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The International Federation for Animal Health Europe (IFAH-Europe) has just launched the campaign We Care, which aims to show how older people can boost their health and activity levels by spending time with pets.
The House of Lords Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change issued on March 14th its first report, stating that the United Kingdom is "woefully underprepared" for ageing and calling for an urgent action by Government. The Committee says that the rapidly ageing population will have a huge impact on British society and public services and unless Government and all political parties address this, the gift of longer life could lead to a series of crises.
Addressing the challenges of economic recovery and the social dimension of Economic and Monetary Union, including the important role of workers' and employers' representatives, were the main issues discussed at the Tripartite Social Summit ahead of the European Council meeting.
A new Active Ageing Index (AAI) wiki has just been launched online by the European Commission and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) aiming to enhance the availability of this new statistical tool to all its potential users.
The European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012 in Hungary was officially closed on March 8th with a conference held at the Ministry of National Resources, in Budapest.
The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) has just released the document “Silver workers – golden opportunities”, which builds on the data and findings of its latest studies on working and ageing, presented during the European Year 2012.
The Youth Employment Initiative was proposed by the 7-8 February 2013 European Council with a budget of €6 billion for the period 2014-20.
Professional designers, chefs and artists dedicated to food design are encouraged to take part in the first Grandma’s Design competition, which is part of a transnational project implemented during the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012.
In celebration of International Women’s Day 2013 on March 8th, the International Longevity Centre–UK has published a compendium of essays entitled “Ageing and Women: Has the sisterhood forgotten older women?”
The European Network of Independent Experts on Social Inclusion reviews the implementation of the 2008 Active Inclusion Recommendation in Member States and presents practical and wide-ranging suggestions as to how to make it more effective to build a more inclusive and more social Europe.