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01/02/2017 AGE online toolkit on the dignity and wellbeing of older persons in need of care updated!

You can now consult here the updated version of AGE’s toolkit on the dignity and wellbeing of older persons in need of care.

1/09/2015 Combating elder abuse: new training handbook available!

The 'Combating elder abuse' project is a european project funded by the Learning programme Grundtvig. The project aims to:

July 2015 WeDO2 newsletter is out!

This July 2015 newsletter is a special one as:

  • we are in the last months of the project
  • we released the WeDO2 Quality care training package
  • we organised the final WeDO2 event in the UK
  • partners organised national events to spread the word

Read the newsletter now here.

30/06/2015 Webinar on the WeDO2 Quality care training package!

Invitation

Join our Webinar on ‘Introduction to final results of WeDO2 project, the quality care training package’, on 30th June from 10.00 to 11.30 am (CET).

The webinar will include:

  1. an introduction to the WeDO2 project
  2. a short session to guide you through the training

The webinar will aim to explain you how it works. It is easy, flexible and adaptable, so we also hope you will be convinced !

29 April 2015: 3rd WeDO2 newsletter is out!

Look at our latest edition of the WeDO 2 newsletter here.

18 June WeDO2 final event: Do you care for the Wellbeing and Dignity of Older adults? We do, too!

WeDO2 partners Invite you to the European event

Do you care for the Wellbeing and Dignity of Older adults?

We do, too!

WeDO2 EU project - 18 June 2015, Slough (the UK) - 9.00-13.00

20/01/2015 Polish version of the WeDO quality framework now available!

We thank the Foundation for Women's issues who kindly accepted to translate the WeDO quality framework on a voluntary basis in Polish!

You can find the direct link to the polish version here and to the general list with all languages here.

WeDO2 2nd newsletter is out !

17/12/2014 

Read the latest news on the WeDO2 project from June until December 2014, with very rich outcomes from the first training tests session in all the partner countries!

See the newsletter here.

WeDO2 Belgium, results from the first training phase

Espace Seniors is a Belgian French speaking organization associated to the Solidaris-Mutualité Socialiste (socialist healthcare funds) opened to all senior citizens. Espace Seniors organized last 4 July in Brussels a session to test the following two activities: “Elder abuse” and “EUSTACEA”. This session was hosted by Dominique Blondeel and Mara Barreto and organised with the help of the Coordination des Associations de Seniors (CAS) which is an umbrella for organizations working with seniors.

WeDO Netherlands, news from the WeDO2 project

In October 2014 four LOC-employees traveled to Athens for a meeting of WeDo2. LOC Voice in Healthcare (LOC) is one of the partners engaged in the WeDo2-project on behalf of the Dutch branch. 

Wellbeing and Dignity of Older People (WeDo) aims to the improvement of the quality of life for the elderly. The main reason for LOC for participating in the WeDo2-project is that the project connects very well to the LOC-vision on valuable care.

Save the date! 23 June Human rights for older persons in Europe: Who cares?

Human rights for older persons in Europe: Who cares?
Joint Council of Europe/DG Employment/AGE Platform Europe seminar
Brussels, Monday 23rd June

JPND Call for Working Groups on Longitudinal Cohort Studies

The EU Joint Programme - Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) has launched a rapid action call for leading scientists in the field to establish working groups to enhance the use of existing longitudinal cohort studies for neurodegenerative disease research. 

Funds available and form of support

Launch of AGE's Task Force on Dignified Ageing

AGE is working on a new form of involvement of its members and their networks in the form of 'Task Forces'. 14 topics are covered by the different Task Forces, one being on 'Dignified Ageing'.

This Task Force gathers already 41 members from different EU countries and will work on the topics of quality long-term care and the fight against elder abuse. 

More information available on AGE website.

Save the date! 15 October 2014 Palliative care 2020 event

An important event regarding palliative care will take place on

15 October 2014

At Museum of Natural Sciences, Brussels

What
A policy conference with lively debate led by key stakeholders in palliative and long-term care in Europe: towards evidence-based policy and practice.

Take part to Geriatric Needs Survey by the European Medicines Agency!

EMA invites you to take part in a Geriatric Needs Survey on appropriate packaging and formulations for older people.
The European Medicine Agency (EMA) is planning a reflection paper on quality aspects of medicines for older people.
Prior to the drafting of this document, they would like to have the views of older people (and their carers) regarding their clinical needs as well as practical suggestions on adequate packaging and formulations.

EQUASS website launch on quality social services

The European Quality in Social Services (EQUASS) is an initiative of the European Platform for Rehabilitation (EPR). EQUASS aims to enhance the personal services sector by engaging service providers in quality, continuous improvement and by guaranteeing quality of services to service-users throughout Europe.

Peer review on "Dignity first: set up the priorities in care services" documents available

"EU countries face a common challenge: maintaining and improving the quality of elderly care while ensuring it is both accessible and financially sustainable. A peer review in Stockholm this September explored the Swedish approach to care reform, and organised a common discussion with peer countries on these topics."

