IFA 14th Global Conference on Ageing

In August 2018, GCOA led a workshop on Remote Care Innovation for Elder Caregiving at the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) 14th Global Conference on Ageing conference in Toronto, Canada. The workshop explored cutting edge innovations in remote care and how these new technologies are creating efficiencies in care and improving quality of life for older adults. Panelists included John Beard, Director, Ageing and Life Course Department, World Health Organization; Dave Ryan, GM, Health Sector, Internet of Things Group, Intel; Jisella Dolan, Chief Advocacy Officer, Home Instead Senior Care; and Shurjeel Choudhri, Senior Vice President and Head, Medical and Scientific Affairs, Bayer.

The IFA Conference was titled “Towards a Decade of Healthy Ageing – From Evidence to Action,” in response to the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Report on Ageing and Health and the subsequent goals of the WHO Global Strategy and Action Plan (2016). The conference revolved around four key themes related to the field of ageing and featured prominent experts presenting and discussing critical issues.

In addition to the session on Remote Care, GCOA also hosted a Farewell Dinner for Dr. Beard.

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