W dniach 28 maja – 1 czerwca 2012 roku w czeskiej Pradze odbędzie się 11 Konferencja IFA poświęcona starzeniu się. Zachęcamy do odwiedzenia strony konferencji, a poniżej prezentujemy podstawowe informacje o wydarzeniu.
The IFA 11th Global Conference on Ageing, entitled ‘Ageing Connects’ is taking place during the greatest demographic upheaval in the world’s history – the juncture between globalisation, urbanisation and population ageing. In the twenty years since the first IFA conference in India in 1992, the average life expectancy in the Czech Republic has increased by nearly 7% with a corresponding improvement in health status of older people in this region. Notwithstanding these improvements, today there are now more people globally living in poverty; family caregivers are an essential and expected partner in the health care system; and workforce trends across generations are volatile, as are the debates around social pensions and financial protection.
Despite the growing understanding of the role older people play in the day-to-day life of communities and society – even in the gravest times of natural and man-made disasters – there is a lingering and pervasive stigma toward older people which often results in a violation of their rights. This may also be marked by the lack of sound and proactive government policies and limited evaluation of promising programs. Furthermore there is a paucity of mechanisms to exchange information and learn from one another to the extent that we are able to help shape and influence future policy with the legitimate engagement of older people.
Through the conference program the protection of human rights is expressed as the fundamental prerequisite to an effective response to population ageing. Equally critical is the recognition of important contributions older people make to the broader social and economic productivity of a nation. “Ageing Connects” provides an opportunity for the development and strengthening of powerful alliances in 2012, a year which also recognises:
- The 10th Anniversary of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (2012)
- The European Year of Active Ageing (2012)
- The World Health Organization Year of ‘Health’ (2012)