Dear reader

Welcome to our September newsletter 

This year  is proving to be a year of major activity and opportunity for CommonAge..

We are delighted to announce, our formal accreditation as a Civil Society Organisation within the Commonwealth was approved by the Commonwealth Board of Governors on 1 June 2017. This is great news and gives us access to greater levels of support from the Secretariat and other Commonwealth agencies. 

In this newsletter you'll find all the updates on our latest projects and events. Thanks to generous support, the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing has commenced work on our important Ageing in the Commonwealth research project.    

We have also launched our Story Telling project and would greatly appreciate you circulating this through your networks and encourage participation from your country. Our aim is to create a special book of stories written by young people living in the Commonwealth based on interviews with older people in their country. The best stories will be included in a book which will be published to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 65 years as Head of the Commonwealth in April 2018. Prizes will also be given to the five best essays. 

Ideally the older people will be in their 90s as The Queen will be 92 next year and our aim is to have a story from every country in the Commonwealth

This is a great opportunity to not only bring generations together, but to also record local history for generations to come. Further details are in this newsletter. 

If you are attending the Global Ageing Network/Curaviva Global Ageing Conference, 18-21 September 2017, Montreux, Switzerland, we would like to invite you to observe our AGM. This is planned for 19 September, and it will be an excellent opportunity to not only learn more about CommonAge and our plans for the future, but also to meet other members, stakeholders and our scholarship delegates (a link to details of these delegates can be found in this newsletter). Also at this conference, our Chair Andrew Larpent and Board member Sharon Blackburn will be presenting an overview of Ageing in the Commonwealth.

Our Founding Members continue to grow and we would encourage you visit our dedicated Founding Members page to see our supporters from Australia, Canada and the UK. These organisations recognise the vision, mission and objectives of CommonAge by their willing commitment to at least three years membership so it's great to have their support.

They are very generous with their support. Founding Member Health Metrics is celebrating its partnership with us by offering people in CommonAge networks free entry to its World Conference21 - 22 September 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. The conference will bring together a broad range of innovative thinkers and speakers, with aims to not only address, but answer key issues surrounding the future of health and aged care. In addition, there are workshops to provide practical learning and professional development.

This is also a fantastic networking opportunity and spaces are filling fast. Register your tickets now by contacting Mariah Carew at Health Metrics on +61 3 9558 1634 or by email mcarew@healthmetrics.com.au . 

Launch of our exciting story telling project

Calling all young writers and nonagenarians!
Help us create a gift fit for the Queen

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2017 Scholarship

This year, with the generous support of Curaviva and international aged care providers and supporters, we have developed a scholarship fund for delegates from Commonwealth countries to be a part of the Global Ageing Network/Curaviva Global Ageing Conference, 18-21 September 2017, Montreux, Switzerland. Delegates will have a chance to meet colleagues from all over the world, hear international speakers, take part …

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Research project

We continue to build a strong relationship with many international organisations, and among these is the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing . The Oxford team led by Professor Sarah Harper (UK) and Professor Jaco Hoffman (S Africa) has developed a proposal to work in partnership with us on a research project on ‘Ageing in the Commonwealth’. Also involved in the project …

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Founding Members

Welcome to our Founding Members page where you can learn more about them and the work they do to help older people. Our Founding Members play a valuable part of CommonAge’s existence, and we are extremely grateful for their support as we continue to expand our networks and work towards our goals and aims. We are keen for organisations from …

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Reframing residential care seminar

How can we raise standards, aspirations and outcomes for older people experiencing residential
care in the UK? Are there pointers in sharing experiences from abroad? Organised by CommonAge, The Residential Forum and with the hospitality from Trowers & Hamlins LLP, this is an opportunity for social care sector leaders to consider innovative approaches currently being implemented in Australia.

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IAHSA / CURAVIVA Global Ageing Conference, Switzerland

A message from Dr. Ignazio Cassis, President, CURAVIVA Switzerland. Dear All The 7th staging of the Aged Care Congress by CURAVIVA Switzerland takes us to Lake Geneva. I extend a warm welcome to you from 18 to 21 September 2017 at the Congress Centre in Montreux. The retirement and nursing home sector is facing considerable challenges now. The demographic development and …

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Health Metrics World Conference 2017

With a theme of Understanding the Consumer Continuum this event is one not to be missed! "I am pleased to invite you to join us at the Health Metrics World Conference, September 21 and 22 at Crown Conference Centre in Melbourne. The conference will bring together a broad range of innovative thinkers and speakers, with aims to not only address, but …

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2018 inaugural Elders' Forum

In 2015, three CommonAge Board members attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) associated meetings in Malta. In 2018 the next CHOGM meetings will take place in the UK, and at this time there will be a major celebration of longevity in the person of the Head of the Commonwealth, HM Queen Elizabeth II. Working in close collaboration with the National …

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What’s next for CommonAge?

It is exciting times for CommonAge and we're very much looking forward to releasing details of the following projects in the coming weeks:

CommonAge bursaries

Similar to our scholarship projects, our bursary scheme aims to financial support delegates from developing countries to the Commonwealth Elders’ Forum 16-18 April 2018. 

Care Homes Open Day

Care Home Open Day is a UK wide initiative inviting care homes to open their doors to their local communities. Thousands of care homes across the UK take part each year, welcoming the public and arranging events and activities that help to create lasting links between care home residents and their local communities.

In 2018, the event will take place on 21 April, Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday, and we are keen to expand on this great event, and encourage everyone in care homes and retirement communities across the Commonwealth to start thinking how their home and their country can be involved.

Details will be released soon on the CommonAge website

Care Exchange Programme

Next year we are hoping to promote and facilitate connections between aged and social care provider organisations in Commonwealth countries and will encourage care workers who wish to do so to seek and gain worthwhile career development opportunities across borders. The aim of this programme is to support the movement of professional social and aged care workers between Commonwealth countries in ways that benefit the host country, the home country, the individual worker and older people throughout the Commonwealth.

Keeping connected

Our discussion group on LinkedIn  is the ideal channel to ask questions and share your ideas, views and news, and we encourage you to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @CommonAgeAssoc.

We hope you enjoyed this newsletter and we would very much welcome your feedback, as well as hear your news and stories which we can share on the news section of our website, www.commonage.org and across our social media networks.

Please get in touch either through our social media, via the ‘contact us’ on our website or send an email to comms@commage.org.

We’d love to hear from you!

And to end, here are a few facts and figures about the Commonwealth and a proverb from India.

• The Commonwealth has observed more than 140 elections in nearly 40 countries since 1980. 

• Many small and developing Commonwealth countries are among those with the lowest ecological footprints worldwide.

• The Commonwealth spans the globe and includes both advanced economies and developing countries. It encompasses Africa (18 countries), Asia (7), the Caribbean and Americas (13), Europe (3), and the Pacific (11).


We are on an exciting journey to help older people across the Commonwealth and we are looking for partners for that journey who have similar aspirations and requirements. There are lots of opportunities.

If you would like to get involved and support our many projects we’d love to hear from you!

Please contact our Chief Executive, Klaus Zimmermann
at klaus.zimmermann@commage.org for details.

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