The World of Ageing
The world is facing a massive demographic age imbalance. Increasing longevity is recognised as one of the major achievements of modern health systems and this offers great quality of life opportunities for westernised populations.
Such advantage is not yet enjoyed in many developing countries. The demographic challenge, when coupled with the economic difficulties currently being experienced in many westernised nations, places the management of ageing as one of the most significant social and economic issues facing the international community.
Moreover the provision of good housing, healthcare and support services for the elderly is an issue that affects all countries. In order to promote the development of standards and best practice in housing and services for the ageing, international organisations have developed with the purpose of promoting education, knowledge transfer, research and service quality improvement. Amongst these two international NGOs stand out. The longest established is the International Federation on Ageing (IFA). The second is the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA). Both NGOs hold observer status at the United Nations. Each holds major biennial international conferences for knowledge transfer and the building of networks. They count amongst their memberships organisations and individuals from a number of the larger Commonwealth nations. The quality of support for older people in many developing Commonwealth countries will benefit from access to the wider Aged Care NGO community.
The Commonwealth Association for the Ageing will provide such access and help to deliver those benefits. to individuals, providers, peak aged care industry bodies and Commonwealth Governments.
It will advance the interests of older people by helping to build capability and capacity in health and care services throughout the Commonwealth. It will promote and disseminate learning, experience and best practice in aged care service design, development and provision and will foster partnerships with commercial organisations to facilitate their access to the business opportunities which ageing offers.
It will do so by accessing existing networks and developing new relationships throughout the Commonwealth.
This new association was officially launched in Melbourne, Australia in November 2013.
It has already engendered significant support across a number of Commonwealth countries with outstanding industry leaders in aged care, in countries such as India, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, United Kingdom and South Africa, committed to its success.