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July 2017


Special Briefing


Time has come for more political will and social activism to protect older persons’ rights, say participants in AGE Annual Conference and General Assembly 2017

Older people and their organisations need to stand together to combat the pervasive ageism and age discrimination that persist in our societies to enhance social justice between generations. That statement was one of the conclusions of AGE Platform Europe’s Annual Conference and General Assembly held on 7-9 June in Brussels. The three-day events looked at how to better protect older persons from discrimination, inequality and abuse under the current and future human rights legislation and instruments.
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You can now apply for the first European Silver Economy Awards!

The online application for the first European Silver Economy Awards of the SEED project was officially opened on 8th June during the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA) meeting in Valencia. Representatives from SEED coordinator empirica, AGE Platform Europe and the European Commission inaugurated the launch of the first edition after a short presentation of the award categories and evaluation criteria.

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'Mobility Scouts' engages older people in creating age-friendly environments


As 'experts' of their own life, older people know best how services and public spaces should be designed and organised to meet their needs. 
For that reason AGE Platform Europe is involved in the Mobility Scouts project (2016-2018) which aims to empower older persons to contribute to the creation of age-friendly environments and services as co-producers involved in the decision making processes. 

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AGE co-organizes workshop to mark 2017 World Elder Abuse Awareness day

Last 14 June on the occasion of the 12th World Elder Abuse Awareness day AGE organized jointly with the European Commission, the Council of Europe and Victim Support Europe a workshop on the protection and support of victims of elder abuse.
The small format workshop gathered around 25 individuals from victim support services, organisations of older persons, members of AGE’s task force on Dignified Ageing, European policymakers and academics.
AGE highlights specific barriers faced by older persons with disabilities in UN Committee work

AGE seized the opportunity to influence the interpretation of two articles of the United Nations (UN) disability Convention, which is done through a so-called 'general comment', a document clarifying how the rights included in the Convention must be put in practice.
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European Parliament group discusses Silver Economy

The European Parliament’s Intergroup on Public Services and Common Goods has teamed up with the Intergroup subgroup on Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations to hold a conference on the challenges and opportunities of the silver economy and its link to public services. 

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AGE raising awareness on dementia at a European Brain Council event

Last June 22, AGE Platform Europe was attending the "Value of Treatment for brain disorders" conference organised by the European Brain Council. Anne-Sophie Parent, secretary general of AGE, called for better disease prevention and highlighted the difficulties and discriminations faced by people living with dementia. 
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AGE supports launch of 6th scenario for a sustainable future of Europe

Following its General Assembly on 8 June, AGE Platform Europe has decided to support the ‘Scenario 6: Sustainable Europe for its Citizens’ developed by the NGO Coalition and led by SDG Europe Watch. The Scenario, endorsed by more than 250 other signatory organisations, calls for a sustainable and fair Europe with a strong focus on Europe’s core social values – democracy and participation, social justice, solidarity and sustainability, respect for the rule of law and human rights.  
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Ebbe Johansen is elected new AGE President!

Ebbe Johansen was elected new AGE President at AGE General Assembly 2017, taking over the reins from Marjan Sedmak.
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    AGE Members' News 
Grow well, not just old! - Conference on Ageing Well in Greece

In a conference on ageing well held in Thessaloniki, Greece, in May 2017, Dr. Elizabeth Mestheneos form the Greek organisation '50+ Hellas' provided some statistics and facts on ageing and invited us to reflect on what can we, as individuals, do to ensure that we remain relevant in the workplace, active in our family's life and happy as we age. 
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ATDAL 40+ celebrates 15th anniversary

ATDAL Over 40 is celebrating this year the 15th anniversary of the association and organised on that occasion the "Baby Boomers' Festival" on 11th June in Rome, Italy.
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Commission launches proposal for Pan-European Personal Pension Products

On 29 June 2017 Valdis Dombrovskis, the European Commission’s Vice-President for the Euro, presented  a proposal for Pan-European Personal Pension Products (PEPPs). The proposal aims to set common standards for pension products by proposing a framework for personal pensions that can coexist with current national personal pensions. The main innovation is that PEPPs will be authorized to be sold across borders and that pension beneficiaries will also be able to move from one EU countries to another. 
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End the gender pension gap, calls the European Parliament

The pension gap between women and men, of about 40 %, is a major problem to be addressed by an EU level strategy, states a resolution adopted by the European Parliament on 14 June. The resolution is a major step in raising awareness for the issue of the gender pension gap, its many causes and consequences.
AGE highly welcomes the report which points on many issues that lead to an imbalance between women and men and an increased risk of poverty of older women.

