ILC Presidents Margaret Gillis (Canada) and Rosy Pereyra (Dominican Republic) on Ageism and the need for a United Nations Convention on true Rights of Older Persons. “A convention does many things. It allows advocates to track progress and hold governments accountable for transgressions and inaction. It clarifies the responsibilities of governments, establishes laws and policies, and calls for data collection and regular reporting. And a convention will encourage older persons themselves to speak openly.”
On June 5th, the Government of Canada and the Alzheimer Society of Canada announced the launch of Dementia Friends Canada, a program seeking to help understand the effects and dispel the myths associated with people suffering from dementia in order to reduce the stigma associated with having dementia. Based off similar successful programs from the United Kingdom and Japan, Dementia Friends has set a goal of 1 million registrants by Spring 2017.
The Canadian Medical Association has launched DemandAPlan, a campaign that calls for a National Seniors Strategy in Canada. Expressing concerns over the state of health care for Canada's seniors, the campaign calls for making seniors care a ballot issue in the election campaign and for the parties to include a national seniors strategy in their campaign platforms, with hopes of having a national seniors strategy by the year 2019.
Capetown Declaration on a Global Response to Dementia
The ILC Global Alliance calls for a global response to dementia. The projected global increase in the incidence of dementia, from 35.6 million cases in 2010 to 115.4 million by 2050, requires an urgent and comprehensive global response, according to a consortium of international organisations.
The University of Ottawa has announced it will house the first and only International Longevity Centre of Canada through the Faculty of Health Sciences and join the International Longevity Centre (ILC) Global Alliance.
ILC Canada Research Director Dr. Louise Plouffe spoke at theAge Boom Academyat 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.
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.
President Margaret Gillis Speaks to United Nations
ILC Canada President Margaret Gillis speaks in front of the United Nations General Assembly discussions on Sustainable Development Goals. In a 2 minute presentation on behalf of both the Stakeholder Group on Ageing and the ILC Global Alliance, Mrs. Gillis discusses the omission in indicator work and data collection as it pertain to old people.