, social entrepreneurs, policymakers, academics and representatives of NGOs.

Alexandre Kalache participated, together with Jane Barratt, Secretary General of IFA and Dr Law Chi-kwong, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Labour and Welfare. The session explored what turns a city into an age-friendly place and how they differ with respect to ageing populations. The experts also discussed innovative examples from around the world.

Since the beginning of this year, ILC-BR works for a hospital in the Southern town of Veranópolis, providing guidance on how to turn the hospital more age-friendly.

After approval of the ethics committee, the team now started with the field research interviewing older patients and caregivers and organising group discussions with interdisciplinary teams. The group discussions were moderated by ILC-BR’s technical director Ina Voelcker and involved almost 50 staff members of the hospital. The results of this research will feed into an action plan, covering training sessions for staff and family caregivers, the introduction of new protocols and revision of existing processes as well as structural changes in the physical environment of the hospital.

As we are now expected to live to 100, we have decided to set “Productive Aging Day” in Japan.

Its goal is for all of us, including individuals, corporations, local communities and government bodies, to work together to build a sustainable and mature society for productive aging, where people of all generations can play active roles and support each other. Through promotion of this day, we would like to call for a national movement so that we can share the same goal to “build a society for productive aging” in Japan.

 

Japan already has a national holiday called Respect for the Aged Day. Its aim, however, goes no further than celebrating a healthy longevity society. We are taking a step further, with the image of a positive society where older people contribute to their communities. This committee mainly consists of Japanese leading researchers and companies that have abolished the mandatory retirement. ILC- Japan is a member of its secretariat and in charge of planning.

 

Mamiko Fukuhara, Operations Director of ILC-Japan

Contact: ilcjapan@mba.sphere.ne.jp

 

Picture: Dr. Hiroko Akiyama, Professor, Institute of Gerontology, The University of Tokyo / Advisory Board of ILC-Japan (left) and Dr. Atsushi Seike, President, The Promotion and Mutual Aid Corporation for Private Schools of Japan, Executive Advisor for Academic Affairs and Guest Professor of Labor Economics, Keio University / Advisory Board of ILC-Japan (right)

Master class by Alexandre Kalache to celebrate 25 years of the institution

The Open University of the Third Age of the State University of Rio de Janeiro, host to the office of ILC-BR, celebrated its 25th anniversary with several events held during the week of the 20th of August. Having accompanied the history of the institution since its foundation, Alexandre Kalache delivered a master class on the longevity revolution, with a focus on inequalities.

During the months of July and August, Alexandre Kalache, President of ILC-BR, also delivered keynote speeches at several other events, e.g. the National Congress on Human Resources and the Wired Conference Health and Wellness.

Inequalities are a central theme of Dr. Kalache’s contributions to debates around the IFA Conference in Toronto.

Before the official opening of the XIV Global Conference on Ageing of the IFA in Toronto, Dr. Alexandre Kalache, President of ILC-BR opened the Brain Health Forum, event organised by Aging2.0 Toronto. The Forum on brain health brought experts and innovators to discuss about the future of the field. Dr. Kalache gave a general overview of the opportunities and challenges related to health in an ageing world and highlighted the importance of making these opportunities available to all.

On the same day, Dr. Kalache delivered the closing speech of the "Addressing Inequalities Summit", organised by IFA together with the Canadian Government. Objective of the Summit was to share knowledge and experience on how to improve the health and well-being of the most vulnerable older people.

ILC-Japan published a report “Assistive Device Revolution for the Independence of Older Adults in Japan,” commissioned to Dr. Yoko Crume (social worker, aging life consultant, and former associate professor at North Carolina State University).

The Japanese government has led a national effort over the past 25 years to promote assistive device innovations centered around the development of care robots, under the premise that these devices can help solve the societal aging challenge while contributing to the restoration of national economic vitality. This article described the care robot’s unique history in Japan, examined the factors that have influenced the course of development, and considered how these efforts may ultimately help Japan attain its dual goals. Today, Japan is in the process of rolling out the fruits of these initial efforts, with the four assistive innovations introduced in this article showcasing the width of ingenuity and technological strength of the Japanese effort. However, it is still unclear if these or other currently available devices will prove to be successful in the long run and able to contribute to one or both of the goals of aiding societal aging and the economy. The only certainty is that the future of older adulthood can no longer be imagined without the presence of care robots and other innovative assistive devices.

Download a PDF: http://www.ilcjapan.org/studyE/doc/2018_1.pdf

 

Mamiko Fukuhara, Operations Director of ILC-Japan

Contact: ilcjapan@mba.sphere.ne.jp

According to ILC-BR President Alexandre Kalache addressing inequalities is essential to reap benefits of longevity revolution

On July 19th, Alexandre Kalache participated in a session on technologies and international examples of ageing in place during the Healthy Aging Summit in Washington. The Summit was organised by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and the American College of Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Kalache emphasized the importance of reducing inequalities to take real advantage of the longevity revolution, referring to the huge and growing inequalities in Brazil and the USA.  

ILC-UK are delighted to announce that the Innovating for Ageing competition is now OPEN – providing an opportunity to enter your ideas for solving the vulnerability problems identified.

The Innovating for Ageing Project

Innovating for Ageing was launched by the Just Group and the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK) in January 2018 to identify solutions to the issues faced by vulnerable consumers in later life.

The project brings together groups with expertise in working with vulnerable people with experts and innovators who can provide solutions to the problems faced by vulnerable consumers.

The Innovating for Ageing project began by asking a wide range of organisations what problems the vulnerable people they work with encounter when accessing goods and services. Our Advisory Board identified the most significant problems and we presented these at a workshop held at London Campus, a Google Space on the 19th June 2018.


The Competition

The shortlisted problem submissions have been made available on the Innovating for Ageing website, separated into six categories:

  • End of life planning
  • Identifying vulnerability
  • Digital exclusion
  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Money matters
  • Surprise us!

https://www.innovatingforageing.uk/uncategorised/problem-categories/


Award-winning ideas sought

Do you have a solution or solutions you believe can address one or more of the problems identified? We want to hear from you!

Whether you’re a start-up, large company, individual or a social enterprise we’re keen to hear your idea and help you to develop your product or service.

Participants will be eligible for prizes worth up to £10,000, as well as additional support with idea promotion, branding, and specialist support. Applications are sought by the 12th August, with an awards event in the new year to promote winning entries.

The competition is free to enter, and you can apply by completing the online application form or downloading the form here:

www.innovatingforageing.uk/get-involved/share-a-solution/


How else can you help?

We would be hugely grateful if you would help us to promote the competition and encourage solution finders to enter the competition. Tweets, blogs, newsletters, websites and sharing through your networks would all help – and we can provide specific text if that would be helpful. Please get in touch if so!
 

Please do get in touch should you need any further information. To keep updated on the project follow us on Twitter @AgeInnovations and on Facebook.

Over 700 people participated in the 1st Regional Forum on Active and Sustainable Ageing of the Médio Vale do Itajaí in the southern State of Santa Catarina. The keynote on “Active Ageing and the Longevity Revolution” was delivered by Alexandre Kalache.

The event was organised by the Centre for Public Policy of the Regional University of Blumenau.

Alexandre Kalache delivered the opening keynote on “Brazil – each time older” at the EXAME Health Forum in Brasília. While talking about the impact of population ageing in Brazil, he highlighted the tremendous inequalities in the country. He also put the discussion on health in the context of bigger social problems, such as high rates of violence and precarious educational outcomes. The event took place on June 21st and was live streamed via Exame’s Facebook page.

Mr. Shigeo Morioka, co-founder of ILC, passed away on June 4, 2018 at the age of 96.

Mr. Shigeo Morioka, co-founder of ILC with Dr. Robert Butler, was a good friend to all ILC members and honorary president of the ILC Global Alliance at the time of his passing.

He had been well until the week before he died, living independently at home. He indeed embodied a productive life until the end.

In 1990, Shigeo supported Dr. Butler’s vision for an ILC and co-founded the organization in Japan and the United States. He subsequently dedicated himself over the next 30 years almost to realizing productive aging, influentially involving the industrial, government and academic sectors.

 He had previously served as CEO of the Yamanouchi Pharmaceutical Company (now Astellas Pharma Inc.), and  enjoyed wide networks across the globe. He had a calm presence and excellent  decision-making skills, as well as a broad knowledge of gerontology. He was always a gentleman, humorous, and trusted and loved by many worldwide. 

Only two weeks before his death, in a business meeting at ILC Japan, he looked back on the past three decades and expressed great joy: “It’s wonderful that ILC has grown this big and built its global presence. And now, it is playing a significant role in our society. I would like to continue to provide further support.” He truly exemplified productive aging.

Shigeo’s wish was for all in the ILC Global Alliance to work together and contribute to society, while fostering quality research and education.

We will indeed strive to continue our work to build a society in which older people can play active and productive roles, as Shigeo wished. That will be the best way we can pay tribute to Shigeo.

Shinichi Ogami
Director, ILC-Japan

In the beginning of June, ILC-BR’s Alexandre Kalache and Ina Voelcker participated in the national conference of the Brazilian Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology (SBGG).

Alexandre Kalache had various commitments to present at a session about age-friendly cities, a key note on resilience and as moderator of a panel in which Ina presented on the review of the Madrid Plan of Action on Ageing and ageing within the global development agenda.

The Congress was an occasion to meet with many longstanding friends and colleagues from Brazil as well as representatives of the IAG of other countries of the region.

ILC-BR continued to contribute content and technical orientation to an online portal called “Live Longevity” which was launched in October 2017 with the support of Bradesco Seguros.

The portal aims at raising awareness on ageing and related topics among younger generations. A monthly column of Alexandre Kalache explains the determinants of active ageing, with a specific focus on the life course.

During the month of May, ILC-BR’s technical director Ina Voelcker participated in a 4-day workshop of the ILC-GA, organised and sponsored by ILC-Singapore.

The workshop, which was held in Singapore and Bintan, an Indonesian island off the coast of Singapore, provided an opportunity to ILCs from around the world to discuss and produce two joint research proposals on questions around caregiving and the financing of long-term care systems.

On the way back to Brazil, Ina visited ILC-UK, the Centre for Ageing Better and HelpAge International in London. At HelpAge International, Ina gave a talk to interested staff members about ILC-BR’s work on age-friendly cities. Ina also participated in an event organized by ILC-UK, the Health and Wellbeing Innovation Commission Inquiry in the House of Lords on retirement communities and care homes.

Alexandre Kalache had a central role in the launch of a new platform called Plenae, which integrates information about health and wellbeing in later life.

The platform’s main investor is the business executive Abílio Diniz, one of the most influential Brazilians and member of the board of directors of both Carrefour Group and Carrefour Brasil. The platform was launched at an event in São Paulo, which counted on the participation of national and international experts, such as Ellen Langer, professor of psychology of the University of Harvard. In addition to the opening speech to set the scene, Alexandre Kalache interviewed over 20 experts throughout the day.

The interviews were recorded and are available onYouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMXILrgAjztTgZ2crixpnug

ILC-BR President Alexandre Kalache delivered several master classes during the month of May.

In May 2018, hundreds of people in Rio and São Paulo had the opportunity to listen to Alexandre Kalache, in the Jewish Cultural Centre (Centro Cultural Midrash), the House of Knowledge (Casa do Saber), Fiocruz’s Centre of Strategic Studies of Health, the University of São Paulo and at an event for 300 professionals of the agribusiness sector. He also delivered a keynote at SESC, the Social Service of the Commerce for the State of São Paulo.

Sensitising of senior citizens to train schools on undertaking environment protection issues.

The objective of this workshop was to sensitise the office-bearers from the ILC-I award winning Senior Citizens’ Organisations (SCOs) from the state of Maharashtra, to train schools on undertaking a project for the current academic year on any  one of the environment protection measures that would instil in the students an understanding  of these issues.

Col. Shashikant Dalvi, the environment expert, conducted the training and orientation of these senior citizens on issues of Rainwater Harvesting, Solid waste management, Plastic recycling and other issues.

The objective of this workshop is for senior citizens to be the advocates in the field of environment protection in schools by facilitating and creating awareness on the environment in the minds of the school children.

The senior citizens of these organisations would coordinate with the schools which would take up any one of the above topics  and see how best the schools can undertake this project.

The seniors are being trained on these issues and they would be collaborating with the schools to undertake work on anyone of these issues.

At the end of the academic year, there would be an Award ceremony to felicitate the organisations and schools that have come up with an excellent project on any of the environment protection measures.

The programme was supported by Gharda Chemicals Limited.

ILC-BR Technical Director Ina Voelcker spoke about longevity and population ageing in an event aimed at inspiring 700 employees of the Brazilian Federal savings bank Caixa Econômica.

On 21st of April, Ina Voelcker had the opportunity to inspire 700 employees of Caixa Econômica, the largest government-owned financial institution of Latin America, which participated in a two-day event on the big challenges our societies are facing. Ina invited the employees to reflect about ageing and question the images that come to their mind when thinking of ageing. In addition to demographics, Ina spoke about the impact of population ageing on the various sectors of society and about possible approaches to respond to these challenges.

Incontinence – a public health issue to be dealt with using a life-course approach

On 18th of April, Alexandre Kalache addressed the plenary of the Global Incontinence Forum in Rome, calling for a life-course approach to incontinence. He also noted that in developing countries all risk factors are more common, as for instance badly treated chronic diseases and due to a lack of pre-natal care, multiple pregnancies and accelerated ageing. While incontinence continues to be treated as a taboo, it is of relevance to all – as we can be surrounded by family members or colleagues who suffer from incontinence and as we might develop incontinence ourselves.

More information: http://www.gfiforum.com/

In the photo: Alexandre Kalache and Carla Girolamo of TENA Brasil.

ILC-BR President Alexandre Kalache bringing ageing to the Transnational Law Summit

From April 10 to 13, Alexandre Kalache participated in the Transnational Law Summit, an international conference held at King’s College London. The focus of the conference was on inequalities and the multiple consequences for health, well-being, social harmony and the status of women and other disadvantaged groups. Alexandre Kalache spoke about the importance of developing frameworks that guarantee the opportunities for active ageing across the life course. In particular, the session emphasized the need for a legal mechanism to guarantee older persons’ rights. Older people are still the only group considered as vulnerable that does not have a specific convention to protect their rights.

A position paper on the implementation of Goal 11 of the Sustainable Development Goals and the relation to ageing was produced and submitted to the High-Level Political Forum of the United Nations.

Silvia Perel-Levin, the Geneva representative of the Global Alliance of ILCs and Ina Voelcker of ILC-BR represent the ILC-GA in the research and analysis subcommittee of the Stakeholder Group on Ageing. The subcommittee was responsible for developing a position paper on Goal 11 “Inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements” in preparation of the High-Level Political Forum held at the United Nations in July this year. ILC-BR’s Ina Voelcker drafted a paper on the conceptual background and the age-friendly cities movement, which served as a basis for the position paper. The paper was submitted by the Stakeholder Group on Ageing (SGA), which brings together ten global and national networks of organizations concerned with issues of ageing, representing 800 million older women and men in all regions of the world. The SGA was established in 2013. The position paper can be downloaded from:

https://www.stakeholdergrouponageing.org/File%20Library/Position%20Papers/Final-SGA-paper-for-HLPF--2-.pdf

Ina Voelcker participated in the IFA Diabetic Retinopathy Barometer Workshop for Latin America ILC-BR and gave a presentation at the National Institute for Geriatrics.

At the beginning of April, Ina Voelcker (ILC-BR technical director) participated in a workshop on diabetic retinopathy organized by the International Federation on Ageing (IFA), IAPB, the International Diabetes Foundation and Bayer. The IFA Diabetic Retinopathy Barometer Workshop for Latin America aimed at finding new ways to improve the quality of life of persons with diabetes and retinopathy and brought together representatives of NGOs, patients, medical doctors and the private sector from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico.

During her stay in Mexico City, Ina also gave a presentation at the National Institute for Geriatrics where she spoke about the connection between research, advocacy and public policy.

Just and ILC-UK ‘Innovating for Ageing’ project calls for submissions on problems relating to consumer vulnerability.

