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Hello loyal followers and readers! We have some good and bad news.

The good news first?

IAHSA is launching its new and improved website featuring more robust content, user friendly layout and integrated features.  The new website will be available as of Monday, September 24.  It has a search feature which allows you to seek out older posts, scan new headlines and look under categories of interest.

The bad news: IAHSA.wordpress.com will be moving.  As of October 1st, you will no longer be able to view our blog posts here. BUT you may find all of our latest news, highlights and shout-outs on the new IAHSA.net website.  If you are “following” our blog, you will be redirected to the IAHSA website for all new postings.

Actually, this isn’t bad news at all since now you will be able to see all of our exciting events in addition to reading about the latest trends in ageing care.

See you on the new IAHSA.net!

Dr. Robyn Stone, a leading international authority on aging and long-term care policy, is the Senior Vice President for Research at LeadingAge where she oversees the organization’s Center for Applied Research.   Much of the Center’s work over the past decade has focused on examining the potential for linking affordable senior housing with services to support “aging in place” strategies and more efficient delivery of Medicare and Medicaid-funded services. We sat down with Dr. Stone to discuss IAHSA’s first Affordable Housing with Services Tour upcoming in September 10 – 15, 2012.

You will be hosting IAHSA’s Study Tour in Boston and Vermont – why did you decide on these locations?

Dr. Robyn Stone

Dr. Robyn Stone [Credit: LeadingAge]

The senior housing providers in these states are engaging in particularly innovative efforts to link housing with services.  They are also operating in states—Massachusetts and Vermont—that are experimenting with better ways to coordinate care for the elderly population, have a track record of paying attention to the holistic needs of their aging communities,  and  are very supportive of the role of housing in facilitating successful implementation of these programs.  Tour participants will have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of what it takes to make these programs work at both the operational and policy levels and how they might replicate such programs in their own communities.

Who will benefit the most from this tour?

Senior housing providers–both those serving low and higher income older adults—stand to benefit greatly from this tour.  Service providers who are interested in partnering with senior housing should also take advantage of this tour.  The tour is designed to help housing operators/managers and service providers better understand what is possible in designing programs that will assist low and modest income elders to age successfully in their communities, to remain functionally independent for as long as possible, to avoid expensive and inappropriate ER and hospital visits and to manage their chronic illnesses in their apartments.  This tour will particularly benefit people who are interested in maximizing their resources and developing sustainable partnerships in their communities.

What do you think the international community can gain from this and other tours?

Despite policy and regulatory differences across countries, all countries are attempting to implement aging-in-place strategies for low and modest income older adults that are cost effective and that ensure resident quality of care and quality of life.  This tour provides an opportunity to see innovative programs in action and to share experiences with other colleagues who may provide new insights into how to effectively link housing with services.

There is nothing like seeing operating programs, particularly in the fall, when the leaves are turning beautiful colors in the Northeastern region of the United States!

How can this tour help you in your efforts to deliver better housing and services to the world’s growing elderly population?

This tour will provide important new insights into how affordable senior housing can be an effective platform for integrating services that meet the holistic needs of low and modest income older adults. This includes how to develop more effective and sustainable partnerships at the community level, how to creatively use existing resources and how to attract new sources of financing which are essential to the long-term viability of these programs.

To learn more about the tour, please visit IAHSA.net or register here.  You can read more about Dr. Stone’s and the Center’s work at LeadingAge.org .

To make technologies more effective there needs to be a way in which professionals at all levels can access the data remotely and across a vast geographic area.    That is the aim of the newly created Australian Telehealth Network [ATN], a video consultation service to connect aged care providers, general practitioners and medical specialists across Australia.

The ATN network is part of the Commonwealth Government’s $620 million push into making the oft quoted “telehealth” concept a reality.

“Aged care providers across the country have enormous difficulties in accessing GP services in a timely manner, which sometimes has serious and adverse outcomes for residents,” ATN Executive Director, Mark Barnett, said.

“The partnership was established to provide Australian aged care providers and physicians with the world’s best and most economical video conferencing technology.”

Technological development is crucial for the provision of services to the growing number of elders around the world.  IAHSA and the LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies are sponsoring a Technology Study Tour that will help you learn about the latest technologies, including:

  • Electronic Health Records/Care Coordination
  • Telemedicine/Telehealth
  • Health Information Exchange

SIGN UP TODAY!!!

The Australian federal government recently announced the creation of a collaborative ‘partnership centre’  that will bring together researchers, health professionals and policy makers to search for answers to the vast problems posed by the rising prevalence of dementia as the population ages.

The five-year project is to funded through a partnership between the National Health and Medical Research Council [NHMRC], Alzheimer’s Australia, Brightwater Care Group and IAHSA members HammondCare Group and Helping Hand Aged Care.

The research will look at care models as well as types of technologies being developed for those with cognitive decline.

IAHSA is sponsoring two study tours in 2012 that speak to finding solutions to this global problem:

April 2012:  IAHSA/CAST Technology Tour focusing on trends in care provision and use of technology to help frail older adults.

October 2012: IAHSA/Alzheimer’s Disease International tour titled Alzheimer’s Disease: Research Meets Care, exploring research and treatment protocols for early stage dementia with visits to communities providing care.

A chance meeting in rural South Africa sparked a partnership that is bringing aging-services providers from that country and Australia together, for the benefit of seniors and providers.

The serendipitous connection between providers half a world apart is an example of how organizations can build supporting relationships globally to better care for elders.

Learn more about this exciting friendship and how you can get involved in the global network.

Older adults are subject to discrimination world wide. As the global population ages, this trend will only grow larger. The United Nations has produced a report titled, Strengthening Older People’s Rights: Towards a UN Convention. The goal is to create a UN Convention for older people, therefore helping protect our elders globally.

Find out what you can do to help the cause.

IAHSA Study Tours are high quality international professional programmes developed for your career development, continuing education and cultural enrichment.

IAHSA’s Australian Tour will provide you an opportunity for an in-depth understanding of Australian aged care and senior living, as well as develop your global professional network. You will meet with aged care leaders and visit ageing service facilities in Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart. Also included in the tour is attendance at the Annual Conference of IAHSA’s chapter, Aged & Community Services Australia in Hobart, the premier aged care conference in the Southern Hemisphere.

See the full itinerary and sign up today.

People are so mobile these days. Family units are scattered all over the world. I live in Washington, DC, 1,200 miles away from my grandmother and the rest of my family. Sometimes I wish I was closer to them.

In Hungary they’ve come up with a solution for families without grandparents. You can now adopt a countryside Granny.

This sounds like a great way to connect people. Does your country have a program like this?

David Hughes, Senior Partner at Pozzoni Architects and member of the IAHSA Design for Ageing team, has embarked upon an extensive overseas trip that includes some major conferences on older people’s care services, study tours on the latest design concepts for supported living and care homes, along with some exciting business opportunities.

Read about his travels and join in the conversation.

Alex Tranter, CEO of CareMalta, discusses what he has gained from his
membership in IAHSA and why others should join the Global Ageing
Network.

If you haven’t renewed your membership yet, contact Maggie Flowers at mflowers@aahsa.org.

About this blog

IAHSA’s Global Ageing Network Blog was created because of you!! We got your message loud and clear – “Provide us with a quick and nimble communications vehicle so we can stay connected and create community across borders".

Questions? Email us at iahsa@leadingage.org.

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Virginia Nuessle, Study Tour Director

Majd Alwan, Director, CAST

Alla Rubinstein, Program Administrator, IAHSA

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