• Join Us in Our Fight Against Elder Abuse

    World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15, 2017. The theme of this year’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is “Understand and End Financial Abuse of Older People: A Human Rights Issue”. While the  topic of elder abuse has started to gain visibility, it remains one of the least reported, investigated, and nationally addressed forms of […]

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  • UN Hosts 7th Working Session of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing

    The Global Ageing Network was well-represented at the Seventh Working Session of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing at the United Nations in December. Board Chair Marcus Riley joined the Network’s UN liaisons, Bill Smith and Katie Weiss, along with Executive Director Katie Smith Sloan for the meetings. The Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG) was established by […]

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  • Take a Stand Against Ageism

    By Katie Smith Sloan The International Day of Older Persons in early October focused on the World Health Organization’s campaign against ageism – Take a Stand Against Ageism. On October 6th at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, ambassadors from Argentina and Singapore joined the chorus of NGO’s and others in advocating for a “whole […]

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • HelpAge International Releases Global AgeWatch Index 2015

    HelpAge International released its Global AgeWatch Index 2015 at the United Nations today.  The index draws on a number of data points to rank the best and worst countries in which to grow old. Switzerland ranked at the top this year, followed closely by Sweden, Germany and Canada. United States ranked 9th. At the bottom of […]

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  • Active Ageing Index Shows Winners and Losers

    Active Ageing Index Shows Winners and Losers The E.U.’s latest Active Ageing Index shows that the affluent Nordic and Western European countries top the ranking with Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and the U.K. at the top. The scores indicate that in these four countries, ageing is a coherent policy area that leaves nobody behind. Greece […]

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  • Older People Speak Out about Discrimination and Human Rights

    Over 2000 older persons from around the world have shared their views about how older people are being discriminated against and the impact it has had on their lives. The vast majority have said they were treated differently and discriminated against simply because of their older age. For some, being treated differently was sometimes positive. […]

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  • “The World We Want” — Join the UN Campaign!

    As the United Nations looks to adopt the proposed the 2015 Sustainability Development Goals. IAHSA has joined other NGO’s to ensure that ageing is among the priorities. The United Nations is reaching out to find out what matters to people the most through its “World We Want” campaign.  Lend your voice! What are the key challenges […]

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