Press Release

For Immediate Release

Friday 6th April 2018

Just and ILC-UK ‘Innovating for Ageing’ project calls for submissions on problems relating to consumer vulnerability

Innovating for Ageing – a joint initiative between Just Group and ILC-UK – today launched an invitation for submissions from organisations and individuals who understand the most common problems relating to consumer vulnerability that need to be addressed.

The project aims to identify solutions to the growing problem of vulnerability in later life. To achieve this the project will bring together experts and innovators with organisations best placed to understand the vulnerabilities that affect consumers in later life.

This initial phase will identify the most prevalent and problematic issues faced by people in later life who are at risk of vulnerability due to physical disability, serious illness, dementia or financial exclusion.  Innovators and entrepreneurs from the “solutions community” will then be invited to devise and share solutions to these challenges.

Innovating for Ageing is being led by the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK), and the specialist financial services provider Just Group.

ILC-UK and Just Group plan to:

  • Bring together innovators and designers with groups representing vulnerable consumers;
  • Promote better understanding of the issues;
  • Identify solutions to specific problems facing vulnerable consumers;
  • Organise events and awards to recognise collaboration and new thinking;
  • Identify and highlight key lessons and good practice; and
  • Report back on public policy implications.

David Sinclair, Director of ILC-UK, said: “Our ageing society is a driver for increasing levels of vulnerability – more people with dementia, with sight and hearing loss, and multiple long-term health conditions, for example.

“This project aims to seek out technological and policy innovations and solutions, with an aim to removing barriers and ultimately rethinking the products and services that are available on the market. We have already had lots of interest in the project and we are looking forward to receiving input from many people and organisations.”

Stephen Lowe, Group Communications Director at Just Group, said that consumer vulnerability is a growing priority for regulators, with greater focus on how firms handle vulnerability, whether in utilities, transport, financial services or other sectors.

“In financial services and other markets regulators are calling on firms to deliver better products and services,” he said. “This project will be a rallying point for those seeking to respond positively to this challenge, and an opportunity to address the issues vulnerable consumers face, so that they are better treated and get better outcomes when interacting with the market.”

Innovating for Ageing will look at all sectors and disciplines and is inviting proposals from all organisations interested in addressing vulnerability to ensure standards are raised in how vulnerable consumers are treated. The need is clear and demonstrated by research from the Financial Conduct Authority which suggests half of UK consumers – more than 25 million people – currently show “one or more characteristics of potential vulnerability”.

Innovating for Ageing also aims to respond to the vision set out by regulators such as the FCA. In its recent Our Future Approach to Consumers document, the FCA set out its expectation that firms must ensure:

  • Consumers are enabled to buy the products and services they need because the environment in which they are sold is clear, fair and not misleading, with a good choice architecture;
  • High-quality, good value products and services that meet consumers’ needs;
  • Inclusion – where everyone is able to access the financial products they need and the needs of vulnerable consumers are taken into account;
  • Protection – consumers are appropriately protected from harm.

Submissions are being sought ahead of the 29th April deadline, with full details available on the new website www.innovatingforageing.org.

Contact

Dave Eaton at ILC-UK davideaton@ilcuk.org.uk 020 7340 0440 or 07531 164 886.

About

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.

Much of our work is directed at the highest levels of Government and the civil service, both in London and Brussels. We have a reputation as a respected think tank which works, often with key partners, to inform important decision-making processes.

Our policy remit is broad, and covers everything from pensions and financial planning, to health and social care, housing design, and age discrimination. We work primarily with central government, but also actively build relationships with local government, the private sector and relevant professional and academic associations.

Just (Just Group plc) is a FTSE-listed specialist UK financial services company created by the merger of Just Retirement Group and Partnership Assurance Group.

A leader in the individual retirement income, care and defined benefit de-risking markets, Just has been trusted to manage over £15 billion of customers’ retirement savings and has helped customers release over £3.5 billion from their properties.

Just provides a wide range of products, advice and professional services to individual customers, financial intermediaries, corporate clients and pension scheme trustees.

www.justgroupplc.co.uk

Notes to Editors

The Innovating for Ageing website was launched in February and now hosts the submissions form for entrants at https://www.innovatingforageing.uk/get-involved/

The programme is currently inviting individuals and representatives from charities and bodies that work with and represent vulnerable people to submit their issues to be addressed.

An announcement will be made through the Innovating for Ageing website and mailing list when innovators and entrepreneurs will be invited to submit their competition applications.

Sensitising school children on the occasion by creating awareness on the conservation of water.

 

The World Water Day marked on the 22nd of March every year, was celebrated on the 21st of March 2018 by ILC-I, by organising a “Walk for Water” by nearly 600 school children from the  Saarthi Primary and Secondary School, Kharadi. The walk began at 7.30 pm and along with the school children and the staff of ILC-I, 35 teachers and the principal of the school walked along the locality, with placards calling for water conservation.

Later the children congregated at their school ground where Col.(Retd.) Shashikant Dalvi ,a very active senior citizen and  a water conservation expert addressed them, and urged the young ones to inculcate the habit of using water judiciously, not just within themselves, but also ensure that their family members and friends do so too.

The principal and the Trustees of the School who were present on the occasion lauded the efforts being made by ILC-I for the protection of the environment, by engaging the voluntary services of older persons to connect with the school children for the cause of the environment.

The programme was supported by Gharda Chemicals Limited.

On International Women's Day, Rosy Pereyra, President of ILC-Dominican Republic was awarded with the Medal of Merit, the highest honour that the Dominican Government gives to women.

 

Rosy took the opportunity to tell him that she was very pleased with the Award, but that she would be even more pleased with the Government signed the Inter-American Convention on Protecting the Human Rights of Older Persons (http://www.oas.org/…/inter_american_treaties_A-70_human_rig…).

In the photo, from left to write: President Danilo Medina, Rosy Pereyra, the First Lady and the Minister of Women.

In the beginning of March, the UN Statistical Commission met in New York. It established the Titchfield City Group on Ageing and Age-disaggregated Data lead by the UK Office for National Statistics.

For a long time, international organizations including the ILC-GA have been advocating for better data on ageing and older people – a crucial means for inclusion in the international development agenda. Oftentimes, data is not age-disaggregated or there are even cut-off points at age 49. This leads to older people being invisible to policy makers, encumbering the development of policies, and programmes for older people due to a lack of evidence.

In the context of the global pledge of the 2030 Agenda to Leave No One Behind, the UK Office for National Statistics proposed the establishment of the “Titchfield group on ageing-related statistics and age-disaggregated data, to address issues of conceptualization, methodology and instruments in the domains of ageing-related statistics and age-disaggregated data”. The objectives and Terms of Reference of this Group, chaired by the UK, have been put forward in the UK Office for National Statistics’ report to the UN Statistical Commission. The Commission endorsed the proposal during its 49th Session.

Read more:
https://www.un.org/development/desa/ageing/news/2018/03/title-statistics-commission-endorses-new-titchfield-city-group-on-ageing/


Journalists from around the US are invited to apply for this year’s Age Boom Academy, The Future of Work: New Technology and an Aging Workforce to be held May 31 – June 2 at Columbia Journalism School in NYC.

The current technological revolution need not become a race between humans and machines but rather an opportunity for work to truly become a channel through which people recognize their full potential. To ensure that we achieve this vision, we must become more specific and much faster in understanding the changes underway and cognizant of our collective responsibility to lead our businesses and communities through this transformative moment.” – World Economic Forum (2016)

The Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center and the Columbia School of Journalism will host the 2018 Age Boom Academy, The Future of Work: New Technology and an Aging Workforce, May 31 – June 2, 2018.

Each year, a selective process identifies Fellows who come together with researchers for an intensive two-and-a-half day workshop to learn how to effectively translate science into accessible reporting on complex issues. During the Academy, hosted at the Columbia Journalism School in New York City, journalist Fellows learn by interviewing assembled scientists and experts and by participating in story clinics led by researchers and senior journalists. Journalists come to the Academy with a potential story topic in mind and are expected to publish their story in the following weeks.

Fellows will receive the latest research concerning the changing demographics of the U.S. workforce, the impact of new technology on the future of work, and the policies and strategies needed to equip the workforce with the skills they will need.

Some of the questions that will be discussed are: Whose jobs will be most affected by artificial intelligence? How do we use education and training to keep people relevant? How can new technology be integrated into jobs to help people work longer?

Journalists should submit applications by Friday, March 2, 2018. Click here to apply.

Train and hotel are provided for out-of-town Fellows. Age Boom Academy is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Columbia Aging Center at the Mailman School of Public Health has honored 13 NYC employers for having policies and practices that help them to hire, engage and retain workers over age 50.

The 2018 Age Smart Employer Awards, sponsored by the Columbia Aging Center and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, recognized 13 businesses and nonprofit organizations that demonstrate they value employers of all ages, including those over 50. The outstanding employers included two factories, movie and TV production studios, two accounting firms, a zoo, a diner, a sewing machine sales and repair shop, a healthcare provider, a private school, a music school, a gas and electric utility, and a social service provider.

These employers have policies and practices that help them to hire, engage, and retain older workers — things like flexibility, job restructuring, mentorship programs, and phased retirement, along with great benefits, opportunities for employees to contribute ideas, ways for workers of all ages to seek added training and education, and work and volunteer roles for retirees. Some also have strategies to actively hire older workers.

To learn more, visit the website: www.agesmartemployer.org

Kerry Wills

The first edition of the TV programme “Sem Censura” in 2018, a traditional talk show of TV Brasil, counted on the participation of our technical director Ina Voelcker.

She was invited to speak about age-friendly cities, ageing and accessibility. Time being too short to extensively explain the project, she highlighted the importance of the bottom-up approach: giving the voice to older citizens who can identify barriers, strenghts and suggestions of how to turn a city more age-friendly. In her view, this is one of the reasons why the methodology works in any setting: huge metropolitan areas like New York and small towns in rural areas like Veranópolis.

The programme, moderated by Vera Barroso, also counted on the participation of the actor Raymundo de Souza, acting in “Um casamento feliz”, the medical doctor Márcio Marinho who is an expert in chemical dependency and author of a book on prevention aimed at adolescents, and Eder Fernandes, who teaches sociology and law at the Federal University Fluminense (UFF) and coordinates a research group on “sexuality, right and democracy”.

The full programme was transmitted live on TV and via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/semcensuratv/videos/1507204886066090/

Further information: Ina Voelcker (ina.voelcker@ilcbrazil.org)

Picture: Raymundo de Souza (from the left to the right), Vera Barroso, Ina Voelcker, Kamyla Abreu, Márcio Marinho and Eder Fernandes.

The third edition of the Oxford Textbook of Geriatric Medicine, published online in December 2017, includes a chapter co-authored by Ina Voelcker and Alexandre Kalache, both of ILC-BR.

The Textbook, edited by by Jean-Pierre Michel, B. Lynn Beattie, Finbarr C. Martin, and Jeremy D. Walston, is the result of three years of work, includes over 150 chapters and for the first time includes a whole section exclusively devoted to “healthy ageing”. In this section the reader can find a chapter on “Empowerment of the ageing population: a contribution to active ageing”, authored by the Technical Director of ILC-BR, Ina Voelcker and the President of ILC-BR, Alexandre Kalache. This section also includes chapters on diet, sports and prevention as well as gerontechnology.

To access the Textbook and the full chapter go to: http://oxfordmedicine.com/view/10.1093/med/9780198701590.001.0001/med-9780198701590-chapter-162

The abstract reads as follows:

Empowerment is fundamental to release the potential generated by the longevity revolution and to actualize the concept of active ageing. It is a key component in the promotion and maintenance of health, the fostering of lifelong learning and social participation, as well as in the safeguarding of protection until the end of life. The definition of empowerment becomes more complex in the context of increasing numbers of the very old, with its frequent association with dementia and limited functional capacity. Active ageing highlights that ageing is a lifelong process firmly rooted in the ideas of health prevention and health promotion. Implicit to it, is the view that actions at both the personal and the public policy level are essential to optimize opportunities for people as they age.

Further information: Ina Voelcker, ILC-BR

The objective of the event was to create a space for knowledge and experience sharing between municipalities and provinces. The opening keynote was delivered by Alexandre Kalache, President of ILC-BR.

The conference, organized by the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces and entitled “Keys for active and healthy ageing: best practice examples from municipalities” (original title in Spanish: Claves para un envejecimiento activo y saludable: experiencias municipales de éxito), aimed at promoting public policies, among others, through collaborations with the private sector. The best practice examples presented by several municipalities stimulated discussion among scientists, policy-makers and the private sector. New ways of advancing age-friendly cities and communities were discussed, with a focus on innovation, research and technology. Alexandre Kalache delivered the opening key note on “A New Reality linked to ageing: consequences and challenges”.

Further information: Ina Voelcker (ina.voelcker@ilcbrazil.org)

Programme available to download below.

Related interview with Alexandre Kalache: http://www.femp.es/comunicacion/noticias/claves-para-un-envejecimiento-activo-y-saludable-experiencias-municipales-de

Photograph: Alexandre Kalache (credit: FEMP)

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Alexandre Kalache, President of ILC-BR and Co-President of the Alliance, delivered the keynote at the seminar in Montevideo. The event was organized by the City Government of Montevideo.

On 12 December, the City Government of Montevideo (Uruguay) organized the International Seminar on Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. The seminar was opened by the Mayor of Montevideo, Daniel Martínez; the Minister of Health, Jorge Basso; the Sub secretary of Social Development, Ana Olivera and representatives of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

In his key note, Alexandre Kalache – who is the father of the WHO programme on Age-Friendly Cities which this year celebrates 10 years since the publication of the Global Guide on Age-Friendly Cities -, spoke about active ageing, the foundation of AFC, and about the principles to be followed to become an age-friendly city. The seminar also counted on presentations by Maite Pozo of IMERSO (Spain) and Silvia Gascón of the University Isalud (Argentina). Their presentations added practical experiences of implementing the project in Spain and Argentina, respectively. Representatives of all sectors (public, private, civil society, academia and others) participated in the seminar.

Further information: Ina Voelcker (ina.voelcker@ilcbrazil.org)

More information also via: http://www.montevideo.gub.uy/institucional/noticias/por-una-mejor-calidad-de-vida-de-las-personas-mayores

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In the beginning of December, the Commission for the Rights of Older Persons of the Brazilian Parliament held a Public Forum on Age-Friendly Cities.

The Public Forum, hosted by the Federal Deputy Leandre Del Ponte, discussed different perspectives on age-friendly cities. The technical director of ILC-BR, Ina Voelcker, presented on the origins of the project, its conceptualization and principles. She also explained how it expanded under the leadership of the World Health Organization and how ILC-BR is taking the project forward in Brazil. She particularly stressed the importance of developing the project from the bottom-up, giving older persons a voice to articulate their needs and demands.

The second speaker, João Carlos Correia, President of the Brazilian Association of Teaching Architecture and Urbanism (ABEA) emphasised the physical and spatial aspects of an age-friendly city. The third speaker presented ideas of a Governmental programme on Age-Friendly Cities. The presentations were followed by a lively debate on how to turn successfully turn the initiative into a sustainable public policy and provided further input to a draft law that is currently transiting in between the Parliament and Congress.

Further information: Ina Voelcker

As the Satellite Centre  for the SAARC region, of UN’s International Institute on Ageing, Malta, ILC-I organised the ‘in situ’ training programme in Hyderabad, India.

Making it easier and more convenient to attend training programmes in ‘Gerontology’ and Geriatrics’, United Nations’ International Institute on Ageing, (UN INIA), Malta conducts ‘in situ’ training programmes in the SAARC  region through its Satellite Centre of ILC-I.

This year the training took place in Hyderabad, India from the 4th to the 8th of December 2017,  in collaboration with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, (TISS) and with the support of the Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University.
There was participation from Nepal and Bangladesh too, with participants coming from varied backgrounds - medical professionals, social workers, senior citizens themselves eager to get a holistic and comprehensive review of the situation of population ageing in the world and India, academicians, architect, nursing professionals, professionals running caregiving institutes, NGO professionals, individuals from the technical and scientific fields- all of which indicated the growing interest in the older persons and their situation.

