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Global Social Issues on Ageing (GSIA), directed by Norah Keating and endorsed by the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG), was launched in March 2011 by social gerontologists from all world regions. The mission of the GSIA is to foster collaboration and critical thinking about ageing at the interfaces of regional issues and global trends; to fill gaps in knowledge of key global environments of ageing (Policy, Place and People); and to build capacity in global discourses and analysis among emerging and established social gerontologists – toward creating policy and practice that improves quality of life of older people. There is much to be done. Inequities are increasing both across and within nations. Ageism, marginalization, social exclusion and isolation of older persons remain far too common. Norah Keating was awarded an IAGG Presidential Award at the 2017 World Congress in San Francisco to recognize her outstanding career spent enhancing the quality of life of older adults, providing evidence to inform social and health policy for governments and NGOs, and building capacity around the world to address the social issues of ageing.

The GSIA’s lens is environments: Policy, Place and People are chosen for their relevance to the well-being of older adults.

3 key areas:

  • Policy environment comprises societal values and beliefs including ageism; legislative structures and regulations. Research themes include the differential impact of national policy/values on well-being of older persons and interfaces among legislation, programs and implementation.
  • Place environment. comprises locations such as home, neighbourhood and community. Research themes include age-friendly communities; ageing in place; belongingness and social exclusion.
  • People environment comprises family and social relationships. Research themes include generational relationships and family care; loneliness; social embeddedness and social isolation.

GSIA activities enhance capacity building and the creation of global evidence. We are:

  • Building capacity in social gerontology, underpinned by the principle of inclusion of scholars from all world regions through offering master classes, building networks of early career scholars and awarding rising stars
  • Fostering the creation of global evidence of how key environments of ageing (Policy, Place & People) influence well-being of older people by creating opportunities to build research networks and inviting global scholars to take part in keynote symposia at regional congresses.

2019 GSIA Master Class on Portraying Old Age and Ageing to Counteract Ageism

The 2019 GSIA Master Class focused on Portraying Old Age and Ageing to Counteract Ageism, and was offered in conjunction with the IAGG European Regional Congress held in Gothenberg Sweden, May 22-26, 2019. This fourth Master Class emphasizes how knowledge created through gerontological and geriatric research can challenge age stereotypes, misconceptions and ageism. Its overall learning objective was to foster critical thinking about how ageing research in general and participants’ own research in particular contribute to various portrayals of ageing and older adults. The Master Class included a series of presentations by senior international scholars who addressed contemporary issues related to the theme and who mentored the Early Career Scholar (ECS) participants throughout the Master Class and IAGG World Congress. Mentors and ECS (shown in the photo) came from all over the world to participate in the 2019 Master Class.

Previous Master Classes included Population Ageing and the Challenges of Integrating Paid Work and Family Care Work (2015 IAGG European Region, Dublin); Families, Ageing and Care (2016 IAGG Africa Region, Nairobi); and Population Ageing and Liveable Environments of Older Persons (2017 IAGG World Congress, San Francisco).

2017 GSIA Master Class on Liveable Environments of Older Persons

The 2017 GSIA Master Class focused on Population Ageing and Liveable Environments of Older Persons, and was offered in conjunction with the IAGG World Congress held in San Francisco, July 23, 2017. This third Master Class included a series of presentations by senior international scholars with expertise in liveability who mentored the Early Career Scholar (ECS) participants throughout the Master Class and IAGG World Congress. Mentors and ECS (shown in the photo) came from all over the world to participate in the 2017 Master Class: Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Scotland, South Korea and the USA.

Previous Master Classes included Population Ageing and the Challenges of Integrating Paid Work and Family Care Work (IAGG European Region 2015 Dublin); and Families, Ageing and Care (IAGG Africa Region 2016 Nairobi).