Host Country: Sweden
Date: 25-27 September 2013

Peer countries: Belgium - Bulgaria - Croatia - Cyprus - Czech Republic - Germany - Lithuania - Netherlands - Romania - Slovenia.

Launch of WeDO2 project on 6-7 november 2013 in Brussels

And the WeDO experience continues! In parallel to the ongoing activities happeing in the WeDO partnership after the end of the project, a group a former project partners together with organisations coming from new countries managed to launch a follow-up project called 'WeDO2', or 'WeDO too'. 

Belgium: Call to support home care for people with Alzheimer disease on the occasion of World day on Alzheimer

Since the decreasing reimbursements of medicines related to Alzheimer disease, the number of patients treated decreased dramatically in Belgium : -22.5%. Close to the World Day on Alzheimer Disease (21/09), the Mutualités Libres call in a new study that amounts saved from the reduction of reimbursements are used to support Alzheimer informal carers. Objective: develop home care support to this disease.The full study (in French) is available here 

Finnish government launches Quality recommendations for care services

The quality recommendations aims at helping the implementation of the new finnish Act on Care Services for older people that entered into force in July 2013. The recommendations cover different aspects of quality (housing, healthy ageing, comprehensive approach, timely and adequate services, safety, management, etc.) For more information, you can consult  the Website (in Finnish but feel free to use Google translate!)

Slovene Parliament adopts a Resolution for National Social Assistance Programme for 2013-2020 inspired from the european quality framework on SSGI

The resolution includes most of the quality principles included in the voluntary quality framework for social services developed by the Social Protection Committee (which was used to develop the WeDO EU quality framework), and promotes an inclusive and participatory approach. 

More information (in Slovene but you can use google translate!)

Influence ongoing work on standardisation on housing and care for older people!

ANEC (Consumers organisation working on standardisation at EU level) is developing a study on Models of accomodation and care for Older people.

ANEC represents the consumer viewpoint, including older people, in work on standards relating to products and services. ANEC is aware that there is a diverse range of models of accommodation and care for older people across Europe which needs to be considered in future standards. The survey aims to collect information on these models.

Any information coming from the national level can be really useful for them.

Feedbacks from symposium on abuse and neglect of older persons (UN/WHO/EU, 17-18 June 2013)

On 17-18 June 2013, to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Regional Office for Europe of OHCHR and the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission held a joint regional symposium entitled “Preventing abuse and neglect of older persons in Europe”. It brought together representatives of EU Member States and European Union institutions, civil society organizations as well as representatives of other international and regional organizations (UNECE, OECD and the Council of Europe). It was the first such collaboration on the part of the European Commission and the Regional Office for Europe of OHCHR.

Look at our 243 online good practices on quality care!

The WeDO partnership gathered 243 good practices covering the different countries involved in the WeDO project and the quality principles and areas of action of the European Quality Framework. Our Spanish members (FundacionPilares and FATEC) especially added several good practices on improving quality of life for older persons in care.

Feel free to use it, share it, and to provide new good practices thanks to the online form.

Regional Carers Day in Emilia Romagna

The Italian Carers Day initiative, started by WE DO partner ANS in 2011 has now become Regional. Emilia Romagna Regional Administration has indeed decided to formally support it and promote it all across the regional territory. This is a big step towards awareness rising and recognition of the foundamental role played by informal carers to support the quality of life and care of dependent people as well as an opportunity for professionals to hear the voice of carers and include their point of view in policy planning

The Carers Day website contains all the presentations and videos of the events, unfortunately in Italian only. Even if you don't speak Italian, though, you can still see what has been done enjoying the pictures of the photo album.

15 June 2013: WeDO get mobilized for the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

During the month of June, the WeDO partnership members will follow a range of activities related to the fight against elder abuse. Online social networks, media, public events will be used to spread the word on the need for quality long-term care services and the fight against elder abuse.

The list of planned activities is available below, with the link to the partners' websites. It will be updated regularly during the whole month of June.

EU-wide: 

AGE Platform Europe

Release of the Guide for the WeDO partnership - April 2013 version

The Guide for the WeDO partnership aims to provide a full explanation of what is the WeDO partnership, what are its aims, how to join and what it means. It also includes the strategy chosen by the Partnership to develop activities in 2013. It targets all current and potential future members of the WeDO partnership, to help them understand the objectives and the added value to become part of this informal network.

Spain enters in the WeDO partnership!

We are happy to inform that Spain has joined the WeDO partnership!

The Fundacion Pilares will lead the Spanish coalition, while FATEC will lead the Catalan coalition. The experiences developed in the WeDO project will help to draw the first steps of these two coalitions in 2013.

