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Your monthly UN Decade of Healthy Ageing update

Welcome to your UN Decade of Healthy Ageing update for October!

In this newsletter, learn more about:

Decade Progress Report 2023: help us highlight your experiences and contributions

Are you taking action during the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing to achieve change with and for older people? We want to hear from you!

The United Nations will publish in 2023 a progress report on the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing's implementation. The report is an opportunity to highlight actions being taken by all stakeholders to foster healthy ageing.

We are looking for case studies of programmes, initiatives, or activities that foster healthy ageing and can be featured as examples of actions taken during the Decade.

Are you working to improve the lives of older people, their families, and communities? Please contribute your knowledge and experiences today on the Decade Platform!
Learn more about the Decade progress report
Submit a case study

World Cities Day 2022: Celebrate the growing age-friendly cities and communities movement

31 October was World Cities Day! This year's theme was 'Act local to go global', recognising the crucial role played by local action in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

There's no better time to celebrate the growing age-friendly cities and communities movement. For example, WHO's Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities is now 1439 members strong – all contributing in their local contexts to create a more age-friendly world.

Will your community be the 1500th member? Explore the Global Network and encourage your local leaders to join today!
Explore the Global Network
Learn more on the Global Database of Age-friendly Practices

Changing how we think, feel, and act towards age and ageing

Ageism – how we think (stereotypes), feel (prejudice), and act (discrimination) towards others or ourselves based on age – has serious and far-reaching consequences for people's health, well-being, and human rights.

This Decade, we need to change how we think, feel, and act towards age and ageing. Here's a snapshot of what's being done in the area, including in the context of the Global Campaign to Combat Ageism:
→ Anyone around the world can be part of the global movement to create #AWorld4AllAges by using the Global Campaign to Combat Ageism's free toolkit. It includes everything you need to start or join a conversation on ageism, from social media tiles to syntheses of the best available evidence on the topic.

→ HelpAge International published Bringing generations together for change: a guide that captures key principles and practical steps to inspire effective intergenerational action. The guide was released in support of the Global Campaign to Combat Ageism.

→ UNFPA Asia & the Pacific is running a regional advocacy campaign called 'For Every Age', calling for investments in each stage of a woman's life, starting from before a girl's birth to her childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and later life, towards fostering healthy ageing.

→ The Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia and the Japan Center for International Exchange recently announced the winners of the 2022 Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation. This year, a Special Prize for Combatting Ageism was awarded – to Boonmerit Media (Thailand) for their Manoottangwai Intergenerational Online Media Campaign.

The UN Human Rights Council extended the mandate of the UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons by 3 more years – a crucial development in global work to combat ageism.
There's so much more being done by change makers around the world to combat ageism and create #AWorld4AllAges. Explore everything available on the Decade Platform, and if you don't see your contributions listed, please share them with us!
Share what you know and learn from others on the Decade Platform

More opportunities to get involved

6 - 18 November 2022: 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27)

There is no healthy ageing without a healthy planet. Online or offline, join the online conversations to highlight the crucial connection between the climate crisis and the Decade.
8 - 9 November 2022: Silver Economy Forum 2022 (Global Coalition on Aging)

What are the policies and practices required to leverage the opportunities of the 17 trillion USD Silver Economy? Register online to find out.
10 November 2022: Launch of WHO Training in Assistive Products (TAP)

Assistive technologies (AT) like glasses and walking aids are used by many older people around the world. Join the launch of a new WHO online training programme on AT.
18 November 2022A Europe that cares is a Europe that empowers - AGE Platform Europe Annual Conference 2022

Learn more about the importance of long-term care in the European region. Organised under the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU.
20 November 2022: World Children's Day

Ageism affects people of all ages – younger and older alike. On this day, advocate for #AWorld4AllAges using the Global Campaign to Combat Ageism toolkit.
25 November 2022: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Older women experience violence and abuse, too – including all its devastating consequences. Urge decision makers to prioritise tackling the abuse of older people during the Decade.
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In case you missed it: events, publications, and more

UN International Day of Older Persons: Resilience in a Changing World (UN)

1 October: Older people have shown resilience in the face of major crises – but this also shows us that change is still needed for healthy ageing. Catch up on the day's commemorations on the Decade Platform.
WSIS Healthy Ageing Innovation Prize 2023 (WSIS Forum / ITU)

1 October (Deadline 20 January 2023): The WSIS Healthy Ageing Innovation Prize is back again for 2023 to recognise excellence in digital innovations that foster healthy ageing.
Global Status Report on Physical Activity 2022 (WHO)

19 October: A new report from WHO outlines how much progress has been made to support people across the life course to be physically active.
Psychological Mistreatment and Material and Financial Mistreatment of Older Adults with Disabilities (WHO Collaborating Centre on Elder Abuse)

21 October: This newly translated executive summary presents the findings of research on the abuse of older people with disabilities.
Health for All Film Festival (WHO)

31 October (Deadline 31 January 2023): Films are a powerful way to raise awareness, improve understanding, and encourage positive behaviour changes. Submit a film about healthy ageing or one made by older people!
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