Ageing Smart



Yoga online, 25 February 2021 at 6 pm EST





Yoga meditation practice, 21 January 2021


reset yourself IN THE NEW YEAR




45-minute breath-centric movement and meditation practice, 17 December 2020

  • Where you will learn to access your breath deeply
  • Integrate breath and movement in postures
  • Anchor your mind using creative visualization
  • Leave with a sense of “BEING PRESENT” and ready to welcome a new year with an opportunity to practice mindful presence as a life skill


IFA: Discussion around the humanity of death and bereavement




COVID-19 has taken the lives of over 1.1 million people globally. Grieving this loss of friends, family, colleagues, and loved ones may be more difficult than ever before in light of infection prevention and control (IPC) protocols, social isolation and travel restrictions. In this IFA Virtual Town Hall, Dr. Alexandre Kalache, President of the International Longevity Centre - Brazil and former Director of the Ageing and Health Programme at the World Health Organization, leads a discussion around the humanity of death and bereavement amid the ongoing challenges of these unprecedented times.


Date and Time:

Friday 30th October 2020

7:00-8:00 am (Eastern Daylight Time)


Opening Remarks:

Dr. Alexandre Kalache


International Longevity Centre - Brazil


Register for the IFA Virtual Town Hall


For any questions or concerns please contact 

 Kind regards,

Andra Stancu

Project Officer

International Federation on Ageing



Previous IFA Virtual Town Hall Resources




1 October 2020

To All AFICS Members,

We hope that you are all well and keeping safe during this difficult year.  To keep us all connected despite circumstances, the Ageing Smart Committee is offered two upcoming webinar sessions in October on topics which are quite timely for our audience.

First, the NGO Committee on Ageing celebrating the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons on Thursday, October 1, from 9 AM - 12 PM, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). This year's theme is PANDEMICS: DO THEY CHANGE HOW WE ADDRESS AGE & AGEING?, and the keynote speech - Healthy Ageing for the 2020s: Through A Pandemic & Beyond, followed by several panels.

Second, as an extension of the first session held in June on Managing Anxiety with Yoga, AFICS member Paula Saddler, and her two colleagues, Liz Huntington and Shoba Mani led another hour-long session, focusing on ways to boost your immune system using yoga as we head into the fall/winter season.  Immune System Jitters - Yoga Can Help held on Monday, October 5, from 1-2 PM (EDT).

Attendance is free for both sessions.  More information about each webinar and instructions for registering can be found on the attached fliers for each event.  We hope that many of you who don't live in the NYC area will take advantage of these sessions which are being broadcast for all to enjoy. 

Please write to AFICS Office to with any questions.  You could wathc recording of both events.

Stay safe,

Ageing Smart Committee - AFICS/NY 

Immune System Jitters? Yoga Can Help! Webinar

As an extension of the first session held in June on Managing Anxiety with Yoga, AFICS member Paula Saddler, and her two colleagues, Liz Huntington and Shoba Mani held another hour-long session, focusing on ways to boost your immune system using yoga as we head into the fall/winter season.  Immune System Jitters? Yoga Can Help!! was held on Monday, 5 October, from 1-2 PM (EDT).

Click here to watch its recording.


International Federation on Ageing (IFA)

Resources: COVID-19 and Older People Virtual Town Hall Series

Page contains links to past 2020 IFA Virtual Town Hall recordings and access to summaries and session resources.


Brain Healthy Ageing Seminar - 24 April 2019

Brain Healthy Ageing: Maintaining Brain Fitness

Presented by Nettie Harper and Kelly Gilligan, co-founders of Inspired Memory Care


You can make a difference in your brain’s ageing process!




The seminar explored ways to maintain optimal brain health and build cognitive reserve.  Discussed were healthy lifestyle-based strategies including the latest research on nutrition, exercise, and leisure experiences, as well as key differences between age-related cognitive change and dementia. This highly engaging and interactive presentation also includee techniques for supporting colleagues, friends and loved ones who may be experiencing symptoms of a dementia-related illness.





Resource List

Presentation Slides 


The video on demand of the seminar is available here (2h 8').