More information on these two organisations here: www.wedo-partnership.eu/partner/spain

Annual report of the Social Protection Committee calls for quality Long-term care

The Social Protection Committee annual report summarizes the progress made and challenges ahead on several topics, such as poverty, pensions, health or long-term care.

In the long-term care part, the report calls to develop quality LTC systems and support informal carers.  It sets up the main reforms going on in LTC such as : decentralisation of services, development of integrated care, quality monitoring and support to informal carers. A report for each country is included.

European Commission's staff working document on Long-term care released!

The staff working paper on Long-term care services was released on Thursday 21st February as part of the 'Social Investment Package'. The staff working paper starts with an analysis of LTC services in Europe, and proposes several 'options' for LTC systems. It then focuses on proposals for several objectives to be developed by all member states:

Answer a very short questionnaire on the EU quality framework for long-term care services!

The WeDO project, thanks to the support of the European Union, developed an EU quality framework for long-term care services and translated it into 10 languages. This Quality framework is now considered as a great start for a wider movement at EU level, thanks to the involvement of more than 200 organisations all over the EU during the whole project duration.
 

Reports of the final conference now available!

The final conference of the WeDO Project was held on 14 November, followed by a WeDO partnership meeting on 15 November.

The conference, which gathered around 120 participants, aimed at presenting the outcome of the WeDO project, i.e. the EU quality framework and the EU partnership.  It was chaired and hosted by Mr. Heinz K. Becker, MEP and Co-Chair of the European Parliament Intergroup on Ageing and Solidarity between Generations.

Successful final events in Brussels for the WeDO project!

On 14 and 15 November, the WeDO partners and representatives from their national coalitions were gathered in Brussels for the launch of the EU quality framework for long-term care services.

Updates on the European Innovation Partnership on Active and healthy ageing

From EC website

Results from the conference of partners on 6 november 2012

"The first Conference of Partners of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing was headlined by European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes, Commissioner Máire Geoghegan Quinn, Kathleen Lynch, the Irish Minister of State from the Department of Health and Department of Justice, and the Spanish Secretary General of Health and Consumers, Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, María Pilar Farjas Abadia.

EC Report: "Health at a Glance: Europe - 2012"

On 16 November, European Commission (DG Health and Consumers) jointly with OECD, published the report "Health at a Glance: Europe - 2012". The report presents a set of key indicators of health status, determinants of health, health care resources and activities, quality of care, health expenditure and financing in 35 European countries, including the 27 European Union member states, 5 candidate countries and 3 EFTA countries. The selection of indicators is based largely on the European Community Health Indicators (ECHI) shortlist, a set of indicators that has been developed to guide the reporting of health statistics in the European Union. It is complemented by additional indicators on health expenditure and quality of care, building on the OECD expertise in these areas.

Dementia: The Self-Portraits of William Utermohlen

From the Global coalition on ageing newsletter

"Despite its gloomy tone, this piece on "the dementia plague" from the MIT Technology Review offers an insightful assessment of where the medical and health communities are with dementia:  

European Disability forum adopts a resolution calling for an end to violence against older women with disabilities

In the framework of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, during the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, the European Disability Forum (EDF) joins the struggle against all forms of violence, to which thousands of women in the European Union and worldwide fall victim. To this end, during its Board meeting in Cyprus on 17-18 November, EDF adopted a resolution calling for an end to violence against older women with disabilities and for appropriate measures to eliminate such violence.

AGE Press release: Multiple discrimination in old age: a neglected issue

On 22 November, on the occasion of the European Equality Summit 2012, the Commission published its Eurobarometer on ‘Discrimination in the EU in 2012’ which highlights the ongoing problem of age discrimination as the most prevalent ground of discrimination. Along with the ageing of the EU population, the number of people facing multiple discrimination is on the increase. According to Louise Richardson, Vice-President of AGE, representing AGE Platform Europe at the Equality Summit, “There is an urgent need to address the serious problem of age discrimination, in particular for specific groups of older people who face discrimination on account not only of their age but due to other factors such as disability, race, ethnicity or/and sexual orientation.”

Two new publications from AGE

These publications are: 'Active Senior Citizens for Europe: a guide to the EU' and 'Older People also suffer because of the Crisis’.

OECD consultation 'Integrated Services and Housing '

The OECD Social Policy Ministerial in 2011 identified integrating services as a priority area for development in terms of knowledge building and information sharing, with the long-term aim of improving policies and outcomes for vulnerable populations and service users more generally.

EU Quality framework for Long-term care services now available online!

The European Quality framework for long-term care services is the final output of the WeDO project. Available in 10 languages, it contains an analysis, the vision and common values of the WeDO partnership ; quality principles and areas of action for the quality of services for older people in need of care and assistance; recommendations for implementation for different target groups and at different levels, with examples of quality development, control and labelling tools; a methodology that explains how to implement the principles and areas of action by developing a participatory approach in a quality improvement process, and a list of around 30 good practices from 12 different countries and EU-wide.

