Our Mission

The mission of The Global Ageing Network is to connect and support care and service providers worldwide to enhance quality of life for ageing.

Our mission is advanced through education, leadership, collaboration and research. Our members include professionals and organizations in ageing services, governments, volunteer organizations, businesses, academics, researchers and architects that specialize in design for ageing.


Who We Are

International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA) dba The Global Ageing Network is an international network of leaders in ageing services, housing, research, technology and design. We bring together experts from around the world, lead education initiatives and provide a place for innovative ideas in senior care to be born. We pave the way to improve best practices in aged care so that older people everywhere can live healthier, stronger, more independent lives.


Our History

The Global Ageing Network was founded as the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA) in 1994 by an international group of leaders who realized that the global ageing phenomenon would have a profound impact on our earth’s elders. Their vision was to create a platform for policymakers, researchers, business and ageing services providers to collectively share their knowledge and best practices to enhance quality of care for the elderly. Over the years The Global Ageing Network has created an international forum for the exchange of research, services, products and training that make up the Global Ageing Network.


Our Goal

To promote quality services for the ageing
To connect researchers and providers through applied research
To provide a forum for professional networking and an exchange of information for all persons interested in ageing, care of the ageing, design and accessibility for the ageing
To promote and provide education and training on global issues pertaining to ageing
To disseminate pertinent and timely information regarding ageing issues.


Our Team

Katie Smith Sloan

Katie Smith Sloan comes to IAHSA after over 30 years of experience working on aging issues, including serving as President & CEO of LeadingAge, a U.S.-based national organization representing not-for-profit community based organizations providing services to people as they age.

IAHSA Crew

  • Tessa Atkinson-Adams
  • Renee Green
  • Bob Lagoyda
  • Mia Mullen
  • Taryn Patterson
  • Ethel Stewart
  • Charlie Visconage

2017 Board of Directors

2015 Board Photo Perth

IAHSA Board of Directors, Perth Australia August 2015

Board Officers

Marcus Riley, Board Chair (Ballycara, Queensland, Australia) View Bio…
Margie Van Zyl Chapman, Immediate Past Chair (Geratec, Cape Town, South Africa) View Bio
Julienne Meyer, Vice Chair (My Home Life, City, United Kingdom) View Bio
Markus Leser, Secretary (Curaviva, Switzerland) View Bio…
Tom Hill, Treasurer (IAHSA-China, China) View Bio…

Board Members

Vivienne Allanson (Aged & Community, Australia) View Bio…
Rich Browdie (Benjamin Rose, Ohio, USA) View Bio…
Stuart Kaplan (Selfhelp Community Services, New York, USA) View Bio...
Colin King (Sodexo’s Global Healthcare & Senior Living, United Kingdom) View Bio…
Emi Kiyota (Ibasho, Maryland, USA) View Bio…
Aad Koster (EAHSA, Netherlands) View Bio…
Dan Levitt (Tabor Village, British Columbia, Canada) View Bio…
Vincenzo Paolino (queerAltern, Zurich, Switzerland) View Bio…
Rich Schutt (Providence Life Services, Illinois, USA) View Bio…
Richard Semanda (Geriatric Respite Care Foundation Uganda (GRCF-U), Kampala, Uganda) View Bio…
Femada Shamam (The Association for the Aged, Durban, South Africa) View Bio…
Mark Spitalnik (IAHSA-China, China) View Bio…
Cheryl Wilson (St. Paul Senior Homes & Services, California, USA) View Bio…