In this interviewJane Barratt talks about promoting
and the rights of the elderly as the focus of her work as Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing. She also stresses the importance of using empowering language when talking about issues related to "older people" as well demystifying perceptions of older persons.
Healthy aging is just one critical issue
Jane discusses a wide range of issues of concern to older persons that go beyond health, such as financial protection and the impact of the environment on their well being. She also examines the meaning of happiness and fulfillment for older persons.
About Jane Barratt
Jane is the Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing and brings to this position over 30 years experience in the health, community and aged care, and disability sectors. She has a strong commitment to strengthen the roles and relationships between government, NGOs, academia and the private sector toward improving the quality of life of older people.
This commitment has always been driven by her interest and passion in understanding the evolution of ageing issues and the corresponding public and private sector responses in different regions of the world. More recently Dr Barratt has been a strong contributor to the international dialogue on how the social, cultural and physical environments can impact on the lives of older people.
Dr Barratt is a Churchill Fellow and has held executive positions on ministerial, government and non-government committees and the corporate sectors. She has many years experience in organizational management, staff development and the analysis of operations leading to improvements in program and client outcomes in the areas of health, aging and disability.
Dr Barratt is an experienced and highly regarded speaker who has been frequently invited to share her expertise and represent the IFA at major congresses around the world, in aging and related fields.