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AGE Platform Europe monthly newsletter
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Special Briefing

United Nations: How the debate on a new convention on the rights of older persons is progressing

AGE Platform Europe is actively involved in the debate around the need for a new international instrument on the rights of older persons. Through our participation we represent the views of our members in the United Nations. As the discussions are progressing mobilisation at national level is crucial. This Special Briefing gives an overview of the state of the art and makes suggestions about initiating a dialogue within your country.  

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AGE News

AGE secretariat has a new office

AGE secretariat moved to a new office in early January. Our address is now:
Avenue de Tervueren, 168, Box 2 
1150 Brussels, Belgium

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7th UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing encourages more dialogue on content of new convention

The UN OEWG held its 7th meeting at the UN headquarters in New York from 12 to 15 December 2016, in which several governments from all regions of the world took part, as well as approximately 80 representatives of civil society. AGE Platform Europe (AGE) was represented by Ebbe Johansen, Vice-President and Nena Georgantzi, Policy Officer. Heidrun Mollenkopf, Vice-President of AGE also participated on behalf of our German association, BAGSO. In addition our members and experts from the UK (Age UK International) and France (FIAPA) attended the meeting.

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AGE brings older people perspective at EU Summit on Active and Healthy Ageing 2016

AGE Platform Europe was one of the partners of the European Summit on Active and Healthy Ageing organised by the European Commission in partnership with the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions on 6-7 December 2016. The event gathered more than 1600 participants from a variety of sectors (industry, public authorities, research, civil society,…) to debate, share experience and build partnership on the use and development of digital solutions to promote active and healthy ageing and support the ‘Silver Economy’ in Europe.

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AGE participates in expert meeting on abuse of older persons with dementia

Last 8-9 December 2016, the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and the Observatory for Sociopolitical Developments in Europe organised an expert meeting on “Elder abuse in the home care of people living with dementia”. AGE was invited to join the discussions.

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Can standards support active and healthy ageing? AGE involvement in PROGRESSIVE project

Especially in the digital field, standards can make our lives safer and simpler by ensuring the accessibility and compatibility of products. As an end-users’ organisation, AGE aims to contribute to standardisation to support the adaptation of goods, services and environments to the needs of the ageing population. This is why since October 2016, AGE is involved in the PROGRESSIVE project for Progressive Standards around ICT for Active and Healthy Ageing.

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AGE makes recommendations for a strong EU Pillar on Social Rights

In response to the public consultation on the EU Pillar of Social Rights, which aimed at more convergence between EU countries in the fields of employment and social inclusion, AGE has published its contribution bringing older persons’ perspective in this key debate.

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FamiliesAndSocieties research warns of increasing vulnerability of families and points out role of policies

As part of our involvement in the FamiliesAndSocieties project, AGE Platform Europe has interviewed Mr Bernhard Riederer, researcher of the work package on Foresight

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AGE publishes its review on the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA)

Adopted in April 2002, the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) is a comprehensive action plan bringing governments, civil society and other stakeholders together for building a society for all ages.

Collecting AGE members’ feedback, AGE has drafted its contribution to 2017 review of the MIPAA RIS (Regional Implementation Strategy) across the European Union. 

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Human Rights International Day: AGE launches updated self advocacy handbook

This year’s UN International Day of Older Persons urges for ‘taking a stand against ageism’ and rethink our views and attitudes towards the older generation, underlining the prevalence and detrimental impact of ageism, i.e. the stereotyping and discrimination against individuals or groups on the basis of their age.

To mark that Day, AGE co-organized a joint event at the European Parliament.

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Members' News

VDK and BAGSO call for greater accessibility prior to 2017 German election

Ahead of the German election planned in September 2017, AGE’s German member organisations VDK and BAGSO have co-signed - together with 13 other German organisations - a Joint Declaration on Accessibility.