Ms. Rosette Bonello-Farrugia, the Dy. Director, UN INIA, was the Chief Guest at the inauguration of the programme held on the 3rd of December 2017. Dr. K. R. Gangadharan, the former President of the International Federation on Ageing (IFA), was the Guest of Honour. A special Guest on the occasion was the nonagenerian, Mr. R. N. Mittal, the former President of the All India Senior Citizens’ Organisation (AISCCON). Mr. Jayant Umranikar, Chairman, ILC-I presided over the function. Prof. Dr. S. Siva Raju, Hon. Director, ILC-I and Dy. Director, TISS, and the International Faculty of UN INIA from India, was also present on the occasion.

 

On December 1, 2017, close to 100 friends of Muriel Beach gathered at Senior Planet Exploration Center  in New York to celebrate her 90 years on this planet during which she has made enormous contribution to society and people of all ages. The audience included 25 years old Akiko Oishi from Japan and 95 years old, Helen Hamlin, from Manhattan.

The celebration started with a seven-member band, The Mudflats, directed by Mimi Fahs playing Muriel’s favorites such as "This land is my land..." and “You are my sunshine." The audience sang along and clapped hands to the familiar tunes.

Executive Director of OATS/Senior Planet and the organizer of the event, Tom Kamber, gave a welcoming speech. Praising Muriel’s contribution as president of New York Statewide Senior Action Council NYC Chapter, active member of the intergenerational committee of the NGO Committee on Ageing NY, and many other roles, Tom declared “Muriel is a role model for all of us. With her belief, 'we can change the world,' she has changed my life. At age 90, Muriel continues to inspire people.“

Muriel’s close friend, Susanne Seperson read a poem, Intergenerational Solidarity: Ode, for the occasion. The poem reads in part...

It’s our contention:
When young and old help one another
Each becomes stronger working together.

To live with respect
Maintain harmony
Build a more inclusive community
Put a welcome mat out in an age-friendly society.

To these and other remarks celebrating the event, Muriel responded with a thank you speech. “My life was meaningful and rich because of you. To have someone like Alex Kalache and Robert Butler in my life means a great deal. I had a great deal of joy and happiness in my life because of you, all of you, my friends. This is an occasion to celebrate what wonderful things  people do for each other. Tonight I see people from various activities I have been active in as well as my friends and neighbors. I wanted them to meet each other.” Her speech met with a standing ovation.

The celebration closed with a video from Brazil. Alex Kalache, her close friend and President of ILC Brazil and Co-president of ILC Global Alliance, gave birthday greetings from Rio.  “Muriel, you are a mentor to people of all ages. You have so many friends who deeply respect and dearly love you. With the view of the Copacabana beach in the background, I am now speaking to you from “Muriel’s Balcony” in our apartment. When you visited us in Rio, we all had a great time and named the balcony as “Muriel’s.” I wish I were with you tonight at the party to celebrate your wonderful 90 years on this planet.”

Author: Masako Osako, ILC Global Alliance

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

He delivered a public lecture to a packed audience at the University of South Australia's Hawke Centre on November 21st. His presentation called for an education revolution to better accomodate the seismic changes brought about by the Longevity Revolution and the 4th Industrial Revolution. He made a passionate appeal for a paradigm shift away from knowledge-conveying instruction to learning for personal development and the release of creative potential. He stressed the need for learning to learn and firmly establishing Life-long Learning as the organising principle for education in the 21st Century.

The podcast is available on the Hawke Centre site: http://www.unisa.edu.au/Business-community/Hawke-Centre/Events-calendar/Creating-an-Education-Revolution-that-places-life-long-Learning-at-its-core-/

In the photo from the left to the right: Jeanette Walters (Director of Inter-governmental Relations & Ageing), Hon. Zoe Bettison (SA Minister of Ageing), Alexandre Kalache and Natalie Forde (University of SA)

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

Since its start, 20 people in their 80s have shared their remarkably different lives with Ruth Finkelstein and Dorian Block’s team through words, photos and video. On Tuesday, Oct. 24, they will meet each other for the first time in New York, and we will reveal what we’ve learned.

To read the stories and see videos, visit the project’s website: exceedingexpectations.nyc.

Attachment: Program announcement.

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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.

“Too often journalists do a terrible job reporting on this stage of life,” Dorian Block, a journalist and co-lead on the project, said at the event. “They often portray older adults as pitiful, powerless, and static. And when not that, they’re heroes: skydiving at age 100 or being asked to impart the single secret to long life. Our goal was to show the everyday lives of older people.”

At the start of the project, in 2014, Exceeding Expectations participants had lived at least 81 years, the average life expectancy for New Yorkers. Through visits over many months, Block and a team of photographers and students embedded in their lives, bearing witness to their subjects’ ups and downs. The resulting stories, lavishly illustrated with photos and videos, appear on the project’s website and in the work of media partners.

“As we move through our lives, we get more different from one another over time,” added Ruth Finkelstein, interim co-director of the Columbia Aging Center who conceived the project with Block. “By the time we grow older, we’re really, really individuated.” Exceeding Expectations, Finkelstein added, aims to be true to all “the wondrous diversity of people who achieve old age.”

Among those profiled are Chandrakant Sheth, an Indian-American living in Sunnyside, Queens, who struggled with loneliness after his wife died; Manhattan residents George Blomme and Doug McClure, a longtime gay couple who want to get married; and Otto Neals, an African-American artist in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, grappling with what will happen to his artwork after he dies.

Visit www.exceedingexpectations.nyc to see photos, video and stories from the project.

By Timothy Paul (excerpted from the full article here: https://www.mailman.columbia.edu/public-health-now/news/honest-look-growing-old-new-york)

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).

ILC-BR organized for the first time the International Longevity Symposium to celebrate five years of the International Longevity Forum, which occurs annually in Rio de Janeiro. This was also a response to the increasing demand by professionals to have a similar initiative in São Paulo. The event was very well attended by health professionals and students from various backgrounds.

Just as the International Longevity Forum, the Symposium focussed around the development of resilience along the life course. Two of the speakers presented innovative practices from abroad: Gabrielle Kelly shared her experience of establishing the Resilience and Wellbeing Centre in South Australia and provided an insight into the methodologies used to teach resilience to various population groups. The Centre, located within the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), incorporates Dr Martin Seligman's PERMA dashboard (Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment) PLUS, Physical Activity, Nutrition, Sleep and Optimism, to measure and teach resilience and wellbeing. Gabrielle presented evidence on how to build positive mental health and wellbeing throughout the life course.

Next, the Dutch nurse Jos de Blok, founder of the quickly expanding community care model Buurtzorg, spoke about the origins, functioning and impact of Buurtzorg, which started ten years ago. Buurtzorg is a holistic response to the problems in the Dutch health care system, which in the way it went 10 years ago was going to be unsustainable. According to Jos, the strength of Buurtzorg, which has already expanded to countries on all continents, comes from nurses who should feel empowered to deliver care and not managed top-down. He further says that the best result expected is a patient that does not need the care any longer. It is about empowering the patient and connecting informal care systems, instead of focusing all efforts on formal and expensive care.

Last, the Spanish sociologist Daniel Prieto Sancho spoke about resilience from a conceptual point of view, making special reference to the context of care. He questioned the principle and goal of independence, suggesting that very few privileged people can actually be independent and that other than that we are all interdependent. He concludes that resilience results of a collective process.

The Symposium counted on the support of Iamspe, Health Holland and the University of the Third Age of the University of São Paulo, as well as Bradesco Seguros.

Contact: Ina Voelcker, ina.voelcker@ilcbrazil.org

Photo: audience of the Symposium (credit: Ina Voelcker)

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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.

Resilience can be taught and learnt across the life course – this is one of the take away messages of the 5th International Longevity Forum which brought together about 30 national and international speakers from various fields, ranging from architecture and arts, demography and nursing, to medicine and psychology. The discussions focussed on the multidimensionality of ageing from a life-course perspective and on how individual and community resilience can be developed – in the context of the most privileged circumstances and the most adverse context, such as care settings in poor communities.

International speakers were Dr. Ali Naghieh of Oxford University; Gabrielle Kelly of the Resilience and Wellbeing Centre of South Australia; the German architect Matthias Hollwich, author of “New Aging”, Jos de Blok, founder of Buurtzorg; Prof. Dr. Karen Glaser of King’s College London and Prof. Dr. Volker Deville of the Berlin Demography Forum. Perspectives from Spain and Argentina were added through the participation of Dr. Daniel Prieto, Dr. Silvia Gascon and Dr. Ricardo Iacub. The representative of the GA at the UN in Geneva, Silvia Perel-Levin also participated discussing the role of human rights and presenting on the Theatre of the Oppressed.

As every year, the Forum was held in the auditorium of Bradesco Seguros, one of Brazil’s biggest insurance company. Further support for the Forum was provided by Universeg, TENA, MSD Pharmaceuticals, Health Holland, Iamspe and the Brazilian Society for Geriatrics and Gerontology (SBGG).

Contact: Ina Voelcker, ina.voelcker@ilcbrazil.org

 

Picture: audience of the Forum (Photo credit: Marcos Pinto)

On October 5, ILC-BR organized a seminar to discuss the importance of vaccination across all ages. The seminar was held at Iamspe, the Institute for Medical Assistance for Public Servants of the State of Sao Paulo.

Despite rapid population ageing in Brazil, there still is a misconception that “vaccines are for kids”. This leads to a huge loss of opportunity to improve the health of a population, which is ageing quickly. Today in Brazil, there are 47 million people aged 50 and over – the equivalent to the total population of Spain. In the next 30 years, this number will double and as such pass the current number of the population of Germany. This shows the potential of the impact of adult vaccination.

To discuss this topic, ILC-BR brought together four experts of different backgrounds. The first speaker, Dr. Helena Sato of the University of Sao Paulo (USP) and Member of the Technical Committee of the National Immunization Programme, provided the vision of a specialist. The vice-President of the Brazilian Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology (SBGG), Dr. Carlos André Uehara discussed the topic as a geriatrician working in primary health care. Dr. Maisa Kairalla, President of the São Paulo’s section of the SBGG discussed vaccinations as an ally for healthy ageing and ILC-BR’s board member and professor in public health at USP, Marília Louvison spoke about immunization as a public health measure. After the presentations, Alexandre Kalache moderated a debate with the experts.

The seminar was organized with sponsorship of MSD and support of Iamspe and the University of the Third Age of the University of São Paulo (USP).

ILC-I, as UN INIA's Satellite Centre for the SAARC region is glad to announce that the admission for the United Nations' International Institute on Ageing, Malta's (UN INIA) Certificate Course on "Social Gerontology" is now open.

This Certificate Course is to be held from the 4th to 8th of December 2017 at the campus of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Hyderabad, Telangana, India, and is in collaboration with ILC-I (as UN INIA's Satellite Centre for the SAARC Region) and TISS.

This course is open to only SAARC nationals.

For admissions please visit ILC-India website : www.ilcindia.org

Attached: the Flyer for the course.

 

Written by ANJALI RAJE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ILC-I.

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ILC – Australia symposium, Session 3385 6.00-7.30pm, IAGG 2017 - San Francisco
This symposium invited researchers, service providers, and advocacy organizations to consider changes in housing in late life, and how housing affects people’s access to care as they age.

Individuals, service providers, and governments share a common goal to enable older people to remain at home for as long as possible. However, many older people need, or choose, to move to smaller or more supportive accommodation as they age and as they encounter changes in their needs and capacities. This symposium discussed housing needs of older people, age friendly housing options, and how housing affects access to community supports and services. The symposium considered increasing risk of homelessness among older people, and how the care needs of these people can be met. The discussion had a particular focus on the needs of women, single older men, and people with precarious housing tenure.

Participants

Julie Byles, Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing, The University of Newcastle
Angela Herd, La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Helen Barrie, Australian Population and Migration Research Centre, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia.
2. Australian Association of Gerontology, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

Claudia Meyer (presenting on behalf of Di Goeman), RDNS Institute, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
Victoria Cornell, AHURI Postdoctoral Fellow. School of Social Sciences. University of Adelaide.
 

Attachemnt: Summary of the symposium

Written by: Julie Byles Julie.byles@newcastle.edu.au

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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.

The BBC World Service produced a News Hour Extra on increasing longevity. Owen Bennett Jones discussed with his guests, Dr Alex Kalache, Dr Anne Karpf and Prof Lynda Gratton if increasing longevity is a blessing or curse. The three experts, who overall see increasing longevity as a triumph of humanity, alerted that there is huge inequality in life expectancy between and within countries.

Amongst others, Dr Kalache raised the issue of long-term care and the question of care being a responsibility of the family or not. He recommends, “if you want to be well treated in older age, don’t be racist, because you are going to be surrounded by brown and black faces in the last stages of your life”.

To sum up the programme, Dr Kalache also mentions the importance of understanding and responding to the 4th Industrial Revolution and the impact it will have on our each time longer lives in the future. In his opinion, lifelong learning is one of the essential capitals we need to have to deal with the challenges arising from these global trends.

Listen to the full 50 minute programme on: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p058m10c

 

Picture: Dr Alex Kalache (credits: Viviane Menescal)

Contact: Ina Voelcker, ina.voelcker@ilcbrazil.org

 

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.

Muriel reports: “I selected to work with a group on identity. How to solve the problem of negative concepts of aging. Yes, Bob Butler called it ageism. Development of the dynamics of the group,  total strangers, taking each other's ideas and building on them was mind blowing. We worked for hours and then each group made a presentation to the whole room and some judges. Our group won and we have cups stating First Place. You know how dear this topic is to me so I am thrilled. The group asked me to introduce the group, the topic which I loved and then they presented programs, tactics. They deserved this award…I also received a special award and cup called, “Personality Plus…I had a fantastic day!”

She added: It is exciting to see how its Executive Director Thomas Kamber uses the Senior Planet not only as a lab teaching technology to seniors but extending it to a venue to explore social issues.”

Thomas responds to Muriel: “Thanks, Muriel for the great report, and for providing so much energy and guidance throughout the day. It really was wonderful to see so many diverse people coming together to work on issues like housing, transportation, ageism, and home care.

What Muriel didn't say is that she gave a rousing call to action around the value of engaging older adults as agents of change--inspiring people to see how we can solve ageism while we solve problems, but that it has to be collaboratively with older adults driving the agenda. People clapped and cheered while she was talking and it was a great moment during the hackathon.”

The “Hack Aging” event was featured in Richard Eisenberg’s article in Forbes, “How to Improve Aging? Hack It.” (https://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2017/06/29/how-to-improve-aging-hack-it/#5af569a61acb)

Photo:  Muriel Beach with the two trophies

 

At its biennial Board meeting held on July 28, 2017 in San Francisco, Dr. Rosy Pereira, Chair of the Nomination/Election Committee, announced the result of the 2017 election: Alex Kalache and MaryAnn Tsao were re-elected and elected, respectively, as Co-Presidents for a three-year term starting at the close of the 2017 Board meeting.

Dr. Kalache, President of ILC Brazil, is a specialist in age-related issues. Specifically, his expertise is in the epidemiology of ageing & the life-course, inter-sectoral policy development (including age-friendly initiatives), health promotion, old-age care, human rights and migration within the context of ageing as well as the more general cultural complexities of the world-wide longevity revolution.

Dr. Kalache has been a leading pioneer in ageing issues for close to forty years in various roles: as academic, international civil servant and advocate. His was one of the very earliest voices to articulate the global nature of population ageing, together with the potentialities and the risks through inaction inherent within it. His contributions toward the shifting of the traditional paradigms in the field of ageing are widely acknowledged on the global stage.

In 2008 he relocated to the USA where he assumed a new position as Senior Policy Adviser on Global Ageing to the President at the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM). He simultaneously commenced the role of Global Ambassador for the London based HelpAge International the largest and most influential worldwide civil society organization on ageing.

Dr. Kalache has a long history of advocacy on the human rights of older persons. He is actively involved in the process toward the adoption of a United Nation’s Convention for the Rights of Older Persons. He has served as a Special Adviser to the Brazilian Secretary of Human Rights, Brazilian Mission to the UN in New York in addition to the International Alliance of NGOs for the Rights of Older Persons. For full description of Dr Kalache’s experience, honors, and awards, please visit http://ilcbrazil.org/president/

Dr. Mary Ann Tsao is President of ILC Singapore and Chairwoman and Founding Director of Tsao Foundation. The Foundation was established in 1993 by her then 86 year old Grandmother to serve the well-being of older people in an inclusive society through innovations in community based health and social service models, training and education, as well as research and advocacy. The Foundation was recently appointed as Asian Development Bank’s first Center of Excellence.” Mary Ann was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2000 and Public Service Star in 2004 for her work on ageing, and Public Service Star (Bar) – BBM(L) – in 2015.

