As of last week, Change Rangers is a Conference Partner for the 2018 IFA, International Federation on Ageing conference, Aug.8-10 in Toronto. While it may seem some time away, it is never too early to attract professionals from around the world to confer with us at the crest of our summer, to give them a chance to plan a vacation around it. Having planned and organized several international conferences, I know what it takes to pull off an event of this size and scope.
Under the title – Towards a Decade of Healthy Ageing, From Evidence to Action – there are four major theme areas, Addressing Inequalities, Age-Friendly Environments, Combating Ageism and Toward Healthy Ageing. Specific session speakers and topics are not yet finalized, but the call for abstracts will be closing on December 1st 2017, which is only two months away.
Keynote speakers I look forward to hearing will discuss two areas of futuristic concern to the field of ageing and longevity. Dr Andres Lozano from the field of neuroscience will share his recent research work on brain health and ageing; and Goldie Nejat, PhD – Canada Research Chair in Robots for Society and the Director of the Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics (IRM) at the University of Toronto, will be presenting on Robotics and the future of Healthy Ageing.
Given that next year is the 30th anniversary of the field of gerontechnology, this one particular element, robotics, will be of great interest. Suddenly not so surprisingly, we find ourselves at another modern renaissance moment, at the intersection where gerontology meets technology at the same point in time as advances in neuroscience are forging a new path for the experience of ageing and longevity.
If this sounds over the top, then it’s only my ongoing enthusiasm for exploring this fascinating frontier. While at the same time as we fly high with all this at the conference, we will be asked to be level headed and creative as we focus on the human problems in the everyday journey of ageing populations around the world. Healthy, active ageing is not only of concern to those who are currently older adults, but also to younger generations, fast-forwarding into the next decade.
If you check out the four theme areas on the web site you will see how vast this discussion can get and see this journey through multiple lenses, an international perspective, which is the one of the main benefits of attending this conference in August 2018. As news of the specific topics rolls out into next year, I will bring these forward in one of my weekly blog posts each month.