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Prominent national and sub-regional scholars who subscribe to the ILCSA's values and goals, and have a valuable contribution to make to its activities are invited to become ILCSA associates. Current associates are:

Isabella Aboderin, PhD, MSc, BSc, a Senior Research Scientist at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) in Nairobi, Kenya. She is the Regional Chair for Africa of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG), an advisory board member of the World Demographic and Ageing Forum, a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Ageing Societies and a board member of HelpAge International. She co-ordinates the IAGG Global Social Initiative on Ageing (GSIA) for Africa, and together with Jaco Hoffman, co-ordinates the African Research on Ageing Network (AFRAN).

Aboderin's research focuses on issues of ageing in sub-Saharan Africa: specifically, a) ageing policy and development agendas, b) social determinants of health in old age, c) health systems and ageing, and d) intergenerational support, family relationships and social change. She is currently co-ordinating a multi-country initiative to advance routine national evidence generation on older persons in Africa, in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Centre for Gender and Social Development. E-mail: iaboderin@aphrc.org


Adesola Ogunniyi, MBChB, FMCP (Nigeria), FWACP, FRCP(Edin), FRCP (London), FAS, is Professor of Medicine at the College of Medicine University of Ibadan and Consultant Neurologist to the University College Hospital, Ibadan Nigeria. Ogunniyi’s interest in medical diseases in older persons, dementia in particular, began while working in neuro-epidemiology at the National Institutes of Health in the USA.  He was the director and later co-principal investigator of the Indianapolis-Ibadan cross-cultural, community-based study of dementia in which investigators at Indiana University, USA and University of Ibadan, Nigeria collaborated.

Ogunniyi’s other research interest areas include stroke, epilepsy and cardiovascular health promotion in sub-Saharan Africa. He was a former chair of the Board of the African Research on Ageing Network (AFRAN) and is a Fellow of the World Demographic and Ageing Forum. He undertook a six-month sojourn at the Institute of Ageing in Africa in 2009 and worked on ILCSA projects. E-mail: aogunniyi892@gmail.com


Leon Geffen, MBChB FCFP(SA), is a Family Physician in general practice in Cape Town.  He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Geriatrics Unit at the University of Cape Townand conducts sessions in the Groote Schuur Hospital/UCT Memory Clinic. He is active in teaching and examining Registrars in Family Medicine at the university. He is a member of the South African Geriatrics Society, the South African Academy of Family Physicians,the South African Medical Association, the Allergy Society of South Africa and the South African HIV Clinicians Society. He is the president and honorary medical superintendent of Highlands House, a Jewish Aged Home in Cape Town.

 Geffen has published on stroke, the management of infective endocarditis, ageing and sexuality, ageing and immunology, management of patients in a memory clinic and research in general practice. His current research interests include improved quality of long-term care, and the use of quality indicators and assessment instruments in community dwelling older persons. He is currently engaged in a public private partnership programme with the Western Cape Department of Health to provide medical services at a primary care level. He is the Medical Director of Agewell, an international multi-centre project being implemented  in two sites in Cape Town to develop and evaluate support services for older persons in the community.  Geffen recently completed an  evaluation of oral health in older persons in Cape Town as part of an international collaborative study. He was appointed a Fellow of interRAI www.interrai.org.  E-mail: lgeffen@iafrica.com


Rayne Stroebel, a long-time collaborator of the Institute of Ageing in Africa and ILC South  Africa, has been appointed an Associate of ILCSA. He started the company GERATEC (Gerontological Research, Training, Education and Caring) in 1996. It is the only company in South Africa that provides services exclusively to the long-term care sector for Older People. In 2010 he brought The Eden Alternative concept to South Africa (read more), and has helped many organisations for the older sector transform their service delivery to be more person-centered. 

Rayne holds an MSc degree in Dementia Studies from Stirling University in the UK and is currently a PhD candidate in Dementia Studies at that institution. He will represent ILCSA in the ILC Global Association biennial meetings in Sydney, Australia in October/November 2019, together with ILCSA Co-President Sebastiana Kalula.