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Age UK reacts to governments' pledge on social care

Following the release of national statistics on unmet care needs - which increase with age - the UK governement has announced extra funding for social care. Age UK welcomes the news but fears it 'will make little practical difference to most older people'.

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Other News

Council and Parliament adopt the revised directive on occupational pensions

In December, the Council of ministers of the EU has finally adopted the revised ‘Directive on Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision’ (IORP-II), regulating occupational pensions, after the approval of the European Parliament in its plenary session. AGE has been accompanying the revision process started in 2014 and welcomes the adoption of the revision, while regretting that important improvements have been left out of the proposal.

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European Commission introduces long-term care as a distinct entitlement in social security coordination

In December 2016 the European Commission proposed a revision of the legislation on social security coordination. This legislation clarifies which social security system covers a citizen that moves to another European Union country and their rights to services and benefits.

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Policy Brief calls for policies to support the youth, extend parental leave and ensure access to childcare

In December 2016 Families and Societies published a European Policy Brief on “Policies for families: Is there a best practice?”, exploring whether in a context of changing family patterns some welfare systems address the new realities better than others

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Intergenerational linkages in the family: fascinating findings of Families and Societies

The 4-year European project Families and Societies, investigating changes in family formation and structures in the broader context of societal changes, is coming to an end. AGE Platform has been part of it, focusing in particular in the research on “Intergenerational linkages in the family: the organisation of caring and financial responsibilities”.

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Research highlights strong potential for social innovation in long-term care

AGE is partner of Mobilising the Potentials of Active Ageing in Europe (MoPAct), a multidisciplinary European research project that investigates the impact of ageing in Europe. As part of its final outcomes, MoPAct has delivered a Policy Brief on the “Potentials for active ageing by social innovation in long-term care and social support”, which was presented during the final project conference in Brussels.

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The second #iPROGNOSIS newsletter is out!

On the eve of the second EU summit on digital innovation for active and healthy ageing, the i-PROGNOSIS consortium – of which AGE Platform Europe is a member – keeps working on the development of a new application through which users will contribute to improve the early detection of Parkinson’s disease.

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New European Parliament resolution endorses AGE call to protect older person’s rights

On 14 December 2016 the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the 'Annual Report on human rights and democracy in the world and the European Union’s policy on the matter 2015', which includes a reference to older people’s human rights. The report of the European Parliament explicitly supports our call for a better use of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA), an active involvement in the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing of the United Nations, and a new international legal instrument that would address the particular challenges of older persons.

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Good Practices

Wooln, a knitwear brand employing retired women in New York

In New York, the online knitwear brand Wooln, created by two young French entrepreneurs, sells wollen clothes and accessories knitted by retired older women.

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'Living in Manchester - our age-friendly city'

This book features a number of older people who live in Manchester and play a leading role in their local communities and groups in order to make their city age-friendly. It also shows the wide range of ways to be involved.

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Demography and Family Policies from a Gender Perspective - EP report

This research study, requested by the European Parliament's Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality, aims to reveal the links between demography and family policies from a gender point of view and analyse the ways state policies influence the sphere of intimacy, reflecting economic priorities and shaping attitudes and family arrangements.

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The benefits of making a contribution to your community in later life

This 'Evidence Briefing' by Ageing Better, a UK independent charitable foundation is an analysis of existing evidence on the benefits that older people derive from making a contribution to your community in later life.

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Health at a Glance: Europe 2016 - State of Health in the EU Cycle

Health at a Glance: Europe 2016 provides updated analysis of the health status of EU citizens and the performance of health systems in 36 European countries. It shows that the increasing life expectancy is not always matched by healthy life years and that health systems need to be more accessible and more resilient. 

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Call for Proposals

Calls for proposals are available on AGE website at:

Did you know that...?

According to a US research older workers make up for a decline in “fluid intelligence”- the ability to solve new problems - with improved “crystallized intelligence,” or the learned knowledge and experience they accumulate over the years.

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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 can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.

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