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Programs & Organizations

Access to Care for Cancer from Asbestos Exposure — The Mesothelioma Center works one on one with people with mesothelioma—a deadly form of cancer caused from asbestos exposure that disproportionately affects seniors—to help them find doctors, treatment centers and support groups. Learn more about the free care and support that this resource center provides.

Death Over Dinner – A DIY website to make it easy for anyone to organize a dinner and talk about death.
For a different approach, there is the International End-of-Life Doula Association, which offers training for doulas. 

The EveryAGE Counts Project is taking on Australia’s ageist attitudes in all sectors and generations. Led by the Benevolent Society, the national campaign aims to shift attitudes and policies based on prevalent stereotypes of decline by demonstrating that many older persons live happy, fulfilled lives. 9/18

Gateway to Global Aging — USC Center for Global Aging Health and Policy. The Gateway to Global Aging is a platform for population survey data on aging around the world.  View their comprehensive technical resources, including surveys and charts.    3/17

Global Age Watch: The Right to Health keeps track of shifts the human rights to health: availability, accessibility, acceptability, and quality. The summary spotlights barriers that often exclude older people from health systems and services, and the failure of health systems to keep pace with two global transitions: rapid ageing and expansion of non-communicable diseases affecting older adults particularly. The report offers specific guidance to changes needed to realize older people’s right to health. 5/19

Gray Panthers The Gray Panthers is compiling a directory of activist organizations that advocate for the rights of older persons. The purpose of the directory will be to make available a complete database of organizations to encourage communication, advocacy and collaboration.

Ministerial Advisory Board on Dementia –  Canada’s first national strategy on dementia sets out a vision for the future and identifies common principles and national objectives to help guide actions by all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, communities, families and individuals.

Mobility Exercises –  Baylor University offers a fine resource on mobility that includes a self-assessment test, resources and exercises to build strength, balance, flexibility and endurance.

Mobility Stations Take the Lead has designed a program to improve general fitness, general well-being, muscle strength, blood circulation and breathing, and mobility. A 6 hour practical workshop for care staff (both in care homes and in the community) explores risk factors for falls, the impact of falls, and falls prevention. This practical course is accredited by Active Ageing Australia, with each participant receiving a certificate of attendance and a manual to refer to going forward.

Next Avenue  is public media’s first and only national journalism service for America’s booming older population. Its daily content delivers vital ideas, context and perspectives on issues that matter most as we age. Next Avenue has served over 40 million people on our site and millions more through our platforms and partnerships.  11/18

Old Schoolhouse 2.0  — Ashton Applewhite launched Old Schoolhouse 2.0, the go-to website of all things related to combating ageism. Find all you need to join the movement and make a difference in your circles. Download such tools as:  How Olders Can Get Involved in Protecting and Promoting their Human Rights (Age Platform Europe); facts sheet  (Stigma-Free); and a comprehensive Unit on Ageism, Resistance and Alliance (Campus Activism.org. 9/18

SIforAGE, European Commission. The “Social Innovation on Active and Healthy Ageing for Sustainable Economic Growth” engages multi-sector users and stakeholders in mutual investigation of current and emerging social needs and expectations in an ageing society.  The Policy Recommendations Guide is available in 10 languages.  3/17

Guides

AARP’s 2018 Aging Readiness and Competitiveness Report. This report concentrates on small innovative economies of 10 countries, each with fewer than 25 million people: Australia, Chile, Costa Rica, Lebanon, Mauritius, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, and Taiwan. Five best practices common to all were: policies were person oriented, bottom up, holistic, interdisciplinary and evidence-based.  12/18

Abuse of Older Australians 2019-2023 Public awareness of abuse led to petitioning the authorities and that led to an inquiry that resulted in this plan. The aim is to fight the most common types of abuse: physical, sexual, psychological or emotional, and financial and neglect.

Ageing Europe — Looking at the Lives of Older People in the EU 2019 – this report provides a detailed picture of the daily lives of older people in the European Union. Details are shown for individual EU Member States and EFTA countries over six subjects: population; housing and living conditions; health and disability; working and moving into retirement; pensions, income and expenditure; social life and opinions.

