Dec 5, 2013 General Meeting
“NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES AND OLDER PERSONS”
• Date: THURSDAY, December 5, 2013
• Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
• Place: United Nations, Church Center, 8Th Floor, Boss Room
777 UN Plaza (44th Street & 1st Ave.)
ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
Non-communicable diseases, according to the World Health Organization, are “not passed from person to person.” NCDs generally develop slowly and last a long time. Risk factors include smoking, alcohol, poor diet, and lack of exercise. Our speakers today will discuss NCDs which affect older persons, and which are sometimes overlooked in discussions of risk and preventative factors associated with NCDs.
Janet Sigal, Vice-Chair, NGO Committee on Ageing
Ariella Rojhani: Advocacy Manager, The NCD Alliance
Michael Splaine: Consultant to Alzheimer’s Disease International
Brian C. Scanlon, MD.: Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College; Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine, New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital
GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR THE RIGHTS OF OLDER PEOPLE
Established in 2011, the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People is a civil society movement born out of the need to strengthen the rights and voice of older people globally. The Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People supports the creation of new international and regional human rights instruments as powerful tools for strengthening the rights of older people.
The Alliance is committed to building national-level capacity to work towards more effective human rights instruments for older people.
The Shape of Population Change [United Nations publication (ST/ESA/SER.A/208)]
Between now and 2050, the total number of persons 60 years and older worldwide will rise from about 600 million to almost 2 billion. Never before in human history have so many lived so long. To enhance a greater understanding of this “agequake” and how each of us can play a role, the NGO Committee on Ageing website offers a unique “one-stop” resource. Opinion-leaders and individuals will find the listing of documents and expert papers, gathered from the Committee’s specialized meetings and briefings, along with related United Nations documents and organizational web sites can help provide insights and background understanding of this demographic revolution and its global implication.
The 23rd Anniversary of the United Nations International Day of Older Persons:
“The Future We Want – What Older Persons Are Saying”
Details, documents and video of the International Day of Older Persons can be viewed here.
Past celebrations of the International Day of Older Persons can be reviewed here.
PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF OLDER PEOPLE
Existing human rights mechanisms have lacked a systematic and comprehensive approach to the specific circumstances of older men and women – Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General
On 21 December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly established an Open- ended Working Group on Ageing with a mandate to identify gaps in the protection of the rights of older people and ways in which these gaps can be addressed.
Here are ten reasons why the Working Group should recommend the strengthening of legally-binding standards on the rights of older people and the development of a new protection regime.