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Silver Economy Network of European Regions (SEN@ER)

Newsletter No. 13 September 2010

Newsletter Overview

FOREWORD

ACTIVITIES IN THE SEN@ER NETWORK

SEN@ER workshop on "Skills development and life-long learning for older people" on 15 September 2010 from 13:00 - 18:00 h in Düsseldorf

SEN@ER workshop on "Regional Strategies on Active Ageing" on 23 September 2010 from 13:30 - 18:00 h in Brussels

"SENIOR ENTERPRISE" Launch Conference on October 5 – 6, 2010

SEN@ER workshop on "Active employment opportunities for older people 50+ / 60+" at the "Senior Enterprise" launch conference in Wicklow on 6 October 2010

Successful first Silver Economy Summit on May 13-14, 2010 at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

SEN@ER at the International Society for Gerontechnology, 7th World Conference from 27 – 30 May 2010 in Vancouver

SEN@ER presentions at an expert roundtable at the first international conference on Active Ageing in Sevilla, Andalucia (Spain) on 14 – 15 June 2010

Topics for European cooperation discussed at the SEN@ER workshop on "Ageing Well at Home" on 23 June 2010 from 13:00 - 17:00 h in Düsseldorf

InCreaSe-Workshop on "Older People, New Media and the Arts"

REPORT FROM THE SEN@ER REGIONS

Visit of the Mexican delegation in the project 'Demographic change and active aging (CASOENAC)' to Extremadura

Competition: ELAC for migrant elders: First "European Local Authorities Competition on Good Practices on the Support for Migrant Elders’ Initiatives"

The Technical University Dortmund in NRW is opening a new Masters study on „Ageing Society" from the winter semester 2010/11 onwards

Robert Jungk award for civic involvement and future projects

Nominated: Kulturgestalter 2010 / Cultural Designer 2010 - Ministry of Health, Equalities, Care and Ageing of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia has nominated outstanding senior personalities as Culture / Cultural Designer 2010

ISSUES OF INTEREST – REPORT FROM THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION, PROJECTS AND EVENTS

Events

Ageing with technologies: a participative conference on care in Europe Barcelona, Spain on 13 - 14 September 2010

Cities in Balance – Silver Economy Conference on 23 September 2010 in Edinburgh

8th European Week of Regions and Cities: Open Days 2010: Competitiveness, cooperation and cohesion for all regions: 4 October 2010 - 7 October 2010 Brussels

Invitation Final Conference: ‘Quality management by result-oriented indicators – Towards benchmarking in residential care for older people’ Brussels, 3-4 November 2010 – Committee of the Regions

Third European Demography Forum: The Demographic Dimension of the Europe2020 Strategy on 22 – 23 November 2010 in Brussels

"Regions for Economic Change – Building sustainable growth" conference

Initiatives at European level, reports and studies

2012 to be the European Year for Active Ageing

Digital Agenda: Commission outlines action plan to boost Europe's prosperity and well-being

United Kingdom: national evaluation of the Partnerships for Older People Projects pilots

Bridging Research in Ageing and ICT Development (BRAID)

ICT enabled independent living for elderly

Healthy ageing and the future of public healthcare systems - EFMN Special Issue Analysis on healthcare

ePAL – finalised roadmapping results on "ICT and Ageing – Extending active life of senior professionals"

Philips Livable Cities Award – an initiative following the Global Age-Friendly Cities WHO initiative

GET ON BOARD OF THE SEN@ER NETWORK

How to join the SEN@ER Network

Additional Information


FOREWORD

Since the last SEN@ER newsletter no. 12 has been published a lot has happened in the Silver Economy across Europe. The SEN@ER network has organised and held a workshop on ‘Ageing Well at Home’ and will organise these days the workshop ‘Skills development and life-long learning for older people’. A further two workshops – one on ‘Regional strategies on active ageing’ and another one on ‘Active employment opportunities for older people’ - are currently being prepared, and will take place shortly (http://www.silvereconomy-europe.org/workshop/index.php). These workshops aim at an exchange of experiences, the identification of areas of cooperation to lead to the establishment of partner consortia and the development and submission of European project proposals.

