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Issue 6 October 2012

>> In The Spotlight

European Year 2012 Awards Ceremony on November 13th

The European Commission will celebrate the Award Ceremony of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations on November 13th, 2012. The ceremony will take place in the presence of László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, at the Charlemagne Building, in Brussels.

The Awards will highlight inspiring people and initiatives making a significant contribution to active ageing and solidarity between generations. There will be six categories for which awards will be given: Social Entrepreneurs, Workplaces for all Ages, Towards Age-Friendly Environments, generations@school, Life Story Challenge and Reporting on Ageing and Relations between the Generations.

High-level representatives of the European Institutions, EY2012 stakeholders, members from local, regional and national organisations, as well as academics and journalists are expected to attend the event.

There is only a limited number of places available. Please confirm your attendance as soon as possible by registering online here.

New United Nations and HelpAge report calls for urgent action by governments to address the needs of the elderly

The number of older persons is growing faster than any other age group, says a new report, “Ageing in the Twenty-first Century: A Celebration and a Challenge”, released on October 1st, the International Day of Older Persons, by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and HelpAge International.

The new report underlines that, while the trend of ageing societies is a cause for celebration, it also presents huge challenges as it requires completely new approaches to health care, retirement, living arrangements and intergenerational relations..

A project which monitors the needs of Parkinson Disease patients, winner of the Ambient Assisted Living Award

The pan-European project HELP (Home-based Empowered Living for Parkinson Disease Patients) is the winner of the AAL FORUM Award, announced in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, on September 26th at the AAL Joint Programme Forum 2012. This award recognises the most promising project of the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme (AAL JP) in terms of innovation, human-centric approaches to development and market potential.

With an overall budget of 700 million Euros, the AAL JP co-finances research, development and innovation projects aiming to deliver concrete solutions for independent living or ageing well of elderly people using Information and Communication Technologies. This 2009-2012 programme is financed by the European Commission and 23 Partner States.

The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing will celebrate its First Conference of Partners

One year after the delivery of the Strategic Implementation Plan, the six Action Groups of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing are ready to present their action plans to a wider audience. The 1st Conference of Partners of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing will be held on 6 November in Brussels, hosted by Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission.

The Conference is an opportunity for stakeholders who are already part of an Action Group to meet with different group members, collaborate and discover common interests. Stakeholders interested and involved in different areas of active and healthy ageing will also take part in the conference and contribute to the discussion on how to get the most out of the action plans.

>> Country Highlights

A train travels across France to change perceptions about ageing

Between September 18th and October 3rd, 2012, the “Living Well for Ageing Well Train” has been travelling throughout France to promote the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle. Implemented by the French National Railway (SNCF) and several partners within the framework of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, the aim of the initiative is to raise awareness about the fact that France, as the rest of the EU, has an ageing population and inform citizens about how to approach the future with confidence, enthusiasm and vitality.

Senior-related artefacts installed across the Czech Republic invite citizens to “see” the elderly

To commemorate the International Day of Older Persons on October 1st, and within its programme of activities to support the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, Diaconia ECCB has installed a series of senior-related artefacts across the Czech Republic to denounce a potential neglect of elderly people in our society. More than 62 thematic installations will be displayed in municipal and regional offices, schools, hospitals and other public spaces around the country. An empty handbag and a wallet with a few cents, an abandoned walking stick, a pair of broken glasses on the floor, etc, are some of the elements shown in these installations.

>> Active Agers

Events all across Europe to celebrate the Seniorforce Day

European Seniorforce Day events are being celebrated in October across all Member States as a way to engage and harness the power of senior volunteers. The idea behind this initiative of the European Commission held in the framework of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations is to mobilise people 60+ who have plenty to offer their families and communities and to find ways to utilise the potential of this formidable force.

Finland, Slovakia and Bulgaria were the first countries where these action days were organised, at the end of September, followed by United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Slovenia, Cyprus, Estonia, The Netherlands, Portugal, Ireland, Luxembourg, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Hungary, among others.

>> News

>> Be Inspired

The Tortosa Intergenerational Storytelling Project

In this Spanish project, carried through to June 2012 to coincide with the end of the school year, senior volunteers became “storytellers”, reading and telling stories to children to share and encourage the pleasure of reading while establishing emotional connections and complicity regarding feelings and values.

The Knitting Bus

Third Age Ireland’s 'Knitting the Generations Together' project aims to promote contact between generations through primary school involvement, by teaching children to knit, and raise awareness in schools and local communities of the value of older people.


Launched in 2012, Paletten is a three-folded web-based tool with the main purpose to facilitate information to senior citizens about the different social, cultural, and exercise offers in the Municipality of Odense, Denmark. 

Connect Latvia!

The project teaches seniors basic computer and internet skills, such as switching on a PC, searching for information on the web, using e-mail and Skype. In 2012, as a special commitment to the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, the project has expanded and aims to teach up to 6,000 seniors aged 50 and older.

The Lab 1870 intergenerational musical experiment

Lab 1870 is a unique Dutch musical project with a mix of youth under the age of 18 years and elderly people from 70 years and older. The purpose of this initiative taking place during the European Year 2012 is to fight against stereotypes and demonstrate that young and older generations can be complementary in knowledge and skills.


>> Save the Date

MEDEA Awards 2012 Ceremony

Brussels - November 14th 2012

Conference on the European Quality Framework for Long Term Care

Brussels - November 14th, 2012

European Commission conference: "One Step Up in later life: learning for active ageing and intergenerational solidarity"

Brussels - November 19-21, 2012

Lisbon: International Conference on Ageing and Social Innovation

Lisbon - November 19-20, 2012

Paris: Senior Forum 2012

Paris - November 19-20, 2012

Madrid: International Symposium on Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations

Madrid - November 22-24, 2012


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