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ILCSA co-hosted a seminar on quality of care and health standards in long-term care

In a seminar on "Quality of care and health standards in long-term care" co-hosted by ILCSA and the IAA in November 2011, Dr John Morris (Boston, USA) outlined his work on the development of quality indicators for comprehensive assessment of long term care, and functioning, cognition and clinical conditions of residents, as part of the interRAI collaboration. interRAI is a network of researchers in over 30 countries committed to improving health care for persons who are elderly, frail or disabled. Dr Morris was the Task Leader for the federally mandated CMS project to develop the nursing home minimum data set (MDS) and resident Assessment Protocols, as well as Principal Investigator in the development of the MDS Version 2.0. He co-authored the RAI-HC system for evaluating the needs, strengths and preferences of elderly clients of home care agencies, as well as the RAI system for post-acute care. Morris chairs the Instrumentation System Development Committee, and with ISD committee members led the development of the interRAI Clinical Assessment Protocols (CAPS) for use in a variety of settings.

Dr Morris is based in the Institute for Ageing Research, Hebrew Senior Life at Boston and Harvard Medical School. Download Dr Morris PowerPoint presentation.

ILCSA president Monica Ferreira gave the keynote speech at the 10th Anniversary Celebrations of GAPA

The NGO Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS (GAPA) celebrated the 10th Anniversary of its inception on October 20, 2011. GAPA was started in Khayelitsha, a sprawling township outside Cape Town, in 2001, following a research and intervention project conducted by Monica Ferreira and colleagues at the Institute of Ageing in Africa. The project identified problems the grandmothers experience in caring for adult children and grandchildren infected with the HI virus or affected by AIDS, and their support needs. The model the investigators subsequently developed and which is implemented supports and empowers the grandmothers to cope physically, emotionally and financially.

Grandmothers participate in income generating activities, such as sewing, craft making and food gardening, and life skills training, and benefit from peer support, counselling and health education. The model includes smaller peer support groups with a grandmother as a leader, and has been expanded to include a bursary scheme to send young grandchildren to crèche and an after-school care centre for school-going grandchildren, both which offer the grandmothers some respite and foster child development.

A best practice, GAPA has drawn the interest of persons and groups worldwide. Its model is replicated in other townships and provinces, and in certain neighbouring African countries. GAPA is currently managed by director Vivienne Budaza.

In her speech, Monica Ferreira congratulated GAPA grandmothers and managers on the auspicious occasion, and referred to the increasing incidence of HIV and AIDS in older people. She encouraged the grandmothers to be tested for AIDS and to insist on anti-retroviral treatment if diagnosed as HIV positive. She also encouraged them to become better informed of their rights and to exercise their rights. Ferreira's speech; GAPA anniversary photos.

ILCSA is working with the IAA and several partners to host the 1st IAGG Africa Region Conference on Gerontology and Geriatrics

A Conference with the theme "Ageing Africa: Beyond Madrid+10" is to be held in Cape Town on October 17-20, 2012, convened by the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) Africa Region (Dr Isabella Aboderin is the conference convenor) and several partner organisations. The Institute of Ageing in Africa and ILCSA, together with UCT's Conference Management Centre are the local organisers of the conference. A key objective of the conference is to appraise progress in the implementation of the UN Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) and the African Union Policy Framework and Plan of Action on Ageing in Africa, ten years after governments adopted the plans. The Conference will provide a platform for the transfer of new knowledge, engagement in cutting-edge debate and networking.

ILCSA staff and associates participated in the NANHRI conference on human rights and older persons

Sebastiana Kalula and Monica Ferreira at ILCSA, and ILCSA associate Dr Isabella Aboderin participated in the 8th Biennial Conference of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI), in Cape Town on October 19-21, 2011. The theme of the conference, organised by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), was "Advancing the human rights of older persons and persons with disabilities - the role of African national human rights institutions." Dr Aboderin gave a key introductory address in the conference, entitled "Setting the scene - older persons in Africa."

The conference focused on the role of national human rights institutions and state bodies in strengthening the promotion and protection of the rights of older persons and persons with disabilities. It was attended by chairpersons of these institutions in Africa, the OHCHR, UN experts, representatives of civil society organisations, academics and experts working in the fields of these vulnerable persons. The conference aimed to reach a consensus on the role of the institutions in the promotion and protection of these people's rights, and to this end drafted and adopted a Cape Town Declaration.

Co-presidents of the ILC Global Alliance Monica Ferreira and Sally Greengross co-chaired the 2011 board meetings in Leyden, the Netherlands

The 2011 annual board meetings of the ILC Global Alliance were hosted by ILC the Netherlands in Leyden on September 28-30.


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ILCSA's Monica Ferreira co-chaired the business meeting with Baroness Sally Greengross (ILC UK). All 12 ILCs at the time were represented in the meeting, in which two new ILCs, ILC Brazil (headed by Dr Alex Kalache) and ILC China (headed by Dr Du Peng) were admitted to the Global Alliance (now 14 ILCs).

ILCSA participates in an ILC Global Alliance conference on integrated care for frail older people

The theme for the one-day ILC conference convened by the ILC Global Alliance in Leyden, the Netherlands, to coincide with the Alliance's board meetings in September 2011, was "Integrated care for frail older people." A number of Dutch experts read papers on frail care policy responses in the Netherlands. Co-President Sally Greengross presented a composite paper of contributions of ILC partners on this topic.