Interest in SEN@ER has come from Mexico and Canada. A delegation from Mexico has visited our partners in Extremadura. In Halifax, Canada the first Silver Economy Summit took place and the organisers explicitly thanked SEN@ER for their assistance and mentioned SEN@ER as a shining example for constructively and positively addressing the issue of demographic change and ageing which they have taken over and copied for Canada.

During this autumn interesting events organised by the European Commission, the Committee of the Regions and other actors will take place. These are announced in this newsletter. News studies and initiatives on ICT enabled independent living or healthy ageing and the future of public healthcare systems have emerged and are referred to below.

The present SEN@ER newsletter no. 13 would like to inform and make readers curious and invite European regions to join the European Silver Economy network.

Please feel free to submit your contributions for the next SEN@ER newsletter no. 14. The deadline for submission is 15 November 2010.

Enjoy reading this newsletter.

Claus Eppe
Ministry of Health, Equalities, Care and Ageing of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
SEN@ER lead partner region
Claus.eppe@mgepa.nrw.de

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ACTIVITIES IN THE SEN@ER NETWORK

SEN@ER workshop on "Skills development and life-long learning for older people" on 15 September 2010 from 13:00 - 18:00 h in Düsseldorf

The SEN@ER workshop "Skills development and life-long learning for older people" will take place in Düsseldorf on 15 September 2010, 13:00 - 18:00 h at the Ministry for Ministry of Health, Equalities, Care and Ageing of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The SEN@ER partners are convinced that lifelong learning for the generation 65+ will become increasingly important. The demand is growing and appropriate offers need to be developed.

Against the background of the upcoming European Year for Active Ageing & Intergenerational Solidarity 2012 the workshop aims at the development of a European exchange of information on activities and initiatives in different European regions, the identification of areas for cooperation which may lead to the establishment of partner consortia and the development and submission of project proposals to European Commission funding programmes.

The workshop website:
www.silvereconomy-europe.org

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SEN@ER workshop on "Regional Strategies on Active Ageing" on 23 September 2010 from 13:30 - 18:00 h in Brussels

The SEN@ER workshop on "Regional Strategies on Active Ageing" is organised by Fundecyt and the Junta de Extremadura (regional government of Extremadura) together with the European Commission – DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, the Committee of the Regions, the Ministry of Health, Equalities, Care and Ageing of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the "Silver Economy Network of European Regions (SEN@ER)".

Typically regions in Europe lack strategies tackling the issues of demographic development and ageing. Mostly they still see both as a threat rather than an opportunity which – if taken as the latter - offer options for new service and product development which can help to better position regional service providers and their service more appropriately helping them to gain competitive advantages against competitors in other regions and eventually creating new jobs and employment. It is against this background that the SEN@ER partners are showing an interest in exchanging experiences in this area to learn from each other. Some of the member regions have (partial) strategies developed and in place from which others can learn. In addition a joint effort for tackling open issues seems to be more promising and likely to lead to successful results and achievements for all regions. Some SEN@ER regions can be seen as leaders in the field of regional strategy development in this area and have implemented these differently ranging from dedicated support and funding programmes set up in this area for example in Gelderland, to dedicated policy programmes in regions like Limburg, Limousin and Extremadura and the dedicated "Senior Economy" initiative in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Against the background of the upcoming European Year for Active Ageing & Intergenerational Solidarity 2012 the workshop objectives are to inform about the objectives of the European Year for Active Ageing & Intergenerational Solidarity 2012, develop a European exchange of information on activities and initiatives in different European regions, identify areas for cooperation which may lead to the establishment of partner consortia and the preparation for the development and submission of project proposals to European Commission funding programmes.

The workshop website:
www.silvereconomy-europe.org

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"SENIOR ENTERPRISE" Launch Conference on October 5 – 6, 2010

Senior Enterprise is the first initiative of its kind. It has been initiated by the SEN@ER partner Mid-East Regional Authority (Ireland) and is being supported by the EU through INTERREG IVB.

