15 June 2010: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
AGE launches European Charter to fight elder abuse
As part of its campaign against elder abuse in the EU, AGE Platform
Elder abuse: a rising EU issue
Elder abuse is increasingly being recognised as a major societal problem and a Eurobarometer on long-term care services carried out in 2008 showed that elder abuse is widespread according to 47% of Europeans. The European Commission, the successive EU Presidencies and the European Parliament have shown their commitment in fighting elder abuse.
AGE specifically welcomes the decision of the EMPL (Employment and Social Affairs) committee in the European Parliament on 2nd June to adopt the oral question and motion for resolution on long-term care for older people, and especially Article 4 of the Resolution calling for a green paper on elder abuse and safeguarding older people in the community and in care settings.
The European Charter: a way to improve the quality of long-term care services
The Charter is part of the EUSTaCEA project against elder abuse supported by the European Commission’s Daphne III programme. It is coordinated by AGE Platform Europe and involves 11 partners from 10 countries. The Charter aims to become a reference document setting out the fundamental principles and rights that are needed for the wellbeing of all those who are dependent on others for support and care due to age, illness or disability.
The Charter is completed and clarified by an accompanying guide targeting caregivers, policy-makers and older people’s organisations which is currently being developed by the partners and will be finalised in November 2010. This guide should enable all actors to take ownership of the principles stated in the Charter and to adapt it to their national or local context.
With these documents, AGE seeks to promote a better quality of care in
15 June: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
On the occasion of the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a large number of older people’s organisations will hold events and awareness-raising activities, and the EUSTaCEA project partners will hand the European Charter to their Parliament or Government, for example in Poland and in Sweden.
For more information, please contact
- Daphne EUSTaCEA web pages : http://www.age-platform.eu/en/daphne
- European Charter of the rights and responsibilities of older people in need of long-term care and assistance
- Press Pack on the European Charter
About the project partners :
- E.D.E. – The European Association for Directors of Residential Homes
E.D.E. (European Association for Directors of Residential Care Homes for the Elderly) is a professional federation of directors/managers of Residential and Nursing Homes from all over
- BIVA (Germany)
BIVA is a self help organisation offering its members and the interested public at large information about all questions conc. assisted living and institutionalized care, as well as giving advice on legal questions. As a consumers’ lobbying organisation BIVA is involved in legislative procedures on the national as well as on the regional level. BIVA was a member of the work group (“Round Table for Long Term Care”) that formulated the German Charter of Rights for People in Need of Long Term Care and Assistance, and represents the perspective of the users in a large number of advisory bodies in the social field.
- Commune de saint Josse – Association of Family House (
The association of Family House was created in 1965 to offer a service to help families and older people by the local authority of Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, in
- FNG - French National Foundation of Gerontology (
The FNG is a national resource centre working on older people and ageing.It was created in 1967 by the public authorities and the main basic or supplementary social security systems in
- FIPAC – Italian Federation of Pensioners of trade activities (
) http://www.fipac.it/ Italy
- 50+ Hellas (
50+ Hellas is a Non - governmental and not- for- profit Organization which aims to improve the quality of life of those over 50 years of age in
- MZU (
Mestna zveza upokojencev
- NIACE (United Kingdom)
NIACE is the National
- SPF - Swedish Association of Senior Citizens (
SPF is Sweden´s oldest organisation for pensioners, established in 1939. At the beginning of the 21st century SPF counts appr. 245 000 members. The majority of the members are 65 years and older – the normal retiring age in
- Zivot 90 (
) Czech Republic
Život 90 is a NGO helping older people to be able to actively and meaningfully live in their own home as long as possible. Our goal is to improve quality of life in general by supporting elderly citizens and their right to dignity.In this way Život 90 offers social services including respite care, home care, and Senior Telephone help line. We provide counseling in social, psychological and legal sphere. We also offer courses (English lessons, ceramics, dance lessons), training (seminar about personal safety), and theatre performances and thus support older people in leisure time activities.
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