Association Between Life Purpose and Mortality Among US Adults Older Than 50 Years –  The results of a study of 6895 older adults has shown that low purpose in life is significantly associated with a reduced sense of psychological well-being, and with earlier death. Those with a strong sense of purpose tend to feel better and live longer.

The Meaning and Challenge of “Active Aging”. –This brilliant, 32-slide powerpoint presentation from Donghee Han, director of RISBLE, the Research Institute of Science for the Better Living of the Elderly founded in Korea in 1997, explains and examines the genesis and evolution of “Active Aging” worldwide from the 1970s forecasts of rapid global aging to the present.   3/19

Active 80 PLUS: Handbook for Trainers, a free online handbook for empowering professionals and volunteers to coach very old people in developing and realizing their own ideas of learning and active citizenship. The Handbook describes a specific training process that is the fruit of cross-country collaboration between The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, and Austria. 1/19

“Ageism: A Pervasive and Insidious Health Threat.”  The World Health Organization (WHO) is sponsoring four research teams around the world to study the causes and health consequences of ageism, how to combat it, and how best to measure it. The results will appear in a United Nations report to be published within a year. 5/19

Anti-Ageism: The Next Big Social Movement ‑ Ruth Ray Karpen’s excellent review of Margaret Morgenroth Gullette’s Ending Ageism or How Not to Shoot Old People. As an independent scholar famous for an earlier book titled Aged by Culture, Gullette argues that our feelings about ageing are defined by medicine, economics, politics, law, media, the arts, language, and the stories we tell ourselves about getting old. Whether active or passive, aggressions against old people “tear at the social fabric and undermine the wellbeing of all people, young and old,” she writes.

Attitudes toward Ageing:  A 30-country survey shows that 1 in 3 people look forward to getting old. How do adults around the world think about ageing? This is the question a recent survey by Ipsos and the UK-based Centre for Ageing Better set out to answer. The results drawn from 20,000 people ages 16-64 from 30 countries showed marked differences in attitudes toward ageing. The most positive attitudes came from India and Turkey and the most negative from the USA. Globally, the upside of ageing included having more time to spend with friends and family (36%), for hobbies and leisure (32%), for holidays and travel (26%) and giving up work (26%). Downsides included worrying about not having enough money (3 in 10), losing mobility and losing memory. 4/19

Blue Zone Lessons – from People Around the World who have Lived the Longest. How do you score on these 9 healthy lifestyle habits of centenarians that Dan Buettner identified around the world?  In his research report titled ‘Blue Zones’, Buettner said:  “I saw how the environment dictated the lifestyle of the world’s healthiest people. They weren’t trying to be healthy. Their lifestyles helped them to: Move naturally, Know their purpose, Slow down, Apply the 80% rule, Plant slant, Wine at 5 pm, Family First, Belong, Right Tribe.”   3/18

Brain Health:  You injure your brain when you don’t sleep enough, eat too much and don’t exercise. Margaret Young, CEO of Boundaryless Aging and Pass It On Network’s liaison in Vancouver, tracked the latest information available on Ageing and Brain Health Health at a two-day conference in Canada and shares her insights. 4/19

The Economics of LongevityThis special report titled “The New Old” was published by The Economist in London in July 2017.  With contributions from over 30 experts in ageing, it’s clear that the impacts of the Global Ageing trend are as great as those from Climate Change or New Technologies.  “Making longer lives financially more viable requires a fundamental rethink of life trajectories.”  “Given the right input from governments, employers and individuals, it should be possible to stretch the increasingly productive in-betweener stage and compress the dependent period at the very end of life.”  The report reinforces our appreciation of intergenerational programs with research that shows that, “Older people in multi-generation teams tend to boost the productivity of those around them.” 9/17

Healthcare Toolkit: "What Matters" to Older Adults? –  A toolkit for health systems to design better care with older adults. An initiative of The John A. Hartf ord Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in partnership w ith the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA).

