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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.

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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.

This year we have been celebrating our 30th anniversary.

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