IAHSA’s Global Forum at the AAHSA Conference on Sunday featured a dynamic presentation by Dr. Alex Kalache, Director, International Centre for Policy on Ageing, New York Academy of Medicine, New, York, NY & Immediate Past Chief, Ageing & Life Course Programme, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.

His presentation covered three major goals.

  • Realize how global ageing and urbanization are the great accomplishments and challenges that will define the 21st century.
  • Learn how the World Health Organization (WHO) has taken a leadership role in addressing these trends through their Global Age-Friendly Cities Guide.
  • Appreciate how the Age-Friendly Cities initiative can help to inform and advance the rise of New Urbanist approaches to senior living and long-term care.

After his presentation, Dr. Kalache was joined by IAHSA member panelists for an in depth discussion of the trends and their impact in various countries. Panelist included:  Mr. David J. Hughes Managing Partner, Pozzoni LLP UK; Ms. Emi Kiyota, Design Consultant, USA; Mr. Glen A. Tipton, Senior Vice President, CSD Architects, USA and Mr. Henrik Nord, General Manager, The Association for Housing for the Elderly, Denmark.

The session was chaired by Mr. Greg Mundy, Chief Executive Officer, Aged & Community Services Australia.