Dr. Tsao serves on numerous boards and committees of governmental and non-profit organizations as well as academic institutions in Singapore, and is a frequent invited speaker at local and international conferences on ageing, philanthropy and family business. She is also a Director for FBN (Family Business Network) Asia, a non-profit association of family businesses committed to business practices that serve as a model of sustainability.

Mary Ann has also served as a technical advisor for numerous multilateral agencies, such as WHO Geneva office’s Ageing and Life Course unit, UNESCAP (UN Economic and Social Commission for the Asia Pacific), ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Secretariat, as well as served on the board of various international agencies on ageing, including London-based HelpAge International, for which she was the Chairwoman from 2002-2004 and is currently one of its ambassadors.

Dr. Tsao is a US trained pediatrician with a public health background, specializing in community and primary care planning, and social medicine. She has extensive experience working with disadvantaged communities in the US and Singapore.

For further information, please visit  http://www.ilc-alliance.org/index.php/members/details/ilc-singapore and  https://fbnasia.org/en/mary-ann-tsao/

Photo: From left: Dr. Alex Kalache, Baroness Sally Greengross (former Co-President) and Dr. Mary Ann Tsao.

At its biennial meeting held on July 28, 2017 in San Francisco, the ILC Global Alliance board appointed Baroness Sally Greengross its first Special Ambassador

In this role Sally will speak at events, raise ILC Global Alliance’s visibility and undertake various other tasks to help it attain global objectives, capitalizing on her international recognition as an expert on aging. Alex Kalache, Co-President of the ILC Global Alliance commented ‘In addition to her commitment to its development over the many previous year as co-founder of the ILC-Global Alliance, Sally’s vision, charisma, integrity, and brilliance combined with the highest level of professional respect she globally commands have all been instrumental to ensure that ILC Global Alliance has continued to thrive following Bob Butler’s departure. We are delighted that Sally will utilize these attributes as Special Ambassador.’ Sally stepped down from the Co-Presidency at the Board meeting in July 2017 after having successfully served the statutory two-terms.

Baroness Sally Greengross has been a crossbench (independent) member of the House of Lords since 2000 and Co-Chairs four All-Party Parliamentary Groups: Dementia, Corporate Social Responsibility, Continence Care and Ageing and Older People. She is the Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Choice at the End of Life, and is Treasurer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Equalities. Sally is also Chair of the cross-party Intergenerational Fairness Forum.

Sally is Chief Executive of the International Longevity Centre – UK; was Co-President of the ILC Global Alliance from 2010-17 and is now their Special Ambassador; and was a Commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission from 2006-12.

Baroness Greengross was Director General of Age Concern England from 1987 until 2000. Until 2000, she was joint Chair of the Age Concern Institute of Gerontology at Kings College London, and Secretary General of Eurolink Age. She is an Ambassador for Alzheimer’s Society, SilverLine and HelpAge International.

Baroness Greengross is a Member of several advisory boards including Home Instead’s Global Strategy Council; Fujitsu’s Responsible Business Board; and BlackRock Retirement Institute’s Advisory Council.

She is President of the Pensions Policy Institute and the Association of Retirement Housing Managers; Honorary Vice President of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, a Vice President of the Local Government Association and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries.

Sally is Patron of several organisations including the Association of Retirement Community Operators; Care & Repair England; the National Network of Clinical Ethics Committees; the Ransackers Association; the Association for Ageing & Education; and Age UK Westminster. Sally holds honorary doctorates from nine UK universities.

Her work on ageing has been recognised by the UN Committee on Ageing and she received an outstanding achievement award from the British Society of Gerontology as well a British Geriatric Society Medal. Sally was UK Woman of Europe in 1990 and has been an Ambassador for the Prince of Wales supporting responsible business practice.

ILC-Brazil President, Alexandre Kalache, delivered the opening keynote address for the Asian Development Bank’s Regional Conference on Ageing and Long-Term Care Systems. The Conference took place on 28-29 June at the ADB Headquarters in Manila.

On 28 June, Alexandre Kalache, President of ILC-Brazil delivered the keynote address for the Asian Development Bank's Regional Conference on Aging and Long-Term Care Systems at the ADB Headquarters in Manila, Philippines. The conference brought together representatives from ADB developing member countries, academia, partners in government, and other development agencies to share ideas, experiences, and good practices on ageing and long-term care in Asia and the Pacific, particularly on areas of policy, finance, innovation, healthcare, social protection, urban development and education.

The opening keynote set the town for subsequent discussions: it introduced the concept of active ageing as a lifelong process during which we need to accumulate four capitals. Dr. Kalache also highlighted how important it is to understand that health is created in everyday life and that the earlier we prepare ourselves for long lives the better, but it is never too late. Creating age-friendly communities is one way of providing enabling environments for active ageing and this, according to Dr. Kalache “involves listening to people’s voices and building appropriate services”.

 

Picture: Asian Development Bank's Regional Conference

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

On June 21st, ILC-Brazil technical director, Ina Voelcker and ILC-Canada research director Louise Plouffe participated in the Americas Summit of Aging2.0 in Toronto. The Summit brought together a group of ageing experts, start-ups and investors and was organized by Aging 2.0, its Toronto Chapter, led by Azi Boloorchi of Revera and took place in the offices of Goodmans, a law firm who launched SenbridGe, a division focusing on healthcare and ageing.

One of the two panels was about livable communities and brought a more holistic vision, beyond the dominating focus on residential care and assisted living, to the discussions. Ina Voelcker questionned to which extent these innovations will be accessible to more disadvantaged groups of society and recommended that investments have to go beyond living arrangements for older people. There should also be a focus, for example, on ways to challenge existing behaviours and attitudes in order to make communities more age-friendly. Stephen Johnston, the founder and CEO of Aging 2.0, thanked the participants of the panel for reminding the audience that “aging is about more than assisted living”.

The start-ups who presented to this panel are: BeFine (São Paulo), Steadiwear Inc. (Canada), K4Connect(USA) and CarePredict, Inc. (USA). See a summary of each start-up below.

The second panel of the day was about cognitive health and counted on the participation of Bill Jarvis, Resident Innovation Ambassador of Revera who shared his vision as a potential user of these innovative solutions. Towards the end of the Summit, Adam Blinik, Director of Public Policy and Communication of Uber spoke about the future of urban mobility and the potential of Uber to contribute to better quality of life among older people.

Posted by: Ina Voelcker, Technical Director of ILC-Brazil, ina.voelcker@ilcbrazil.org

Picture: Ina Voelcker (right) and Stephen Johnston, founder and CEO of Aging 2.0 (left)

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

During the last week of May, the Chilean Foundation Oportunidad Mayor organized a seminar to launch the city of Valdivia as a “polo gerontológico” for the whole country. The idea is to equip Valdivia with the tools to transform itself into a model city where older people can age actively and to construct a national initiative of integrated care of the older person.

The seminar, attended by over 400 professionals, counted on the participation of Rosita Kornfeld, Independent Expert on the Rights of Older Persons to the United Nations and Alexandre Kalache, ILC-Brazil President, who spoke about active ageing from a life-course perspective, also introducing the concept of gerontolescence and promoting the idea of “the earlier the better, but it is never too late”.

One of the concrete initiatives to turn Valdivia into a gerontology centre for the whole country is to follow the principles of the WHO Age-friendly Cities network and turn Valdivia into an age-friendly city.

Posted by: Ina Voelcker, Technical Director of ILC-Brazil, ina.voelcker@ilcbrazil.org

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

The World Bank (WB) is preparing a new wide-ranging study on population ageing and the organization of health and social care in Brazil. It is intended to serve as “an instrument of policy dialogue with a future Brazilian government about the challenges and options to improve efficiency and equity in healthcare and social care while responding to population aging within a tight fiscal context”. Technical Director of ILC-Brazil Ina Voelcker and ILC-Brazil President, Alexandre Kalache are contributing authors to this study. In May, they were part of a three-day World Bank workshop in Rio de Janeiro where the main authors presented their first drafts. The eminent group of participating national and international academics and WB Directors were joined by representatives from the Brazilian Federal Ministries of Health and Social Development, as well as the WHO and UNFPA.

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ILC-Brazil President gives keynote at the Fernando Henrique Cardoso Foundation together with Dutch Vice-Minister of Health

Alexandre Kalache was again guest speaker at the Fernando Henrique Cardoso Foundation (Fundação FHC) in São Paulo in May. He spoke alongside the Dutch Vice-Minister of Health, Bas van den Dungen, on the subject of what lessons Brazil can derive from Dutch public policies and actions on ageing. Minister van den Dungen has served as the Dutch Vice-Minister of Health since 2014. ILC-Brazil has a close working relationship with the Dutch Consulates in both Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. The Fundação FHC is a think tank that was established in 2004 by the former President of Brazil, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, with a mandate to produce and to disseminate knowledge about the challenges of development and democracy in Brazil. Dr Kalache’s presentation can be viewed on the Facebook page of the Fundação FHC.

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Picture: Alexandre Kalache (left)

ILC-Brazil President gives keynote presentation to the Federation of Industries of the State of Santa Catarina (FIESC)

On May 17th, Alexandre Kalache addressed a large audience of the Federation of Industries of Santa Catarina (FIESC) in the State Capital Florianopolis in May on the subject of “The Longevity Revolution in the context of the 4th Industrial Revolution”. Founded in 1950, FIESC is a coalition of the State syndicates of industry: SESI, CIESC, SENAI & IEL. It works to promote the industry of the State and to assist the formulation of public policies and projects in Santa Catarina. SESI, the social services component, focuses on quality of life; the promotion of health and well-being; security/health in the workplace; education; and innovation in health technology.

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On April 19th, 2017, ILC Israel and The Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Aging of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev held its semi-annual conference. This year’s conference topic was “Innovations and challenges in gerontology and geriatrics: The effects of the Holocaust on the health and well-being of survivors and their offspring (children, second, and third generation).”

This multidisciplinary conference was a great success with an estimated 200 attendees present. Topics of discussion shared two main focuses – “Late effects of the Holocaust in the mirror of research,” and “Late effects of the Holocaust in the treatment field.”

Presenters and attendees came from all over Israel, and included faculty and students from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Bar-Ilan University, and the University of Haifa, as well as members of the Israel Ministry of Health, and members of 'Amcha' - a non-profit organization with the goal of providing psychological and social services to Holocaust survivors and their families.

Greetings:

Prof. Sara Carmel – Head of Center for Research in Aging and ILC-Israel

Prof. Tzvi Hacohen - Rector of Ben-Gurion University (BGU)

Prof. Yaakov Henkin Vice- Dean for medical Education (BGU)

Mrs. Rotem Shitrit – Head of 'Amcha' Center in the South of Israel

Presentations:

  • Professor Amit Shrira - Psychologist: Does the trauma of the Holocaust effect the aging of the second generation?
  • Professor Norm O’Rourke - Psychologist: Autobiographical memory and recall of traumatic early life experiences
  • Professor Lital Keinan-Boker – Medical physician and epidemiologist: Long-term physical illness in Israeli Holocaust survivors
  • Dr. Doron Sagi - Gerontologist: A psycho-social model for the evaluation and comprehensive treatment of Holocaust survivors in the Amcha Center, Beer-Sheva
  • Dr. Martin Auerbach - Psychiatrist: Coping with existential questions in psychotherapy in treating very old Holocaust survivors
  • Ms. Sivan Ben Ari - Social worker: Feelings of life and death in the therapeutic encounters with a Holocaust survivor

For information about the abovementioned studies/presentations or about the conference, please email the Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Aging, at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel: cmra@bgu.ac.il

Picture: A moment of ILC Israel conference.

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Faculty member Esteban Calvo has two new publications. The first is “Retirement Sequences of Older Americans: Moderately Destandardized and Highly Stratified Across Gender, Class, and Race” in The Gerontologist  and "Rural pension reform in China: A critical analysis" also co-authored by Esteban Calvo appears in the Journal of Aging Studies.

The first article  was co-authored with Ignacio Madero-Cabib and our director Ursula Staudinger. Here sequence analysis was used to model labor-force patterns among older Americans. The authors were surprised to uncover patterns that seemed more standardized, irreversible, and age graded than previously reported. They argue that previous literature may have overstated the destandardization of labor-force patterns revolving around retirement because the pattern gets lost when modeling a continuous process as individual transitions. These patterns got further complicated by gender, class, and race differences.

The second publication "Rural pension reform in China: A critical analysis" also co-authored by Esteban Calvo appears in the Journal of Aging Studies. The researchers analyzed rural pension reform in China, which has done an impressive job in rapidly enrolling most of its rural population in a voluntary pension system. Working age adults signed up in part due to a clever family-binding policy. However, China's rural pension scheme needs more adequate social pension benefits, something that seems affordable when comparisons are made with other developing countries with social pensions, such as those in Latin America and Caribbean.

To request reprints of either of these articles, please contact the Columbia Aging Center: ColumbiaAgingCenter@cumc.columbia.edu.

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“Don’t Lose Your Brain at Work – The Role of Recurrent Novelty at Work in Cognitive and Brain Aging,” relates new findings about how work can affect brain aging.  (February 6, 2017 issue of Frontiers in Psychology)

Co-authors include Jan Oltmanns as well as Columbia Aging Center director Ursula Staudinger.

Cognitive and brain aging is strongly influenced by everyday settings such as work demands. Long-term exposure to low job complexity, for instance, has detrimental effects on cognitive functioning and regional gray matter (GM) volume. Brain and cognition, however, are also characterized by plasticity. We postulate that the experience of novelty (at work) is one important trigger of plasticity. We investigated the cumulative effect of recurrent exposure to work-task changes (WTC) at low levels of job complexity on GM volume and cognitive functioning of middle-aged production workers across a time window of 17 years. In a case-control study, we found that amount of WTC was associated with better processing speed and working memory as well as with more GM volume in brain regions that have been associated with learning and that show pronounced age-related decline. Recurrent novelty at work may serve as an ‘in vivo’ intervention that helps counteracting debilitating long-term effects of low job complexity.

For the full publication, see: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00117/full

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Senior citizens participated in a flash mob that spread the message on the need for saving and conserving water as part of ILC-I’s Environment protection initiatives.

ILC-I looks upon senior citizens as catalysts of change, especially with regard to Environment Protection initiatives and to spread the message of saving and conserving water on the occasion of the World Environment Day of the 5th of June, a flash mob of senior citizens was organised at the Pune Central Mall, Koregaon Park, Pune, on the 4th of June 2017.

Forty seniors participated in this flash mob which was the first of its kind in Pune by senior citizens. They danced to the songs that espoused the cause of water conservation, gently waving placards that also displayed ‘Save Water’ messages.

The energy and enthusiasm of the seniors was heightened as ILC-I had arranged for the seniors to enjoy some quality family time with their children and grandchildren at the Pune Central Mall, opening up an opportunity of celebrating intergenerational solidarity. Transport arrangements had been made to bring along two hundred and fifty senior citizens with their families to the Mall, where, besides the flash mob, fun-filled activities like games, songs and dance were also organised which enthralled all the members, young and old, while they also enjoyed the refreshments served to them.

The flash mob video clip has been uploaded onto You Tube for everyone to view - click here to see the video.

Picture: Senior citizens in the Pune flash mob.

Written by Anjali Raje, Executive Director, ILC-I

Population ageing together with globalization and urbanization characterize the major demographic upheavals of our time. A new narrative is beginning to emerge globally where older persons are viewed legitimate participants and contributors to society.

Using the narrative as a backdrop, the speakers will address the social and economic opportunities with longevity; ageism as a  fundamental barrier to healthy ageing; environments such as age-friendly created to enable older people to do what they value; and the complementary roles of the United Nations and member countries and NGOs to assure “no one is left behind as the UN looks to 2030 and beyond.”

Speakers include: Greg Shaw (IFA), Ursula M. Staudinger, Ph.D. (Columbia Aging Center/ILC USA), Janet A. Sigal, Ph.D. (MGO Committee on Aging/NY), Ruth Finkelstein, Sc.D. (Columbia Aging Center/ILC USA), Rosemary Lane, M.A. (UN DESA and UN Focal Point on Ageing). The session will be moderated by Cynthia Stuen, Ph.D. (IFA).

