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Managing Older People with Type 2 Diabetes: IDF Global Guideline


"Managing Older People with Type 2 Diabetes", a report published by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) in 2013 is a global guideline meant to respond to one of the most important conditions experienced by older people and the rapidly ageing population.

This report marks the first time the IDF has compiled research on diabetes within the older population specifically, providing a meaningful list of recommendations for managing the harmful effects of diabetes within this cohort.   Recommendations have been compiled so as to be beneficial for those in all countries, regardless of development status and cultural differences, and are tailored to be useful for those affected with the condition, clinicians, caregivers, governments and more.

Read the full report here.


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Reports from the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG)


Delegate Report on the Fourth Session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing

To summarize some of the discussions and work which were undertaken at the fourth session of the United Nations Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing, Mr. Telmo Languiller, Delegate of the IFA and MP, Victoria, Australia has compiled an informative and interesting report.  Within the report, Mr. Languiller provides context about the history of the OEWG, the outcomes of its previous three sessions, the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA), and finally a comprehensive overview of the proceedings, discussions, and outcomes of the fourth session which took place from 12-15 August, 2013.

The report is a comprehensive document which, among other things, provides a synopsis of the key rights related challenges encountered by older people as identified and discussed at the meeting.  This includes insights into challenges related to social security, age-based discrimination,  older people and the workforce, the right to health, and more.  Also of note is the overview provided of the deficiencies and gaps which exist within existing human rights frameworks; an apt illustration of why a specifically designed international convention is necessary. Finally, Mr. Languiller’s report provides an excellent summary on the input provided by representatives from member states across various regions, amalgamating these comments into an overview of the different regional approaches which currently exist to address the challenge of protecting the rights of older people across the world.

To learn about any of the above mentioned topics in more detail, read Mr. Languiller’s full report here.

Delegate Report on the Second Session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing Now Available in Spanish


In August 2011, Mr. Telmo Languiller MP from the Australian Labor Party and government of Victoria, attended the Second Working Session of the Open Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG) as a delegate of the IFA. Mr. Languiller compiled a comprehensive report on the meeting in which he provides some context on population ageing in Australia. His report is recommended reading as in a few short weeks the third meeting of the OEWG will take place in New York. Read the report here. The Report is also available in Spanish.

Many vulnerable populations have benefited from the already existing recognition of their rights through comprehensive treaties specifically addressing their needs. Children, indigenous communities, migrant workers, racial minorities, and disabled persons, among others, already have human rights instruments that fully recognize their specific rights and signal that special protections are required for their particular condition. Unfortunately this is not yet true for older persons.

Additionally, human rights conventions such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as well as several regional human rights treaties already provide some protections to human beings. Scattered provisions in these and other treaties such as several International Labor Organization conventions afford some partial protections but do not provide comprehensive treatment and lack special emphasis that only a specific treaty can recognize.

Read the full report here.

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Current and Emerging Issues Facing Canadian Seniors - Fireside Chat


With the ageing of the population, seniors and near-seniors issues are at the forefront of economic, health and social policy decision makers. Much has been documented by experts on the needs of an aging population but questions remain, “Are the seniors’ policy issues we face today the same as what we will face in the future?” Have the current policy issues remained constant or are issues shifting priority? Are new issues emerging?

Join us for an interactive discussion with  IFA Secretary General, Dr. Jane Barratt who will be sharing the IFA’s findings on the current and emerging issues facing Canadian seniors and seniors across the globe.

This Fireside Chat, sponsored by Employment and Social Development Canada will be of interest to government policy and program representatives, health and social care practitioners, seniors’ organizations, academic researchers, and students in the field of gerontology, psychology, nursing and social work.

Learn more about this webinar and register to participate here

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World Health Day 2014 - Vector Borne Diseases

World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April of each year to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. Each year a theme is selected that highlights a priority area of public health. The Day provides an opportunity for individuals in every community to get involved in activities that can lead to better health.

The topic for 2014 is vector-borne diseases.


What are vectors and vector-borne diseases?

Vectors are organisms that transmit pathogens and parasites from one infected person (or animal) to another. Vector-borne diseases are illnesses caused by these pathogens and parasites in human populations. They are most commonly found in tropical areas and places where access to safe drinking-water and sanitation systems is problematic. 

Learn more about this year's World Health Day and the drive to generate awareness about vector-borne diseases and increase global protection by clicking on the flyer. 

The prevalence of vector-borne diseases is an issue that affects the older population greatly.  Along with children, the older population is the most vulnerable to contracting these diseases.  Even more worrisome is the fact that certain vector-borne illnesses like Chikungunya and Tick-borne encephalitis tend to be more severe when contracted by older people and can even lead to death. The IFA commends the WHO for choosing this important topic as the theme for 2014′s World Health Day.

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