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IFA Virtual Town Hall Series - COVID-19 and Older People: The Humanity of Death and Bereavement

October 23, 2020 COVID-19 has taken the lives of over 1.1 million people globally. Grieving this loss of friends, family, colleagues, and loved ones may be more difficult than ever before in light of infection prevention and control (IPC) protocols, social isolation and travel restrictions. In this IFA Virtual Town Hall, Dr. Alexandre Kalache, President of the International Longevity Centre - Brazil and former Director of the Ageing and Health Programme at the World Health Organization, leads a discussion around the humanity of death and bereavement amid the ongoing challenges of these unprecedented times. [Read More]

IFA Virtual Town Hall Series - COVID-19 and Older People: The Urgent Need to Improve the Lives of Older Persons in the Wake of a Public Health Crisis

October 16, 2020 Over the past months, the challenges of social isolation, changing regulations, and adapting to a "new normal" have taken a considerable toll on the mental health of individuals around the globe – especially older people and those with underlying health conditions. In this IFA Virtual Town Hall, Mr. Dan Levitt, acclaimed international speaker, elder care leader, writer, gerontologist and Executive Director of Tabor Village in Canada, will discuss the urgent need to improve the lives of older people amidst the ongoing public health crisis. [Read More]

IFA Virtual Town Hall Series - COVID-19 and Older People: Addressing Inequalities of Older LGBTQ People in the Global North

September 29, 2020 We have collectively experienced the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic over the past months. However, as the pandemic has developed, the experiences of older LGBTQ people have emphasized pre-existing and now exacerbated health and social disparities facing vulnerable populations. This IFA Virtual Town Hall provides a high level overview of the impact of the pandemic on older LGBTQ people in Australia and the United States alongside Ms. Samantha Edmonds, Managing Director of Ageing with Pride and Mr. Michael Adams, Chief Executive Officer of SAGE, and invites the sharing of perspectives and experiences from around the world. [Read More]

Lakehead professors receiving more than $73k for COVID-19 research

September 21, 2020 The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada has granted more than $73,000 to Lakehead University professors for important research related to the COVID-19 pandemic. [Read More]

IFA Virtual Town Hall Series - COVID-19 and Older People: Demographic Resilience in Times of Crisis

September 21, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly demonstrated that combating age-based discrimination requires a shift in the narrative on the human rights of older persons and healthy ageing. Throughout the last several months of unprecedented hardships there have been extraordinary instances of resilience, perseverance and support among individuals and organizations working for and alongside older people. In the upcoming IFA Town Hall, the United Nations Populations Fund in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (UNFPA EECA) explores opportunities to shift the narrative by highlighting collaborative initiatives to mitigate risks for older people during the ongoing pandemic, and promote health and social programs in the context of demographic shifts which are built upon participatory and enabling environments for older people. [Read More]