The session will be webcast. For information, please visit: http://webtv.un.org

For further information, visit:

http://aging.columbia.edu/about-columbia-aging-center/news-and-events/june-1-global-ageing-population-impact-and

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India is facing an acute water crisis for some years now and it is imperative that conserving water becomes a priority for the nation. ILC-I explores how senior citizens can take the lead to address this issue.

A lecture to create awareness on “Water Conservation- The Role of Senior Citizens” was organized by the International Longevity Centre-India (ILC-I) on the 22nd of March 2017 with the support of Gharda Chemicals Ltd at the Lenyadri Society Hall, Pashan- Sus Road, Pashan, on the occasion of the World Water Day marked by the United Nations.

The lecture was delivered by the Water Conservation Expert, Col. Shashikant Dalvi, District Manager (Pune), The Climate Reality Project, India, to bring to the attention of society the need for and importance of saving and conserving water, given the global changes that are taking place resulting in acute water scarcity and shortage all over our country.

The World Water Day as advocated by UN was the apt day for focusing on not just what needs to be done, but also on what can be done by members of society and more so by the senior citizens of our country.

Prior to the lecture, a “Walk for Water” was also held wherein around 150 senior citizens along with some young volunteers walked a stretch of two kilometers along the Pashan-Sus Road, shouting slogans of “Save Water, Save Life”, and the like, urging citizens to not waste water and work towards conserving and saving it. Many of the residents of the more than 30 housing societies along the road as also curious onlookers stopped by to watch and absorb the message that the senior citizens were so committedly pleading for in the hot sun on an early March morning.

The senior citizens had been given bags containing a water-bottle, a cap, a tetra pack fruit drink and a packet of biscuits to keep them going and stay energized as they walked the walk.

The ILC-I staff had also prepared special placards on the occasion of the World Water Day advocating messages on a Green environment, on how to save water and why, and these placards were enthusiastically held aloft by the senior citizens along with banners.

Col. Dalvi, while addressing the senior citizens after the Walk for Water, spoke of how there are simple ways in which water could be saved or conserved and how the senior citizens themselves could spread this message of water conservation through Valueducation programmes where children are educated on such social causes by senior citizens.

 He further added that Senior citizens could also undertake Rainwater harvesting promotion projects by orienting builders, housing societies to the concept of saving or conserving rainwater that goes waste,  down terraces and rooftops of our houses and buildings and to install rainwater harvesting systems on their rooftops to conserve water which could then be used when there was less rainfall- which has in fact, become a perennial problem in India for quite some years now.

The seniors were very enthused to participate in this ‘Walk for Water’ and also happy to receive a lot of information on what they could do to help India conserve water.

Written by Anjali Raje, Executive Director, ILC-I

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David Sinclair and Dean Hochlaf from ILC-UK visited Washington D.C. to present findings from a major new report on the international retirement challenge.

In March David Sinclair (Director, ILC-UK) and Dean Hochlaf (Assistant Economist, ILC-UK) presented the findings from a new research project on the retirement income challenge across the OECD. The American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) graciously hosted the event organised and sponsored by Jackson National Life Insurance Company and its parent company Prudential plc, in their stunning offices overlooking Capitol Hill. Attendees included Governor Dirk Kempthorne, former Secretary of the Interior and president and CEO of the ACLI and Dr. Mark Calabria, Chief Economist to Vice-President Pence. Many other distinguished guests from academia, industry and government were present. The presentation was followed by an enthusiastic discussion regarding how income for the retired can be bolstered and the economic challenges which lie ahead.

Following this David and Dean met with Jonathan Stevens, Senior Vice President for Thought Leadership at AARP a major interest group in the US, acting to enhance the quality of life for all as they age. Potential collaborations between ILC-UK and the international alliance were discussed. Jonathon provided a brief but informative tour of the cutting-edge technologies that AARP fund and help develop to improve the lives of older people. The trip was enjoyable for both David and Dean and exemplifies the growing influence that ILC-UK has thanks to the hard-work and dedication of the team.

Picture: David Sinclair (right) and Dean Hochlaf (left).

Written by Dean Hochlaf, Assistant Economist, ILC-UK

The 5th International Longevity Forum will focus on resilience in a long-lived world that is increasingly being defined by an exciting but bewildering fusion of new technologies across the digital, physical and biological domains accompanied by widespread cultural and economic dislocation.

National and international speakers will present their research, experience and reflections. Attention will be given to strategies that strengthen physical, social and mental well-being throughout the life course. The 5th International Forum will take place in Rio de Janeiro on October 19th and 20th 2017. It is organized by ILC-Brazil, with support by Bradesco Seguros.

The theme of ILC-Brazil’s 5th International Longevity Forum will be resilience and will take place on October 19th and 20th, 2017. The main sponsor is one of Brazil’s biggest insurance providers, Bradesco Seguros.

Any sudden, highly impactful event that forces inexorable change upon society is a revolution. We are being impacted by two unprecedented and concurrent revolutions today – the Longevity Revolution and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Longevity Revolution

The world’s population is rapidly ageing. From 2000 to 2050, the number of people aged 60 years and older is expected to triple, from 600 million to 2 billion. By 2050, it is predicted that about 22% of the world’s population will be aged 60 years or older. This is the “Longevity Revolution (The Longevity Revolution; creating a society for all ages, Alexandre Kalache 2013).

Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is “the inexorable shift from the simple digitalization that characterized the Third Industrial Revolution to a much more complex form of innovation based on the combination of multiple technologies in novel ways” (Klaus Schwab, Founder/Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum)

Longer lives will increasingly be experienced in the context of the rapid emergence of more and more new, highly interactive technologies. The ability to respond to both these revolutions is a privilege given to current generations. A large part of that response will require the construction of a much more resilient society. All individuals, in order to age well, must develop the necessary reserves to adapt, to identify/access support and to grow from the challenges encountered throughout life.

The 5th International Longevity Forum will focus on resilience in a long-lived world that is increasingly being defined by an exciting but bewildering fusion of new technologies across the digital, physical and biological domains accompanied by widespread cultural and economic dislocation. National and international speakers will present their research, experience and reflections. Attention will be given to strategies that strengthen physical, social and mental well-being throughout the life course.

Written by Ina Voelcker, Technical director of International Longevity Centre Brazil

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.

“You have heard a lot about population growth and just now that by 2050, there will be 10 billion people on this planet. But have you thought about how many of them will be older people and who will be those older people?” This is how Alexandre Kalache opened his inspirational talk at the Shell LiveWIRE weekend on March, 18th in the newly revitalised harbour area of Rio de Janeiro.

The young entrepreneurs aged between 20 and 34 were given food for thought, recognizing that it is they themselves who will be part of the large proportion of older persons by 2050. The Shell LiveWIRE programme, established in the UK in 1982 and in Brazil in 2002, offers free online business advice and funding to young entrepreneurs.

Picture: Alexandre Kalache, President of ILC-Brazil during his talk to the entrepreneurs.

Written by Ina Voelcker, International Longevity Centre Brazil

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).

After his keynote, he moderated an expert panel “Senior professionals: advantages and challenges for businesses” with participation of representatives from the Institute Mongeral Aegon, Dotz and Sodezo Benefícios e Incentivos.

How population ageing impacts the private sector was the central question of a seminar organized by the American Chamber of Commerce for Brazil in São Paulo. Alexandre Kalache, President of ILC-Brazil, was invited to deliver the keynote of the event.

After asking “who is it who has Money to go on cruises and to keep the hotel sector busy?”, Dr. Kalache suggested that, “by creating specific businesses, it is possible to keep hotels busy outside of the main season. In the real-estate sector, it is possible to offer products for seniors, who have resources and are not interested in apartments with three bedrooms…”.

His speech was followed by a panel discussion on “Senior professionals: advantages and challenges for businesses” in which representatives from the private sector participated.

Picture: Alexandre Kalache, President of ILC-Brazil with Rogério Bragherolli, Executive Director RH, Sodexo Benefícios e Incentivos, Henrique Noya, Executive Director, Instituto Mongeral Aegon and Fábio Sant’Anna, Director, Dotz.

Written by Ina Voelcker, International Longevity Centre Brazil

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.

As a contribution to the global review, group discussions with older people from four municipalities of differing levels of human development in Brazil were held during the month of February. Aim was to get a general overview of how well older Brazilians feel their rights are protected and how government policies have an impact on their daily lives.

The Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) is now being reviewed for a third time. The guidelines for the review and appraisal process, provided by the United Nations, foresee a bottom-up approach with substantial and very active participation of older persons.

In this context, HelpAge International and UNFPA are leading a global bottom-up review, entitled “Voices of Older Persons”. In 2012, this review was published as part of HelpAge’s flagship report “Ageing in the 21st Century: a celebration and a challenge”. For the third review, ILC-Brazil prepared, together with InterAge Consultancy in Gerontology, the Brazilian contribution.

Given that Brazil is a very large and heterogeneous country, it was impossible to gather a complete picture of older Brazilians’ perceptions of how their rights are being protected. Nonetheless, the results of four group discussions in four different municipalities of different levels of human development provide an overview of the problems encountered by older Brazilians in day-to-day life and their impression of progress, or the lack of it, in terms of public services.

Written by Ina Voelcker, International Longevity Centre Brazil

We are delighted to announce that ILC-UK Chief Executive, Baroness Sally Greengross OBE has been awarded a special Lifetime Achievement award by the British Geriatric Society (BGS), on the occasion of their 70th anniversary celebrations.

At a ceremony attended by patients, members of the BGS, doctors, nurses and healthcare workers, HRH The Prince of Wales presented Baroness Greengross with the award for her contribution to improving services for older people, and her ongoing support for the BGS.

Baroness Greengross sits as a Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords, and serves as Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia, and Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Ageing and Older People.

Picture: HRH The Prince of Wales and Baroness Sally Greengross.

Written by ILC-UK staff.

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.

Muriel, a past president of New York Statewide Senior Action Council NYC Chapter and an active member of NGO Committee on Aging Subcommittee on intergenerational relations, discussed various facets of her long career as an activist on the local, state and international levels.

The students, Seira Ikarashi, Sawako Hirata, and Minami Yusa, were intrigued, and asked many questions, some of them pointed: Do you think your voice is heard at the UN?; What can you do to influence the UN decision making on aging?; I hear much about the deplorable condition at many nursing homes, what do you think should be done? A student also commented, “I became very interested in what Muriel said about the rights of elderly, and her message about the mindset that you just have to keep working hard to achieve what is need to be done.”

Ms. Beach, who recently suffered from a street accident, commented about her dialogue with the students, emphasizing the importance of intergenerational solidarity:

“I cannot walk, cannot see well but sure can talk and apparently make sense according to the students. I love Intergenerational exchanges and do think this was an excellent one. I tried to inspire them to work intergenerationally when they returned to Japan. Their questions were thoughtful and they were very attentive. Their comments in saying goodbye revealed they benefited from their visit and I felt they were being truly honest not just polite. It was a great morale booster during this difficult prolonged period of recovery. “

Muriel continued:

“The future rests with the young and intergeneration work is so important. We must help them overcome ageism concepts they might have and make them want to spend time with their elders. All elders have lived interesting lives - talk about that to the younger generation not present a series of statements of Aging aching body issues. We have knowledge to pass on but must do it in a way to entice the young to want to be around us. I stressed today we need each other. I sincerely hope that other centers of the ILC group will also promote intergenerational projects.”

Written by Masako Osako, International Longevity Center Global Alliance Secretariat

 

 

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.

The Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, has opened up an economy that would be cashless and digital. For this, he has advocated the use of the mobile phone as a ‘personal banker.’

The President of ILC-I, Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, himself a scientist and technocrat of international repute, and Mr. Jayant Umranikar, Chairman, ILC-I, who also believes in dynamic innovation, believe that ILC- I should help seniors gear up towards such an economy and make the mobile/cell, a ‘friend’ of the elders.

ILC-I, arranged four such half-day training programmes with the support of Gharda Chemicals on the 16th of January, 20th of January, 8th of February and 15th of February 2017.

A professional software and technical expert was engaged to train the seniors in batches of 15 to 17 elders. Some of the young  ILC-I team staff members, all of whom were adept in mobiles and the related technology, also pitched in to assist and aid the senior citizens.

The training programmes were completely a hands-on experience for the seniors who were given basic information of the uses of a mobile, the various apps, how to download them, how to create a g-mail address, using of the various apps, especially for making online payments of utility bills like the electricity and telephone charges, using Facebook, What’s App, Skype and You Tube, amongst many other features that a mobile phone has to offer.

The phobia that quite a few elderly had towards the mobile phone was completely wiped off by the end of the training and the senior citizens were quite happy to use their mobiles for services other than just making and receiving phone calls.

ILC-I also distributed complimentary copies of a book on ‘Smart Phones’ written by the technical expert for them to refer to whenever in doubt.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable learning experience for the senior citizens, and their child-like enthusiasm and energy as they learnt how to use the mobile with all its different features was truly exciting.

Anjali Raje, Executive Director ILC-I

ILC-I applauds those who bring quality of life to the elderly, with its annual ILC-I Awards which recognize qualitative work done in the field of ageing by/for elders.

The annual ILC-I awards are a salute to the dynamism and enterprising spirit of organizations, individuals and other stakeholders advocating the noble cause of senior citizens.

ILC-I is committed to recognizing all those who work for the cause of senior citizens for which the ILC-I Awards have been instituted since 2010.

There are three sets of ILC-I Awards

- The first set of Awards are the late B. G. Deshmukh Award: in this there are two categories- an Award for a senior citizens’ organisation for “Promoting Qualitative Excellence in Ageing” for excellent work done by it for the well-being and development of senior citizens in particular and of society in general. Two senior citizens’ organisations were chosen for these Awards for the year 2016.

- The second category under the late B. G. Deshmukh Awards is the Lifetime Achievement Award given to a senior citizen over the age of 70 years for commendable work done by him/her in the field of arts including music and dance, culture, sports, literature, education, science and technology, medicine, social work etc. Two senior citizens over the age of 70 years were given this Award and a special ILC-I Commendation Award was also given this year.

- The second ILC-I Award is the late Dr. S. D. Gokhale Award given to a journalist for “Promoting Qualitative Journalism in Ageing’. This year the Award was given to Ms. Arati Rajan Menon, Editor, Harmony magazine, for her regular writings in the print media on the various issues and concerns of the senior citizens with a view to empowering the elderly to lead Participatory, Productive, Qualitative and Healthy Lives with Dignity.

Each of the above Awards carries a cash prize, a citation and a memento. The Awards were given away by the renowned industrialist and philanthropist, Ms. Lila Poonawala on the 30th of November 2016 at the Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune.

- The third ILC-I Award is the late Anjani Mashelkar Inclusive Innovation Award given under the aegis of the ILC-I Awards, and is meant for scientists/technologists who develop cost-effective products/services for the poor old. It is instituted by the President of ILC-I, Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, in memory of his late mother, Anjani Mashelkar. For the year 2016, this Award which carries a prize money of Rs. 1 lakh, a citation and  a memento was given to Mr. Mihir Shah of UE Life Sciences for the innovative gadget,  the ‘I-breast exam’.

This Award was given by Dr. Vikas Amte, the reputed social activist and doctor who caters exclusively to the leprosy-affected people on the 17th of November 2016.

Written by Anjali Raje, Executive Director, ILC-I

Elders trained to undertake practical designing and implementation for advocating and supporting the “Green Cause.” Documenting the work done and being felicitated for stellar work done was part of the feedback workshop.

This two days’ workshop was organized by ILC-I with the support of Gharda Chemicals on the 20th and 21st of October 2016 at YASHADA, Pune.

The invited participants were two office-bearers from each of the fifteen senior citizens’ organisations from different parts of the state of Maharashtra which had been awarded the ILC-I Awards since 2010.

The rationale for inviting the representatives of these organisations was that these organisations had a track record of doing commendable work for elders in particular and the society in general (and which had been recognized by ILC-I by felicitating them with the ILC-I Awards).The concept behind this workshop was to make a qualitative difference in our lives- and to engage senior citizens as the catalysts, to do so.

