The Global Ageing Network is pleased to announce our 2017 Awards for Excellence Winners! Awards will be presented to all recipients at the upcoming 2017 Global Ageing Conference in Montreux, Switzerland in September 2017.

Global Ageing Network Excellence in Ageing Services Award

Penn Asian Senior Services (PASSi) (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

The Global Ageing Excellence in Ageing Services Award recognizes organizations and/or individuals for programs and services that are models of innovation and excellence and that contribute significantly to the quality of life of the individuals served.

The Penn Asian Senior Services (PASSi) is a nonprofit organization created by Im Ja P. Choi. The organization’s mission is to promote the wellbeing of Asian American seniors and other adults who are disadvantaged by their language and cultural barriers. Im Ja Choi created the organization during the process of caring for her mother who had cancer and spoke only Korean and couldn’t tolerate American food. PASSi became the first agency in Pennsylvania to address culturally considerate home care services for vulnerable Asian seniors and it is now one of the most dependable homecare agencies for Asian immigrant seniors in the State. Read More…


2017 Global Ageing Awards for Excellence in Applied Research Award

 

ViTA-ACH Group (Adelaide, South Australia)

ViTA-ACH Group project, led by Kirsty Marles, will be presented with the 2017 Global Ageing Award for Excellence in Applied Research. ViTA is a purpose built teaching, research aged care service in Adelaide, South Australia. ViTA has been designed to provide a new approach to aged care, to maximize collaboration and promote innovation in service delivery. The aims for ViTA are to embed teaching and research within the delivery of services which promote restoration and rehabilitation for older people in short term and long term care. Read More…

 

 

Nova Scotia Centre on Aging (NSCA) (Nova Scotia, Canada)

The Nova Scotia Centre on Aging (NSCA) will also receive the 2017 Award for Excellence in Applied Research. The Nova Scotia Centre on Aging, established in 1992, is a university-based research centre that conducts applied research on age-related issues. Its mission is to advance knowledge on aging to inform social policy and practice, and enhance the quality of life of older people and their families. The NSCA has worked directly with municipalities in the province of Nova Scotia to create more age-friendly communities, and this work continues to branch out to support and participate in initiatives locally, nationally, and internationally.  One of the key components of the NSCA’s success “has been its commitment to involving the community and government in the research process. It has achieved this by partnering to develop research questions, to engage in the research, to connect students and trainees with established academic and non-academic mentors, and to disseminate and implement research findings,” states Dr. Suzanne Dupuis-Blanchard, Director for the Centre for Aging Research at the Universite de Moncton (New Brunswick). Read More…


2017 Special Commendation for Ageing Services

In addition to the Awards for Excellence, the Global Ageing Network will be presenting a Special Commendation in Ageing Services to two organizations.

Purity Elderly Care Foundation (Nyeri Town, Kenya)

The Purity Elderly Care Foundation is a non-governmental organization registered in the Republic of Kenya to help vulnerable elderly members of society. The support provided includes, but is not limited to, compassion visits, cleaning homes, helping the sick to hospital, repair/rebuild dilapidated houses, hold free medical camps, observe International Days, lobby and advocate for their rights through family and government structure. Their main objective is “to organize, manage and coordinate collaborative support for the elderly members of society to live in dignity, peace and comfort in their sunset years.” Read More…

IRT Group-Kemira (Illawarra, NSW, Australia)

Kemira at IRT William Beach Gardens is a new type of age-friendly community in Illawarra, NSW that allows ageing people with intellectual disabilities to live with their primary carers in a supportive environment. It is the result of in-depth research by community-based aged care provider IRT Group, its disability sector partners, and the University of Wollongong into the limited house options for this group. Read More…