Global conference on elder
care has potential to be life-changing
OLTCA members invited to participate in 2011 event
Delegates who attend a global conference on elder care next year
have the opportunity for a life-changing experience as they network
and share best practices with their counterparts from around the
world, says Virginia Nuessle.
Nuessle is executive director of the International Association of
Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA), which is hosting the
conference along with the American Association of Homes and Services
for the Aging (AAHSA).
The event, themed Celebrate Age, takes place in October, 2011 in
The conference will highlight innovative programs
from around the world that ensure the elderly are well-served. It
is relevant to a wide range of delegates, including service providers,
people providing care, researchers, those applying research into
enhancing the long-term care work environment and those involved
in design and eco-friendly housing.
“Our goal for the event is to enhance the
ability of providers from around the world to connect and share
best practices and to create a stronger global aging network,”
says Nuessle, noting the close proximity of the event makes it a
noteworthy opportunity for members of the Ontario Long-Term Care
“I think having the (conference) in Washington
is a wonderful opportunity for the OLTCA folks to get a taste of
IAHSA," she says. "(They can) have that experience and
get to know people from different countries and then they can build
on that through our various connection programs.”
IAHSA co-ordinates a staff exchange connection
program which provides an opportunity for staff to experience the
long-term care work environment of another country. The organization
also offers a country connection program which sees IAHSA chapters
of one country providing resources for poor facilities in another.
“It’s those kind of connections that
they could get a taste of at this meeting, and it might be a life-changing
event,” says Nuessle, noting she herself is inspired when
she observes these global connections made and best practices shared
across national boundaries.
“It’s just so exciting to see what
they learn and what they take back and the passion that they get.”
Three major plenary speakers have already committed
to being part of the conference, including former president of Ireland
and United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson.
Robinson is also a member of The Elders, a group of global leaders
who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace
building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote
the shared interests of humanity.
Writer, professor, Nobel laureate and holocaust
survivor Elie Wiesel will also speak, as will American autobiographer,
poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.
Those interested in sharing their expertise, innovations and organizational
successes at the conference can submit a proposal by August 31,
2010. Notification of decision for participation will be delivered
April 1, 2011.
Accepted proposals will also be eligible for the IAHSA Excellence
in Ageing Services Award.
For full details on the conference and to submit a proposal, visit
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