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IFA Virtual Town Hall Series - COVID-19 and Older People: What it Takes to be an Advocate

September 3, 2020 Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, global leaders in civil society have come together to address the devastating and ongoing impacts to the lives and functioning of older people. Going beyond the immediate emergency response and informing effective long-term policy frameworks will require sustained efforts and a unified voice to respond to the needs of older people. As the Chair of the NGO Committee on Ageing in Geneva, Ms. Silvia Perel-Levin shares in this IFA Virtual Town Hall good practices in advocating for the recognition of the rights of older people on the global scale. [Read More]

IFA Virtual Town Hall Series - COVID-19 and Older People: Opportunities to Combat Ageism

August 20, 2020 The unprecedented global impact of COVID-19 on the lives and functioning of older adults has been well articulated around the world. Compounding the higher risk of COVID-19 on older people and those with underlying health conditions is growing age-based discrimination. Ageism has been demonstrated to negatively impact mental health and functional ability of older people, ultimately reducing life expectancy by 7.5 years on average. In this town hall, Dr. Jane Carmody of the John A. Hartford Foundation discusses the effects of ageism in the United States, and alongside Mr. James Appleby of the Gerontological Society for Aging, explores opportunities to collectively combat ageism. [Read More]

IFA Virtual Town Hall Series - What's Next? Building "forward" better and accelerting progress - Elevating older persons at the United Nations

July 22, 2020 Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, UN and WHO leaders have expressed concern about the devastating impact on older people, communities and societies. Though progress is being made in elevating the voices of older people through advocates in civil society, Mr. Rio Hada and Ms. Amal Abou Rafeh explore ways forward which may better integrate older people into decision-making processes nationally and in intergovernmental agencies such as the United Nations. [Read More]

COVID-19 Conversations: Responses, Big Picture Thinking and the Social Determinants of Health

June 16, 2020 Join the Lakehead University Department of Health Sciences’ Covid-19 Conversations. This summer conversation series will provide a forum to share our collective knowledge, experiences and reflections about research, teaching and practice surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Each conversation will begin with short presentations followed by an interactive discussion on responses, big picture thinking and social determinants of health related to a timely and relevant topic. To participate, advance registration is required for each event separately by clicking on the link indicated below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. [Read More]

CanCOVID Updates

June 3, 2020 Departmental Science Advisor for Health, Dr. Cara Tannenbaum, will interview Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC Public Health Officer on lessons she can share from her experience containing COVID in British Columbia after the first long-term care outbreak. Have an opportunity to ask Dr. Henry your questions and hear how science can help in this global crisis. [Read More]