Joint Health Workshop - 17 April 2018

Good balance and flexibility are key to staying healthy and active. Unfortunately, aches and pains in our joints begin to plague many of us, and over time, limits our mobility and our mood. Drs. David T. Neuman and Eric Turk educated us about our joints, discuss common problems and simple solutions we can appropriate into our daily routine to stave off aches and pains and keep us strong and mobile for years to come.


Many members joined us for this highly interactive presentation to hop, skip and jump into old age!


On Tuesday, April 17, the Aging Smart Committee hosted Drs. David Neuman and Eric Turk on the subject of "Get Healthy, Stay Healthy - Understanding Joint Pain".  The session was recorded as a webcast and is available on our website if you would like to review it, or share with your family and friends.


Both men are medical doctors who specialize in trying to keep us out of the doctor's office and out of the hospital using simple exercises to address most joint-related conditions, and in getting us back on our feet following an injury or hospital stay.  They presented a variety of exercises which could be beneficial to just about anyone, and which can be done even from a chair or bed.


Dr. David Neuman

Dr. Neuman runs an online website called Pop-Doc.  The site allows you to enter your own data, problem joint areas, and whether you would like to 'regain', 'maintain', or 'preserve' that joint. The program will then issue a targeted exercise routine for you, complete with pictures and detailed explanations to follow.  It is very easy to use and to explore, and allows for the fact that everyone is different, and has different issues.  For those of us from middle-age onward, the belief is that the 'Preserve' option will increase joint function with less joint pain.


The Pop-Doc program can be found at:

  • Once you establish your free account, you are free to 'Browse Exercises' (either from the header, or from the middle section of the lower area of the home page). 
  • When you choose the 'Preserve' (or any other) category on the right side (or a joint on the meme), a list will appear, along with the (quite reasonable) costs for either a 6-month or 12-month subscription.
  • This is a one-time fee, for unlimited usage of the exercise grouping.  (For example, a six month subscription to regain knee condition is $2.75). 
  • Once you have registered and paid, the exercise groupings will show up in the 'My Exercises' tab that lives in the 'My Account' tab in the navigation bar.
  • For now, using the code DN0052 at checkout will give a 10% discount on all/any purchased exercise groupings.
  • Dr. Neuman's contact info is:


Dr. Eric Turk

Dr. Turk spoke about his work with rehabilitating patients after they have sustained an injury (e.g. stroke) or procedure (e.g. hip replacement).  He is also available to work with patients at their home; his direct email is if you would like to consult or work with him further.


His website contains useful videos for various conditions, which can be found here:


Financial Organizing Workshop - 19 March 2017

Financial Organizing for Now or for Later

Eddy & Schein, In-Home Administrators for Seniors:  Life Keeping, Not Just Bookkeeping  presented a workshop offering several checklists:

  • Make Senior Years Easier: A Check List (legal papers, web-based accounts, budgeting, investments, taxes, daily finances, long term care, medical insurance & management, identification)
  • Document Checklist (list of important documents & information with related advice)
  • A Team for Seniors (a checklist to see who is needed)
  • Examples of Available Organizing Tools

  Financial Organizing Workshop Handout


Estate Planning Workshop - 11 April 2016

Estate Planning with Estate Tax and Gift Tax Implications

Ronald Fatoullah & Associates workshop on how to “Plan Your Estate, Plan For Your Future”

  Estate Planning Workshop Handout






DESA’s Division for Inclusive Social Development (DISD) Programme on Ageing

In 2002, the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) and the Political Declaration adopted at the Second World Assembly on Ageing marked a turning point in how the world addresses the key challenge of “building a society for all ages”.  The primary action of the Division for Inclusive Social Development (DISD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) programme on ageing is to facilitate and promote MIPAA including: designing guidelines for policy development and implementation; advocating means to mainstream ageing issues into development agendas; engaging in dialogue with civil society and the private sector; and information exchange.  You can reach DISD by email at


The Focal Point on Ageing works to:

  • Facilitate and promote the three Priority Directions of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA), which are: Older persons and development; Advancing health and well-being into old age; and Ensuring enabling and supportive environments;
  • Enhance awareness of the global situation of older persons and increase recognition of strengthening the protection of the human rights of older persons;
  • Promote mainstreaming and policy support for ageing issues for the implementation of development agendas, including the 2030 Agenda;
  • Engage in dialogue with civil society, including non-governmental organisations for and of older persons, and the private sector.

