Towards a Decade of Healthy Ageing, From Evidence to Action
Change Rangers is a Conference Partner for the International Federation on Ageing – IFA 2018 – August 8 -10 in Toronto.
Nine weeks to go, waiting eagerly for the publication of the full conference agenda, with its timed daily schedule. Typical of most conferences, once the order of speakers and the placement of all the concurrent sessions is in full view, then the tough choice of which sessions to attend will begin. Obviously, there are those who will attend with their own priority of specialized practice areas and others with eclectic interests, curious to know about topics outside their usual professional sphere.
In the meantime, the only thing to do is scan the full listing on the website and develop a top ten list from each of the four themed areas:
Within all these themed areas, the structure for the concurrent sessions has three categories or formats, at last count – Workshops (40), Symposiums (31) and Paper Presentations (93). However all this is orchestrated, to allow for best participant satisfaction, it would be important that in each of these formats there is enough time allowed for maximum facilitated group interaction. In any case, my intent is to listen for the international perspectives wherever possible.
Being a curious one with eclectic interests, selecting from the symposiums, here is one I would consider from each of the four themes.
Older Women Living Alone: Co-creating Health & Social Care Services to Support Well-being, a Multi-component Approach
Presented by three people from the Bolton Clarke Research Institute in Australia. This session will feature the findings of a multi-component, mixed-methods study that uses co-creation to fill this gap in proven strategies for women aged 55 or older who are living alone. The focus is on the social, economic and health disadvantages facing this group.
The New Urban Agenda & Age-friendly Cities: Leaving No One Behind
This robust looking session, moderated by Michael Kidd from the International Longevity Centre Canada, will link three initiatives – the WHO’s Age-friendly Communities (AFCs) and the UN’s New Urban Agenda (NUA) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The panel will focus on public shared spaces, including parks, streets, and multi-activity spaces, be they private/commercial or public, as these are elemental to the NUA, and to AFCs, and to SDG #11.
Introducing an Intergenerational Model of Conflict Resolution for Families with Ageing Persons
A panel from the USA and Canada will present an Intergenerational Conflict Resolution Model for Families with Ageing Persons when conflict has impacted their autonomy, care and safety. Among many items they will address challenges faced when introducing a system of change; reports of reduced risks and increased safety for ageing persons; and scenarios of families healing through eldercare coordination.
Capturing the Longevity Dividend in an Ageing World: Perspectives from Four Countries
From Germany, South Korea, the USA and the UK, this session will share examples of programs designed for today’s older adults that will ideally pay long-term dividends for future generations. New insights and growing experience are defining a new post-midlife period of health, activity and often a desire to leave a legacy. Given the large numbers of people in this age group, we have short-term opportunities to benefit from older adult engagement.