Our Environment today is very fragile- it needs proper nurturing and dedicated tending to- or else soon mankind would be faced with all kinds of environmental disasters that would make life on earth inhabitable for it.

Experts from the fields of rain-water harvesting, recycling, solid waste management, segregation of dry and wet garbage,  Community Cleanliness, Valueducation (wherein elders go to schools and orient children to the “Green Cause’, Vermicomposting and other such environment related subjects were invited to speak and give training to the participants.

The objective of the workshop was essentially to harness the wisdom, knowledge, energy and time of the senior citizens for working towards maintaining a green and sustainable environment, for which they are given training and information by the invited experts.

The trained senior citizens were to go back to their hometowns and with the help, support and cooperation of their Senior Citizens’ Organisation undertake one environment-protection initiative and implement it.

They were then asked to document the activity and send ILC-I a documented record by the 20th of January 2017, along with photographs, CDs/DVDs etc.

The representatives were once again invited to attend a one day feedback workshop on the 31st of January 2017 and report or present the work done by their organisations at this workshop. The best three projects were given shields and commendation certificates.

This initiative instilled a sense of qualitative participation, a feeling of dignity and productivity amongst the elders as they undertook an environment-protection and sustainable programme for the well-being of society and mankind. This was a singularly innovative example of the hidden potential that the elders have and what they can do when the right opportunity comes their way.

It is a pioneering endeavor undertaken by ILC-I and which was received with whole-hearted enthusiasm and sincerity by the invited elderly participants.

Written by Anjali Raje, Executive Director, ILC-I

ILC-Brazil hosted its 4th International Longevity Forum in October 2016.

This most recent event in an annual series brought together a deliberately diverse range of international and national professionals in the design, philosophy, architecture, social work and healthcare fields among others, to discuss a conceptual framework for age-friendly design in the context of the most recent technological advances.

Among the more than thirty presenters and panelists was ILC-UK Director, David Sinclair. Based on the discussions of the Forum, ILC-Brazil, in conjunction with a smaller team of designers, has produced the white paper "Toward Age-friendly Design" which is intended to be the first stage in an on-going conversation to give greater definition to age-friendly design in the 21st century.

The "Toward Age-friendly Design" white paper is informed by two key components - the active protagonism of older adults and the adoption of a comprehensive life-course perspective. The aim is to prompt younger professionals in the design and technology arenas to reflect on their own ageing and to find inspiration in the opportunities presented by age-friendly and age-neutral design – i.e. design that is friendly to all ages.

Additionally, it is hoped that this document will give license to older adults to reassess their relationship to both design and technology and to assert their role in the design process. The contention is that the new technology-enabled platforms provide enormous potential for decision-making at all stages of the design continuum.

The driving principle is that services, products, information, communications and their applications must be developed on the needs, the demands and the partnerships of all ultimate users, including older adults. The intention is that "Toward Age-friendly Design" will be a starting point for an on-going global conversation. An ILC-Brazil convened task force of leading international designers, technologists, gerontologists and other professionals will also take the discussion further.

You can download the document “Toward Age-friendly Design” from ILC-Brazil website, in Publications section. The translation into Portuguese and Spanish is underway and will be online soon. The edited video version of the presentations will be soon available too.

Written by Ina Voelcker, ILC-Brazil 

Picture: Speakers of the 4th International Longevity Forum

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

 

 

 

The inaugural Baroness Greengross Lecture was held in London on 23 November in celebration of the major contributions Sally Greengross has made to improve the lives of older people throughout her lifetime. A spirited and lively informal lecture was delivered by writer, journalist and television presenter, Angela Rippon OBE.

Following a welcome by Tom Wright CBE, Chief Executive of Age UK which organized the lecture, Angela Rippon shared her personal reflections on ageing focusing on the “joys, challenges, responsibilities and rewards of ageing.”

The joys of ageing are numerous and include “seeing the growth of children and young colleagues as well as witnessing history” according to Rippon. And although challenges are also many for older persons, she stressed that "it is important to recognize that it is never too late to learn something new” and spoke of the importance of older persons remaining open to learning new skills and continuing to challenge themselves.

Ageing also comes with responsibilities. Ms. Rippon asserted, “we should take responsibility for our own lives .. maintaining a healthy life style and doing proper exercises…. We also have a responsibility to support those who are vulnerable and need help.” Rippon stressed that older persons “should not waste their knowledge, wisdom, and experience, as we have a responsibility to leave the world a better place than [when] we started.”

Ms. Rippon also said that the ability to become one’s true self, rather than conforming to other people’s expectations of us is a major reward of ageing. “We should make every day, month, and year of our remaining lives a store of precious memory.”

Rippon concluded her speech, saying, “Ageing gives us an opportunity to look back and look forward to these four features I have talked about.” And she congratulated Sally for her life long commitment and contributions toward improving the lives of older persons.

Having thanked Ms. Rippon and Age UK, Baroness Sally Greengross responded, “I was truly inspired by Angela’s reflections.” She added that we needed to speak to people of all ages about ageing.

A middle aged woman who attended the lecture shared her view: “I am so encouraged by Angela’s message that it is never too late to learn something new. And Sally is a genuine role model for us. I cannot wait to attend the next Baroness Greengross Lecture.”

Baroness Greengross, CEO of ILC UK and Co-president of ILC Global Alliance, has been an independent crossbench member of the House of Lords since 2000 and chairs three All-Party Parliamentary Groups: Corporate Social Responsibility, Intergenerational Futures: Old & Young Together and Continence Care. She is the Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia and Ageing and Older People, and is Treasurer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Equalities.

Celebrated broadcaster journalist, and presenter, Angela Rippon is a dedicated supporter of issues relating to ageing. She has written fourteen books. A BBC newsreader for five years, Angela has worked in news and current affairs for over 40 years. She has been awarded the OBE for her services to broadcasting, charity, and the arts.

Written by Masako Osako, International Longevity Center Global Alliance Secretariat

Civicus and IDS (Instituto de Democracia e Sustentabilidade), with support of IABS (Instituto Brasileiro de Desenvolvimento e Sustentabilidade) brought together about 20 representatives of Brazilian CSOs.

The meeting organized by Civicus and IDS (Instituto de Democracia e Sustentabilidade), with support of IABS (Instituto Brasileiro de Desenvolvimento e Sustentabilidade) brought together about 20 representatives of Brazilian CSOs involved in the work on the SDGs.

After the opening, Haroldo Machado Filho, focal point on the Agenda 2030 at UNDP Brazil presented the SDGs, highlighting the differences between the MDGs and the SDGs and the importance of quantifying the goals in order to monitor progress. According to Haroldo, the statistical instruments to collect and analyse this data are not yet developed. He also mentioned an event organized by the IBGE (National Statistics Bureau) next week about the measurement of the SDGs. Haroldo also stressed that no country has reached sustainable development yet and that the achievement of the SDGs therefore needs to be a real collective effort, especially because no government will be able to do it alone. The support from the private sector, academia, CSO and the media is indispensable to reach the goals. He also highlighted that the SDGs cannot be seen in separate boxes, i.e. in isolation, despite being graphically shown in little boxes. He also presented the Agenda 2030 platform (agenda2030.com.br) and asked for feedback on it. He further highlighted that there are still very few indicators on the platform because the IAEG has not yet agreed on many internationally comparable indicators.

Petrina Santos who works for Civicus presented the results of the questionnaire that was completed by about 65 organizations in the second semester of 2016.

A few highlights on ageing and older people:
15% of the organizations that responded to the questionnaire (total of 65) said that older people were one of their target groups compared to 35% for women. The groups that most benefit from the work of the participating organizations are:

• Children and youth
• Low-income communities and favelas
• Women
• Others
• Black people
• Older people
• Unemployed people

Of the organizations working on ageing, 56% thought that there were few results in terms of public policy, while 38% thought there were moderate results. In most of the groups there was only a small percentage that thought that there were positive results or no results at all.

After these presentations the group discussed how these results can be used, if it is useful to plan a new questionnaire for 2017, whether and how the shadow report should be produced by the CSO and what next steps are. The importance of the research was widely recognised and it was suggested that it should be used to sensitize the population and other CSOs about the SDGs, despite its various limitations. It was also agreed that it would be necessary to have a communications strategy to disseminate the work and the importance of the SDGs for Brazil.

The participants suggested to have access to the information about the organisations that participated in the research so that each organisation can analyse who was reached and who should be engaged in the future. Ina Voelcker of ILC-Brazil who represented the Stakeholder Group on Ageing shared her impression with the group that very few organizations working with older people have an understanding of the SDGs and their relevance to their work, at local and national level. She stressed that at international level the Stakeholder Group as a strong voice having managed to influence the development of the SDGs.

Both, Development Initiatives and Datapedia presented sources of data for the monitoring of the SDGs and suggested that this should be used for the development of the Shadow Report which is due in the beginning of 2017.

Petrina Santos presenting the results of the research on SDGs.

Haroldo Machado Filho of UNDP Brazil at the opening of the meeting.

 

Ina Voelcker
Diretora técnica / Technical director
Centro Internacional de Longevidade Brasil / International Longevity Centre Brazil

 

The November issue of the UN Special magazine is dedicated to older persons.

Our representative in Geneva wrote an article about the importance of combatting ageism and describes the work of the NGO Committee on Ageing in Geneva. 

Read the article 
https://www.unspecial.org/2016/11/take-a-stand-against-ageism/

Or download the whole issue:
https://www.unspecial.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/UNSPECIAL_Novembre2016-web.pdf

The Executive Committee of the NGO Committee on Ageing with the Independent Expert, Ms Rosa Kornfeld Mate, following a Human Rights Council side event on older refugees.

 

Side event at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council organized by the Group of Friends of Older Persons. On the panel, The State Secretary of Slovenia, the ambassadors of Namibia and Singapore, the deputy permanent representative from Brazil, The Independent Expert on the Rights of Older Persons, Representative from Age Platform Europe and the Chair of the NGO Committee on Ageing as moderator.

Silvia Perel-Levin
International Longevity Centre Global Alliance (ILC GA) representative to the UN, Geneva

From the 17th - 20th October 2016, ILC Brazil participated in the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (UN Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador.

The conference successfully concluded with the adoption of the New Urban Agenda. At the conference we discussed the big challenges that cities will be facing in the future and how this New Urban Agenda can orientate countries and cities towards a sustainable urbanisation for the next 20 years.

The conference counted with the participation of more than 30.000 people from 167 countries. During the four days of the event almost 1000 different events were held. Among them, roundtable discussions and special sessions which specifically addressed population ageing and the challenges arising from it.

The Older Persons Partner Constituent Group, which defends older persons’ human rights in the discussions, organised a roundtable with participation of representatives from HelpAge International and the Global Alliance of ILCs. The representatives also actively participated in sessions on mobility, the rights of persons with disabilities, urban spaces and inclusive cities in which they drew attention to the fact that especially developing countries are experiencing rapid population ageing and that this results in new challenges for cities.

During the concluding high-level plenary session, Katherine Kline, co-chair of the Older Persons Partner Constituent Group delivered a statement on older persons’ human rights in the context of urbanisation, which was drafted by representatives of AARP, the NGO Ageing Committee Geneva, HelpAge International and ILC-Brazil. The two co-chairs of the Group also met with Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the UN, and had a chance to share their experience in representing older persons’ rights in the process leading to UN Habitat III with him.

Photo credit: UN Habitat

Photo credit: UN Habitat

On October 6 and 7, 2016, the International Longevity Centre Brazil (ILC-Brazil) held the 4th International Longevity Forum with Bradesco Seguros being the main sponsor. The Forum also counts on the support of Galderma and other institutional partners (SBGG, UnATi/UERJ and the Global Alliance of ILCs).

The Forum, which discussed the role of technology and design in an ageing society, brought together over 30 national and international experts from fields ranging from architecture to social work and from cosmology to tourism. The Forum was videotaped and an edited version of the presentations will become available in due course.

Another product, a blueprint or manifesto, is also being elaborated with the support of a group of designers. Two core components of the Active Ageing Policy Framework will inform and guide the process toward the creation of this document – the protagonism of older adults and the adoption of a comprehensive life-course perspective. The hope is to prompt younger professionals in the design and technology arenas to reflect on their own ageing and to find inspiration in the opportunities presented to everyone by age neutral or age-friendly design – i.e. design that is friendly to all ages. Additionally, it is hoped that this document will act as a license for older adults to reassess their relationship to design and to assert their role in the design process.

As a tangible product of the 4th International Longevity Forum, the document is intended to guide researchers, service and product developers from both the private and public spheres, entrepreneurs, businesses and the general public. The central principal is that services, products, information, communications and their applications must be developed on the needs, the demands and the partnership of all ultimate users, including older adults.

To access the full programme click here.

ILC Brazil

The new course ‘Healthy Ageing in 6 Steps. Let your environment do the work’ starts 1 December 2016 on online learning platform edX. Learn how to make healthy choices and adjustments to your lifestyle and environment to help you live a healthier, happier and longer life.

Learn how to make healthy choices and adjustments to your lifestyle and environment to help you live a healthier, happier and longer life. The brand new course ‘Healthy Ageing in 6 Steps. Let your environment do the work’, co-developed by Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing, starts 1 December 2016 on online learning platform edX.

Mismatch between old genes and modern environment
Instructor Dr David van Bodegom explains: “Many health complaints, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or joint problems seem inescapable diseases of old-age, but originate mostly from our lifestyle. A lifestyle that is dictated much in part by our environment. The mismatch between our ‘old’ genes – our evolutionary heritage – and the ‘modern’ environment is the reason that we cannot resist the constant stimuli that seduce us to make unhealthy choices. Do’s and don’ts cannot help us.”

A radically different approach to healthy ageing
Co-instructor Professor Rudi Westendorp adds: “This health course will take a radically different approach to showing you how to secure a lifestyle which will keep you healthy as you grow older. We have to let the environment do the work for us. By making small changes at our home, work, school or neighbourhood, healthier choices can become easier or even unconscious.”

Virtual excursions to Copenhagen and Ghent
Practical assignments will provide participants with the skills to re-design their daily environments to promote healthy, longer lives for themselves and their family, colleagues and neighbours – all the people with whom they share their re-designed environments. Participants will learn how to create their own healthy living zone. The course includes virtual excursions to Copenhagen, Denmark and to Ghent, Belgium to watch and learn how the environment can help you live a longer, healthier and happier life.

Free course on learning platform edX
This free course ‘Healthy Ageing in 6 Steps’ was developed by the EIT Health partners Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing, University of Copenhagen and TU Delft. The course is published on edX, an online learning platform founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012. EdX is one of the largest MOOC (massive open online course) providers and offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. In 2016, edX has more than 7 million students taking more than 700 courses online.

Please view the course trailer here: https://youtu.be/sCzZgSw4Xm8

For more details and to sign up for this course, please visit the edX learning platform.

A two day National Consultation on “Challenges and Opportunities of an Ageing Society” was organized by ILC-I with the support of Gharda Chemicals Ltd. on 18th and 19th of August, 2016 at YASHADA, Pune.

The objective of this National Consultation was to have the best minds in the field of gerontology to first identify the challenges through discussions on the current issues of elderly and then the measures to address these challenges and seek solutions which would prove that an ageing society can be the opportunity to showcase “Productive Ageing”.

As a nation’s population ages due to increased longevity, declining fertility and falling mortality rates, there are certain challenges that emerge as an outcome of the changed demographic scenario. The negative images and stereotypes of ageing, the myths associated with it, the lack of awareness about the issue and unwillingness to accept it as ‘an issue that needs the attention of society and the government’, become hurdles and obstacles that pose challenges to an ageing society, especially of a developing nation like India.

The challenges of longevity impact the health, financial and social aspects of an older person in particular, as also the community/society in general, and as the numbers of these older persons increase, these challenges need to be converted into opportunities, so that the ‘Challenge of Longevity’ becomes an ‘Opportunity for Productive Ageing.’

Population ageing is not and should not be considered as an ‘unwanted burden’, rather it is a treasure-house of knowledge, wisdom and experience and this bounty needs to be channelized in the right direction and used for alleviating not just the conditions of the older persons, but also those of society too. For this, it is imperative that the older persons themselves get rid of this ridiculous and untrue notion of being a drag on society and rather build upon their gained knowledge and experience and put it to good use through various ways for the betterment of society.

