U.S. Capitol

This Monday, 25 July 2011, IAHSA will join the International Federation on Ageing and other ageing organization to participate in a briefing to the U.S. Congress before the Special Committee on Aging of the United States Senate.  The briefing aims to inform the U.S. Congress on the rights and protections granted to older adults by international human rights conventions, to stimulate interest and provide a mechanism through which further dialogue can occur to strengthen the rights of older people.

By 2040, the planet will be home to more older people than children for the first time in history.  Yet, during this period of unprecedented demographic change, social, civil and political rights rights have been embedded in international treaties and conventions, but have not been made specific to older people.  As a result, many older adults experience discrimination and violation of rights at the family, community and institutional level.  Our message to the U.S. Senate will focus on the fact that rights do not change as we age, but that what does change, is that older men and women are considered to be inherently less valuable to society creating more dependency on others and loss of autonomy.

IAHSA’s participation in the briefing will be titled The Rights of Older People “in Care” and led by Dr. William T. Smith. This briefing will be open to the public and all IAHSA members are encouraged to attend.

Monday, 25 July, 2011
2:00 – 3:30pm
Room 562, Dirksen Senate Office Building
U.S. Capitol Complex
Washington, DC, USA