ASAPS project: answer a questionnaire to help develop an EU-wide campaign on ageing and health!

The ASAPS (A Sharing Approach to Promoting Science) project aims to share important health information with the general public, proposing a shared approach that aim to engage people from the outset and embed them in the creation of idea and content of an EU-wide campaign on health information called 'Sharing Age' to the project results in general.

Upcoming study: Facts and Figures on Healthy Ageing and Long-term Care

From the European Center for Social Welfare Research website

The second edition of Facts and Figures on Healthy Ageing and Long-term Care provides information on the ageing phenomenon across the UNECE region. It covers data and information on demography, social situation of older people, health, informal care, migrant care workers, public long-term care policies and expenditure for the countries of the UNECE. This Report will become available as free download in November 2012.

'Blue week' in France organised around 10000 events on ageing!

The 'Blue week' is the national week for pensioners and older people organised for civil society. This event aims at raising awareness on the positive contribution of older people to society and economy, on their concerns and the challenges they face. It also aims at promoting the high number of existing initiatives and projects in that area.

This year, the main topic was "Ageing and acting together in the community", and was linked to the European Year 2012 on active ageing and solidarity between generations.

BAGSO: winners of the national competition 2012 "Aged IN FORM - promote healthy lifestyles"

On 23th october 2012 the winners of the national competition 2012 "Aged IN FORM - promote healthy lifestyles" of the Federal Association of Senior Citizens' Organisations (BAGSO) were honored in Bonn. A "Special Award oral and dental health at age 2012" was given to the nursing center Rupprechtstegen in Bavaria. There 15 nursing, care and domestic workers in seven workshops were qualified to "tooth fairies". The mission is to prevent and treat oral diseases in time, early detection of treatment needs and implement appropriate preventive measures.

UK: Questions on the Liverpool Care Pathway

Several articles on the Liverpool Care Pathway related to end of life care have recently hit the news in the UK: More information here and here

European Commission Call for Proposals for Social Policy Experimentations

Based on the PROGRESS programme and on the European Platform Against Poverty and Social Exclusion, "This call for proposals on social policy experimentations intends to improve the quality and effectiveness of social policies and to facilitate their adaptation to new social needs and societal challenges. Through this call, PROGRESS countries embarking on welfare reforms are offered financial support to experiment envisaged policy changes and reforms before implementing them, if successful, on a wider scale

Age- and dementia- friendly environments as investment for a sustainable EU

AGE Platform Europe marked the 21st September, World Alzheimer's day, with a press release on supporting age and dementia-friendly environments.

"In the framework of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, AGE Platform Europe and Alzheimer Europe join forces to call for the launch of a European Covenant of local and regional authorities on demographic change, whose objective will be to promote age and Alzheimer-friendly environments across the European Union"

France experiments locally social councils to give a voice to service users in healthcare (in FR)

From the webpage: http://www.lamaisondelautonomie.com/index.php/Dernieres-news/conseil-vie-sociale-departemental.html

Renforcer les espaces de démocratie sanitaire et l'expression des usagers en établissements et services de santé sociaux et médico-sociaux au sens de la loi "Hôpital, Patients, Santé, Territoires" : telle est l'ambition des conseils de la vie sociale départementaux initiés par l'ARS.

AGE endorses global call for action to protect the rights of older people

In view of the third session of the United Nations Open-ended working group on ageing (OEWG) that took place in New York in August 2012, AGE joined forces with other NGOs to call on governments to strengthen legally-binding standards on the rights of older people and develop adequate protection regimes. This document was shared in the OEWG as an advocacy tool and is entitled ‘Protecting the Rights of Older People - 10 reasons why we need to act’.

Germany: creation of an 'Alliance for people with dementia'

On the occasion of World Alzheimer's Day on 21th September 2012 a new "Alliance for People with Dementia" was founded, as a central component of the demographic strategy of the government.
The aim is to develop tools and support to people affected by dementia and the promotion of understanding and awareness of dementia in order to counteract social exclusion. 26 local alliances are launched in multigenerational houses – financed by the national government. By 2016, 500 of these nationwide local networks shall arise.

France: New government's positive steps towards fight against elder abuse

Michèle Delaunay, French Minister of State for older people, announced beginning of July her intention to create a "Protector of the older persons", on the basis of the already existing Protector of the children. She also mentioned her willingness to fight against elder abuse, particularly financial abuses, through better controls and coordination with local authorities, and adequate legislation. The interview is available here.

UNCCAS Europe & International Newsletter

UNCCAS Europe & International just released its latest newsletter. It contains different articles related to French local social news and their activities, such as the spotlight on the WeDO project. Information on their congress dedicated to "Ageing tomorrow, deciding our future today" is also available. To read the newsletter (only in French), please click here. If you wish to receive this newsletter, please write to europe@unccas.org.

