Past Events

 ILC Global Alliance Working Group Meeting, July 2019

ILC Canada at Age Boom

ILC Canada Launch

International Longevity Centre Canada Launch

The International Longevity Centre (ILC) Canada official launch was held May 27th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Huguette Labelle Hall on the University of Ottawa campus. Speakers included The Honourable Minister of the State (Seniors) Alice Wong, President of the University of Ottawa Allan Rock, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences Hélène Perrault, President of the International Longevity Centre Canada Margaret Gillis and Vice-President of the International Longevity Centre Canada Gloria Gutman.

Mrs. Gillis served as host for the event, giving a brief introduction on the history of the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance and the need for an International Longevity Centre in Canada.

President and Vice-Chancellor Allan Rock spoke of the major initiatives within the university before introducing Minister Alice Wong.

Minister Wong discussed past and future government programs centred on improving the lives of older people in Canada.

Dean Hélène Perrault gave a speech on the role the University of Ottawa will play in academic research for the study of gerontology and longevity.

Dr. Gutman presented on the changing demographics of both Canada and the world with a focus on the rise of centenarians and supercentenarians.

The talks ended with a short video by ILC Co-President and President of ILC Brazil Dr. Alexandre Kalache welcoming Canada to the ILC Family.


Engaging an International Exchange on the Positive Aspects of Caring for Older Adults

ILC-Global Alliance Working Group Meeting

July 2-3, 2019


On July 2-3, 2019, in Ottawa, ILC-Canada and the LIFE Research Institute hosted the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance Working Group Meeting called: Engaging an International Exchange on the Positive Aspects of Caring for Older Adults. The meeting included participants from Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Israel, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States. During these two days of discussions, all countries shared their views, their respective policies and their existing data regarding caregiving. The goal of this event was to identify common messages and develop an international collaborative research proposal.

This meeting was funded by the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance, CIHR and the Canadian Medical Association.



ILC Canada at Age Boom

ILC Canada Research Director Dr. Louise Plouffe spoke at the Age Boom Academy at Columbia University. In conjunction with the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center, Age Boom was centred on dramatic demographic shifts around the world and the myths that accompany them. Her talk was centred on the myth that cities are for young people only, and related it to Age Friendly Cities protocol which she helped pioneer. Other speakers for the event included Ruth Finkelstein and Ursula Staudinger of the Columbia Aging Center, Linda Fried of the Mailman School of Public Health, John Beard from the World Health Organization and Maurizio Bussolo of The World Bank.

Ageism: A Global Challenge in LeadingAge 

July 14, 2019

If the world is a global village, this is perhaps no more evident than in the phenomenon of aging and ageism. In developing and developed countries alike, stereotypes, discrimination, and loss of civil rights for older persons are serious problems. Given increased longevity and lower fertility rates, older persons represent a significant part of every population and call for an energetic response. From the UN and WHO to LeadingAge, a remarkably diverse number of organizations are working at many levels to combat ageism in most corners of the globe.


UN convention needed to fight ageism in The Hill Times

May 3, 2017

By Gordon DiGiacomo, Kiran Rabheru, Linda Garcia, Louise Plouffe, Margaret Gillis, Martine Lagacé

The rights of older persons should be established in international law at the United Nations. Ageism is considered the third most important “ism” in western societies. It relies on false beliefs, on prejudices, on negative stereotypes essentially based on age which open the door to various forms of exclusion and the discrimination of older persons. Even here in Canada, there is a cost related to age-based prejudice on older workers and on the economy.  There are challenges faced by older people in hospitals, and there is a need for an approach that respects the rights of older persons and their access to good care. And research demonstrates that stereotypes steal the voices of older people in care, particularly those with dementia, through the loss of control over their lives and their privacy.


Protecting the rights of older persons in Policy Options Politiques

March 1, 2017

By Gordon DiGiacomo, Kiran Rabheru, Linda Garcia, Louise Plouffe, Margaret Gillis, Martine Lagacé

In Europe last year. a number of newspapers and social media outlets laid the blame for the decision of British voters to leave the European Union on older people. One magazine even suggested that the pensioners’ right to vote should be taken away. So outrageous did the scapegoating get that the United Nations Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of All Human Rights by Older Persons felt compelled to speak out in the press and tell Europeans to get a grip.

This readiness to target older people as the cause of Brexit represents a face of ageism, an insidious and costly form of discrimination prevalent throughout the globe. When they’re not dealing with ageism, many older people must endure conditions of abject destitution. Indeed, older people are among the poorest people in the poorest countries of the world. According to the International Labour Organization, half of the older people in the world receive no pensions whatsoever. Many others receive pensions that are grossly inadequate.

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