Healthy Life Expectancy – Closing a 20 Year Gap. What if our first goal as seniors were to keep ourselves well above the threshold for dependency? In fact, this is the new goal set by WHO and Europe’s Age Platform to increase “healthy life expectancy”. The major public health goal is “to live not just long but also healthy lives” and it suggests the use of “healthy life expectancy” as the measure of health care success. The current gap between life expectancy (80) and life expectancy in good health (62) is close to 20 years. AGE Platform has been campaigning for this goal since the creation of the European Innovation Partnership for Active and Healthy Ageing in 2011. The World Health Organization (WHO) will now use “healthy life expectancy” as the primary measure of success for its focus on developing age-friendly environments for healthy ageing lifelong. 3/18

HelpAge InternationalFreedom to decide for ourselves. Read what older people say about their rights to autonomy and independence, long-term care and palliative care.  5/18

HelpAge International – Living, not just surviving. What older people say about their rights to social protection and social security, and to education, training, lifelong learning and capacity building. Downloads available in English, Russia, Arabic and Spanish. 4/19

Human Rights Advocacy. Take a look at HelpAge International’s new “FAIR” guidelines for four steps aimed at effective advocacy for a UN convention on the rights of older people. You can download the guidelines in English, Arabic, Spanish and Russian. 5/19

Human Rights and the Status of Older Women in New Delhi.  Do older women in your area do better than their sisters in New Delhi? The Agewell Foundation published this latest study on March 8, 2018 to coincide with International Women’s Day. The 25th in a remarkable series of in-depth studies on ageing in India, the report highlights the plight of older women in Delhi. The conclusion states, “Older women have always been marginalized from the mainstream of the society.” Living as second class citizens for centuries, most of them illiterate, they have not yet enjoyed privileges and potential offered by development. 4/18

In Our Own Words. Read what older people say about their experience with discrimination and human rights in older age in this consultation report developed by the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People (GAROP). 9/18

Italians Say 75 Not 65. Dr Francesca Ghillani, a Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, writes about the public shift in Italy identifying 75 rather than 65 as the age when people are qualified as “elderly.” She says that newspapers and TV news programs welcome this major adjustment. This attention, she said, prompted a question: “What is the significance of a number in defining a person’s life?”  2/19

Leaving a Legacy A new study of 3,000 American adults age 55 and older explores a range of topics, including what people most want to be remembered for (“..memories shared with loved ones..” said more than two-thirds of the respondents), and the benefits of having their affairs in order.

OECD Better Life Index – A Fun, Interactive Way to See How Well You are Doing. The Better Life Index is designed to let you visualize and compare 11 key factors – education, housing, environment, income, jobs, community, civic engagement, health, life satisfaction, safety, work-life balance– that contribute to wellbeing in 35 OECD countries. It’s an interactive tool that allows you to see how countries are performing, based on the importance you give to each of 11 factors that make for a better life. See the Executive Summary that is available in several languages. 3/18

Older Persons’ Self-Advocacy Handbook. AGE PLATFORM has produced an excellent online handbook to support the involvement of older persons in all processes that affect their human rights at the United Nations, Council of Europe and European Union levels. 6/18

Open Ended Working Group on Ageing OEWGA’s purpose is to strengthen protection of the human rights of older people around the world.  Read the summary of the history, resolutions and actions of the UN’s OEWGA.

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: How Perceptions of Ageing Affect our Later Years. Learn how perceptions of ageing can have serious affects on health, behaviors, and even longevity. Download this useful research summary from Mather Lifeways Institute on Aging and discover how these perceptions can be changed to promote more positive perceptions of ageing. 6/18

The Science of Getting Old – Infographic. Here’s an infographic (includes an embed code) that you may want to use on your website. It graphically explains why we age, why our hair turns gray, why our skin wrinkles, why we forget, why we get shorter, and why we can’t see as well as we get older. 2/18

Silver Tsunami? Let’s follow the suggestion made by Dr. Bill Thomas in his recent blog “Changing Aging” and discourage use of the term, “silver tsunami.” They say that there are two problems with equating the increasing growth of an older population with the effect of a tsunami – one geological and the other gerontological. A tsunami is generated by sudden displacements, which doesn’t apply to the gradual absorption of Boomers into elderhood, or to the gradual extension of longevity. The gerontological problem is seeing aging exclusively in terms of deficits – physical and cognitive decline. That does not reflect the productivity and other huge assets that older adults bring to all aspects of life.“Dr. Bill,” as he’s called, suggests that we speak instead about a “silver reservoir” that stores essential elements of life for the purpose of supplying them to the community. The water in a reservoir comes from great distances and is accumulated over time. “Let’s turn a destructive tidal wave into an exhilarating wave of the future all generations can ride.” Sounds good to us!! 3/19