Preventing elder abuse in Europe: MILCEA project report released

This paper presents the final results of the MILCEA (Monitoring in Long-Term Care – Pilot Project on Elder Abuse) project, which is funded by the European Commission. The declared goal of MILCEA was  to contribute to the prevention of elder abuse (ea) in long-term care (ltc). Of course, prevention includes the recognition of elder abuse and of the risk of elder abuse. 

Age UK releases a report on 'improving dignity in care'

Following a public consultation exercise on its draft report, the Commission on Improving Dignity in Care has published its final report recommending improvements in the delivery of care for older people in hospitals and care homes.

UK: Councils putting stricter time limits on elderly care

From BBC article: "Most councils are imposing unreasonably short time limits on care for the elderly at home, according to the UK Homecare Association..."

Irish report on ‘Older People’s Experiences of Mistreatment and Abuse’ released

The National Centre for the Protection of Older People at University College Dublin launched a report entitled Older People’s Experiences of Mistreatment and Abuse at the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day National Conference’, which took place on 14 June 2012. The report describes older people's experiences of mistreatment and abuse, including the types of abuse experienced, the impact of the abusive experiences and the strategies which older people used to overcome their abusive experiences.

14 November 2012: Final conference of the WeDO project in the European Parliament

The conference will aim at presenting the European Quality framework for long-term care services and examples of national strategies and action plans for the wellbeing and dignity of older people. It will also aim at organising a lively debate with key stakeholders in the long-term care sector with a panel discussion and a debate with the floor (European commission, European Parliament, Council, representatives of care homes, older people's organisations, carer's organisations, service providers, researchers, policy makers at national level, etc.).

Launch of Access City awards 2013

The European Commission has opened today the competition for the third “Access City Award”, the European Award for Accessible Cities. The annual prize recognises and celebrates cities that are dedicated to providing an accessible environment for all, and for persons with disabilities in particular.

COFACE calls for 2014 to be the European Year for reconciling work and family life

From COFACE website:

"In 2014 the United Nations is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family. Celebrating families in 2014 would represent a major recognition of the considerable role played by families in all Member States and in Europe as a whole.

EIP on Active and Healthy Ageing: AGE commitment supported by a large consortium

In response to the European Innovation Partnership call for commitments, AGE submitted a proposal on 31 May in which we commit to set up and moderate an EU virtual forum on Age-Friendly Environments (AFE) to link stakeholders (public authorities, NGOs, service providers, industry, researchers) interested in the promotion of AFE at local, regional, national and EU level.

15 June : World awareness day against elder abuse

Several organisations in the EU and in the world marked the World awareness day against elder abuse on 15 June. It was officially recognized by the United Nations in December 2011. AGE Platform Europe launched a press release : Stop elder abuse: AGE calls for an EU quality framework for long-term care to support the wellbeing and dignity of older people

WeDO partners were involved and sent a press release as well:

Ireland: Increase in elder abuse case reports

With 2,302 cases of elder abuse were reported last year, this Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) observed a 9% increase, reported Raidió Teilifís Eireann (RTE). Types of abuse ranged from psychological abuse to theft. According to the HSE, 80+ were more likely to be victims of such abuses. The RTE article is available here.

Germany: launch of the "Piusplatz development" project on accessible urban environment

In close cooperation with municipal property management, Munich’s housing corporation GEWOFAG has put the project “Piusplatz development“ into practice. The project will develop a scheme which enables senior citizens to live, remain and be cared for in their familiar neighborhood. A combination of refurbishments, infill developments and upgrades is aimed at securing the social balance in a multi-generation community. Social care for the elderly and sick as well as family-friendly services are integral parts of this concept. The two new designs for residential buildings, which are to be built according to passive house standards, are embedded in the urban environment at Piusplatz. More information here (in German).

France: study on the "ageing well"

A recent study, lead by Seniorsphere, a European strategic and marketing consultancy specialized in the baby boomers and senior market, showed that French 50+ see contacts with their grandchildren and relatives first and then healthy food and physical activity as main factors to stay healthy. In a similar survey, conducted in 2008, respondents gave the priority to healthy diets. For more information, you can contact Sophie Schmitt at s.schmitt@seniosphere.com.

New Report Calls Alzheimer's a Public Health Threat

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) published a new report 'Dementia: a public health priority', urging governments and other stakeholders to step up international cooperation and information sharing on Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. They recommended that national programmes focus on improving early diagnosis; raising public awareness about the disease and reducing stigma; and providing better care and more support to caregivers. Currently, only eight countries worldwide have national programmes in place to address dementia. More information here.

AGE General assembly adopts 2012 Declaration

At their annual General Assembly, AGE members adopted a Declaration urging EU leaders and Member States to put employment at the top of their political priorities and to adopt strong measures to boost the EU economy, job creation and social cohesion, and to promote a new European society based on greater solidarity, equity and cooperation between and within generations. With regard to long term care and human rights, AGE members set up ambitious goals and priorities for action. The complete text of the Declaration is available here.