To get the scene rolling, we had focused on the challenges in the health sector, the market labour situation, the present social protection systems, the infrastructural set-up, and of course on the emotional or social needs of the elders.

Effort was also made to come up with broad solutions like encouraging entrepreneurship by older persons, volunteerism by seniors and the senior citizens’ movements as the means to overcome the challenges that come along in the wake of an ageing society and thus enable the empowerment of the elderly and nurture productive ageing.

Group discussions on how to come up with more specific measures and solutions to the challenges of longevity and make an ageing society an opportunity for the older persons to make life more qualitative, not just for themselves, but also for the community in general, were the essence of this National Consultation.

The Consultation focused on the challenges in the health sector, the market labour situation, the present social security systems, and the infrastructure set-up and on the emotional or social needs of the elders in India. The Consultation included renowned experts from all over India, research scholars, academicians, representatives of NGOs, gerontologists and geriatricians as well as the delegates of senior citizens’ organizations of India.

The outcome of the Consultation was the formulation of a “Plan of Action” based on the presentations by the experts and group discussions and interactions of the participants during the two days of the workshop.

A Pune Declaration citing the goals and objectives as also the recommendations of the Consultation was drafted and after its finalization with the consent of the delegates will be sent to the concerned authorities.

The inauguration session was held on the 18th of August 2016 in the presence of PadmaVibhushan Dr. R. A. Mashelkar (Hon. President, ILC-I), Dr. K. R. Gangadharan (President, Heritage Hospitals) and Mr. Jayant Umranikar (Chairman, ILC-I). Mrs. Anjali Raje, Executive Director of ILC-I welcomed the guests.

The experts who were invited to speak on the occasion were- Mr. Mathew Cherian, CEO, HelpAge India, who delivered the Valedictory Address and Dr. Siva Raju, Dean, School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences & Hon. Director, ILC-I.

Others who spoke on the occasion were- Dr. S. P. Kinjawadekar, President-Emeritus, All India Senior Citizens Association (AISCCON), Mr. D. N. Chapke, President, AISCCON, Mr. Sailesh Mishra, Founder-President, Silver Innings, Mr. P. Borgaonkar, Director, HelpAge India, Mr. D. T. Chaudhary, Dr. Alka Vyas, Dr. Jacob John, Dr. P. K. B. Nair, Dr. Nidhi Gupta.

 

ILC-India

ILC-I organized a lecture and an interactive session between the senior citizens of Pune and the Police Commissioner of Pune, Ms. Rashmi Shukla, on the 2nd of July 2016, at the Cummins Hall, Patrakar Bhavan, Pune from 10 to 1.00 am to mark the occasion of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Instead of marking it on the globally acknowledged date of the 15th of June, ILC-I had to hold the programme on the 2nd of July due to a change of plans of the Chief Guest for the occasion, Ms. Rashmi Shuklar, the Police Commissioner of Pune.

This programme was organized by ILC-I with the support of Gharda Chemicals.

The highlight of the programme was the interaction that Ms. Shukla had with the senior citizens who had gathered there.

Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, the President of ILC-I presided over the function.

Mr. Jayant Umranikar, Chairman, ILC-I, delivered the opening remarks and Ms. Anjali Raje, the Executive Director, ILC-I, welcomed the guests on the occasion.

 

ILC-India

A one day workshop on “Orientation of Seniors as Volunteers for the Niramay Arogya Seva Project (Healthy Living)”  was jointly organized by the Association of Senior Citizens’ Organisations of Pune (ASCOP) and the International Longevity Centre-India (ILC-I) with the support of GHARDA CHEMICALS LTD on the 3rd of August 2016 in Pune.

The Niramay Arogya Seva (Healthy Living) Project is an initiative of ASCOP which promotes silver years to be mentally, physically, emotionally, financially and socially qualitative and satisfying, as every older person has a Right to Health.

This ‘Healthy Living’ project works on the principle of active older persons who volunteer to provide their services to ensure good health for those elders who are living alone or by themselves.

This includes visiting such elders, communicating with them on a regular basis, monitoring their needs, especially those of health, taking them to the doctor or hospital as and when required, getting them their medicines/ assistive devices.

ASCOP, under this project has also worked out tie-ups with reputed hospitals, doctors, chemists and other health or caregiving services and facilities to make them available to the elders at concessional rates. Efforts are also on to facilitate medical insurance for the elderly.

Nearly 100 active senior citizens have volunteered their services under this project and it was with a view to orienting them to this project and what it entails, that, ASCOP and ILC-I, jointly organized this orientation workshop for these volunteers, with the support of Gharda Chemicals Ltd.

Experts spoke on several issues that provided information to the elderly volunteers on what is expected of them, the areas where their voluntary services are required, what are the values that a good volunteer must have and other such issues.

The workshop was inaugurated by Mr. Jayant Umranikar, Chairman, ILC-I.

The other guests on the occasion were Ms. Anjali Raje, Executive Director, ILC-I and Dr. (Ms.) Alka Vyas, geriatrician. Dr. R. T. Wazarkar, President, ASCOP, Mr. Madhukar Pawar, Executive President, ASCOP and Mr. V. V. Kulkarni, programme-in-charge welcomed the guests and the volunteers who had gathered there to be oriented and trained for this project.

Topics covered included information on organ donation facilities, assistive device centres, pathology labs, medicine banks, counselling and physiotherapy facilities.

The programme ended with a questions and answers session to resolve the doubts and questions that the volunteers had and to which the concerned expert responded in detail.

 

ILC-India

ILC GA leads and participates in high-level discussions on the human rights of older persons at the 16th session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC), at the UN in Geneva.

Two technical briefings on the human rights of older persons were held at the CRPD last month. The main target audience of the technical briefings were the members of the CRPD, but the events were also open to the public.


1) Friday, 19 August 2016: The Open-ended Working Group on Ageing and the UN Treaty Bodies

This briefing was organised by the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance (ILC GA) and the NGO Committee on Ageing, Geneva, with the support of Age International as a contribution to the substantial discussions building up to the upcoming 33rd session of the Human Rights Council (13-30 September 2016) in Geneva and the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on Ageing in New York (12-15 December 2016).

Presenting to the members of the CRPD committee, representatives from Member States, UN and NGOs, the briefing focused on the current state of the OEWG, the main arguments in favour of and against a Convention on the rights of older persons, what specific rights such an instrument might include, and what are the distinctions and intersections with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The point was strongly made about the existing protection gap and the urgency to move from debate to action.

The event was moderated by Silvia Perel-Levin, ILC GA representative in Geneva and Chair of the NGO Committee on Ageing, Geneva. Speakers were Klemen Ponikvar, from the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Slovenia to the UN in Geneva and Nena Georgantzi from AGE Platform Europe. 
Some key points that members of the Committee raised during the discussion:

  • It is a timely issue as older persons with disabilities have not been covered enough by CRPD.
  • A request that civil society organisations provide the Committee with short briefs in relation to the specific countries that are being examined or under discussion by the Committee. This will assist the Committee in asking specific questions about older people with disabilities to reporting governments.
  • Aware that CRPD does not cover all inequalities experienced by older persons, a call was made to make sure that “we do not undermine one right by giving another”. Careful attention must be paid to ensure that a focus on the rights of older persons do not undermine the achievements of the disability movement.
  • The importance of lifelong learning and technology to maintain autonomy.


2) Thursday, 25 August 2016: Access to CRPD by persons with Dementia

Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) and Dementia Alliance International (DAI) organised this briefing. Executive Director of ADI, Marc Wortman, moderated the event and panelists were Glen Rees, Chairman of ADI and Peter Mittler, Human Rights Advisor for DAI.

Strong statements such as “Dementia receives the worst care in the developed world” quoting a study by OECD, highlighted the fact that high-income countries have badly neglected people with dementia and that discrimination against older persons with dementia is a universal problem.

The CRPD Committee was called on to include dementia in the List of Issues, General Comments and Thematic Briefings of the CRPD and to monitor the extent to which persons living with dementia are included in the implementation of the Convention by Member States.

CRPD members agreed with the importance of including people with dementia in their discussions and made the connections with the briefing on older persons the previous week. Comments and questions by CRPD members included:

  • “If you see yourself in article 1, then you are included in CRPD. No need to ask others to include you”.
  • The importance to navigate the possible conflicts between the medicalization of the issue and a human rights approach.
  • The importance of new technologies in all social, clinical and other services.
  • The importance to include family and caregivers support in the discussions.
  • How many countries have human rights-based laws on older persons with dementia?


3) The 33rd session of the Human Rights Council takes place 13-30 September. Older Persons are on the agenda. Here are some highlights:

  • On Wednesday 14 September 12:00-15:00, Ms Rosa Kornfeld Matte, Independent Expert on the rights of older persons presents her report to the Human Rights Council. The report can be found here with and addendum on her recent country visit to Costa Rica. The session, and all the HRC can be followed online.
  • The Geneva Group of Friends of Older Persons organises an event on human rights of older persons: imperatives & desiderata with the participation of the Independent Expert. ILC GA representative in Geneva will moderate the session.
  • Two photo exhibitions on older persons will be features at the UN in Geneva during the HRC organized by Alzheimer’s Disease International and the Mission of Argentina.
  • A side event Respecting, Protecting, and Fulfilling the Rights of Older Refugees is organized by the members of the NGO Committee on Ageing.
  • Argentina and Brazil are proposing a resolution on the rights of older persons, which will include the renewal of the mandate of the IE.

 

Friday, 19 August 2016: The Open-ended Working Group on Ageing and the UN Treaty Bodies
Left to right (front row): Nena Georgantzi (Age Platform Europe), Silvia Perel-Levin (ILC GA representative in Geneva and Chair of the NGO Committee on Ageing, Geneva), Klemen Ponikvar (Permanent Mission of the Republic of Slovenia to the UN in Geneva)
. Photography by Nigel Kingston
 

The Centre of Expertise in Longevity and Long-Term Care, a member of the ILC–Global Alliance, is proud to share experiences with clinical implementation of a newly accredited dance therapy course for older adults with dementia, and their care providers.

Benefits of physical activity for older adults, even the frail ones or those with dementia, are well known and well documented. Our research team studied the effect of a simple dance-based exercise called EXDASE (Exercise Dance for Seniors) on various outcomes among nursing home residents. The results were presented in several scientific articles (titles and abstracts of the major ones are available on PubMed – for more details follow the links below).

The author of the dance therapy intervention is one of our colleagues, Petr Veleta, PhD. He has been dancing with older adults for several years now. Because the response and reactions of older adults to dance sessions are more than favorable, Petr decided to develop a one-day course for older adults with dementia, and their care providers. The course, titled “Music and movement as an activation and communication tool for the older adults with dementia and their care providers”, was accredited by Czech Alzheimer Association and Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, and in summer 2016 it was successfully implemented in ten nursing homes in the Czech Republic.

The course consists of two half-day sessions one month apart instead of originally planned one day session. It was preferred by both participants as well as the instructor. The first part is focused on theoretical issues and includes topics such as dance session preparation, music selection, contact initiation, physical activity vocabulary, reminiscence, emotions, motivation, appreciation or non-verbal and positive communication. The second part is based on practical demonstrations. The reactions were great. Most of  the 123 participants evaluated the course as exceptional and very useful. Older adults who took part in the practical demonstrations participated with enthusiasm and expressed enjoyment.

The fact that the combination of physical activity and music can raise strong and memorable emotions among older adults with dementia seems to be confirmed once again. We would like to share one of Petr´s experiences that speaks for all: During a practical demonstration Petr invited a lady to dance the waltz. She was very pleased and told Petr that she very much enjoyed the last time they danced waltz together… she suffered from severe dementia and Petr danced in that nursing home five years earlier. Is it possible that she remembered?

Effect of the Exercise Dance for Seniors (EXDASE) program on lower-body functioning among institutionalized older adults
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19934443

The effect of dance on depressive symptoms in nursing home residents
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24913212

Dance as Prevention of Late Life Functional Decline Among Nursing Home Residents
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26320145


  

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The Faculty of Humanities of Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic is delighted to launch a new postgraduate program called “Longevity studies”.

A major patron of this program is the Centre of Expertise in Longevity and Long-term care, a member of the ILC–Global Alliance, and most of its experts will serve as mentors and lecturers.

This 4-year program is designed to appeal to all students who successfully complete a master degree in a broad range of specialties and who want to establish a foundation in issues of aging and apply it in their clinical or theoretical careers. The aim of the course is to help address the multidimensional and complex nature of lengthening human lifespan from various perspectives.

We are very proud to announce that this is the first and so far only postgraduate program in the Czech Republic that focuses on such an important, and at the same time challenging, topic.

On Wednesday 9th November, ILC-UK will be holding its second Future of Ageing Conference featuring both UK and international speakers.

Our first conference, described by one delegate as ‘one of the best conferences I have ever attended’, was held in November 2015. The conference assembled experts from the fields of health, housing, finance and business to identify the challenges and opportunities posed by an ageing society.

The 2016 conference will take place at Central Hall Westminster, Storey's Gate, London, SW1H 9NH, UK, on Wednesday 9th November and we expected to welcome over 200 delegates made up of business leaders; charity sector experts; public sector decision makers; local authority staff; academics; and senior journalists.

Confirmed speakers for the 2016 ILC-UK Future of Ageing conference include:

  • Dr Islene Araujo de Carvalho, Senior Policy and Strategy Adviser, Department of Ageing and Life Course, WHO
  • John Cridland CBE, Head of the Independent State Pension Age Review
  • The Rt Rev. and the Rt Hon. the Lord Carey of Clifton, Archbishop of Canterbury 1991-2002
  • The Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell, Chair, NHS Confederation
  • Professor Sarah Harper, Director, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing
  • Dr Margaret McCartney, Author and Broadcaster
  • John Pullinger CB, National Statistician, UK Statistics Authority
  • David Sinclair, Director, ILC-UK
  • Jonathan Stevens, Senior Vice President, Thought Leadership, AARP Linda Woodall, Director of Life Insurance and Financial Advice, and sponsor of the Ageing Population project, Financial Conduct Authority

Early Bird tickets are currently available until the end of August 2016 when the tickets will increase to the full rate.

For more information about the conference, sponsorship opportunities and to purchase conference tickets, please visit the link below:
The Future of Ageing 2016
 

On July 29th the City of Veranopolis (RS) in the south of Brazil launched its Age-friendly Action Plan based on rigorous research with older people. The project is being developed as part of a public/private partnership between ILC-Brazil and CPFL Energia SA.

ILC-Brazil has established a public/private partnership to develop a Brazil-fit Age-friendly Cities model that can be applied throughout the South and South-East of the country. The project is financed by CPFL Energia SA, one of Brazil's largest energy providers - a company with a strong commitment to sustainability. The project utilises a federal law that offers companies and individuals the opportunity to pass a small percentage of their income tax on to a fund for older persons that is administered by the Council of Older Persons.

On July 29th 2016 the Age-friendly Action Plan of the City of Veranopolis (RS) in the south of Brazil was launched. Known for the longevity of it's population, the city has additionally been a focus of longitudinal research on ageing since the 1990s. Over a thousand citizens were involved in the initial evaluation which formed the basis of the development plan. Having completed the first phase, the Municipality is now committed to the implementation. The Mayor of Veranopolis formalised the request to join the Global Age-friendly Cities and Communities Network of the World Health Organisation at the Brazilian Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology Rio Grande do Sul winter conference.

Photo credits: Guilherme Augusto Zatti Pulita

From the left to the right: Edson Severo Braz, Head of Public Relations of RGE, a CPFL Energia company; Neide Maria Bruscato, President of the Council of Older Persons; Ina Voelcker, Project Coordinator, ILC-Brazil; Carlos Alberto Spanhol, Mayor of Veranópolis; Andreia Ferreira, CPFL Energia; Alexandre Kalache, President of ILC-Brazil; Emílio Moriguchi, professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul; Carlo Pereira, Head of Sustainability of CPFL Energia.

El Dia, one of the most read newspapers of the Dominican Republic invited Dr. Rosy Pereyra, President of ILC-DR, Vice President of INPEA and one of the pioneers of geriatrics in the country, to talk about the situation of older adults in a space denominated Colloquium of El Dia to which every week an important person of the Dominican society is invited.

