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ADA activities are a powerful reminder that we are still waiting for change

08 Sep 2010

ADA campaignersWe frequently debate within our Network how to influence government policies on ageing. We usually agree that we all require strategic patience, we used the persistence of the spider weaving its spider web. But we also need, from time to time, "boosters", like the rockets going to space.

ADA activities are like boosters

ADA activities are like those "boosters"; they represent a new thrust, a powerful reminder that the agenda of older people is still pending.

Eight countries from East Asia/Pacific are taking part this year in the ADA 2010 campaign. We can't wait to see all their fantastic plans put into action on 1 October. 

Events that we have heard about so far include a march across Banda Aceh in Indonesia, an exhibition of quizzes, movies and posters in Thailand and TV and radio shows in Vietnam.

Our partner in Korea has a whole day of activities planned for older people with games, quizzes and singing competitions expected! And in Fiji, there will be an entire National Senior Citizens week focusing on older people in rural areas.

Older people will be meeting with decision makers, to talk about issues such as pensions, healthcare and community care.

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Eduardo Klien
Job title: Regional Representative, East Asia/Pacific

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