In 2015, the World Health Organization released its first World Report on Ageing and Health. The report defines “Healthy ageing as the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables wellbeing in older age.” Key to this framing of healthy aging is the emphasis that functional ability is affected by both intrinsic capacity as well as the broad environment in which older individuals live. In order to achieve their vision of “a world in which everyone can live a long and healthy life,” the WHO developed a Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health (GSAP). The GSAP was endorsed by the World Health Assembly in May 2016, and this endorsement included the Government of Canada.
This pre-conference workshop will bring together researchers, students, older adults, and representatives from stakeholder organizations for a national conversation to:
- Build awareness of the WHO GSAP and Report on Ageing and Health;
- Facilitate targeted discussions about the GSAP strategic objective #5: “Improving measurement, monitoring and research on Healthy Ageing.”
- Make recommendations for next steps for research, practice and policy in this area.
A final workshop report will be developed and disseminated widely, in particular to key national and provincial policy- and decision-makers.
Partners committed to this workshop include the Centre on Aging at University of Manitoba, the Canadian Association on Gerontology, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Aging, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, AGE-WELL, the Canadian Geriatrics Society, the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association, and numerous organizations that serve older adults.
Who Should Attend?
- Governmental / non-governmental organizations
- Healthcare and allied care providers
- Older adults