Senior Enterprise challenges conventional attitudes towards those aged 50+ and presents a means of maximising their contribution to enterprise and entrepreneurship. The initiative is organising its launch conference on October 5-6, 2010 at the Druids Glen Marriot Hotel, Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow, Ireland (www.druidsglenresort.com). Why not go along and learn about how Senior Enterprise will harness the knowledge, skills and resources of those aged 50+ to support enterprise and entrepreneurship. Meet some inspirational people who are putting Senior Enterprise into action.

It is intended as a result of Senior Enterprise that more businesses will be started, more investment will be made and that more people over 50 will be active as advisors in new and developing businesses.

If you or your organisation is interested in exploring ways in which you can also become part of this community of shared interest, why don’t you come along and learn more?

The launch conference is aimed at those particularly interested in strengthening enterprise and entrepreneurship through harnessing the talent, experience and resources of those aged 50+. This will include policy makers from local, regional, national and European levels, executives from development agencies such as County Enterprise Boards, financial institutions, Chambers of Commerce, organisations representing the interests of the SME sector, relevant NGOs, voluntary, not for profit organisations and senior focused associations.

The launch of Senior Enterprise is hosted by the Mid East Regional Authority (Ireland). Further details of this initiative and the event can be obtained from info@seniorenterprise.ie or phone Mary Grehan on +353 (0) 404 66058.

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SEN@ER workshop on "Active employment opportunities for older people 50+ / 60+" at the "Senior Enterprise" launch conference in Wicklow on 6 October 2010

Within the SENIOR ENTERPRISE project the Mid-East Region Ireland Regional Authority together with the "Silver Economy Network of European Regions (SEN@ER)" – is organising a parallel conference session on "Active employment opportunities for older people 50+ / 60+". It is aimed at individuals and organisations who are pursuing opportunities for employment. Various activities in this field will be discussed, and funding opportunities from the European Commission will be explored. The objective is that this cooperation workshop will lead to the development of ideas or project proposals which can be further developed through the SEN@ER Network during the course of the next few years.

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Successful first Silver Economy Summit on May 13-14, 2010 at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Silver Economy Summit was held on May 13-14, 2010 at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The summit was a great success and also attended by the minister of seniors in Nova Scotia, Canada. It was well attended with 250 delegates, many of which international delegates. The focus was on continuous education, work and employment etc. for seniors. The organisers explicitly thanked SEN@ER for their assistance and mentioned SEN@ER as a shining example for constructively and positively addressing the issue of demographic change and ageing which they have taken over and copied for Canada. The SEN@ER network was presented by Paula Fitzsimons from the partner region Mid-East Ireland Region who also presented the most recent SEN@ER initiative "Senior Enterprise".

The conference website:
www.silvereconomysummit.ca

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SEN@ER at the International Society for Gerontechnology, 7th World Conference from 27 – 30 May 2010 in Vancouver

Sonja Müller and Ingo Meyer from the COMMOMWELL project attended, chaired a session and gave presentations of this project and its achievements at the 2010 world conference of the International Society for Gerontechnology during an invited session on ‘Telecare and Ambient Assisted Living: from concept to reality’. The presentations were about ‘Telecare and telehealth applications: the (stony) way to the markets’ and ‘Process and IT innovation: Experienes from the COMMONWELL project.

The project started in 2009 and involves partners from several SEN@ER partner regions like North Rhine-Westphalia, Yorkshire and the North West England Region.

The conference brought together people who design, develop, prescribe, research, set policy for and use technology to enhance the health, functional capacity and quality of life of older adults. These include engineers, architects, ICT experts, computer scientists, gerontologists, health care providers, social service professionals, leisure and recreation specialists, planners, housing developers and managers, as well as people responsible for purchasing decisions in aging-related industries such as assisted living, care facilities and hospitals.

Conference website:
www.sfu.ca/isg2010

COMMONWELL website:
www.commonwell.eu

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SEN@ER presentions at an expert roundtable at the first international conference on Active Ageing in Sevilla, Andalucia (Spain) on 14 – 15 June 2010

As part of an expert roundtable on "European models on active ageing policy" at this international event with around 800 delegates Sébastien Proeschel from the Conseil Régional Limousin and the SEN@ER partner region Limousin presented the active policy of the Limousin region and Werner B. Korte from the European SEN@ER Secretariat – on behalf of Claus Eppe from the Ministry for Intergenerational Affairs, Family, Women and Integration of North Rhine-Westphalia - the "Seniorenwirtschaft NRW" initiative which already started in 2000. Both also presented to the several hundred conference participants the Silver Economy Network of European Regions which found substantial interest among the audience.

