• The Case for Age-Friendly Communities

    By Robert Lagoyda The movement toward age-friendly communities is growing, with the key impetus being population ageing. In the United States alone, the population of 65 and older has grown from 4.1 percent in 1900 to 14.5 percent in 2015. By 2020, it is expected to increase to 16.1 percent, and by

  • How To Redefine the Role of Nurses in Aged Care

    By Geralyn Magan Aging services organizations should stop defining the role of the registered nurse (RN) in terms of the physical labor involved in clinical tasks, or the emotional labor involved in keeping residents and family members happy. Instead, says Christine M. Merzeder, clinical coordinator at Paracelsus Recovery in Zurich,

  • IAHSA Forum Explores the Role of Nurses in Aging Services

    By Geralyn Magan The role of nurses in the field of long-term care was the topic for discussion in late September when the IAHSA held a Global Ageing Applied Research Forum in Lyon, France. The forum took place in conjunction with the annual meeting of the European Association of Homes and

  • 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

  • Following Our Own Advice About Strategic Planning

    By Majd Alwan, Executive Director, Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) It’s hard to be successful in the field of aging services without also being attuned to the importance of strategic planning. That’s because our field is always changing — and those changes require a deliberate effort on the part

  • IAHSA’s U.S. Members Welcome International Guests

    As part of a tour of elder care services and supports in North Carolina, 20 delegates from the Korea Association of Senior Welfare Centers,  recently visited Carolina SeniorCare, a program of all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE). The international group is exploring ways in which they can better serve and

  • The Chinese Bamboo Story

    A Reflection by Richard Semanda, IAHSA Board Member There was a Chinese farmer who planted the Bamboo seeds for his family to survive. He watered and provided care day after day for a year and–NOTHING. Two, three, five years and still…NOTHING. The farmer grew tired of keeping his dream alive and

  • IAHSA Takes a Stand Against Ageism

    IAHSA is joining the World Health Organization in taking a stand against ageism on the International Day of Older Persons, 1 October 2016. Ageism flies in the face of all that we believe in–the fundamental worth of older people and their right to dignity, respect and choice. Ageing is not

  • NEW RESOURCE! International Journal on Ageing in Developing Countries

    The International Institute on Ageing, United Nations – Malta (INIA) has released its 2016 International Journal on Ageing in Developing Countries. The Journal focuses on those aspects relating to population ageing in developing countries, including biological, psychological, economic, social, political, medical, historical and spiritual dimensions. It includes five objectives namely:  drawing experts

  • Growing Connections: A Personal Journey in Global Ageing

    By Margie van Zyl Chapman, Immediate Past Chair, IAHSA Board of Directors My first attendance at an international conference was an International Federation on Aging (IFA) meeting in Durban way back in 1997. Back then boards in the aged care sector in South Africa were so busy on their treadmills, heads down,