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).


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

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

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

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

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