UK: Launch of the Nursing and Care Quality Forum

In UK, the Nursing and Care Quality Forum, which aims to improve the quality of nursing care across all care settings, have met Prime Minister David Cameron and Health Secretary Andrew Lansley. It will now start its work by identifying and supporting the spread and adoption of best practice across four areas:

  • how to promote accountable nurse leaders across the NHS.
  • how to encourage the right culture and the right values
  • how to involve, listen to, hear and respond to feedback from patients
  • how to make sure that nurses have the time to give high-quality care to patients

More information here and here.

IENE - Intercultural education of nurses and medical staff in Europe

Six institutions from five European countries worked together during two years (August 2008- July 2010) in the Grundtvig Partnership “IENE-Intercultural education of nurses and medical staff in Europe” to create the approaches, methods and tools for the intercultural education of nurses and other medical staff participating in European mobility or working with patients with different cultures and languages in order to facilitate their participation in the European labor market and their integration in different cultural backgrounds. The multilingual website contains an informative guide a learning platform with learning materials and tools for the intercultural education of nurses. The online informative guide contains information, documents and links related to the European common tools, national level tools in the field of IVET and CVET of the nurses.

Eurofound’s work on company initiatives for workers with care responsibilities for disabled children or adults

This report presents the results of Eurofound’s work on company initiatives for workers with care responsibilities for disabled children or adults. The research focused on initiatives that employers can take to support the needs of workers who have (informal) care responsibilities, including parents caring for children with disabilities and carers of adults who need care because of disability, illness or old age. The database highlights some 50 company initiatives that support workers with dependent-care responsibilities in 10 Member States. The research was carried out during 2009-2010. The report is available here.

International Day of Families, 15 May

Families help promote active ageing and solidarity between generations

On the occasion of the International Day of Families on 15 May, AGE Platform Europe and the Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union (COFACE) would like to highlight the very important contribution brought by many older people in society through the role they play within families as grandparents, parents and informal carers. Given the heavy constraints currently put on parents, due to their family and professional responsibilities, the support provided by grandparents in caring for young children and helping with everyday tasks is crucial. Many grandparents devote their time to help their grandchildren with their school homework, teach them healthy eating habits or spend time with them in constructive leisure. In doing so, they support children’s development and education and their parents’ employment. They also often provide financial assistance for their adult children and care for older dependent relatives and as such are helping limit the pressure of demographic ageing on the public purse.

“Independent living in old age” as one of the elements of the new German demography strategy

The German government will develop this year key elements of a longer term, strategic “concept of independent life in old age”, including health care, age-appropriate forms of housing, promotion of sheltered housing groups for people with limited life skills, and greater use of technical assistance systems. More information are available here (in German).

Release of the 2012 Ageing Report

The European Commission has just released the 2012 Ageing Report. The report highlights that the demographic changes are expected to have substantial consequences on public finances in the EU. On the basis of current policies, age-related public expenditures (pensions, health-care and long-term care) are projected to increase by 4.1 percentage points to around to around 29% of GDP between 2010 and 2060. Public pension expenditure alone is projected to rise by 1.5 percentage points to nearly 13% of GDP by 2060. To access the full report (472 p.), click here.

Spain: How to Reduce Excessive Physical Restraints Against Seniors in Nursing Homes (Global Action on Ageing)

Global Action on Ageing published an article on the Spanish Confederation of Senior Citizens' actions to warn against the excessive use of physical restraints in nursing homes for older adults as a means of preventing accidents.  Such restraints indeed result in a loss of autonomy, dignity and self-esteem. Researchers found several physical effects in restricting seniors' mobility including: pressure ulcers, infections, loss of muscle tone, atrophy and more. In Catalonia, 20 percent of old people who live in residences are subject to restraints.

The article is available here (only in Spanish).

2nd WeDO EU event in Vienna, Austria, 24 April 2012

More than 70 participants were present in Vienna on 24 April, coming from the 12 countries involved in the WeDO project.  The aim of the event was to discuss on the project developments, and especially on the European Framework for long-term care and its guidelines from implementation and dissemination. The participants came from very different sectors: older people's organisations, carers, service providers, policy makers at local, regional, national and EU level, researchers, etc. 

Initiatives to improve quality of life for older people rewarded in France

The 'Trophées du grand âge' (Old age award) rewards initiatives on seven categories, mostly concerning care services and ICT.

Link to the event (only in french)

Launch of a new EU-Health Portal

The European Commission recently launched a portal concerning Health. Aligned to current trends in web design, the new look provides a more prominent space for news, events, press releases and videos. It also highlights a new feature of the Portal: news articles to explain to citizens especially selected health topics and to present results of projects in the field of public health financed by the EU. These will be changed frequently; the first ones are on active and healthy ageing and on a project to use sports stadia to promote health prevention.

Germany's Action Week against age discrimination

As part of the Year Against Age Discrimination promoted by the Federal Anti-discrimination Agency (ADS), several German regions will participate in a special “Action Week” between April 23rd and 29th 2012. 

