ILC Canada/LIFE Research Institute hosts a UN Side-Event at the Open-Ended Working Group meeting July 24th, 2018

The International Longevity Centre-Canada and the LIFE Research Institute at the University of Ottawa hosted a Side Event at the Open-Ended Working Group called The Right to be My Older Self: A North-South Discussion on Long-Term and Palliative Care, Autonomy and Independence. The speakers discussed the state of long-term and palliative care and also heard about older persons' ability to control autonomy and independence. Once again, ILC-Canada advocated for the UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons.

 

Speakers included:

  • Ms. Louise Blais, Deputy Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations.
  • Dr. Laurent Marcoux, President, Canadian Medical Association.
  • Dr. Alex Kalache, Co-President of the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance and President of ILC-Brazil.
  • Dr. Martine Lagacé, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and the School of Psychology, University of Ottawa.
  • Ms. Verene Nyirabalinda, NSINDAGIZA, Rwanda.
  • Dr. Kiran Rabheru, Geriatric Psychiatrist, Professor, University of Ottawa and member of the Board of Directors of the International Longevity Centre
  • Dr. Linda Garcia, Director of the LIFE Research Institute, University of Ottawa.

 

 

ACTIVISM: ILC Canada/LIFE Research Institute at the United Nations

Open-ended Working Group July 2018

 

ILC Canada began a successful week at the UN starting with a presentation to the Global

Alliance on the Rights of Older People (GAROP) on our activism in support of a United Nations Convention on the Rights of Older Persons.

ILC Canada used the UN meeting to publically ask the Government of Canada to support the Convention. Specific activities included:

  • A side event co-sponsored by the Canadian Government which focussed on a North-South discussion on long-term and palliative care and independence and autonomy, which illustrated the need for a Convention. Our event was made possible with the support and participation of our partners the Canadian Medical Association, FADOQ and Home Instead.
  • ILC Canada made a number of statements/questions in the UN Plenary asking Member States, particularly Canada, to support a United Nations Convention on the Rights of Older Persons. Speakers included ILC Canada President Margaret Gillis, (Read the speech here) Dr. Laurent Marcoux, President, Canadian Medical Association (Read the first speech here or the second speech here) and Dr. Kiran Rabheru, ILC Canada Board Chair (Read the speech here).
  • Read Canada's statement during the Interactive Session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing here...
  • ILC Canada prepared a letter to Minister Freeland signed by a number of health and aging NGO’s and experts explaining why a Convention would improve the lives of older Canadians and older people around the globe.

Kiran Rabheru speaks on the importance of a UN Convention for the Rights of Older Persons  

We are thrilled to announce that Canada thanked ILC Canada and other NGO’s on the floor of the UN and stated that Canada was “open to discussing a Convention”. Now we will be moving forward to turn that into a full commitment

  

 

Age Friendly Business Initiative

 

The International Longevity Centre (ILC) Canada and University of Ottawa held the launch of the Age Friendly Business Initiative with a dinner on May 2th at the Shaw Centre.

 

President and Vice-Chancellor Allan Rock talked about the accomplishments of the University and ILC Canada regarding aging research and policy before introducing Minister Duclos.

 

The Minister of Children, Families and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos discussed government responses to such issues as ageism and Canada’s elder work force.

 

Dean of Health Sciences Hélène Perreault talked about the University of Ottawa's role in age-friendly research and development of the Institute for Autonomy, Functionality and Longevity.

 

ILC Canada President Margaret Gillis discusses the role the International Longevity Centre will play in the advancement of seniors' rights.

 

ILC Co-President and President of ILC Brazil Dr. Alexandre Kalache spoke on demographical shifts worldwide and the changes both tangible and philosophical needed to meet them.

 

Minister Duclos, President Gillis, Dean Perreault and President Rock meet for a photo to commemorate the event.

 

A report on the forum was produced, entitled Forum 2016, Age-Friendly Business Report: The Main Challenges For Businesses Adapting to the Aging Population. Click here for the English version or here for the French version.

 

ILC Canada/LIFE Research Institute hosts a UN Side-Event at the Open-Ended Working Group meeting December 14th, 2016

At the Side-Event, the International Longevity Centre and the University of Ottawa discussed the devastating impact that ageism has on older people, what is being done about it and what more can be done. We also discussed the merits of a possible Convention on the Rights of Older Persons.

 

Speakers included:

  • Mr. Marc-André Blanchard, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations
  • Ms. Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, the first Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of all Human Rights by Older persons appointed by the UN Human Rights Council.

  • Dr. Martine Lagacé, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and the School of Psychology, University of Ottawa.

  • Dr. Kiran Rabheru, Geriatric Psychiatrist, Professor, University of Ottawa and member of the Board of Directors of the International Longevity Centre

  • Dr. Linda Garcia, Director of the LIFE Research Institute, University of Ottawa.

  • Mr. Gordon DiGiacomo, Senior Fellow at the Centre of Governance, University of Ottawa.

  • Dr. Alex Kalache, Co-President of the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance and President of ILC-Brazil.

    Watch us on UN Web TV:

 

Margaret Gillis speaks at the UN on the Sustainable Development Goals

On March 26th, 2015, ILC President Margaret Gillis spoke on behalf of the Subgroup on Aging which represents the interests of over 800 million older people globally. Margaret drew attention to the fact that older people were ignored in some key areas of the Sustainable Development Goals and that data was required to ensure that they were not left behind. Notably, the final Sustainable Development Goals made key gains for older people.

 

 

Dr. Louise Plouffe speaks to the Open Ended Working Group

 

Dr. Louise Plouffe spoke at the Morning Session of the Open Eneded Working Group on Aging, posing questions to the Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of All Human Rights by Older Persons Rosa Kornfeld-Matte. Louise begins speaking at 2:20:38 and stops at 2:22:44, raising questions such as the access to euthanasia type programs allowing for dying with dignity while many patients are not allowed to seek improvements for their chronic pain or other chronic conditions.

 

 

International Longevity Centres are leading edge policy shapers established to advocate for the needs and rights of older people in their respective countries. Through research, policy development and training, ILCs aim to identify ways through which people can lead healthy, fulfilling and active lives. 

We seek to ensure that older people have opportunities for social and civic engagement and to enlighten the public about the resources older persons possess and contribute to society. We are valuable resources for policy makers, governments, industry, academic institutions and other stakeholders on matters pertaining to healthy active aging.

ILC Canada is an independent, non-partisan, strategic policy body. Our home and partner is the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, with which we will focus on questions of autonomy, functioning and longevity.

The need for an International Longevity Centre in Canada is paramount. Canadian society is aging and the demographics are clear. There will soon be more people in Canada over the age of 65 than under the age of 15. These demographic shifts have major implications for Canadian society both socially and economically, making advance planning critical. These realities could create a strain on resources unless older people have the ability to stay healthy, secure and engaged in society. 

While ILC Canada is concerned with a range of issues affecting all of the aging, we have a particular interest in the area of health and long-term care and we pay attention to groups at risk: low income seniors, recent immigrants to Canada, Aboriginal seniors, socially isolated seniors and older-age seniors.

In conjunction with the ILC Global Alliance we will access the latest international evidence. As an internationally accredited policy organization that is aligned with the World Health Organization’s vision on active, healthy aging ILC Canada will work with academic institutions, the private sector, civil society and governments to inform and influence important decision making processes.

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