ILC-Brazil is a think tank active in strategic issues relating to longevity and population ageing in the following areas:
- Advocacy. In addition to providing orientation and policy responses to dynamic population ageing, ILC-Brazil promotes awareness and education on the subject in a wide range of settings, both inside and outside of Brazil. As well as convening a series of annual international forums, ILC-Brazil conducts ten public seminars a year on a variety of topics. Its highly responsive delivery to the media has established its reputation as a preeminent port of call for information on issues relating to ageing. One conduit in the Brazilian context is the co-hosting of a thirty minute weekly programme on ageing on national public radio, CBN50+.
- Development of Age-friendly initiatives. ILC-Brazil has considerable in-house expertise on age-friendly methodology and implementation. The President of ILC-Brazil, Alexandre Kalache, was one of the earliest proponents of the global age-friendly movement and he is regarded as the father of the highly embraced worldwide Age-friendly Cities project. Dr Kalache, ILC-Brazil Technical Co-ordinator Ina Voelcker and ILC-Brazil Associate Dr Louise Plouffe (now Research Director at ILC-Canada), were the original World Health Organization (WHO) team that established the Age-friendly Cities initiative. ILC-Brazil continues to build on this momentum. Its projects are intersectoral in nature and firmly rooted in the protagonism of older people – combining a simultaneous “bottom-up” and “top-down” approach. Focus areas, both nationally and internationally, include Age-friendly Cities and Communities, Age-friendly States, Age-friendly Businesses, Age-friendly Transport, Age-friendly Hospitals, Age-friendly Universities, Age-friendly Tourism and Age-friendly Design and Technology.
- Policies with a Life-Course Approach. The ILC-Brazil policy responses to ageing incorporate a strong life-course approach and promote the strategies and vision embodied in the World Health Organization (WHO) Active Ageing Policy Framework (2002) and its revision (ILC-Brazil, 2015). A comprehensive updating of the original WHO Active Ageing publication was an early focus of ILC-Brazil activities. The resulting publication “Active Ageing: a Policy Response to the Longevity Revolution” was launched at the United Nations in 2015 and provides a comprehensive, contemporary roadmap to ageing for both individuals and policy-makers. It is available in English, Portuguese and Spanish editions.
- Knowledge Transfer. ILC-Brazil acts as a clearing-house for ideas and innovation on issues of population ageing. It draws on a vast international network of partners to assemble and to disseminate evidence-based policy and practice on the subject. ILC-Brazil has representation at such global bodies as the World Economic Forum, the World Health Organization and the World Demographic Association. It maintains a regular dialogue with governments at national, state and municipal levels, universities, the private sector, associations and interest groups throughout the world.