Members of the ILC Global Alliance got together at the IFA’s 16th Global Conference on Ageing in Bangkok, Thailand, last June. Representatives of ILCs from Canada, Singapore, United Kingdom, South Africa and Australia, as well as ILC GA Secretariat Silvia Perel-Levin, attended the conference.

Members of the ILC Global Alliance attended and presented at the International Federation on Ageing – IFA’s 16th Global Conference on Ageing, in Bangkok, Thailand, from 27 to 30 June 2023.

ILCs from Canada, Singapore, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Australia, as well as ILC GA Secretariat Silvia Perel-Levin, attended the event.

Representing the ILC-UK, David Sinclair, Chief Executive, and Arunima Himawan, Senior Health Research Lead, held a series of presentations at the conference.

  • Paper presentation – Vaccine confidence in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Paper presentation – Innovating on the high street to support people with dementia
  • Paper presentation – Moving the margins: improving adult pneumococcal vaccine uptake in marginalised groups
  • Paper presentation – Life course immunisation across the G7 and G20
  • Paper presentation – Generation Vax: Leveraging intergenerational relations to increase uptake of vaccination
  • Paper presentation – Holding us back? Tackling inequalities in the detection and treatment of structural heart disease in Europe
  • Pfizer Symposium – Transforming the Approach to Healthy Ageing: The Importance of a Life Course Approach to Vaccination for Older Adults
  • Workshop – Healthy Ageing and Prevention Index



We are getting older and more diverse, and that brings challenges. We cannot solve these challenges through healthcare alone. We also need municipalities, schools, companies, housing associations and older people themselves to achieve an age-friendly society. This requires cross-domain collaboration. But how can we achieve that?

In partnership with ILC-UK, the ILC Europe Network hosted its inaugural conference in Brussels on 6 March 2024 to explore the challenges and opportunities associated with an ageing European society. Other ILC Global Alliance members in attendance included ILC-Czech Republic, ILC-France and ILC-Netherlands.

Much more attention needs to be paid to the positive effects of the use of art in healthcare. Art makes people feel better and helps them to better cope with their illness. Art can also mean a lot in the social domain and prevention, and in shortening hospital admissions.