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Age-friendly World Newsletter!

In this Newsletter:

• World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2018: participate in our Facebook Live chat on 15 June 2018, 3:00pm Geneva Time!

• The Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities wins the 2018 FiraGran Prize for 'Best Initiative in Favour of Older People'

• Updating your Age-friendly World Member Profiles: including a new video guide

• New Publication: Contemporary Perspectives on Ageism (open access)

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day:

15 June 2018

15 June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. 1 in 6 older people around the world are subjected to abuse, and many cases of abuse are not reported. Globally the numbers of people affected are predicted to rise as many countries are experiencing rapidly ageing populations.

Cities and communities have a central role in ensuring that elder abuse is addressed. This can be done through:

• Recognising elder abuse as a serious problem

• Raising awareness about the health and social burden of elder abuse

• Providing caregiver support to prevent elder abuse before it occurs and professional awareness of the problem

• Implementing existing evidence-based interventions to prevent and respond to elder abuse such as helplines

• Evaluate if the interventions being used in your community are working and if not stop them - for example home visitation by police and social workers for victims of elder abuse may in fact have adverse consequences, increasing elder abuse

• Testing other interventions that show promise such as school-based intergenerational programmes (to decrease negative societal attitudes and stereotypes towards older people) 

• Collaborate across sectors (education, health, social care, police) to address elder abuse

Participate in the elder abuse Facebook Live chat with WHO! Friday June 15, 3:00pm Geneva Time (9:00am Eastern Time).

Questions can be submitted on Facebook, or by email in advance to gnafcc@who.int.

Facts about elder abuse

Visit our page on elder abuse

View our infographics

Explore data on elder abuse around the world

The Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities wins

FiraGran Prize 2018

The WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities has won a XVIII FiraGran Foundation Award in "Best Initiative in Favour of Older People". The Prize was collected on 23 May 2018 by Carmen Balfag√≥n, general director of the Institute for Older Persons and Social Services (IMSERSO), an Affiliate of the Global Network. 

The FiraGran Awards are organized by the FiraGran Foundation in Spain, to highlight individuals and organisations that have promoted the contribution of older people to society, and the establishment of measures in favour of healthy ageing.

For more information, visit the FiraGran website.

Update your profile page!

If you are a member of the Network, one of the best new features of our updated website is the opportunity to showcase your city or community's progress on the WHO Age-Friendly Cycle directly on your member profile page. This not only helps you feature more prominently at the international level, but can also give you opportunities for collaboration with other cities, and allow us to give you the necessary support.

Watch our new video guide to updating your profile here.  

On your profile page you can share:

• The commitment letter from your mayor or city leadership 

• Your baseline assessment 

• Your strategy and action plan

• Your evaluation 

• Age-friendly practices that you submit, once edited by us, are also shared on your member page

Did you know? New membership certificate

You can also download your new membership certificate directly from your profile page once you login!  

Be a featured member! 

We will be choosing up to 24 completed profiles to highlight on the front page of Age-friendly World over the next year. Make sure your profile is updated by 1 July 2018 to be considered.

Keep your membership

It is a requirement of membership to maintain an updated profile page, to show progress and active participation. We encourage you to login regularly to provide updates. 

How do I update my page?

You can find the guide for updating your profile from your Member's Space. You can access this page when you are logged in, here. You can also watch our new video guide for updating your profile.

Should you have any questions regarding updates, please do not hesitate to contact us at gnafcc.admin@who.int

New Open Access Publication:

Contemporary Perspectives on Ageism

This open access book provides a comprehensive European perspective on the concept of ageism, its origins, the manifestation and consequences of ageism, as well as ways to respond to and research ageism. The book represents a collaborative effort of researchers from over 20 countries and a variety of disciplines, including psychology, sociology, gerontology, geriatrics, pharmacology, law, geography, design, engineering, policy and media studies. The contributors have collaborated to produce a book on ageism which brings a clear overview of the state of the art in the field. The book serves as a catalyst to generate research, policy and public interest in the field of ageism and to reconstruct the image of old age and will be of interest to researchers and students in gerontology and geriatrics.

Read the open access book here


About us

Age-friendly World is a World Health Organization website dedicated to promoting age-friendliness around the world. The World Health Organization Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities (GNAFCC) is a global coalition of cities and communities committed to becoming more age-friendly. We currently consist of 600 member cities and communities in 38 countries, covering a population of over 190 million people. 

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