International Federation on Ageing

International Federation on Ageing International Federation on Ageing

1 Bridgepoint Drive, Suite G.238, Toronto, M4M 2B5, ON, CA



The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) is an international non-governmental organization with a membership base of NGOs, the corporate sector, academia, government, and individuals.

WE BELIEVE in 'generating positive change for older people throughout the world by stimulating, collecting, analyzing, and disseminating information on rights, policies, and practices that improve the quality of life of people as they age.'

Our priorities are to establish the IFA as a point of connection that links together NGOs, academia, policy makers, and the private sector; facilitates knowledge exchange through our networks; collaborates in research and provides a repository of information; is a reference point for policy knowledge around areas with global implications: age discrimination, engaging seniors, financial protection, and age-friendly communities.

It is our mission to:

- Respond to the need for information on policies, practices, and rights
- Facilitate interaction and collaboration between all sectors concerned with ageing issues
- Providing a reliable platform for information exchange, empowerment and connection
- Bridge gaps in the knowledge and understanding of the ageing experience
- Develop tools to empower older people and the various groups working with them
- Help foster an age friendly environment at the global, regional and local levels

The IFA has consistently campaigned for the rights of older people in a diversity of ways, including involvement in drafting key initiatives, participating in and hosting global conferences, and producing our own reports and publications.

In sum, the IFA exists to inform, educate and promote policies and practice to improve the quality of life of older persons around the world.



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Dr. Jean-Pierre Michel

Dr. Jean-Pierre Michel

Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Dr. Jean-Pierre Michel is a full Professor of Medicine at Geneva University Medical School and head of the geriatric ward

Adult Vaccination Geriatric Medicine Public Palliative Medicine

Mr. Lawrence Normie

Mr. Lawrence Normie

Principal Consultant

Technology transfer and innovation management specialist

Ergonomics and Inclusive Design Affective Neuroscience Smart Orthotics Brain Computer Interfaces Internet of Things Machine Learning Robotics and Mechatronics Wireless Sensor Networks Connected Technologies Social Technologies in Ageing Monitoring Smart Housing Standardization

Prof. Roman Prymula

Prof. Roman Prymula


Dr. Prymula is involved in various research activities in preventive medicine, including clinical development of new vaccines

Adult Vaccination Hygiene and Epidemiology Preventative Medicine Public Health Medical Microbiology Vaccines Infectious Diseases

Dr. Goldie Nejat

Dr. Goldie Nejat

Associate Professor

Goldie Nejat, PhD, P.Eng. is the Founder and Director of the Autonomous Systems and Biomechatronics (ASBLab) Laboratory

Biomedical Engineering Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Engineering Applied Mechanics and Design Robotics Mechatronics and Instrumentation Human Factors/Ergonomics

Dr. Sytse Zuidema

Dr. Sytse Zuidema

Professor of Elderly Care Medicine and Dementia

Prof Sytse Zuidema is Professor of Elderly Care Medicine and Dementia at University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)

Geriatric Medicine Dementia Long-term Care and Community Frailty

Dr. Stephen E. Judd

Dr. Stephen E. Judd

Chief Executive

Dr. Stephen E. Judd's studies contribute to dementia care, aged care design and the role of charities in contemporary Australian society.

Dementia Frailty Social Technologies in Ageing Public Policy Quality of Care

Prof. Yitzhak Brick

Prof. Yitzhak Brick


Professor Brick came to JDC-ESHEL following a decade as Deputy Director-General of Israel’s Ministry of Labor & Social Affairs

Health Promotion Volunteering and Employement of Older Adults Technology and Ageing Public Policy

Dr. Ruth Finkelstein

Dr. Ruth Finkelstein

Associate Director

Dr. Ruth Finkelstein translates interdisciplinary scientific knowledge on aging and its societal implications into policy-focused practice.

Infectious Diseases Education and Training Active Ageing Lifelong Learning Ageing in Place Public Policy

Ms. Donna Butts

Ms. Donna Butts

Executive Director

Ms. Butts frequently speaks on intergenerational connections, grandparents raising grandchildren and policies effective across the lifespan.

Health and Ageing Intergenerational Connections

Dr. Steen  Hasselbalch

Dr. Steen Hasselbalch

Clinical Professor

Dr. Hasselbalch is a consultant neurologist at the Danish Dementia Research Centre, Rigshospitalet, at the University of Copenhagen.

Complex Intervention Strategies Neurodegenerative Disease Biomarkers Psychiatric Diseases Dementia Disorders

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