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AGE Platform Europe monthly newsletter
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Special Briefing

Adoption of web accessibility directive: A first step towards digital inclusion

Our society is growing more and more digital. If this can bring very positive developments for older people, e.g. in the field of employment (work-life balance), health, mobility and independent living, it can also aggravate discrimination, social exclusion and poverty if the access to the new technologies is not guaranteed to all.

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AGE News

DOREMI project final conference

The final conference of the DOREMI project against sedentariness, cognitive decline and malnutrition in old age took place in 25 October 2016 in Brussels. The project's researchers presented the results of DOREMI and, together with participants and partners, shared their experience during the three-year project duration and discussed follow-up and future cooperation.

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AGE members discuss old age definition for ATHLOS project

At one of AGE Task Force meetings on Healthy Ageing, the ATHLOS project was presented also through the projection of a video explaining the objectives and aims of the project. The discussion with the Task Force members was focused on what “old age” exactly means nowadays, given the demographic challenges. What factors should be taken into account when defining a person as being “old”? 

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New web accessibility application now available on AGE website

In line with our advocacy work for greater accessibility of new technology and digital content, we have included on the home page of our website an online accessibility interface aimed to make browsing experience easier in meeting the needs of visitors' particular condition. FACIL’iti  allows you to create your own profile according to your preference or type of impairment.  

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EUROSEN defines new 'Clusters of Local Culture' for local economic and social development

To reach its economical aim, the project works with small villages, rich in natural and cultural diversity, and supports them to attract visitors from well-known and close destinations. To reach its social goal, EUROSEN wants to engage the tourists in recreational activities that follow local traditions. This concept is referred to as 'Clusters of Local Culture'

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Off to Spas International Conference and Workshop

On 18-20 November 2016 the COSME project OFF TO SPAS, related to health and balneological tourism, will close its activities in Hévíz (Hungary). Integrated into the annual meeting of the Hungarian Balneological Assocation, the conference will highlight the trends in health tourism,...

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Members' News

ATDAL OVER 40 showcased in photo exhibition celebrating social, non-for-profit value

ATDAL Over 40 is one of the non-profit organisations celebrated by the photographic exhibition “Don’t get over it”, organized in Rome by Censis Foundation, Tiburtina Station and BNL on the value of gratuitousness and solidarity, open from October 20th to November 4th, 2016 inside the Tiburtina Station. It is a “Decumanus of solidarity” 65 meters long!

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BAGSO responds to report of UN Independent Expert on older people's rights

On the occasion of the International Older People's Day of 1st October, AGE German member organisation BAGSO published its opinion on the final report of the UN Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of All Human Rights by Older Persons and commits to examining proposals for the elaboration of a specific UN Convention for the protection of the rights of older persons.

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Other News

European Commission publishes its work programme 2017

The European Commission has published its work programme for 2017. The programme focuses on 21 initiatives, including the European Pillar of Social Rights, which AGE Platform Europe will seek to influence, in particular the issues of work-life balance and access to social protection.

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European Parliament calls to combat age discrimination at work and rejects Commission’s employment guidelines

The European Parliament has adopted important resolutions, one on the application of the ‘employment equality’ directive and the other one on the guidelines for employment policies of member states. The first directive prohibits discrimination in employment on the grounds of age and disability. The Parliament is concerned about the low employment rates of older people and about the high gender gap in employment rates for older workers. It proposes to combat age stereotypes,...

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Families Europe seminar looks at EU pillar on social rights

In the framework of the EU public consultation on European Pillar of Social Rights launched this year (from March to December), COFACE-Families Europe held a seminar on 27 September 2016 in Brussels to reflect, together key influencers, on the strengths and challenges of the Pillar, and address any potential gaps this year, before the Pillar takes shape in 2017.

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European Parliament endorses EU directive for web accessibility of public websites

On 26th October 2016, the European Parliament approved the EU Directive on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies. The new rules establish a set of criteria and technical provisions to enable everyone, including people with disabilities (in particular vision or hearing impairments), to have access to online data and services provided by public sector bodies.

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'Each of Us' campaigns against mental health stigma and discrimination

Mental Health Europe is running a campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues and combat stigmatisation and discrimination against people living with mental ill health.

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Good Practices

Locally funded driving classes for seniors

In France and Belgium, driving courses funded by municipalities or provinces are proposed to senior motorists over 65 willing to refresh or update their driving knowledge and practices.

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Senior driving course

Reading Rooms to foster older people’s social inclusion and mental health

The Verbal Arts Centre, in the UK established in 2013 ‘Reading Rooms’ aimed to improve people’s health and well-being through the literary arts.

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'Ageing and the city: making urban spaces work for older people' - HelpAge report

The new report on "Ageing and the city: making urban spacAgeing In Citieses work for older people", published by HelpAge International on the occasion of the UN's...Read more

Planning and implementing palliative care services: a guide for programme managers - WHO

This practical manual by the World Health Organization (WHO) explains how to plan and implement palliative care services, integrated into existing health care services, at national or sub-national level. It has been designed primarily for health programme managers at national, provincial, or...Read more

Call for Proposals

Calls for proposals are available on AGE website at:

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AGE work is supported by the Community Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity (PROGRESS) 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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