In collaboration with schools, senior centres, businesses, NGOs and cultural institutions the ADS will celebrate during this week a series of activities in order to stimulate intergenerational dialogue and raise awareness on the age discrimination issue. 

Hidden footage of elderly abuse to be shown in BBC documentary

Footage of an Alzheimer's sufferer being beaten repeatedly by a member of staff at a care home will be screened on TV on Monday night. The clips claim to show an elderly resident being manhandled by carers at Ash Court Care Centre in Kentish Town, north London, last year. The footage, which will be aired on BBC's Panorama, was caught after Maria Worroll's daughter Jane hid a camera in her room.

EU Marketplace for innovative ideas on active and healthy ageing launched

A new website, the "Marketplace for Innovative ideas" has been launched as part of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. The Marketplace is an interactive website designed to help those that are interested and involved in the Partnership to work together and develop their innovative ideas. The Marketplace will also include an online workspace for the Action Groups of the Innovation Partnership once they are formed this summer, and will provide more information about the Reference sites once they are selected in 2013.

News from Czech Republic: active ageing, gender issues

Two important news in Czech Republic this month: the organisation of a national meeting on age-friendly cities with the participation of older people, and the launch of a set of brochures on gender, employment and active ageing.

29 April : EU day for the solidarity between Generations

Rent-a-Granny, Learn With GrandmaMeeting places for everyoneOn the Bus With Granny, VoisinAge and thousands of other intergenerational initiatives seek to promote a society for all ages across the EU! 
 
The 29th of April, the European Day of Solidarity between Generations, is a good opportunity to give visibility to the many initiatives across the EU and remind of the need of greater solidarity and cooperation between age groups in our ageing societies. In the framework of the 2012 European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, this 4th EU Day offers the opportunity to further highlight the need to develop and support grass root initiatives that support greater participation of older people for the benefit of all age groups in society. 

New ! Videos section on the WeDO website

A lot of video resources are available on the web concerning the fight against elder abuse, initiatives that aim to improve the quality of life for older people. The new section 'Videos' on the WeDO website selected some of these. Go and look at it!

WeDO calls for a specific objective on fighting violence in the European Commission next Rights and Citizenship Programme

The WeDO partners and some members of the EU coalition sent a letter to key MEPs and to the European Commission to include prevention and fight against violence as a specific objective in the next 'Rights and CItizenship Programme' (2014-2020) of the European Commission.

Italy: Emilia Romagna Region Parliament adopts a resolution on carers

The Regional Parliament of Emilia Romagna has approved on March the 28th a resolution on carers and creates a 'caregiver day'.

Launch of a new project 'Innovative Social Services Platform'

The project aims at creating a social platform on innovative social services and at suggesting input for future research activities in Europe.

New database of long-term care projects in Germany

The Berliner Stiftung Zentrum für Qualität in der Pflege (ZQP) started the database in march 2012- presenting more than 450 projects and studies. 

UK: Home care for elderly branded 'shocking and disgraceful'

The standards of care provided for older people in their homes in the UK has been labelled "shocking and disgraceful" by a consumer group.

Improving the quality of life for older people, key topic in the high level conference on Long-term care in Finland

AGE Platform Europe represented older people's point of view in the European Commission High-level conference 'Perspectives on ageing' on health and long-term care. 

WeDO project partners met in Brussels on 5 and 6 March

 The main topics of discussions were on the first draft of the EU strategy for the wellbeing and dignity of older people and on the 4th draft of the Guide for the European Partnership. The partners were invited to look for testimonies and case studies around each quality principle, to give both bad an positive examples.

European Communication on the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing

Following the release of the Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) in November 2011, the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA) should now enter its implementation phase.

2nd edition of the European Award on Alzheimer is starting!

The ELISAN network (European Local inclusion and Social action network) launched its 2nd edition of the European award on Alzheimer disease, with the support of the Médéric Alzheimer Foundation.

Join the EU age-friendly environments network

AGE Platform Europe is organising a consortium of stakeholders, along with the WHO, with the aim of submitting a joint commitment in response to the European Commission's call for commitment to making Europe an age-friendly environment.

Germany: feedback on the meeting '“Active Ageing in Europe – Senior Citizens and Volunteering“

On November 28th 2011 Kathrin Linz-Dinchel and Sabrina Stula presented the results of their study “Monitor of European Policies on Senior Citizens” which reports regularly on current developments in generational policies and policies for the elderly in eight European Member States.

New code established to safeguard older people’s dignity in care in UK

Britain’s biggest pensioner organisation, the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) today (Wednesday February 22) launches a high profile Dignity Code which sets out minimum standards for the dignified treatment of older people, whether in hospital or the community. The Code has been widely supported by both those in the care sector and across the political spectrum.

