As a pre-conference edition to the program, experts in the field of ageing will be conducting four Master Classes on the following themes:
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Advocating for Elder Vitality through Creativity, Research and Technology Engagement
Through presentation, video, interactive participation, and Q&A, we explore the development and impact of the work of a national award-winning 23-year-old research-based social impact and advocacy organization, anchored in participatory music, dance, story, and arts and health research engagement, to create physical, emotional, social and cognitive health for elders and their intergenerational communities.
Kairos Alive! creativity and health practices will be introduced that participants can immediately integrate into their lives and service. We discuss how our advocacy among arts, healthcare, and social service organizations who serve elders at local, national and international levels has contributed to their service philosophies and models.
We discuss and show examples of our in-person Intergenerational Dance Hall™, Dancing Heart™ engagement sessions, and Moving Well™ training, and involve attendees in participatory examples of our practices. This includes demonstration of adapted forms, such as “chair dancing” that make this work a joy and gives participants success no matter our age or ability, including those with physical or cognitive disabilities.
We discuss and show examples of our service learning projects with high school and college students, and with young men from a local correctional facility.
We discuss and show examples from our 5-year project to develop a popular 2-way interactive participatory Zoom webcast, Kairos Clubhouse, and how it is reaching and affecting audience/participants.
We summarize results from the six research projects on our work, including recent data that confirms the efficacy of our webcast to decrease social isolation, increase a sense of being connected to others, improve positive mood, and increase feelings of being valued by others. We discuss how the research data around our work is contextualized within broader research in the fields of Arts and Health, and Creative Aging to create health and social cohesion.
Interactive participation in movement, music, song and story is encouraged, but not required. In this workshop, we will create a community performing arts experience together that taps the creativity in everyone, no previous experience required. We will encourage participants to contribute stories, songs and music preferences from their own lives and practices to demonstrate how Kairos Alive! approaches can be applied.
Post-conference, workshop participants are invited to continue to access Kairos Alive! virtual programs via live 2-way webcasts, the archive video library, and Moving Well™ trainings.
Speak Out! Communication
UN Master Class is called: Becoming a Champion for the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing: Interactive pre-conference briefing session
The Decade of Healthy Ageing
Mr Kazuki Yamada, Technical Officer, Department for Social Determinants of Health, Demographic Change and Healthy Ageing Unit, World Health Organization
The UN Decade of Healthy Ageing is an unprecedented opportunity to work together across sectors, stakeholder groups, and countries to transform the world to be a better place to grow older. But what does this opportunity mean concretely for diverse stakeholders? What does the UN Decade offer to accelerate all of our efforts to improve the lives of current and future generations of older people?
In this interactive pre-conference briefing session, members of the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing Secretariat at the World Health Organization will take participants through the UN Decade framework in preparation for the rest of the conference programme. They will also present all of the practical opportunities available through the UN Decade – some never before seen from the UN – including many leveraged for this very Global Conference on Ageing hosted by the International Federation on Ageing. Finally, the session will also feature an open feedback session to explore additional ways the UN Decade Secretariat keep supporting stakeholders around the world.
LTC - Integrated Long-Term Care