European Commission event "Ageing in Dignity: Designing effective strategies for tackling elder abuse" 28 November 2011
The number of older people, particularly over the age of 80, will be growing very fast over the coming decades. While most of the over-80s can be expected to be able to live autonomously, a large minority are likely to be frail and dependent for prolonged periods on help from others, be they relatives or professional carers. They will be vulnerable to neglect or even abuse. Protecting the dignity of these people is becoming a major challenge for our societies. The European Commission organised in March 2008 the 1st European high level conference on the prevention of elder abuse. Since 2008 the Commission co-financed a number of actions under the DAPHNE programme and the Health action programme. It has also launched a number of activities through a pilot project on elder abuse. Under the pilot project three actions are being supported which explore better ways for detecting and monitoring elder abuse as well as for tackling and preventing it. A joint project with the OECD on quality issues in long-term issues was also launched. The purpose of the conference will be to take stock of the achievements of these EU initiatives 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.