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 the Global Ageing Network 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.

Global Ageing Network Crew

  • Shannon Davis
  • Tessa Atkinson-Adams
  • Deborah Dailey
  • Bob Lagoyda
  • Mia Mullen
  • Marquita Crawford
  • Linda Zielinski
  • Lea Chambers-Johnson
  • Jamall Marsh

2020 Global Ageing Network Board, Toronto, Canada

2020 Board of Directors

Board Officers

Judy Martin, Board Chair (SAGE International, ThomsonAdsett, South Brisbane, Australia) View Bio…
Rich Schutt, Immediate Past Chair (Providence Life Services, Illinois, USA) View Bio…
Femada Shamam, Vice Chair (The Association for the Aged, Durban, South Africa) View Bio…
Stuart Kaplan,Treasurer (Selfhelp Community Services, New York, USA) View Bio…
Laetitia Daufenbach, Secretary(Sodexo, Global Seniors Segment, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)View Bio…

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Board Members

Marcus Riley (Ballycara, Queensland, Australia) View Bio..
Vincenzo Paolino (queerAltern, Zurich, Switzerland)View Bio…
Steve Cornelissen (Mercy Health, Victoria, Australia)View Bio…
Aad Koster (EAHSA, Netherlands)
Richard Semanda(Geriatric Respite Care Foundation Uganda (GRCF-U), Kampala, Uganda)View Bio…
Cheryl Wilson (St. Paul Senior Homes & Services, California, USA) View Bio…