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February 2020

Special Briefing

We are not all 'old' at the same age: life expectancy is a policy matter

Do people in the healthiest countries live the longest? And do people living the longest enjoy healthy older years? The reply to both questions is “no” and the phenomenon is known as the “health longevity paradox”: countries with the highest life expectancy have relatively low health scores, with a low healthy life year expectancy. In this month's Special Briefing, we elaborate on the new definition of “old age” provided by the ATHLOS research project and how the social and political factors that influence ageing can inform our future policies. Read our full Special Briefing

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! SAVE THE DATE - From disability rights towards a rights-based approach to long-term care in Europe - 26 March 2020

Together with the European Center, AGE is organising an event in the European Parliament to demonstrate why a human rights-based approach is needed in long-term care policies across the EU. The event will also discuss with different stakeholders what practical tools could help in the development and assessment of ageing policies. 
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AGE co-organises the ROSEnet final conference on reducing old-age social exclusion, bridging research & policy 

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Tools to guide and evaluate rights-based policies on long-term care

The European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research published in 2019 a report on the outcomes of a project on older people’s right to long-term care. Funded by the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs. This piece of work aims to fill in an important gap in monitoring the situation of older people with care and support needs, based on a human-rights approach. 
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AGE participates in a new European project developing solutions for smart & active ageing

Integrating the different digital services, devices and tools and make them interoperable is regarded as a key challenge to deliver personalised and optimised health care to Europe’s ageing population. This is what the new Pharaon project project, kicked off on 21 January 2020 in Pontedera, Italy, will aim to achieve with the cooperation of AGE Platform Europe. Read more

AGE advocates for an international Convention on older persons' rights at the Belgian Parliament

“One never loses the right to enjoy one's human rights. They are valid for all of us until the end of our lives. This is what an international instrument would clarify”, explained our Secretary-General, Anne-Sophie Parent, at a hearing on the need for a new International Convention on older persons’ rights at the Chamber of the Belgian government. Read more

Promoting age-friendly throughout the European Union: joining forces at EU & local levels

Ensuring synergies between the different levels of governance is of great importance to implement age-friendly environments most effectively across EU countries. AGE seized the occasion of two events last January to highlight the links between the work carried out at local level and the policy context at EU and global levels. Read more
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Les 'Petits frères des Pauvres' contributes to new report on ageism submitted to French government
A recent report on addressing demographic transition and fighting ageism in France, drafted upon request of the French Prime Minister, proposes policy action to tackle age discrimination and stereotyping, namely in strengthening older persons’ rights, changing our image of old age and building stronger intergenerational relationship. Read more
French anti-poverty organisation proposes 10 measures to combat old age isolation at local level
Local authorities have an essential role to play in improving older people's daily lives. As the 2020 municipal elections in France are getting closer, our French member organisation 'Les Petits Frères des Pauvres' is proposing 10 measures to encourage elections candidates to integrate the fight against old age isolation into their political agenda. Find them out here
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The new European Commission announces its first social initiatives
Reflecting the priorities announced by Ursula von der Leyen as a President candidate, the European Commission adopted two policy papers in December 2019 and January 2020, setting out its intentions on a number of social issues. The documents include proposals for a reinforced social Europe, greening and climate initiatives and the overall work programme of the European Commission for 2020. Read more
Brexit triggers a 'new dawn for Europe'
The United Kingdom officially left the European Union last 1st February 2020, following the outcome of the national referendum held in June 2016. The entry into force of the withdrawal agreement marks the start of a transition period until 31 December 2020, aimed to negotiate the future partnership between the EU and the UK and provide more time for citizens and businesses to adapt. 
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26 new EU reference sites awarded to support innovation for healthy ageing
Following the call for Reference Sites launched in October 2019, 26 regional and local organisations have been awarded “Reference Site” status. There are now more than 100 leading regional organisations committed to investing in innovation for active and healthy ageing across Europe. Read more
Good Practices
'Road 67' promotes job-carving and training for older jobseekers in Northern Belgium
The ‘Road 67’ is a ESF-funded project developed in Flanders (Northern Belgium) with the aim to reinclude jobseekers aged 50+ into the labour market. The project developed new tools and methodologies to get this target group back to work. Read more
Senior Coach, an Italian awareness campaign to promote social inclusion and participation in later life
The Senior Coach is a consultant and motivator who proposes ideas, suggestions and practical solutions to improve well-being by supporting an active ageing lifestyle among people over 50. Read more
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What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being?
- WHO report  

This report synthesizes the global evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being, with a specific focus on the WHO European Region. 
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Social enterprises and their ecosystems in Europe – Comparative synthesis report
This publication sheds light on a lesser known segment of the economy in Europe. It analyzes the key findings from 35 separate country reports and draws a European picture of social enterprises and the environments in which they operate, the “ecosystems”. 
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New call:
Calls for proposals are available on AGE website at:
  Did you know that...? 

Faced with a critical shortage of health professionals, Japan is increasingly relying on robots to address the care needs of its ageing population. A trend which is welcomed by more than 80% of Japanese, according to a national survey.
Read more: in English (+ on the 2018 survey) - in French
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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