The conference website:
www.envejecimientoactivo.com

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Topics for European cooperation discussed at the SEN@ER workshop on "Ageing Well at Home" on 23 June 2010 from 13:00 - 17:00 h in Düsseldorf

The "Silver Economy Network of European Regions (SEN@ER)" (www.silvereconomy-europe.org) - cooperation workshop on "Ageing Well at Home" took place on 23 June 2010 from 13:00 - 17:00 h at the Ministry of Health, Equalities, Care and Ageing of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The workshop objective was to develop a European exchange of information on activities and initiatives in different European regions, to identify areas for cooperation which may lead to the establishment of partner consortia and to develop and later submit project proposals to European Commission funding programmes.

The workshop attendants from several European regions confirmed that they are prepared to contribute to the SEN@ER network activities for the coming years under the topic of "Ageing well at home". Several topics for possible cooperation could be identified which were developed on the basis of already existing activities and projects in the different regions and which are to be seen as proposals for discussion and basis for decision making and are further described below.

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InCreaSe-Workshop on "Older People, New Media and the Arts"

The final workshop of the Grundtvig learning partnership InCreaSe - Intercultural Creativity of Seniors about "Older People, New Media and the Arts" will took place on 26-28 May 2010 in Badajoz, Spain.

InCreaSe is a travelling training academy for cultural learning and participation of older people in Europe. During the two-year partnership the expert partners were meeting in each others' countries to exchange models of good practice in different specialisms. These involved different ethnic groups and generations, volunteering for culture, theatre and media work. The partners reflected and evaluated the experiences of the workshops and jointly developed a methodology for professional training for working with seniors. The aim was to develop training modules for implementation at a yearly "European Summer School" from on 2011. Partners from several SEN@ER regions were involved in this initiative.

InCreaSe website:
www.age-culture.de

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REPORT FROM THE SEN@ER REGIONS

Visit of the Mexican delegation in the project 'Demographic change and active aging (CASOENAC)' to Extremadura

A delegation of experts in science and technology of Mexico visited The SEN@ER partner region of Extremadura in March to exchange experiences in the field of aging population and demographic changes. This visit was part of the project 'Demographic change and active aging (CASOENAC). Scientific contribution to proactive public policies" in which the European Academy of Yuste Foundation takes part along with other entities such as the Health Service of the State of Colima (Mexico), the University of Guadalajara (Mexico), the University of Colima (Mexico), the University of Heidelberg (Germany) and the Autonomous University of Madrid.

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Competition: ELAC for migrant elders: First "European Local Authorities Competition on Good Practices on the Support for Migrant Elders’ Initiatives"

The competition was launched by the Ministry of Health, Equalities, Care and Ageing of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), in partnership with the Committee of the Regions. ELAC for migrant elders is under the patronage of the President of the European Parliament. Through this call, the partners seek to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of migrant elders.

To achieve this, three concepts are of particular importance:

  1. The concept of active ageing: according to the WHO active ageing "allows people to realize their potential for physical, social, and mental well being throughout the life course and to participate in society according to their needs, desires and capacities, while providing them with adequate protection, security and care when they require assistance". "Active" in this context "refers to continuing participation in social, economic, cultural, spiritual and civic affairs, not just the ability to be physically active or to participate in the labour force".
  2. The concept of mutual integration: integration is seen as a two-way process based on mutual rights and corresponding obligations of migrants and the host society, which provides for full participation of the migrant elders.
  3. The concept of empowerment: according to this concept individuals should be supported in (re)gaining their freedom of choice and decision and in freely choosing their way of life. This concept focuses on the potential and resources that migrant elders bring along.

Proposed projects or initiatives should be in line with these objectives.

The competition is one outcome of the project "Active Ageing of Migrant Elders Across Europe".

