Older people also suffer because of the crisis

Document published by AGE Platform on the impact of the financial crisis on the life of elderly people. It gives information on:
- The need to understand the impact of the crisis on older people 
- How to prevent poverty in old age and promote social inclusion 
- Policy tools and processes to assess older people’s social realities and enhance their quality of life

Introduction   


Statistics on poverty in old age – Are older people really doing better? 


I. Need to understand the impact of the crisis on older people 

Severe budgetary cuts are preventing older people from enjoying their human rights 

Growing difficulties in accessing and affording health services and long-term care   

Shortage of adequate housing to support dignified life in old age                 

Energy poverty is a concern for a growing number of older people                

Older people change their lifestyle behaviour due to the crisis                      

Sudden pauperisation among older people including middle-class                 

Suicide has sharply increased among the older population                            


II. How to prevent poverty in old age and promote social inclusion Guarantee adequate income for all in old age                                                

Prevent feminisation of poverty in old age through equality in access to social protection      

Tackle growing poverty among the ‘oldest old’                                               

Empower and support older carers at risk of poverty                                     

Combat age discrimination in employment and the growing poverty risk among older workers

Prevent social isolation as people age and tackle elder abuse                       

Enhance rights of older Roma                                                                  


III. Policy tools and processes to assess older people’s social realities and enhance their quality of life

Active Inclusion Strategy                                                                      

Measuring and redressing poverty among older people                                 

Multi-level governance and participatory approach to social inclusion policy  


Conclusions   


Column articles

• “The Impact Of The Crisis On Older People – Greek experience”, Hellas 50+ 

• “The crisis requires urgently common action to help vulnerable older people”, petits frères des Pauvres, France

• Seniors and economic crisis in Slovakia, Fórum pre pomoc starším, Slovakia

• “Crisis as opportunity? A view from municipal care services for older people”, European Social Network

• “Ageing of the population: a challenge for Europe”, Prof dr GIJM Kempen Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Date: 11/01/2012
Author: AGE Platform Europe
Organization: AGE Platform Europe
Reference: http://www.age-platform.eu/images/stories/EN/olderpeoplealsosufferbcofthecrisis-en.pdf
Only for Members: No
Content type: Good practises
Tags: demography, best practices, generations, quality of life, senior generation
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