IFA’s 14th Global Conference on Ageing

Conference panel

The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) conference, "Toward a Decade of Healthy Ageing: From Evidence to Action", held in Toronto in Canada from 8-10 August, featured presentations on healthy ageing, age-friendly environments, ageism and inequality.

CDPC presenters ran a symposium, “The Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre: A national research partner-ship model enabling improved care for people with dementia in Australia”, about the benefits and chal-lenges for aged care partners, researchers, and consumer advocates collaborating across the 32 CDPC-funded research projects.

The symposium, led by CDPC Operations Manager Jennifer Thompson, included speakers Tara Quirke (Dementia Australia consumer network volunteer and CDPC consumer research advocate); Megan Corlis (Director of Research and Development at one of CDPC’s partner organization, Helping Hand Aged Care); and a CDPC lead investigator Professor Gaynor Parfitt (University of South Australia).

Ms Thompson also presented, “Australian Research Innovation: a unique research centre model bridging knowledge gaps to improve the lives of people with dementia”, that outlined the national Australian statis-tics on dementia and the government and community response through CDPC research aimed at improving the lives of people with dementia, and their carers.

She highlighted five CDPC projects that generate continued impact and change and provided an overview of the CDPC collaborative dementia care research model that involves collaborations between researchers, service providers, and people with dementia and their carers.

CDPC lead investigator Professor Simon Biggs’s presentation, “Exclusion, voice, age and dementia and the future of public health campaigning” made the point that the definition of “consumers” is too broad. The needs and views of carers and people with dementia, he argued, are different and need to be targeted separately in public health campaigns.

Australian researchers and groups were well represented at this conference, with other attendees and pre-senters, including Angela Littleford (General Manager, Helping Hand Aged Care), Briony Dow (The National Ageing Research Institute (NARI), University of Melbourne) and Rhonda Parker (Chief Executive Officer, Alzheimer’s WA).

In the final plenary, “A Life Course Lens for Vision Health”, speakers, including Dr John Beard, an Australian, and Director of Ageing and Life Course at the World Health Organization (WHO), emphasised a growing need to address vision health in older populations globally.

IFA 2018 Conference program