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Preview for Ageing in Common: an international perspective


The countdown is on for Ageing in Common: an international perspective incorporating the inaugural Commonwealth Elders’ Forum and the NFC UK Conference.

Held 16 – 18 April 2018 at at DeVere Wokefield Estate Hotel and Conference Centre, Berkshire, this is a really exciting opportunity for professional leaders in 67retirement service design and delivery, ageing research, advocacy and aged services delivery. At this event, they will meet delegates from across the Commonwealth, hear international speakers, participate in workshops and make valuable connections.

The event is a close collaboration with the National Care Forum, Care England, Age International and the International Longevity Federation (UK) and is linked to the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). Through this event, CommonAge, the accredited Commonwealth organisation for the Ageing, aims to put ageing on the Commonwealth agenda, and it will be highlighting some of the issues affecting older people in Commonwealth countries.

Andrew Larpent OBE Chairman CommonAge says population ageing is a challenge to all Commonwealth countries. “Until now the rights, needs and contributions of older people in too many Commonwealth countries have been neglected or marginalised. This has to change and we need your help. Join our movement, and help us lead the change, at the Commonwealth Elders’ Forum.”

Vic Rayner, Executive Director, National Care Forum says Ageing in Common is a unique opportunity for the UK care sector and the international commonwealth community to come together to tackle head on the challenges and opportunities of ageing across the globe. “I am so excited by the diverse and interesting range of speakers and workshop leaders who will be sharing their insights and expertise, with a particular focus on key issues including Dementia, Human Rights and new models of care. I strongly recommend this event for all care and support providers who wish to be at the forefront of the sector. Take this opportunity to work together to identify the future of care for older people.”

Over the three days, the varied programme includes internationally renowned speakers such as Margie van Zyl Chapman, Founding Chairperson of the South African Care Forum and CommonAge board member, Jeremy Hughes, CEO, Alzheimer’s UK and Dr. Wei Siang Yu, Executive Chairman, Borderless Healthcare, Singapore.

John Beard, Head of Ageing and Lifecourse, World Health Organization (WHO) will be presenting on the WHO agenda and challenge of preparing for the 44Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020-2030 while Datin Jaqueline WM Wong, Hon. Secretary – Executive Committee, Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation, Malaysia will be showing how a pilot initiative is creating dementia friendly communities in Malaysia and Brunei.

The Elders Forum also includes interactive workshops on intergenerational communities, including session from David Williams, Chief Executive, St. Monica’s Trust, who’s Cote Lane retirement village featured in the hit Channel 4 TV programme, Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds.  Other workshops will focus on building communities, leadership, age friendly cities and Chris Straw, Group MD for the internationally awarded architects ThomsonAdsett will be heading up a workshop on disruption and design.

During the 17 and 18 April, the NCF UK Care Conference, delegates will benefit from a UK wide perspective on care with reflections from leading characters from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Sanchita Hosali will be chairing an excellent panel on Human Rights & Care which includes Debbie Ivanova, Deputy Chief Inspector, Care Quality Commission, Chris Matthews, Director of Mental Health, Disability & Older People, Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for Northern and Ireland and Anna Buchanan, Director, Life Changes Trust.

Delegates will also benefit from a range of workshops, which include Older people & Learning Disability, Mental Health, Recognising Faith & Spirituality, End of Life Care and LGB rights.

Retirement living, Nursing Provision and the future of home care will also be discussed and many will find the workshop on Alternative Sources of Funding very beneficial.

Jane Ashcroft CBE, Chief Executive Anchor Trust, believes our ageing population is both an international challenge and an international opportunity. “The Commonwealth Elders’ Forum 16-18 April 2018 is bringing together some great minds and anyone with an interest in driving change should get involved.”

This truly international conference has attracted delegates from Australia attending on a dedicated SAGE study tour of the UK and over 20 delegates from developing Commonwealth countries (Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, India, South Africa, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Australia, Tanzania and Uganda) are attending via a QCS/CommonAge bursary.

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England says “the event is a fabulous achievement, and a real opportunity for Commonwealth Nations to come together, to share experiences and build truly Age neutral societies, which recognise the interdependence of generations and respect all ages.”


Offering excellent value for money, registration includes high quality accommodation and meals.

Costs are:

– Inaugural Commonwealth Elders Forum – 16-17 April – £450 inc VAT

– NCF UK Care Conference – 17-18 April – £450 inc VAT

– Full ‘Ageing in Common’ event –  16 -18 April –  £800 inc VAT

(Additional discount available for NCF members, discount applied on booking)

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