• Cultural Perceptions Limit Care and Resources for Nigerian Elders

    Nigerian elders are largely revered for their wisdom and are considered a blessing within families. As a result, it is culturally unacceptable to place parents or grandparents under what is referred to as “external care”. It follows, therefore, that there are few assisted living communities and only 13 nursing homes in all of Nigeria. Nigeria has […]

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  • Blue Zones: Lessons About Health and Ageing

    Dan Buettner’s Blue Zones should be instructive for all of us. They are as much about longevity as about health and well-being, no matter how long you live. His research–conducted on the ground in places where people are known to live to 100 or more–is despositive. Exercise need not involve spandex and mirrors. Walk. Food […]

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  • World Health Organization Releases World Report on Health and Ageing

    LeadingAge and  IAHSA applaud the WHO for its comprehensive World Report on Health and Ageing. At a time of unprecedented demographic shifts, it is appropriate to take a hard look at what we know – and what we don’t know about ageing. WHO’s analysis correctly suggests that we need  to “move the debate about the […]

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  • UN Ratifies Sustainable Development Goals to Include Healthy Ageing

    On September 25, 2015, 193 nations joined together to formally ratify the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s or Global Goals). IAHSA applauds the UN for including age in the goals and targets and commends the pledge to “leave no one behind.” Among the goals are to “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.” […]

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  • Congratulations to IAHSA’s 2015 Leadership Fellows!

    IAHSA’s inaugural Global Leadership Retreat was launched in conjuction with the IAHSA-ACSA Global Ageing Conference in Perth Australia. On 31 August 2015, 23 international leaders came together for 2 1/2 days to learn from one another and from experienced leaders in the field of ageing. The retreat was led by facilitators, Kay Kallandar and Jeremy Neely, and […]

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  • A Reflection on Perth – 2015 Conference Highlights

    IAHSA’s 11th Bi-Annual Conference was, by all accounts, a big success. With the theme of “Global Communities Coming Together”, over 800 delegates from around the world converged on Perth to tackle some of the thorniest issues in aged care and services and to commit to working together to solve them. Katie Smith Sloan, Executive Director of […]

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  • Implementing the Inter-American Convention on Protecting the Human Rights of Older Persons: A Call for Action

    By Taryn Patterson On September 3rd, 2015 a series of experts and human rights leaders addressed the plenary session of a convening charged with outlining actionable steps to implement the Inter-American Convention on Protecting the Human Rights of Older Persons. The event was held at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Regional Office for the […]

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  • WHO Requests Public Feedback on Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing

    The World Health Organization (WHO) is requesting public consultation on Draft zero of the “Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health”. The consultation seeks feedback from individuals and institutions with an interest in fostering healthy and active ageing worldwide. Input from this effort will be used towards the development of Draft 1 “Global Strategy and Action Plan” agreement. […]

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  • The Language of Dementia

    “Words are powerful. The use of appropriate words can dramatically help to reshape attitudes, actions, and thoughts about people who are living with dementia. Rather than disrespecting and diminishing any person, all words used shoudl be supportive, respectful and life-affirming.” This important reminder was the conclusion of the compelling report written by the Dementia Action […]

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