August 2020
The global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the health and economic well-being of citizens and societies globally. 

With the best intelligence that can be gained from public health officials and considering current travel restrictions, the IFA has decided to move the 15th Global Conference on Ageing (for the last time) to November 2021 to ensure the health and safety of all delegates, speakers, staff and volunteers.
15th Global Conference on Ageing
New Dates: 10-12 November 2021

Pre-Conference: 9 November 2021
IFA Virtual Town Hall Series: COVID-19 and Older People

Alongside friends and colleagues working in the field with and on behalf of millions of older people and those most vulnerable, the IFA's Virtual Town Halls are an opportunity to share challenges and best practices related to COVID-19 and older people.

Recent Town Halls have covered topics including Older Women in Crisis Settings, Ageism in the Health Workforce, and Opportunities to Combat Ageism.
Find recordings and resources from previous Town Halls here.
Join for the next Virtual Town Hall –
COVID-19 and Older People:
What it Takes to be an Advocate
Pneumococcal Pneumonia: Worth the Shot
Joint Statement by the World Coalition on Adult Vaccination

While there has recently been necessary focus on the importance for influenza vaccination from governments and public health leaders around the world, pneumococcal pneumonia has unfortunately been left out of the spotlight. 

In the following joint statement, the World Coalition on Adult Vaccination calls on professional, patient and advocacy organizations, together with all levels of government to increase their investment in educating and encouraging older adults and those with chronic diseases to be vaccinated against influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia.
Support this statement by promoting it through your networks
using the following social media posts:
The World Coalition on Adult Vaccination and @IntFedAgeing call on professional, patient and advocacy organizations, together with all levels of government to increase their investment in encouraging older adults and those with chronic diseases to be vaccinated against influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia. https://bit.ly/32ehI8Z
Among those 65 years and older, 90% of deaths from an infectious disease are linked to pneumonia. Join the World Coalition on Adult Vaccination and @IntFedAgeing in calling for investment and education on influenza and pneumonia vaccination.
https://bit.ly/32ehI8Z
The NGO Committee on Ageing and UN DESA invite you to the 30th Anniversary of the Annual Celebration of the United Nations International Day of Older Persons, with the theme "Pandemics: Do they change how we address age & ageing?"

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) and the 30th Anniversary of the UN International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP), this inaugural virtual celebration unites UN officials and leaders in the fields of ageing and beyond to address the call to action for a Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020-2030.

Registration is now open, while the program including photos and bios of speakers along with a list of sponsors will be available in early September.
Meet the IFA Team
Nathalia Wittingham has been a part of the IFA team for over two and a half years, leading the management of the IFA 15th Global Conference on Ageing and expert meetings, under her role as the Conference and Events Manager.

She moved to Canada 12 years ago from Colombia, in search of a better future and new opportunities. You will rarely find Nathalia without a contagious smile on her face. She is outgoing, creative, kind, enthusiastic, and passionate, bringing joy and motivation to the IFA team every day. She loves spending time with her friends, family, and dog Franky, as well as playing sports, dancing, cycling, and travelling.
Chesley Ryder joined the IFA team in the beginning of 2020 and, along with preparing this VoltAGE newsletter, strategically communicates the on-going projects, events and more on behalf of the IFA in her role as Communications Manager.

Raised in Calgary, Canada, she spent the last six years living, working and studying abroad in Australia, Thailand, Lithuania, and most recently the Netherlands before relocating to Toronto to join the IFA team.

Outside of work, Chesley enjoys travelling, hiking, listening to audio books and volunteering.