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Welcome to our June newsletter 

It was an exciting start to the year when our Board member Sharon Blackburn was named in the New Years' Honours List as Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to nursing and the not-for-profit care sector. HRH Prince William officially presented the medal to her at Buckingham Palace in April. 

It is very encouraging individuals and organisations are been recognised for the work they do and we've included some of the other awards achievements from across the Commonwealth in this newsletter.

More recently we welcomed Helen Jones (pictured) to our CommonAge Board. Helen brings with her a wealth of national and international aged care experience and we are very much looking forward to working with her.

This year's theme for Commonwealth Day in March was an Inclusive Commonwealth. Much of the focus has been youth orientated so there is a definite need for a voice for older people in the Commonwealth, and while we have been encouraged to apply for formal accreditation to the Commonwealth, there are some areas we need to work on before accreditation will be given. 

Our Chairman Andrew Larpent was in London and Singapore just recently meeting several organisations and Commonwealth staff, including Secretary-General: Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, so we hope to update you on these meetings as more develops. 

We recently received our charitable status, which will enable us to apply for grants from around the world. Our many thanks go to Finlaysons legal services who provided us with much pro bono legal advice on this issue.

We are also thrilled the ACC (UK and Australia), together with the Australian organisations, Australian Unity, Brand Partners, Eldercare, Resthaven, Southern Cross Care SA & NT and ThomsonAdsett have joined us as Founding Members. We are very grateful for their valuable support as we continue to expand our networks and work towards our goals and aims. We will be introducing these Members on our website in the future and are keen for organisations from all over the Commonwealth to join us as Foundation Members, so please get in touch for further details. 

Our aim is to share information and practices across the Commonwealth, so we were delighted to hear our Ambassador for Zambia, Anderson Simfukwe,  Director of Aged Care and Service Centre, Zambia was accepted and attended Dementia Care Australia's Innovative International Spark of Life Master Course last month. Dementia Care Australia ran a crowdfunding campaign in order for him to attend.

Anderson has made his life mission to change his society’s perceptions of dementia. He and his colleague Mary Mutambo  will use the Spark of Life philosophy to help enrich the lives of those living with dementia in Zambia. 

We hope you enjoy reading some of the developments in CommonAge and we look forward to a busy few months ahead of us.

CommonAge Chairman Andrew Larpent

CommonAge and Brexit – a comment from the Chairman

Great Britain is in a state of shock as it comes to terms with the choice its people have made about their future in the Brexit referendum.

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Board Member Sharon Blackburn proudly shows her CBE

Aged Care receives Royal Recognition in the UK

It was a very exciting week last week for CommonAge as our Board member Sharon Blackburn received her Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) medal at Buckingham Palace last week. The honour was presented by HRH Prince William.

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Francis Njuakom Nchii is decorated by the Governor of the English Speaking North West Region of Cameroon on behalf of the Cameroon Head of State

CommonAge ambassador for Cameroon receives recognition

We were delighted to hear our ambassador for Cameroon Francis Njuakom Nchii, Founder & Executive Director of CDVTA Cameroon was awarded the rank of 'Knight of Cameroon Order of Valour' at Cameroon’s National day celebration, 20th May 2016.

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queens honour list

Aged Care receives recognition in Australia

Almost 600 Australians have been recognised for their contribution to the community in this year's Queen's Birthday honours, including five in recognition for their services to aged care.

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Executive Director; Geriatric Respite Care Foundation-Uganda (GRCF- U) Richard Semanda begins a three-year term as a Director of Board IAHSA

CommonAge Ambassador is appointed to the Board of Directors, IAHSA

We were absolutely delighted to hear that CommonAge Ambassador, Richard Semanda, Executive Director; Geriatric Respite Care Foundation-Uganda (GRCF- U) began a three-year term as a Director of Board IAHSA.

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Ruth Frith, 100-year-old, from Australia competes in the Women's hammer throw at the World Masters Games at Sydney Olympic Park October 15, 2009. REUTERS/World Masters Games/Craig Golding/Handout

CommonAge Calls for Commonwealth Masters Games 2018

Join us in our call for the first ever Commonwealth Masters Games

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A unique opportunity to learn about aged care in India with our SAGE study tour

India is a fascinating country. Rich in history and diverse in culture, and with its stunning scenery and exotic cuisine, India never fails to captivate its visitors.

Read more.

What’s next for CommonAge?

We announced at the end of last year our partnership with SAGE Study Tours, and we strongly encourage you to take advantage of the educational, cultural and networking opportunities it offers. As well as our tour to India (preliminary details above), its SAGE Switzerland 2017 tour is open for Expressions of Interest, and will be open for registration soon. You can register your interest here.

Our networks are continually growing and we hope to name our CommonAge Ambassador for Malaysia soon. You can already see our Founding Members listed on our website and we are planning on making more additions to our website to reflect our growing network over the coming months. 

To help with our aim of raising awareness of issues associated with ageing populations within the Commonwealth, our Chairman Andrew Larpent met with Oxford Institute for Ageing to discuss our proposed research project on Ageing in the Commonwealth.  We hope this project will help us in making a major contribution at the next CHOGM, due to take place in the UK in 2018.

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 coord@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 Cyprus.

• Trade between Commonwealth countries is estimated at over $680 billion today and projected to surpass $1 trillion by 2020. 

• The Commonwealth spans the globe and includes both advanced economies and developing countries. It encompasses Africa (18 countries), Asia (8), the Caribbean and Americas (13), Europe (3), and the Pacific (11). 

• Half of the top 20 global emerging cities are in the Commonwealth: New Delhi, Mumbai, Nairobi, Kuala Lumpur, Bangalore, Johannesburg, Kolkata, Cape Town, Chennai and Dhaka. 


CommonAge needs your support to achieve its objectives. While CommonAge has an extensive and growing network of professional contacts in Commonwealth countries, as a young organisation we have energy and commitment but very limited resources. All directors and supporters are working pro bono, giving freely of their time and resources. If you would like to join us on this exciting journey by becoming a Founding Member, please contact our Chief Executive, Klaus Zimmermann at klaus.zimmermann@commage.org and we thank you in advance for your generous support.

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