The application form and further information about the competition can be obtained at:
www.aamee-elac.eu

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The Technical University Dortmund in NRW is opening a new Masters study on „Ageing Society" from the winter semester 2010/11 onwards

This new master degree course of studies addresses students with a BA in social and behavioural sciences those attending the Diploma courses. It provides further study opportunities to those interested in recessing their knowledge on social and economic aspects of ageing societies and wishing to combine this knowledge with a qualification to actions in research and practice. The course comprehends aging in our society as the most important, individual, institutional and social concern of our time.

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Robert Jungk award for civic involvement and future projects

Demographic change poses an increasing challenge to cities and communities. "How can living together of different generations and cultures be shaped?" This is a question not only asked by the responsible municipal authorities. Citizens themselves are often concerned about the future of living together in their immediate environment. "How do we want do live?" The futurist Robert Jungk (1913-1994) was moved by this question and looked tirelessly for concepts and specific examples of a friendlier and (more) sustainable world. The citizens' initiative and participation as well as their willingness to rethinking and to testing alternative ways of social living formed the basis and an essential impulse for his studies.

In order to encourage further activities along the above lines, the Robert Jungk Award is conferred to outstanding projects every two years. The award values highly the diversity of civic involvement. It is awarded offered by the Ministry of Health, Equalities, Care and Ageing of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Städte-Netzwerk NRW, the Robert Jungk Foundation Salzburg (Austria) as well as numerous further partners.

In 2011 the Robert Jungk Award will be awarded for the seventh time. Referring to the topic "solidarity in civil society – living without social exclusion!" projects are sought that fight social exclusion and present new forms of acting in solidarity. By offering the Robert Jungk Award 2011 it is supposed to inspire the creation of new forms of social life as well as of solidarity in cities and municipalities.

Regions across Europe with an inclusion strategy are invited to cooperate with North Rhone-Westphalia (contact: claus.eppe@mgepa.nrw.de).

The Robert Jungk award website:
www.robertjungkpreis.nrw.de

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Nominated: Kulturgestalter 2010 / Cultural Designer 2010 - Ministry of Health, Equalities, Care and Ageing of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia has nominated outstanding senior personalities as Culture / Cultural Designer 2010

Kulturgestalter 2010 are outstanding senior personalities who are involved and active in a variety of networks due to their former professional activities and are willing to get involved with Arts and Culture and to cooperate with each other. Their task is to support the idea of "Culture and Seniority in the Metropolis" and to lend a face to both – the ambition of the region and the needs of the elderly for an active involvement of the older population in arts and cultural activities.

"Lending a face to Culture and seniority" is the motto of the project "Kulturgestalter 2010", which is carried out by the Städte-Netzwerk NRW in cooperation with the above mentioned Ministry.

In a multi-ethnical, aging society cultural offers in the region and its cities and municipalities are gaining more and more significance. The Kulturgestalter 2010 supports the mobilisation of senior people to take responsibility for the development of cultural offers in their region and/or municipality, to develop new creative offers and to supervise their implementation and use. They are supposed to raise an awareness of the topic of ‘Culture and Seniority’ in municipalities, initiate networks, create new initiatives, advertise and lobby for support sponsorship and take over the role of a mentor for projects. At the same time they act as representatives of their region, the RUHR 2010 - European Capital of Culture.

More information:
www.mgepa.nrw.de
www.netzwerk.nrw.de

RUHR 2010 - European Capital of Culture website:
www.essen-fuer-das-ruhrgebiet.ruhr2010.de

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ISSUES OF INTEREST – REPORT FROM THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION, PROJECTS AND EVENTS

Events

Ageing with technologies: a participative conference on care in Europe Barcelona, Spain on 13 - 14 September 2010

Developments in telecare (the provision of health and social care at a distance) are rapidly evolving and information and communication technology (ICT) aims to cover an increasingly wide range of care practices and innovations. But these interventions are occurring in an ethical and democratic vacuum, which makes it critical to explore and analyse the everyday ethical, social and gender implications of technological interventions for older citizens, caregivers and health-care systems. This conference provides an opportunity for practitioners, users, carers, policymakers and scholars involved or working on these issues to meet and talk. Over two days, it proposes to exchange experiences and debate the actual and possible consequences of telecare developments, for all European stakeholders.