Dr. Pereyra expressed sadness when recognizing that the country lacks public policies to protect the aged.  “Despite the fact that the older population is growing and today represents 10% of the total, the government does not seem to be considering to include in its short-term plans the development of any action to attend the needs of that group”.

The situation is very difficult, 59% of people over 60 are below poverty line and of them 24% are indigents.  Only 12% of older adults have a pension, because the majority of them, till 30 years ago, worked in the rural area in informal jobs and therefore did not contribute to social security, Dr. Pereyra said.

Furthermore, though the country has a new Social Security Law put in action 15 years ago and it stablishes a non-contributory pension equivalent to US$100 dollars a month, the Government has not implemented that regime because they prefer to have an action called Solidarity Card that offers a group of people the amount of US$20 dollars a month. According to Dr. Pereyra this shows that the Government considers older people objects of charity and not subjects, in other words, owners of rights. However, that has been beneficial for the party in power, because poor people vote for them to keep the little money that they get not knowing that they are being deceived because by law, they should get much more.

Dr. Pereyra spoke about the work of ILC-DR which has been empowering older people and showing them their rights so that they can demand them.

She also talked about the incidence of abuse and the very bad health coverage which affects the older population and about her concern because the Dominican Republic has not signed the Latin American Convention for Human Rights of Older Adults, an essential instrument to guarantee that older persons’ rights are respected and protected.

ILC Dominican Republic

Aging 2.0 promotes aging-focused Start-ups in its periodic pitch events where entrepreneurs are given a platform to display their products or services before an audience and a panel of judges.

The latest of these events was held in New York City on May 19th where nine new Start-ups made their presentations.

ILC-GA Representative, Muriel Beach, was one of the members of the intergenerational panel of judges. Other judges were Stephen Johnson (President of Aging 2.0), Patrick Freuler (Audicus), and Jason Shulman (Corigan Ventures). Crispin Baynes (Aging 2.0 NYC Representative) moderated the event. In the evaluation of the products, Muriel brought an older-age perspective and raised a number of concerns about the adequacy of some of the designs.

At the end of the event, she addressed the audience with a reminder of the absolute need to properly consult older people when designing for their needs. "Nothing for us, without us".

The image below shows Muriel with two young developers of a new walker. As someone who has used a walker for ten years, Muriel had much to say about their product and they have arranged to have an on-going dialogue about the evolving design in a truly intergenerational collaboration.

On 3-6 May 2016, the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH) celebrated its first 20 years. Collaborators from across Australia gathered to present findings from the study, and to discuss how researcher can be translated into policy.

ALSWH involves more than 58,000 women including three original cohorts recruited in 1996, and a new cohort of young women recruited in 2013. Over the past 20 years the study team have processed close to 250,000 survey papers, capturing information on 114 million variables. The women have also made more than 56,000 free text comments. Through these surveys we have been chronicling women’s experiences on everything from weight and exercise to mental health, life stages and how they utilise health services, with results presented in almost 600 hundred peer-reviewed papers, as well as major reports. The oldest women in the study were aged 70—75 years when the study began in 1996, and they are now 90-95, with over 4000 of the 12432 women who commenced the study still alive. Many of these women are still living in the community and describe themselves as in good health. Of the 65% of the women who died, around 30% were admitted to residential aged care during their later years. Through linked health and aged care data we are examining the women’s use of primary care, hospital, community care, and long-term care services over the course of their later life.

The study is also now at an exciting stage where we are seeing cross-over in the age of our original cohorts, and we also have a 20-year comparison in the 18 to 23 age group with our original and new young cohorts.

More information about the study can be found at www.alswh.org.au.

The information collected from women in the 1921-26 cohort of ALSWH provides a unique opportunity to understand the balance between healthy and productive ageing, supportive care, and greater levels of dependency, higher care needs and service use. Our survey data, provided by the women from when they were aged 70-75 years, allow longitudinal information on changes in health, function, activities and supports available to the women. The linked data provide detailed longitudinal information on their service use across different aged care services and settings and over time. Together this is a powerful and informative dataset that can be used to answer many important strategic, policy relevant questions about ageing and the care that women need and receive over the course of their later life.

Women in the 1921-26 cohort are now aged 90-95 years of age. Many of these women continue to participate in the six monthly surveys, providing detailed information about the health and health care needs of very old women. 

Between 1996 and May 2014, 8027 (65%) of the original 12,432 participants in the cohort had died, and 2089 had requested no more surveys. Response rates for the remaining participants are around 80-90% at each follow-up. Six monthly surveys continue to be mailed to these women on a rolling basis (six months after return of the last survey, or six-months after the last mail out if no response has been received). Some participants elect to complete their surveys over the telephone, and some other surveys are also completed “by proxy”: including telephone interviews, around 11% of women relay their answers to someone else, and another 6% of surveys are completed by another person on behalf of the participant.

The 1921-26 cohort summary provides results for women who had survived up to May 2013 (when the women were aged 87-92) - available at http://www.alswh.org.au/images/content/pdf/Cohort_summaries/ALSWH_1921-2_%20cohort_summary.pdf

  • At age 70 to 75 years 30% of the women were widowed, and 80% were widowed by 85 to 90 years. The percentage of women living alone showed a corresponding increase from 35% to almost 60%.
  • Most of the women lived in a house, though the percentage has declined from 75% to 58% over the study period, while the percentage of women in a retirement village, nursing home, or in a hostel doubled from around 10% to 20%.
  • Changes in SF-36 sub-scale scores showed a slight decline for the mean score for mental health, and a marked decline in the mean score for physical functioning.
  • The percentage of women who reported needing help from others for daily tasks due to long-term illness rose fourfold, from 8% at age 70 to 75 years to 34% by age 87 to 92 years. This change was also evident in the increase of scores that assess difficulties with activities of daily living (such as dressing and bathing) and instrumental activities of daily living (such as cooking and driving).
  • Women were also likely to be caring for others because of that person’s illness or disability. At age 70-75, women were twice as likely to be caring for someone else (17%) than needing care for themselves. By Survey 6, this ratio was reversed, with around 10% of women aged 85-90 years caring for another person.  The percentage of women who reported providing care for children on at least an occasional basis declined from 45% at age 73 to 78 years to 14% at 85 to 90 years.
     

Professor Annette Dobson, Professor Julie Byles, Professor Wendy Brown, and Professor Margot Schofield cutting the cake to celebrate 20 years of ALSWH.

A very powerful civil society organization called Citizens Participation which is the Dominican Chapter of International Transparency invited Dr. Rosy Pereyra, President of ILC Dominican Republic to participate in a dialog table to discuss the challenges and Perspectives of Public Policies for Older Adults.

Recognizing the need to implement effective policies for older adults in the Dominican Republic and the fact the our country has not still signed the Latin American Convention on Human Rights for older adults, Citizens Participation, organized a dialog table to bring into attention of the Dominican Government the need for the Latin American Convention to be signed so that we can start the implementation of effective public policies in the light of MIPAA and the mentioned convention.

We were three panellists, Mrs Aracelys Azuara Representative of the Organization of American States in the Dominican Republic who spoke about the need of the implementation of the Latin American Convention on Human Rights for Older Adults, Miss Maria Fernanda Ortega, Secretary of the Dominican Network for Dignity in Old Age who spoke about the Dominican Code of Rights for Older Adults and the fact that after 18 years of its promulgation have not been fully implemented. Finally  Dr. Pereyra focused on the Madrid International Plan of Action and the difficulties in its implementation due to the fact that it does not have a binding mandate and so the need for a convention.

The activity was directed to representatives of NGO’s working with older adults and civil society organizations and received a wide press coverage.

 

ILC South Africa, the South African Care Forum and North-West University (Optentia Research Focus Area) with the The Albertina and Walter Sisulu Institute of Ageing in Africa (IAA), University of Cape Town presented two workshops (in Johannesburg and Cape Town) on Presence and Attentiveness in Care during February and March 2016.

Attended by more than 80 participants, these day-long workshops were facilitated by Prof Andries Baart from the Netherlands and Prof Vera Roos from North West University, South Africa.

The workshops kicked off by contextualising the importance of ethics in the context of the growing number of older persons that will be in need of social and health care. Many health and social work professionals deal with older persons on a daily basis and their ethical attitude and engagement is a core part of how they provide care, and central to the caring relationship.

The workshops then aimed at operationalizing an Ethics of Care approach to everyday care practices by introducing participants to the theory of presence: the moral importance of relations between people, emotions as a source of knowledge, vulnerability, and the practices of care as sources of moral understanding.

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In January, the Columbia Aging Center hosted Asghar Zaidi, PhD, Professor in International Social Policy at the University of Southampton for a lecture that was also a side event during the United Nations’ 54th Session of the Commission for Social Development.

Dr. Zaidi presented key findings of the European Active Ageing Index (AAI) and discussed how the index could be developed further to become a global measure of older people’s active and healthy aging and well-being.  Dr. John W. Rowe, faculty member of the Columbia Aging Center and the Mailman School of Public Health Department of Health Policy and Management, introduced Dr. Zaidi; and Dr. Ruth Finkelstein served as discussant.

Dr. Zaidi has led the research effort of the European Active Ageing Index project and more recently has begun a collaboration with HelpAge International, where he developed the Global AgeWatch index.


Left to right: Asghar Zaidi, Ruth Finkelstein (Associate Director, Columbia Aging Center), Ursula Staudinger (Director, Columbia Aging Center); and John W. Rowe (Columbia Aging Center Faculty Member)

 

Exceeding Expectations, the digital narrative project of the Columbia Aging Center, was recognized by the New York Press Association with its annual award for best news of feature story.

Conceived by Ruth Finkelstein and directed, created, and edited by Dorian Block, the series was recognized in April 2016 by the New York Press Association for the narrative featuring Hank Blum written by Heather Clayton Colangelo. Hank Blum, an 85-year-old retiree who can’t stay retired, is an example of someone who benefits from the workplace and the engagement that work provides.

Despite several attempts to retire, Dr. Blum currently works at Metro Optics, a small business that received the 2015 Age Smart Employer Award, an initiative of the Columbia Aging Center to recognize businesses with hiring practices that favor a workforce of all ages.

Dr Hank Blum

ILC-Brazil’s report on “Active Ageing: A Policy Framework in Response to the Longevity Revolution” is now available in three languages. Its translation into Spanish has been launched in May.

The Spanish translation of “Active Ageing: A Policy Framework in Response to the Longevity Revolution”, published by ILC-Brazil in English and Portuguese in 2015, has been launched at the School of Public Health of Andaluzia on 11th of May 2016.

The translation was produced with support from Mónica Roque (Government of Argentina), Mayte Sancho (Fundación Matía, Spain) and Victoria Vargas and Giulia Fernández (Escuela Andaluza de Salud Publica (EASP)).

The President of the Province of Granada (Diputación de Granada), José Entrena; the Director of EASP, Joan Carles March and ILC-Brazil’s President Alex Kalache presented at the launch and spoke about Granada’s proposal to expand its work on age-friendly municipalities.

Download the report here.

Contact details: info@ilcbrazil.org

 

Based on the World Health Organization’s criteria, this project entitled “Municipalities for All Ages” is being developed by ILC-Brazil in partnership with CPFL Energia S.A., one of Brazil’s biggest energy providers.

In Veranópolis, a town in the South of Brazil known for the longevity of its population and longitudinal research on ageing, the first steps towards becoming an age-friendly city have been made and an important milestone been reached – the presentation of the results of the research undertaken with participation of over 1000 older adults.

Since the beginning of the project in 2015, a community profile and an inventory of services and programmes have been produced, working committees been established and qualitative and quantitative field research been undertaken. During the course of the month of May, the findings are being written up in a research report and used to develop emblematic projects which will be part of a city-wide action plan.

The same methodology is now being applied in other Brazilian cities, such as Jaguariúna in the State of São Paulo.

Contact details: ina.voelcker@ilcbrazil.org

Representatives of the local research partner with Carlos Spanhol, the mayor of Veranópolis (far left), Neide Bruscato, President of the Municipal Council for Older People (second to the right), Dr. Berenice Werle, President of Brazilian Society of Geriatric and Gerontology/RGS (second to the left), Professor Emílio Moriguchi of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (third to the left) and Ina Voelcker from ILC-Brazil

 

Meeting in Jaguariúna with representatives of the local council for older people, CPFL Energia, the Secretary for Social Assistance, Unicamp and ILC-Brazil.

Collaborating with the Dominican Network for Dignity in Old Age, ILC Dominican Republic (ILC DR) organized a seminar on diabetes on the older adult on April7, World Health Day. In addition to Dr. Rosy Pereyra, President of IL DR, seminar participants included President of the Latin American Society of Diabetes, the Director of the State Program of Essential Drugs, and the Director of the Department of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion of the Ministry of Health.

Taking into account that the Dominican Republic  has-a prevalence of diabetes of 10.4%, that last year we had 505,700 cases of  the disease and with a death rate of 25.25 per 100,000, ranking 92 in the world, ILC-DR and the Dominican Network for Dignity in Old Age found in the call from WHO to dedicate World Health Day to call attention to this health problem, an opportunity to let people know that this is one of the very common non communicable diseases that if not properly diagnosed and treated puts a great burden on the health system and the family and produces incapacity and early death. For all those reasons, we decided to organize a seminar that counted with the sponsorship of Help Age International under its ADA Campaign.

The seminar attracted more than 100 people including professionals in the field of aging, health care and government and general population. Scanning for early detection of diabetes and polyneuropathy was provided to people attending the meeting.

This year WHO declared Diabetes as the health problem to bring to attention to the health systems of the world and the general population. See the first WHO Global report on diabetes here: http://www.who.int/diabetes/en/" target="_blank">http://www.who.int/diabetes/en/

ILC-I is privileged to be recognized as the United Nations’ International Institute on Ageing (UN INIA), Malta’s Satellite Centre for the SAARC region.

As the UN INIA Satellite Centre for the SAARC region, ILC-I held the ‘in-situ’ international training programme on “Social Gerontology’ in collaboration with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), from the 11th to the 15th of April 2016 at the TISS campus in Mumbai, India.UN

UN INIA/ILC-I’s International Training Programme on “Social Gerontology” by IntLongevityCentre

Francoise Forette and Laurence Dorlhac published in January 2016 a book dedicated to the role of an evidence based medicine for an healthy aging  “J’ai choisi de bien vieillir”.

Life expectancy continues to grow and living longer is no longer an unattainable dream.

The authors of “J’ai choisi de bien vieillir” wanted to fight preconceived ideas and stock phrases and have  collected in this book “evidenced based” medical advice.

Choosing healthy aging is to give oneself every chance to live an active, warm, serene and open to life older age.

Advocacy for prevention, this “four-handed” written book , is for all those who wish to age in good health.


Rio’s Museum of the Future invites the visitors to think about what kind of future we want for ourselves and coming generations. ILC-Brazil’s President spoke about longevity, one of the five core themes of the Museum, on February 16th.

Rio de Janeiro’s newest attraction, the Museum of the Future, discusses how choices made today will influence the world future generations will live in. The public is invited to reflect about several global trends, such as population ageing and climate change, and how these change our future.

Dr Kalache, President of the ILC-Brazil and member of the board of curators of the museum, provided the content for the Museum’s displays on longevity. On February 16th, he held a lecture on “Longevity: is it possible for everybody to live longer and better?”.  He invited the audience to think about the City’s not too far away future when two-thirds of the population of the famous Copacabana beach neighbourhood will be aged 60 and over. He also inspired people to think about their own process of ageing by making them recognise that it is a lifelong process and that there is a lot we can do, both at individual and societal level, to guarantee that people can age actively in a world in which a large proportion will be over 60.

The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics and Hong Kong Association of Gerontology will be holding the “Gary Andrews Academy Workshop on Social Policy for the Aged” on 25-26th February, 2016 (Thursday & Friday) at the Hong Kong Association of Gerontology.

Professor Julie Byles (ILC-Australia) and Dr. Du Peng (ILC-China) join a list of experienced professionals will share their experiences within the Workshop. Below is the preliminary program rundown of the Workshop and registration form.

For more information of the Workshop, please refer to the below document or contact at Coco Woo on + (852) 2775 5756.

Gary Andrews Academy Workshop on Social Policy for the Aged_workshop

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