Presentations from the Committee of the Regions forum on Active ageing now available

Over 200 representatives from local, regional and national administrations, institutions, social services and associations joined on 14 February 2012 at the Committee of the Regions (CoR) Forum, to discuss the multilevel governance approach of the policy domain and to highlight how local and regional actors improve the conditions for active ageing.

Launch of a Strategic Research Agenda on Neuro degenerative diseases

The European Commissions's Joint Programme on Neurodegenerative Diseases (JPND) aims to enhance the impact of research by aligning and building upon existing national programmes and identifying common goals that would benefit from joint action.

1 February 2012 : Dignity Action Day in UK

The Dignity Action Day is organised by the Dignity in Care network in UK, linked to the Social Care Institute for Excellence.

Ten European projects win the Living well with Dementia 2012 EFID awards

Ten projects led by community based organisations from eight European countries received on January 16th in Brussels the 2012 EFID Awards.  The European Foundations’ Initiative on Dementia (EFID) awards, each worth up to 10,000 Euros, are designed to recognize and encourage the dissemination of good practices that help people with dementia and their families to live well and participate actively in their local community.

List of award winners

Germany: new law on family care time

The law allow family carers to take up to two years care leave while receiving a salary of two third of their former pay. This leave has to be payed for through a pay cut of one third of the carer's salary for a periode of up to one year, when they return to work.

http://www.verwaltung-innovativ.de/DE/nl__links/familienpflegezeitgesetz.html

Presentations from Social Platform's annual conference on care now available

Social Platform's final conference on CARE “We CARE, how do EU CARE?” took place on Friday December 9, 2011 at the international auditorium in Brussels with over 150 registered delegates. Halina Potocka represented AGE platform Europe and made a presentation on the EUSTACEA and WeDO projects.

More information.

Launch of the Healthy Ageing website by EurohealthNet

Ageing is not necessarily a burden, and it does not necessarily decrease a person's ability to contribute to society: older people can make valuable and important contributions to society, and enjoy a high quality of life. But this depends on seeing ageing as an opportunity rather than a burden and taking a so-called 'assets-based approach'. Only by concentrating on what people can do, rather than what they cannot, can strategies and political decisions be taken which help create the right conditions to promote healthy behaviours amongst  older people and provide the necessary opportunities for regular physical activity, healthy diets, fulfilling social relations, participation in meaningful activities and financial security.

By showcasing practical examples of health promotion interventions, identifying initiatives in the European Union, and key resources about healthy ageing, we hope that healthyageing.eu builds awareness of the steps required to make healthy ageing a reality and helps contribute towards a successful European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity Between Generations.

Visit our latest good practices and resources!

This month, several good practices and ressources were added. You can therefore learn that: 

In Germany, small-scale living arrangements are created for older people with cognitive impairments for a person-centred care.

In Sweden, an 'act on a system of choice' is made to ensure the availability of the services.

Training based on the German Charter of rights of people in need of care and assistance now available!

The training is focused on value-oriented care, quality and human resources development processes and vocational training in the long-term care sector.  It is available online or for free by order as CD-ROM (only in German language).

Event: Final conference “Improving Access to Community-based Services for Older People Living at Home”

The project addressed the specific issue that many older people and their families who are in need of help and care and are otherwise disadvantaged often fail to use existing support services. The aim of the final workshop is to present the project results and policy recommendations and discuss which implications these have on an European level.

Presentations of the WHO Dublin conference are available !

The First International Conference on Age-friendly Cities was jointly hosted by The WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities©, Ireland’s Age-Friendly Counties Programme and the International Federation on Ageing.

The EuROPEAN Project releases its final publication!

This European Reference Framework for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and Neglect was developed within the scope of the EuROPEAN project (2009-2011), with support from the European Union, DG Employment, Social affairs and Inclusion as a pilot project on preventing elder abuse.

Next Steering Group: 24 and 25 November 2011

The steering group of the WeDO project will meet on the 24 and 25 November to discuss the latest version of the EU Partnership guide. On the 25 November, a common meeting is organised with the members of the EU Coalition to discuss together on what could be done at EU level to improve the quality of services for older people in need of care and assistance. The meeting will take place in Brussels. More information is available in the partners' area.

WHO report on elder mistreatment in Europe

  Elder maltreatment is pervasive in all countries in the WHO European Region, and estimates suggest that at least 4 million people in the Region experience elder maltreatment in any one year. Most countries in the Region have an ageing population, and one third of the population is forecast to be 60 years and older in 2050, putting more people at risk of elder maltreatment.  Elder maltreatment has far-reaching consequences for the mental and physical well-being of tens of millions of older people, and if left unchecked will result in their premature death.

European Commission event "Ageing in Dignity: Designing effective strategies for tackling elder abuse" 28 November 2011

The purpose of the conference will be to take stock of the achievements of recent EU projects related to elder abuse and to exchange views about what needs and could be done at national and European level to protect the dignity and well-being of older people.    

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