The conference is an event of the FP7 EFORTT project: Ethical Frameworks for Telecare Technologies for older people at home

Conference website:
psicologiasocial.uab.es

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Cities in Balance – Silver Economy Conference on 23 September 2010 in Edinburgh

The Cities in Balance Silver Economy Conference will take place on 23rd September 2010. Cities in Balance is built on improving mainstream opportunities for "seniors", encouraging greater emphasis on broader well-being issues and defining and exploring innovative strategies to address the challenges posed by an ageing population. This full day conference will centre on silver economy with the focus on age and demographic change across Scotland and other European Countries. In particular the partner cities from Belgium, Germany (the cities of Hagen and Leverkusen from the SEN@ER partner region North Rhine-Westphalia), Netherlands and other parts of the UK will demonstrate programmes increasing business and employment opportunities and skills. Seniors are increasingly important to the economy, contributing their skills, knowledge, services and enterprise. The Cities in Balance Interreg IVB project will develop programmes that include seniors in the local economy and benefit communities.

The project and conference website:
www.cib-online.eu

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8th European Week of Regions and Cities: Open Days 2010: Competitiveness, cooperation and cohesion for all regions: 4 October 2010 - 7 October 2010 Brussels

The 8th Open Days will be held between 4 and 7 October 2010, a period during which the debate on the European Union's '2020' agenda, its policies and future budget, will be in full swing. Regions and cities will play a major role in the discussions on 'EU2020' agenda, on the budget review, and on the future of EU cohesion policy post-2013. The Open Days are an ideal framework for them to showcase good practice in the field of strengthening regional competitiveness, territorial co-operation and social and economic cohesion, to share experiences with others and to impact on the political debates among EU institutions and Member States. In 2010, the Open Days will concentrate on 'competitiveness, co-operation and cohesion'. Please note the session on "Ageing and persons with disabilities - turning the challenge into opportunities through regional innovation with ICT and accessibility measures" (session 07C26).

More information and registration:
ec.europa.eu
pgr_full.pdf

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Invitation Final Conference: ‘Quality management by result-oriented indicators – Towards benchmarking in residential care for older people’ Brussels, 3-4 November 2010 – Committee of the Regions

The European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research in cooperation with The North Rhine-Westphalia Government Offices in Düsseldorf and Brussels organises the final conference of the project "Quality management by result-oriented indicators - Towards benchmarking in residential care for older people" which will take place at the Committee of the Regions conference facilities in Brussels and the participation of about 150 experts and policy-makers from all EU Member States is expected.

The European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research has been the Coordinator of the project, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, Equalities, Care and Ageing of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the University of Dortmund, Vilans (Netherlands), City University London and E-Qalin GmbH. The project is co-funded under the Progress programme of the European Commission's DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities and runs from December 2008 till December 2010. The main objective of the project has been the construction of an international framework of standards including a conceptual analysis for quality of life and a set of result-oriented indicators to define, measure and assess quality in residential care for older people. The Final Conference will serve mainly as a platform to disseminate and discuss the obtained results of the project.

Conferene website:
www.euro.centre.org/detail.php?xml_id=1748

Project website:
www.euro.centre.org/detail.php?xml_id=1396

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Third European Demography Forum: The Demographic Dimension of the Europe2020 Strategy on 22 – 23 November 2010 in Brussels

"Europe 2020", the European Union's strategy for jobs and smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, adopted by the European Council in June 2010, can only succeed if it takes into account a rapidly changing demographic context and if it finds ways of unleashing the full potential of an ageing and increasingly diverse population.

The 2010 Demography Forum will provide policy makers and stakeholders with an opportunity to:

  • explore how to promote active ageing, notably in view of the European Year for Active Ageing envisaged for 2012;
  • examine how families can be supported so that they can ensure solidarity between generations; this involves notably taking stock of the activities developed in the framework of the European Alliance for Families and discussing its future;
  • debate how to tackle the crisis and consolidate public finances without jeopardizing investment Europe's demographic future.
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"Regions for Economic Change – Building sustainable growth" conference

The Regions for Economic Change annual conference was held on 20-21 May 2010. Entitled "Regions for Economic Change – Building sustainable growth", the conference had three main themes: a) sustainable energy; b) sustainable ICT solutions and c) greening Europe's cities.