The Focal Point on Ageing also provides support and servicing to intergovernmental processes by producing reports on ageing issues and facilitating agreement on ageing resolutions and international standards and norms through the Commission for Social Development, the Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly.  Please feel free to e-mail us at:

Or write to us at:

Focal Point on Ageing
Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD)
Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)
United Nations Secretariat (29th Floor)
405 E 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017










UN Network on Ageing Newsletter


UN Web TV:  Topics & Issues > Global issues > Ageing


Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWGA)





2020 UN International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP)

The NGO Committee on Ageing and UN DESA organized the 30th Anniversary of the Annual Celebration of the United Nations International Day of Older Persons, with the theme "Pandemics: Do they change how we address age & ageing?"

Thursday, October 1, 2020
9:00am – 12:00pm EDT (New York)
2:00pm – 5:00pm GMT (London)

Event Flyer with program schedule and list of speakers.

In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the UN International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP) and the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (UN), this inaugural virtual celebration unites UN officials and leaders in the field of ageing and elsewhere to address the call to action for a Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020-2030.

This online interactive UNIDOP event was free of charge and was broadcasted live via the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) Facebook page (

The event recording on YouTube is available here.

Learn more about the NGO Committee on Ageing.




2019 UN International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP)

2018 UN International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP)

4 OCT 2018  02:35:40

Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions

Event co-organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the NGO Committee on Ageing, the Group of Friends for Older Persons, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Permanent Mission of Argentina.

AFICS/NY's Secretary's report


UN EVENTS:  International Day of Older Persons, 1 October 2018


2018 UNIDOP Celebrates Older Human Rights Champions


Joint Health Webcast (April 2018)

17 APR 2018  02:40:30

Get Healthy, Stay Healthy - Joint Health: Understanding Your Aches & Pains


Guidance from a Member

Physical Activity

How much physical activity is recommended?

(Medical Services Division, 9 Oct 2018 email Broadcast)

Regular exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your mental and physical health.  For adults (18 to 64 years old), the WHO recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity (i.e. brisk walking) or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity (i.e. jogging or running), or an equivalent combination of both, throughout the week. They don’t have to be done all at once. Activities can be spread out provided that each one lasts for at least 10 minutes. Incorporating muscle-strengthening activities involving all major muscle groups twice a week is also highly recommended  (WHO Physical Activity and Adults).

What can you do to increase your physical activity? Here are some tips:

> Swap eating dates for walking dates. Whether you’re meeting a friend, colleague, or partner, go for a long walk and talk instead of just sitting and eating.

> Team up with someone you like to spend time with and try out new action-filled activities whether it’s going on a hike, checking out a gym or going for a swim.

> Use an app, a pedometer, or a wearable device to monitor your steps and motivate you to walk more often. A common recommendation is 10,000 steps per day.

> If you are using public transportation, get off the bus or subway one stop early and walk the rest of the way. If you are driving, park as far from the front door as possible.


Physical Activity and Older Adults

WHO: Recommended Levels of Physical Activity for Adults Aged 65 and Above

In adults aged 65 years and above, physical activity includes leisure time physical activity (for example: walking, dancing, gardening, hiking, swimming), transportation (e.g. walking or cycling), occupational (if the individual is still engaged in work), household chores, play, games, sports or planned exercise, in the context of daily, family, and community activities.  In order to improve cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, bone and functional health, reduce the risk of NCDs, depression and cognitive decline:

> Older adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or do at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity.

> Aerobic activity should be performed in bouts of at least 10 minutes duration.

> For additional health benefits, older adults should increase their moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity to 300 minutes per week, or engage in 150 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, or an equivalent combination of moderate-and vigorous-intensity activity.

> Older adults, with poor mobility, should perform physical activity to enhance balance and prevent falls on 3 or more days per week.

> Muscle-strengthening activities, involving major muscle groups, should be done on 2 or more days a week.

> When older adults cannot do the recommended amounts of physical activity due to health conditions, they should be as physically active as their abilities and conditions allow.


Further information on Physical Activity vs Exercise, extracted from WHO's website is available here.

  Associaton's Useful Information for Seniors page