Professor Rudi Westendorp, director of the Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing, and a board member of ILC the Netherlands delivered the 2nd Robert Butler Memorial Lecture, entitled "The frail elderly in the Netherlands," in the conference. Download Westendorp's PowerPoint presentation (7.83 mb).

Ma Sisulu, stalwart activist in South Africa's liberation struggle, dies at her home at the age of 92

Albertina SisuluAlbertina Sisulu, wife of the late activist Walter Sisulu and herself a stalwart in the country's liberation struggle, a revered "mother of the nation," passed away at her home in Johannesburg on June 3, 2011. She was 92.

Walter Sisulu died in 2003. In the same year, permission was obtained from the Sisulu family to rename the Institute of Ageing in Africa (IAA) to honour the couple's dignity, selfless service and leadership to the nation. We at ILCSA mourn her passing and are proud to honour her memory.

Ma Sisulu was a gracious, caring and compassionate woman, a committed health practitioner, and a loving wife and mother. Above all, she will be remembered for her dedication to unifying, transforming and instituting pride in the nursing profession, which became a pillar for the provision of quality healthcare worldwide. We will continue to work to improve the quality of health care for older persons, and to respect the legacy she and Tata Sisulu left us. Hamba khale, Mama

ILCSA director Sebastiana Kalula, participated in a South African Older Persons' Forum (SAOPF) dialogue with health minister, the Honourable Dr Aaron Motsoaledi

Sebastiana Kalula, a geriatrician, participated in a dialogue initiated by the South African Older Persons' Forum (SAOPF) with the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, in Pretoria in August 2011. The dialogue was aimed at the advancement of health care for older persons. The following issues and how they would be addressed were discussed:

  • Amendments to the Older Persons Act and Regulations. The nursing staff ratio formula in the Regulations should be in line with the Regulations to the Nursing Act;
  • Frail care services costing model. The 2005 costing model needs to be revised, with the Department of Health, and not the Department of Social Development, funding nursing staff in frail care units in residential care facilities in future;
  • Monitoring of frail care units in residential care facilities. According to the Older Persons Act, the Department of Health does not have a mandate to monitor these facilities without the involvement of the Department of Social Development, and the health department will seek legal advice on the interpretation and amendment of the act;
  • Older persons with HIV/AIDS. The Directorate: Chronic Diseases, Disabilities and Geriatrics has provided input to the National Strategic Plan on the special needs of older persons with HIV/AIDS and will seek to have special HIV/AIDS awareness materials developed for older persons.

View the full report on the dialogue.

ILCSA disseminated a research policy brief on supporting older caregivers to persons affected by HIV and AIDS

Research Policy Brief 01/10 on "Supporting older caregivers to persons affected by HIV and AIDS," prepared by former ILCSA senior researcher Dr George Petros, has been disseminated. The brief offers a policy framework for responses to the carers' care and support needs within the public health domain. The framework is based on evidence obtained in a large survey conducted by Dr Petros in three of South Africa's nine provinces. View the AIDS Policy brief.

ILCSA hosted the 2010 Annual Board Meetings of the ILC Global Alliance in Cape Town

ILCSA hosted the 2010 annual meetings of the ILC Global Alliance in Cape Town on 26-28 October. Representatives of ten of the 12 ILCs at the time, now 14, participated in the Board meeting, which was co-chaired by the incoming co-presidents, Baroness Sally Greengross and Monica Ferreira. Tribute was paid in the meeting to the late Dr Robert Butler, who passed away on July 4, 2010. Dr Butler was the founding Co-President of the Global Alliance, with Mr Shigeo Marioka (ILC Japan), and former CEO of ILC USA.


Cape Town Board Members Dr Robert Butler
ILC GA Board members The late Dr Robert Butler

ILCSA convenes a symposium on the globalisation of dementia

ILCSA convened a half-day international symposium to coincide with the annual meetings of the ILC Global Alliance, held in Cape Town in October 2010. The theme of the symposium was "The Globalisation of Dementia: Issues and Responses." Partners of all ILCs represented in the annual meetings gave papers, or participated in panel's input and discussion in the symposium. See the Dementia symposium programme.

Dr Marc Combrinck, a neurologist and recently appointed incumbent of the Chair of Geriatric Medicine within the IAA, delivered the 1st Robert Butler Memorial Lecture, entitled "Global demographic changes and the challenge of dementia" in the symposium. The lecture gave an overview of the state of knowledge of dementia and referred to HIV associated dementia in Africa. Download Dr Combrinck's PowerPoint presentation (13.5 mb).

Three key papers read in the symposium, penned by Sally-Marie Bamford and Sally Greengross (ILC-UK), Françoise Forette and Marie-Anne Brieu (ILC France) and Sebastiana Kalula and George Petros (ILCSA), together with an Forum article on integrated input of the panellists have been published in a special issue on dementia of Global Ageing: Issues and Action (7(1), August 2011). The special issue was guest edited by Monica Ferreira at ILCSA and Jill Adkins, an independent attorney in the USA, previously based in Cape Town. The issue includes an editorial, and a preamble to, and the Cape Town Declaration on a Global Response to Dementia. A copy of the special issue may be obtained from Greg Shaw at the International Federation of Ageing.


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ILCSA co-ordinated the drafting and dissemination of the Cape Town Declaration on a Global Response to dementia

The Cape Town Declaration on a Global Response to Dementia was drafted and adopted in the symposium, and later disseminated for comment. The Declaration is published in the special issue on dementia of the International Federation of Ageing's journal Global Ageing: Issues and Action (7(1), August 2011). Comment on the Declaration and proposals for the process it should follow are invited.