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Employment Council endorses the European Pillar of Social Rights

The Council of ministers in employment and social affairs has adopted a position supporting the approach taken by the European Commission in the ‘European Pillar of Social Rights’ proposal. The position underlines the urgency to address challenges such as ageing, unemployment or social exclusion. The European Pillar of Social Rights is a proposal setting principles in 20 different domains of employment and social policies and aims to re-establish convergence in the European Union after the crisis.
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Council of Europe adopts recommendations on the rights of older persons and calls for legally binding instrument

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which is made up of elected officials of national parliaments, has adopted two texts spelling out a series of steps that are needed to protect the rights of older persons.
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UN expert warns about elder abuse within families

On the occasion of the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day  on 15 June, the UN Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of All Human Rights by Older Persons raised concerns about the abuse of older persons by their families.
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EAPN conference highlights key role of EU Social Pillar to fight growing poverty and inequalities in Europe

'Learning from the past to beyond 2020, what strategy to fight poverty, social exclusion and inequality at EU level?' and 'how should this strategy be mainstreamed into a post 2020 strategy?' were the key questions raised by the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) in its policy conference on 15 June. Special attention was given to the European Pillar of Social Rights and the implications of the Future of Europe proposals.
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Larnaca International Airport wins 2017 Accessible Airport Award

As part of the 13th ACI EUROPE Best Airport Awards the European Disability forum (EDF) run the Accessible Airports Award aimed to honour the best airport in Europe in terms of its level of accessibility as well as the range and the quality of the assistance services that it offers. The award is also intended to encourage other airports to continue their work on removing the barriers that people with disabilities and persons with reduced mobility can still face when travelling by air.
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Bringing citizens at the heart of smart cities in Europe: collection of cocreation tools ongoing!

The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) is currently collecting tools and methods for better engagement of citizens into the development of smart city projects by their local authorities. 
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    Good Practices 
Belgian city offers free home administrative service to 75+ inhabitants

The city of Mons in Belgium has launched a new project of administrative service at home offered to the inhabitants aged 75 and over and to persons with reduced mobility. The service, funded under the urban policy programme of the Walloon Region, is free of charge and can be requested through a phone call to the municipal authority. 
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Senior citizens become experts in ageing research in Quebec

The population of Quebec is one of the fastest ageing populations in the world. Determined to better meet the needs of the older population, researchers from the Sherbrooke University in Montreal have joined forces with the greatest ageing experts: senior citizens, who take part in every stage of an extraordinary scientific study aimed to value and empower older people.
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Dating site for seniors in Belgium

For seniors who enjoy going out and making new friends, AGE Flemish organisation OKRA has developped a 'dating site' for persons aged 55+ who wish to come into contact with others for sharing activities.
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Towards age-friendly work in Europe: a life-course perspective on work and ageing from EU Agencies

The ageing of the European population and workforce has implications for employment, working conditions, living standards and welfare. A new report shows how information from four agencies (Cedefop, EU-OSHA, Eurofound and EIGE) can support policy-making in drawing on the agencies’ expertise in their respective areas (vocational education & training, occupational safety & health, working conditions, gender issue), covering different challenges associated with the ageing workforce.
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De-Stress study to assess the health & wellbeing of spousal carers of people with dementia in Ireland

The De-Stress study is the largest study undertaken in Ireland to look at the wellbeing of people caring for their spouse with dementia. Co-funded by the Health Research Board and The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, it set out to gather information about the health and wellbeing of family members who are carers of people with dementia. 
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Safer and healthier work at any age: Review of resources for workplaces

This review presents a wide variety of tools and resources to be used to make workplaces safe and ensure employees are healthy, no matter what their age. They focus on a variety of topics, target groups and methods, so there is something to suit everyone. 
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  Did you know that...? 

85-year-old South African Deidre Larkin broke a world record in running a half-marathon in 2 hours. A retired concert pianist, Mrs Larkin started running at the age of 78 after being diagnosed with Osteoporosis.

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AGE work is supported by grants of the European Commission. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of AGE Platform Europe and cannot be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.

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