Combating Ageism from All Angles
The weather in Toronto has warmed up and the IFA is preparing with anticipation to host over 1200 delegates from more than 75 countries in August 2018.
The preliminary conference program boasts oral and poster sessions, symposiums of internationally renowned experts and a heavy emphasis of skill-based workshops. Each of the four core themes ( Combating Ageism , Toward Healthy Ageing , Age-Friendly Environments and Addressing Inequalities ) are well represented throughout the 26 sub-themes. 

Featured in this Newsletter:
  • Call for Volunteers
  • Featured presentations on Combating Ageism
  • NEW UP Express discount opportunity

The IFA has a growing group of dedicated volunteers assisting at the 14th Global Conference on Ageing who all have the opportunity to listen to some of the presentations. 

If you are an enthusiastic, committed individual with a keen interest in being part of this global knowledge event , the IFA is seeking your help. Click here  to apply or contact Ms Tarah McMaster ( ).
Featured Master Class
Research demonstrates that abuse or financial exploitation is most often perpetrated by a trusted family member, caregiver, service provider, or other person in a position of power or trust. This makes the job of detecting and preventing issues even more complicated as it is impossible to know who the trusted persons are who may be assisting an older adult or person of compromised capacity. 

This Master Class will discuss arguments in favour of the need for protections for older adults as a component of any discussion on ageism using examples through media, employment gender, cultural and sexual orientation, social themes and theories contributing to ageism. They will then identify key challenges in the law, legislation, dissemination of knowledge, and education and awareness, concerning the individual needs of particular persons in society, which include older adults and those suffering from illnesses, abuses, disability or who otherwise may require protection.
Save on travel downtown from Toronto Pearson with UP Express!
For delegates flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport for the 14th Global Conference on Ageing, take advantage of the UP Express group program – and get tickets at 25% off!

UP Express is North America’s first dedicated air-rail link, connecting Toronto Pearson International Airport to Union Station in the heart of downtown Toronto in just 25 stress-free minutes—less than half the time it often takes by car. Trains leave every 15 minutes.

To redeem, visit before August 8, 2018 and use promo code  IFA2018  to get the discount on adult return tickets (round-trip) from Pearson Station to Union Station.

UP Express tickets can be easily purchased at . For the 25% discounted group rate:
  • select “From Pearson To Union,”
  • select an adult return ticket for your round-trip
  • apply the promo code IFA2018 during purchase.
Deadline Extended
Are you an emerging leader or looking for an opportunity to master skills in the field of ageing?  Dr John Beard, Director, WHO Department of Ageing and Life Course  will be hosting a unique breakfast forum that focuses on the varied qualities that make a leader. The application deadline for the Emerging Leaders Forum has been extended and applications will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis.
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Electronic Travel Authorization
To enter Canada most conference delegates will require either a Visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) which in some cases can take several months . Please click here for further information.
Welcome to New Exhibitor
In response to health & social care needs expressed by communities, the   United Way , in collaboration with partners from community-based seniors’ services (CBSS), government, and academia, developed a Healthy Aging Strategy to combat ageism by supporting access to health and community care and services, and to reduce social isolation and frailty.
Featured Abstracts
Around the world, older people experience stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination against them due to their age. Not only is ageism widespread, but it is one of the most socially acceptable forms of oppression and highly insidious. In order to counter the harmful effects, there is a growing recognition around the need to combat ageism. The following abstracts aim to promote the health and well-being of older people by combating against harmful narratives and prejudicial experiences.
United Kingdom
Ms Bridget Penhale
Combating Ageism through Elder Abuse Prevention

Paper: Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse

Gender based violence and abuse amongst older women can be overlooked by health and social care providers. When women become ‘older’ their gender seems to be forgotten or becomes hidden. This means that older women’s experiences of gender-based violence are often not recognised or responded to.

Mr Matthew Cherian
Combating Ageism through Social Inclusion

Paper: Health and Ageing Exclusions in India

A recent report released by the Ministry of Statistics said that the percentage of citizens over the age of 60 has jumped 35.5 per cent — from 76 million in 2001 to 103 million in 2015, at the launch of the SDG’s. In the MDG’s from 2000 to 2015 there was no mention or focus for older persons in the goals in spite of the UN sponsored Madrid Plan of Action and the Madrid Declaration.

Ms Pat Spadafora
Combating Ageism through Access to Work

Symposium: Ageism and the Barriers to Labour Force Participation of Older Adults

Ageism in the workplace creates barriers for older workers and their employment opportunities. Employment and Social Development Canada has gathered experts on this topic to deliver a symposium on ageism in the workplace and solutions that can help to counter this tendency. 

United States
Professor Mercedes Bern-Klug
Combating Ageism through Access to Social Workers

Workshop: Addressing the Growing Psychosocial End-of-Life Care Needs of Older Adults in Nursing Homes: The Value of Social Work

Needed attention has been directed toward improving the physical care of older adults in nursing homes and other long-term care settings. Much of this care is aimed at healing wounds, bones, and organs. Yet humans are hungry to heal relationships too. Regardless of age or ability, people yearn to grow and thrive emotionally.

Ms Marlene Krasovitsky
Combating Ageism through Countering Personal Biases

Workshop: How do you feel about getting older?

The goal of this interactive workshop will be to explore how we feel about getting older; our fears, what we are looking forward to and what we associate with ageing. We will then explore how these, often deeply embedded, assumptions and beliefs influence our work and our decisions. 

Dr Gloria Gutman
Combating Ageism through Intergenerational Initiatives

Paper: Raising Awareness of Elder Abuse in the LGBT Community – An Intergenerational Arts Initiative 

This project demonstrated that the silos that characterize services to abused older adults, the LGBT community, minority seniors, and the general population of seniors can be bridged. The tools developed fill a gap in relevant resources for this often marginalized seniors’ sub-population.