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Recently on Twitter, one of our followers asked if there was a resource for global age-friendly cities.  Well now there is! A new website has been launched this week to showcase the Age-friendly world.

Organized by the World Health Organization and International Federation on Ageing (IFA) this e-portal will become a central resources for developing, maintaining and improving Age-friendly cities.

This site is aimed at the general public and is free and easy to use, learn, share and discuss.  Just register and join a group that interests you.

The site sheds light on facts and figures, news-worthy updates, and allows you to engAGE in dialogue and discussions on any topic of interest.

For example, did you know that WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities has 103 members across 18 countries worldwide?  This site is a great means of keeping up-to-date on what’s going on across borders. What better way to help the elderly than by sharing ideas and insights.

Check out the new site and start a discussion. http://www.agefriendlyworld.org/

Sister Cities of LOS ANGELES

[Photo Credit: prayitno, Flickr]

On October 15-20 2012, IAHSA and Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) will be hosting the Alzheimer’s Disease International Study Tour in Los Angeles and San Diego, California, USA.

ADI and World Health Organization (WHO) came together earlier this year for a publication titled “Dementia: A Public Health Priority”.  The report raises awareness of dementia as a public health priority, to articulate a public health approach and to advocate for action at international and national levels.

According to the report:

  • The number of people living with dementia worldwide is 35.6 million and will double by 2030
  • Worldwide costs of dementia were US$604 billion in 2010
  • Countries must include dementia on their public health agendas
  • Dementia is not a normal part of ageing
  • Priority areas of action that need to be addressed within the policy and plan include:      

                        – Raising awareness

                        – Timely diagnosis

                        – Good quality continuing care and services

                        – Caregiver support

                        – Workforce training

                        – Prevention

                        – Research

These developments are particularly significant for developing countries, especially those in Asia, where populations are aging much more rapidly.

Dementia Statistics

                                                                                [credit: ADI, www.adi.co.uk]

In continuation with the findings of this report, the Alzheimer’s Study Tour will explore research and treatment protocols for early stage dementia and share learning experiences through site visits.  Registration ends August 2, 2012.  Don’t miss this chance to be a part of the international collaboration to address the global crisis.

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.

Authors

Virginia Nuessle, Study Tour Director

Majd Alwan, Director, CAST

Alla Rubinstein, Program Administrator, IAHSA

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