The conference included a high-profile political event with keynote speakers, politicians and practitioners discussing the future of European cohesion policy within the new EU2020 framework. Specific thematic workshops examined the challenges, opportunities and policy responses for each of the three main themes of the conference. Finally, the new Commissioner for Regional Policy presented the prestigious 'RegioStars' awards 2010 to projects displaying good European practice and innovation in regional policy.

More than 500 participants from regions all over Europe discussed how European cohesion policy and its instruments can help regions to learn from one another. Through nine workshops, the event showcased strategies, experiences and projects intended to provide learning and networking opportunities for Structural Funds managing authorities.

Conference website and programme:
ec.europa.eu

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Initiatives at European level, reports and studies

2012 to be the European Year for Active Ageing

The European Commission has on September 6, 2010 proposed that 2012 be designated as the "European Year for Active Ageing".

The initiative aims to help create better job opportunities and working conditions for the growing numbers of older people in Europe, help them take an active role in society and encourage healthy ageing. It comes as Europe's policymakers grapple with a steadily ageing population and its impacts on public services and finances. The European Parliament and Council are expected to endorse the initiative by the beginning of next year.

The EU is in a process of significant population ageing. From 2012, the European working-age population will start to shrink, while the over-60 population will continue to increase by about two million people a year. The strongest pressure is expected to occur during the period 2015-35 when the so-called baby-boom generation will enter retirement.

This presents challenges for sustainable public finances, in particular the financing of health care and pensions, and could weaken the solidarity between generations. But this view neglects the significant actual and potential contribution that older people — and the babyboom cohorts in particular — can make to society.

The proposed European Year for Active Ageing is designed to serve as a framework for raising awareness, for identifying and disseminating good practice and, most importantly, for encouraging policymakers and stakeholders at all levels to promote active ageing. The aim is to invite these players to commit to specific action and goals in the run-up year 2011 so that tangible achievements can be presented during the European Year itself in 2012.

Active ageing includes creating more opportunities for older people to continue working, to stay healthy longer and to continue to contribute to society in other ways, for example through volunteering needs to be supported by a wide range of policies at all levels of governance. The EU has a role to play in areas such as employment, social protection and inclusion, public health, information society and transport, but the primary role is for national, regional and local governments, as well as civil society and the social partners.

(Source: ec.europa.eu)

Related Documents:
Proposal for a Decision on the European Year for Active Ageing (2012)
Commission Staff Working Document on the European Year for Active Ageing (2012)
Flash Eurobarometer report (April 2009) on attitudes to intergenerational solidarity
Summary of Responses: Public Consultation on 2012 as European Year of Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity

All available for download:
ec.europa.eu

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Digital Agenda: Commission outlines action plan to boost Europe's prosperity and well-being

Earlier this year the European Commission has launched the Digital Agenda. The Agenda outlines seven priority areas for action: creating a digital Single Market, greater interoperability, boosting internet trust and security, much faster internet access, more investment in research and development, enhancing digital literacy skills and inclusion, and applying information and communications technologies to address challenges facing society like climate change and the ageing population. The Digital Agenda is the first of seven flagship initiatives under the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Two of the Digital Agenda goals and priority areas have a direct relationship to SEN@ER.

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United Kingdom: national evaluation of the Partnerships for Older People Projects pilots

Within the Partnerships for Older People Projects (POPP) 29 local authorities and their health and voluntary sector partners were funded by the Department of Health between 2006 and 2009. They were to develop services for older people aimed at promoting their health, well-being and independence, and preventing or delaying their need for higher intensity or institutional care.

The PSSRU (Personal Social Services Research Unit at the London School of Economics) took the lead in the national evaluation of the pilot projects. The evaluation findings were launched by the Secretary of State for Health, Andy Burnham, when Karen Windle from the PSSRU presented key messages from the evidence collected.

The complex and multi-method national evaluation explored the process of implementation as well as the outcomes and found that a wide range of projects resulted in improved quality of life for participants and considerable savings as well as better local relationships.