The Wisdom of Age: Perceptions and Insights from One Generation to Another by Jeff Rubin
Jeff, a community leader from Berea, Kentucky, and member of the Pass It On Network, says, “My journey of discovery this past year has been an eye-opening experience. This book, he says, reaffirms a long-held belief that we each have something to share and something to learn from one another, regardless of our age or ability. Jeff has collected words of inspiration, motivation and comfort from people across the age spectrum, including sage advice from precocious five-year olds, gentle affirmation from people passing their 100th birthdays, and extraordinary wisdom from everyone in-between.  1/18

World Health Organization – Infographic – A quick reminder: This infographic from the World Health Organization gives a quick overview of the essentials for staying healthy and independent. 5/18

Media

Watch these two brief videos produced by Leading Age to combat ageism:
Fighting Ageism Be Bold, Claim Old
Celebrate the Aging Journey

Well-Being – "What’s one thing that is important to your sense of well-being?” asks Jan Hively. Here is a four-minute video recording from 18 Pass It On Network Liaisons who responded, hear what they had to say. Think about how YOU would respond to that question, which is central to your quality of life. If you would like to add your response to those that we have, just identify your name, age, years of life experience, and tell us what’s important for YOUR well-being. Send the e-mail to: info@passitonnetwork.org 11/18

African Research on Aging – Four Arcs toward Transformation. Although 78% of the people in Africa are under the age of 35, its population of older adults is expected to quadruple between now and 2050, thanks to increased longevity and reduction in births. At the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) in Nairobi, Kenya, Dr. Isabella Aboderin is connecting socio-economic data about ageing in Africa with development agendas across the continent. 11/17

Ashton Applewhite – Let’s end ageism. Ageism is a prejudice that pits us against our future selves — and each other. In this video of her TED talk, Ashton Applewhite urges us to dismantle the dread and mobilize against the last socially acceptable prejudice. “Aging is not a problem to be fixed or a disease to be cured,” she says. “It is a natural, powerful, lifelong process that unites us all.” 4/17

Century Lives Podcasts created by the Stanford Center on Longevity that provide a platform for informed discussion on a wide range of topics, between leading experts in academia, business and public policy. These conversations will foster a better understanding of the state of current research, and provide fresh perspectives on how best to optimize longer lives.

6’36 – Redesigning Long Life – Stanford Center on Longevity 11/12

Laura Carstensen: TED Talk – Older People are Happier. In the 20th century we added an unprecedented number of years to our lifespans, but is the quality of life as good? Surprisingly, yes! Psychologist Laura Carstensen shows research that demonstrates that as people get older they become happier, more content, and have a more positive outlook on the world. 12/11

Living Juicy! with Rhea Goodman –  Free podcasts that re-story the world by visiting with creative people whose innovative journeys open new pathways to conscious living in life’s second act.

Rodney Brooks: TED Talk – Why We Will Rely on Robots. Scaremongers play on the idea that robots will simply replace people on the job. In fact, they can become our essential collaborators, freeing us up to spend time on less mundane and mechanical challenges. Rodney Brooks points out how valuable this could be as the number of working-age adults drops and the number of retirees swells. 2/13

Jan Hively, PhD – What Is An Elder 5/15

What is Old? – What age do you consider to be old? AARP posed that question to Millennials and asked them to show what “old” looks like. Then they were introduced to some real “old” people. Watch what happens when folks let go of their outdated beliefs and embrace the idea that ageing is not about decline.  It’s about growth! Learn more about AARP’s efforts to "disrupt aging" 11/17

Dr. Edgar Mitchell’s “Sustainability” – The Water Lily Effect. Dr. Edgar Mitchell, 1930-2016, Apollo 14 Astronaut, Founder of The Institute of Noetic Sciences (www.noetic.org) and chairman Emeritus of Eternea, Inc. (www.eternea.org) featured in an important video on the sustainability issues facing humanity and all life on earth. 2/16

SIforAGE International Conference 2016 – View all videos of the three day event organized by the SIforAGE Project. 11/16