Social Innovation to support Age-Friendly European Union. Challenge Social Innovation Vienna, 21 September 2011 Maciej KUCHARCZYK Managing Director, AGE Platform Europe. AGE Platform to voice older people’s needs Ageing as an asset for economic and social development
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Challenge Social Innovation
Vienna, 21 September 2011
Managing Director, AGE Platform Europe
Strong focus on Older People's involvement through ‘participatory groups’
Social Innovation at the heart of the debate over the social transformation of society including the question:
How to make demographic ageing an asset for economic and social developments at national level and in the context of the EU integration?
Local and regional levels are at the forefront of meeting the needs of older people, as they are closer to thier social realities
Need for a holistic approach going beyond employment to encompass active retirement, adequate income, continued social participation, support to independent living, adapting the urban environment to ageing population, etc.
Active Ageing is one of the key policy challenges of the Europe 2020 and the Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing
Large range of domains covered: social protection and inclusion, mental and physical health, participation in community life, employment social infrastructure etc.
Towards the European Year on Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generation in 2012
AGE Goal: Age-friendly European Union by 2020
How► Create EU Platform for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations involving civil society and all relevant stakeholders in order to:
Making labour market and workplace more inclusive for both young and older people
Help healthcare system prepare for the projected increase in dementia (innovative home care solutions...)
Support health promotion and disease prevention at all ages (reshaping roles between nurses and GPs, rewarding health professionals when they assure health promoting ...)
Ensure quality for users as care is becoming decentralised to local level (diversification of care providers, enforcing rights of vulnerable and dependent older people...)
Promote better coordination at local level between all actors providing HLTC, social services with those from other sectors (transport, housing, volunteering...)
Many who retired with an adequate pension then slip gradually into poverty as a result of lack of an adequate pension indexation
The erosion of old-age income accelerates in particularly in very old age when dependency arises, since the goods and services one needs to live a decent life are more expensive i.e. labour intensive
Develop national budget standards, i.e. basket of goods and services, for an adequate old-age income
Need to approach work in a life-cycle perspective by adapting labour market and working conditions to specific needs of different age cohorts
E.g. ‘Profession Capacity Index’ – joint analysis of individual health, development of professional capacities, knowledge and experience, needs in working environment, notion of social links in work...
Value individual professional path and help remain active for those who whish or need to work beyond pensionable age
EU Healthy Life Years Indicator
An effective index for monitoring healthy ageing
New European Alzheimer Strategy and joint programming on neurodegenerative diseases
EU Pact on Mental Health and Well-being
One of 5 priorities: Mental health of older people
Civil society organisations promote and use the profile given to human rights approach in shaping policy making at all levels
“More ‘horizontal’ forms of governance”
► Regarding ageing issues:
User involvement as a core element of research on ageing
HOME SWEET HOME
OASIS addresses key activity areas: independent living; socializing; autonomous mobility; flexible work-ability
Revolutionize the interoperability, quality, breadth and usability of services for all daily activities of older people through holistic services to support physical and psychological independence, stimulate social or psychological engagement and foster emotional well being
With the help of technical partners AGE will establish an accessible e-learning platform on the following subjects: nutrition advisory, mobility information support, health monitoring or brain skill training services
Produce the future definitive Road Map that will guide European research on ageing and health for the next 10 years.
In the view of integrating user’s perspectives in the production of the Road Map, two workshops (WS) on users’ involvement have been organised by AGE and AGE UK/Help The Aged.
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