• Reflections from Kenya

    I had the good fortune to visit Kenya recently. It is a beautiful country full of sharp contrasts – bustling, loud cities and vast, quiet grasslands; rugged mountains and miles of empty beaches; Land Rovers and donkeys; Masai tribesmen clothed in red blankets and modern outfits from the local department store. It reminded me of […]

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  • Art-viewing Improves Cognition & Well-being in Dementia Patients and Caregivers

    A recent study conducted by the Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK shows that regular art-viewing sessions via touchscreen tablets may cause significant cognitive improvement and boost the overall wellbeing of dementia patients and their caregivers. The study was published online in the December issue of the Journal of Applied Gerontology. 12 volunteer pairs […]

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  • Case Study: Are There Enough Care Providers for Canada’s Future Elders?

    Dan Levitt, IAHSA Board Member and Executive Director of Tabor Village in Vancouver, Canada, shares his thoughts and insights about Canada’s rapidly ageing population and the shrinking number of care providers and aged-friendly resources to help them. The solution? A geriatric care system just as robust as the pediatric care model brought about by a […]

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  • Looking Beyond the Earthquake to Empower Elders in Nepal

    By Geralyn Magan Many still associate Nepal with the heartbreaking images of death and destruction that dominated television news programs after a devastating earthquake hit the Asian nation in April 2015. Despite its long struggle to recover from that natural disaster, Nepal still has plenty to teach the rest of the world about how to empower […]

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  • The Role of the Primary Care Physician in Managing Dementia

    Across the globe, the role of the primary care physician in managing Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has become central, and with increasing incidence of dementia and AD comes additional challenges. Extant research has examined knowledge primary care practitioners (PCPs) have about AD (Pucci et al., 2004; Turner et al., 2004). Some results have revealed adequate to […]

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  • Meet IAHSA’s New Board Members

    IAHSA welcomes four new board members in 2016. Richard Semanda is Executive Director of the Geriatric Respite Care Foundation in Uganda, a community-based organization focused on delivering geriatric and palliative care for older people. Richard has been active in a number of other organziations that advocate for and provide support to older Ugandans. Vincenzo Paolino […]

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  • Will a Drone Be Your Mother’s Next Care Assistant?

    by Geralyn Magan Americans may be warming up to the idea of using unmanned aerial vehicles — or drones — to deliver Amazon packages or take pictures of unreachable places like remote mountain ranges or hurricane-decimated landscapes. But what about using indoor drones to help older people get their hands on a bottle of medicine that’s […]

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  • IAHSA Members Partner To Launch Sustainable Goat Rearing Programme for Women Elders in Cameroon

    Community Development Volunteers for Technical Assistance (CDVTA) and Jack York of It’s Never Too Late partnered to launch the “Jack York Elderly Women’s Sustainable Goat Rearing Project” a sustainable livestock programme to assist elderly women and their families in the north west region of Cameroon.  Jack York met Francis Njuakom Nchii, Executive Director of CDVTA, during the […]

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  • Marcus Riley Elected IAHSA Board Chair

    Marcus Riley, CEO of the Hibernian Society, which owns and operates BallyCara, has assumed the role of Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA), effective 1 January, 2016. Riley has served as an IAHSA board member for 2 years. “In my new position, I […]

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  • IAHSA Board Chair, Margie Van Zyl, Offers a Reflection

    by Margie Van Zyl And so another year is drawing to a close – time to pause, and reflect. In order to embrace the new we must release the old. Just as a trapeze artist cannot swing from one bar to the next without letting go, an important part of our reflection should be to […]

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