The publications from the evaluation are available to download in pdf fomat:
www.lse.ac.uk

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Bridging Research in Ageing and ICT Development (BRAID)

BRAID is an EU FP7 Support Action funded within the specific programme "Cooperation" and the research theme "ICT" of the 7th European Framework Programme (Objective ICT-2009.7.1 ICT & Ageing). This project started in March of 2010 and will last until March of 2012. BRAID aims to develop a comprehensive Research and Technological Development (RTD) roadmap for active ageing by consolidating existing roadmaps and by describing and launching a stakeholder co-ordination and consultation mechanism. The project will characterise key research challenges and produce a vision for a comprehensive approach in supporting the well-being and socio-economic integration of increasing numbers of senior citizens in Europe.

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ICT enabled independent living for elderly

Originally performed on behalf of the European Commission, the present study gives a status quo analysis of the research landscape and products in the scope of Ambient Assisted Living. The investigations have been undertaken in all 27 member countries of the European Union. This study provides the first comprehensive data collection in this field. It includes about 1 000 organisations all over Europe, 180 products and 150 research projects.

Study download:
ict_for_elderly_webversion.pdf

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Healthy ageing and the future of public healthcare systems - EFMN Special Issue Analysis on healthcare

The "issue analysis" on ‘Healthy ageing and the future of public healthcare systems’ was produced by VDI and TNO as part of EFMN (European Foresight Monitoring Network) activities aimed at identifying and analysing "key emerging issues" which are relevant for European future Science and Technology policies. With a focus on public health systems, the EFMN Issue Analysis addressed a topic of high importance in foresight activities at national or regional level. Future challenges, such as an ageing population call for reforms of public health systems that exceed national borders.

EFMN (European Foresight Monitoring Network) website:
www.efmn.info

Special issue on healthcare: Healthy ageing and the future of public healthcare systems:
efmn-special-issue-on-healthcare_en.pdf

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ePAL – finalised roadmapping results on "ICT and Ageing – Extending active life of senior professionals"

The roadmapping results of the project ePAL – Extending Professional Active Life are finalised. With the involvement of more than 200 different stakeholders from the ePAL environment this strategic roadmapping activity was performed. The results of this roadmap are now finalised and have reached the consensus by its involved stakeholders. The ePAL-Vision2020, the guidelines for required plans of action, and the recommendations for further needed research and technological developments in this area are now published.

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Philips Livable Cities Award – an initiative following the Global Age-Friendly Cities WHO initiative

Philips is looking for practical, achievable ideas that will improve the health and well-being of people living in cities. To help translate these ideas into reality, three Award grants totalling €125,000 are available. One overall winning idea from any of the following three categories will receive a grant of €75,000, while the two additional ideas will receive grants of €25,000:

  • Well-being outdoors: Initiatives that will help citizens feel safe in public spaces, as well as those that help create identity and a sense of belonging;
  • Independent Living: Initiatives that will help the growing number of elderly people living alone to feel secure and comfortable in a city and/or enable longer living at home with appropriate access to healthcare;
  • Healthy Lifestyle at Home and Work: Initiatives that will support a healthy body and mind, whether through a person's surroundings or via other essentials such as exercise, sleep and diet.
  • All entries must be submitted online at www.philips.com/because. Just follow the links to "Apply for the Award" for access to the entry form, further guidance on entries including the terms and conditions. The closing date for entries is 5pm CET on 28th October 2010.

Award web site and brochure:
because.philips.com

Submission of entries:
www.philips.com

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How to join the SEN@ER Network

The SEN@ER network is open to further European regions interested in joining. New partner regions will be asked to sign the Bonn Declaration for the Silver Economy and the SEN@ER Agreement which can be downloaded here: silvereconomy-europe.org. Any further information can be obtained from the SEN@ER Secretariat. Interested regions are kindly asked to contact Werner B. Korte at the SEN@ER Secretariat for further information and details (werner.korte@empirica.com, Phone: +49 (2 28) 9 85 30-0).

 

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Ministry of Health, Equalities, Care and Ageing of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
Dr. Claus Eppe
Horionplatz 1, D-40213 Düsseldorf
Phone: +49 (2 11) 8 618-3320
Fax: +49 (2 11) 8 618- 53320
claus.eppe@mgepa.nrw.de

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