NEWS:

Silvia Perel-Levin, chair of the NGO Committee on Ageing, Geneva and Representative of the International Longevity Center Global Alliance, led the morning briefing for NGOs with the presenter, Bridget Sleap, the senior rights policy advisor for HelpAge International on 16th April 2019. Briefing took place in the United Nations headquarters in New York.

The morning briefing was intended to serve as a way to help prepare participating  NGOs for the session in the UN assembly later that  day, including  presentation of oral statements. It also included the recap and analysis of proceedings in the previous day.

Ms. Sleap led a discussion that successfully analyzed two of the four topics covered in the tenth session of the OEWG: social protection and lifelong learning for older persons. She explained the arguments that member states used the previous day in opposing a convention on the human rights of older persons, and assisted assembled NGOs in how to successfully counter these/their? points. Ms. Sleap stressed that the human rights for older persons shouldn’t be just about “surviving”, but rather about providing them with the tools with which they can live a full life. She also stated that even highly developed countries still have room for improvement, and thus a convention is necessary to provide the required guidelines for such changes to actually occur.

During the Q&A session a lively exchange of opinions took place. Participants raised various questions and comments on issues such as “the availability of best practices” and “barriers for older persons to have a full life”. Ms. Perel-Levin closed the session, thanking the speaker and the audience for a very informative and meaningful discussion.

Written by S.K. Hartley, volunteer for International Longevity Center Global Alliance

Photo: From the left, Ms. Sleap, Ms. Perel-Levin, and participants.

TOP STORIES

Professor Julie Byles, Head of ILC-Australia presents on ‘Healthy Ageing at very old ages – perspectives of women from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, at the 53rd Annual Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) Conference in 2020.

After a successful first edition in 2019, almost one hundred participants (ranging from 50 to 74 years) started on 14 January 2021 with the free learning program Silver Starters, which was developed by Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing and Aegon. In 12 weeks, the participants will lay the foundation for converting their idea into their own company through online learning and coaching.

On the last day of 2020, the 300th story milestone was accomplished and published on Wij & corona (translated into Us & corona). On this Dutch story platform experiences of older people during these trying corona times are shared. With this we give the voice of seniors a stage and support and inspire each other! For example, Willem (71) tells how he tries to stay fit at home and Maarten (77), who is a heart patient and must be extra careful.

ARHIVE: