Welcome to the May

Age-friendly World Newsletter!

In this Newsletter:

• WHO/IFA Webinar (3 May) - An Introduction: The Decade of Healthy Ageing

• New Articles: Age-friendly Cities and Communities in the AARP Journal, and the Global Campaign to Combat Ageism in the New York Times 

• Call for age-friendly exhibitors at the Silver Economy Forum, Helsinki (9-10 July)

• IFA 15th Global Conference on Ageing: "Rights Matter"

• World Alzheimer Report 2019 Survey: make your voice heard (closes 14 June 2019)

• Webinar: Integrated care for older people (ICOPE)

WHO/IFA Webinar (3 May) –

An Introduction:

The Decade of Healthy Ageing 

The IFA and WHO Department of Ageing and Life Course are pleased to announce the eleventh in a series of webinars that are part of an ongoing dialogue to bring together knowledge, new ideas and innovation around Healthy Ageing. 

The webinar An Introduction: The Decade of Healthy Ageing will take place on 3 May (Fri) from 1:00-2:00pm GMT.

The presenter is Dr Mary Manandhar, Technical Officer, Department of Ageing and Life Course at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. 

The webinar will introduce the Decade of Healthy Ageing as a global collaboration led by WHO aimed at bringing together governments, international agencies, health professionals, academia, the media, the private sector and civil society to improve the lives of older people, their families and the communities they live in. For more information, please see the first update on the Decade here.

Please join us for an opportunity to discuss the Decade with fellow colleagues and practitioners interested in Healthy Ageing

Register for the webinar here

New Articles

Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus (WHO Director-General) and Alana Officer (coordinator of GNAFCC) discuss age-friendly cities and communities in the AARP Journal

'The quest for better health of older people will be won or lost in our cities.'

In this article, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (WHO Director-General) and Alana Officer (coordinator of the Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities) discuss how cities and communities directly affect health at all ages, through shaping barriers and incentives that affect opportunities, decisions, and behaviour.

Considering urbanisation and population ageing together as two 'certain' trends amidst a time of unpredictable challenges for health, the authors highlight how 'age-friendly cities and communities across the world will be key to achieving a healthier, safer, and fairer world for everyone, everywhere'.

Read the article in the AARP Journal here

Explore the Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities

Paula Span from the New York Times writes about the Global Campaign to Combat Ageism

'When internalized by older adults themselves, ageist views can lead to poorer mental and physical health.'

Paula Span, who writes a series on the New York Times called 'A New Old Age' exploring population ageing, discusses ageism and the WHO's Global Campaign to Combat Ageism in a new article. Beginning with a series of personal experiences with everyday ageism, the author highlights the progress of four WHO-supported studies examining and evaluating the existing evidence on ageism.  

The results of these studies will culminate in a WHO report on ageism to be published within a year. 

Read the New York Times article here

Find out more about the Global Campaign to Combat Ageism

Call for Age-friendly Exhibitors at

The Silver Economy Forum, Helsinki 

(9-10 July 2019)

On 9-10 July in Helsinki, the Global Coalition on Aging and the Finnish Government will host The High-Level Forum on the Silver Economy, the first-ever gathering of government leaders, CEOs, and leading thinkers from global institutions including the WHO, academia and NGOs focused solely on the implications and opportunities of our growing Silver Economy.  

The conference organisers wish to display your Age-Friendly Cities and Communities on their trade show floor as examples of innovation in the Silver Economy, with opportunities to network with like-minded leaders and engage with potential new partners.

For more information, read the flyer and contact Nancy at nancy@globalcoalitiononaging.com or visit www.thesilvereconomyforum.com.

IFA 15th Global Conference on Ageing: “Rights Matter” – Registration and Abstract Submission Open

The International Federation on Ageing’s 15th Global Conference on Ageing is now open for registration and abstract submissions. The conference will be held at Niagara Falls, Canada from 1 – 3 November 2020, and invites delegates to respond to the intersection of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the priorities of the WHO Global strategy and action plan on ageing and health (2016 - 2030) under the theme “Rights Matter”.

The IFA Global Conference on Ageing is an international platform to improve understanding of age-friendly environments, to debate the solutions to address inequalities, to confront the reality of ageism, and to delve into what it means to enable the functional ability of an older person. The 14th edition of the Conference held in Toronto, Canada on 8 – 10 August 2018 was attended by over 1,200 delegates, and more than 400 abstracts were accepted into the programme. 

For more information, access the Conference website here

Register for the Conference as a delegateexhibitor, or volunteer

Submit an abstract for proposed papers, symposiums, workshops, and posters (deadline 30 June 2020)

World Alzheimer Report 2019 Survey: Your attitudes around Dementia

(closes 14 June 2019)

Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) has commissioned the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) to create the world’s largest survey on people’s attitudes around dementia, which will form the basis for the World Alzheimer Report 2019, to be released in September 2019. 

ADI’s survey is fully anonymous, accessible and available both online and offline in multiple languages. The survey will only take around 10 minutes of your time but completing it will benefit people with dementia all over the world.

The questions are predominantly multiple choice and targeted to four key sociodemographic groups:

• the general public;

• health and care professionals;

• people living with dementia; and

• carers of people with dementia.

The survey closes on 14 June 2019 (Fri). Please take this opportunity to make your voice heard and spread the word!

Access the survey in all available languages

Download the survey’s information sheet

Webinar: Integrated care for older people (ICOPE) 

Healthy Ageing supports all people to be and do what they have reason to value through optimising individual capacities as well as promoting age-friendly environments. The WHO Integrated care for older people (ICOPE) approach is a community-based model that places older people’s needs at the centre of a cohesive health and social care. On 5 March 2019, a joint WHO/EU FrailSafe webinar explored the ICOPE approach and the role of technology in promoting Healthy Ageing.  

Listen to the webinar recording

Find out more about ICOPE


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