‘EU role in protecting older citizens’ social and economic rights’
AGE Platform Europe nvites you to its 3rd annual conference, which will be held on Friday 20 November 2015 in Brussels back to back with AGE General Assembly. Our annual event will address the EU role in protecting older citizens’ social and economic rights and is open to all AGE members and external stakeholders. Anexhibition area will also allow NGOs, non-for-profit and for-profit service providers and industry to present their activities or projects. Read more on this event
According to recent WHO figures, the number of people over the age of 60 is expected to double between 2000 and 2050 and in 2050 more than 1 in 5 people will be 60 year or older. Unfortunately, the growing older population has intensified manifestations of ageism. This trend makes it all the more urgent to get mobilized more widely to adapt our societies and make them both age-friendly and sustainable.
AGE responded to the call of the United Nations Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of All Human Rights by Older Persons to assess the implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA), as part of the preparation of her final report due for September 2016.
The Council of EU ministers of employment and social affairs has released a report on the adequacy of pensions. The report is an update of the 2012 Pension Adequacy Report and highlights the key challenges older persons face in attaining their right to an adequate standard of living. A key chapter focusses on women, whose risk of poverty is much higher than men’s. AGE welcomes the report and calls for more concrete actions to be taken to improve pensions of older women.
There are only a few days left to register for the event disseminating the findings from the INNOVAGE project, our “European Conference on Social Innovations for Healthy and Active Life Expectancy”. This one-day event presents the findings from the INNOVAGE project since 2012.
The EU network for fall prevention, ProFouND, is launching on the occasion of the United Nations International Day of Older Persons, its ‘2015 Stay Strong Stay Steady Campaign‘ which seeks to promote active healthy ageing and independent living through physical activity. The campaign also includes an inter-generational dimension calling on older and younger people to work together to prevent falls.
AGE Platform Europe has collected its members’ feedback on the EU Country Specific Recommendations (CSR) addressed to EU member states as part of the European Semester exercise 2015. According to our members, many recent reforms in national social protection systems requested by the CSR have a cumulative negative impact on the fundamental rights of older people in many EU Member States and will challenge their rights to participate in society, live independently and in dignity.
Ahead of the meeting of the EU member states’ ministers on 14th September to discuss the current refugee crisis, AGE Platform Europe European points out that our European values of democracy, freedom and respect of human rights should apply in the same way to EU citizens as to those who seek refuge in a EU country.
In a press release, we call the European Union and national governments to agree on a common EU strategy, which would enable to perverse those values and support EU countries in respecting their international refugee and human rights legal obligations.
European Parliament assessment of the 2012 European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (EY2012) echoes AGE recommendations and calls for further action at EU and national level to help the EU cope with its demographic challenge
The Dutch Senior Organisation ANBO is sounding the alarm about the financing of home care in the Netherlands, which they say are not getting the financial support needed from health insurers to manage the increased demand.
The European Commission is launching until 21 October a public survey to allow citizens to choose out of five challenges facing our society the one they would like to see tackled in the coming years by Horizon 2020 funding programme.
The Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) has just launched an online interactive tool named Clarity, to help people who feel their fundamental rights are not respected find the right organisation that can provide assistance.
On the International Day on 1st October, AGE Platform Europe supported the ‘Silver Rainbow’ social media campaign led by ILGA-Europe in order to raise awareness of the specific challenges faced by older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersexual (LGBTI) people and share the many resources from ILGA member organisations and civil society partners on that topic.
Mr Michael O’Flaherty has been appointed as the next Director of the Fundamental Right Agency (FRA). Mrs O’Flaherty’s “profound human rights expertise and wealth of experience on the national, European and international stage will strengthen FRA’s role as a major player in shaping the fundamental rights landscape across the EU”, states FRA Management Board Chairperson Frauke Lisa Seidensticker in a press release.
The European Commission is launching a public consultation to gather EU citizens’ views on the possible obstacles they face in their daily life when living, studying, working, shopping or simply travelling within the European Union.
This consultation is open from 14 September to 7 December 2015.
The European Commission has presented a proposal to improve the services provided to long-term unemployed. While long-term unemployment has sharply risen in recent years, it is a particular problem for older workers, as 60% of older unemployed have been so longer than one year. The Commission proposes
The European Commission has published a document outlining how it wants to tackle the difficult balancing act of many workers between work and family life. The roadmap argues for legislative and non-legislative developments in this area and includes not only actions for fathers and mothers, but also for workers who care for dependent family members.
The European Commission and the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health (EXPH) have launched a public consultation on the preliminary opinion on the ‘Access to health services in the European Union’.
The 16th International Conference on Integrated Care will take place in Barcelona on 23-25 May 2016. The conference is co-hosted with PIAISS of the Catalan Government, Hospital Clinic Barcelona (HCB), Forum ITESSS and the Tic Salut Foundation.
On 16th September the United Nations (UN) Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of All Human Rights by Older Persons presented her report on care and autonomy to the Human Rights Council and exchanged views with Member States and civil society.
As part of the EU-funded project Robot-Era, aiming to offer a set of robotic services to foster independent living in old age, a short survey is being carried out in order to collect the views of the various stakeholders involved by the introduction of robotic services in healthcare facilities and in older people’s homes.
The survey takes about 10 minutes to be completed and is preceded by a 10 minute long video presenting Robot-Era services.
Founded by Lara Seixo Rodrigues, a street artist from eastern Portugal, LATA 65 (lata means “can” in Portuguese) is an urban art workshop that teaches the basics of street art to seniors in various neighbourhoods around the city of Lisbon, Portugal. It started as a way of bringing art closer to the communities, and a way of bringing the communities themselves closer together.
This report on the adequacy of pensions, released by the Council of EU ministers of employment and social affairs is an update of the 2012 Pension Adequacy Report. It assesses the degree to which pensions manage to provide older people with adequate income and poverty protection.
The “World report on ageing and health” of the World Health Organization (WHO) highlights the need for major societal change, to ensure that people are not just living longer, but also healthier, lives. The report outlines key areas for action, in the organization of health systems, in our wider physical and social environments, and in the way society as a whole views older people.
According to a recent study, older workers are not necessarily less productive than their younger colleagues, but use their brain differently. With the age our brain is able to compensate declines in some abilities with an increase in others, provided they are used on a regular basis.
‘Young people are indeed able to run faster, but older people know the shortcuts’ concludes the research.
A Associação Portuguesa de Psicogerontologia-APP, Instituição Particular de Solidariedade Social sem fins lucrativos e de âmbito nacional, dedica-se às questões biopsicológicas e sociais inerentes ao envelhecimento e às pessoas idosas, visa a promoção da dignificação, respeito, saúde, autonomia, participação e segurança das pessoas idosas, num quadro de envelhecimento ativo e de solidariedade intergeracional, e de uma sociedade mais inclusiva para todas as idades, promove novas mentalidades e combate estereótipos negativos relativamente à idade e ao envelhecimento.