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On the occasion of the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, AGE co-organised a high-level seminar addressing the issue of older people’s human rights in the area of long-term care. The event presented two new relevant EU initiatives and discussed how to strengthen legal protection of older people in need of care and assistance and safeguard dignity in old age.

Le Li1 est une invention qui révolutionne la vie des seniors et de leur entourage. Avec ses capteurs invisibles et son système de cartes polyvalentes, la sécurité de la personne âgée est assurée et sa vie facilitée. D'une simplicité enfantine, le Li1 veille sur la santé et la sécurité de son utilisateur, mais il lui permet aussi de téléphoner, recevoir des messages, écouter la radio, surfer sur le net, recevoir des informations ciblées et gérer son agenda!

The objective of the project Intelligible City For All is the enhancement of the sense of security and self confidence of presbycusis people, whose hearing degradation increases with age. This project targets the design of embedded solutions in mass products of the larger public at reasonable cost for both populations: with pseudo-normal and presbyacoustic hearing.

ProDeafToolkit is an innovation European project in continuing professional development. To help the public and businesses to meet the requirements of anti-discrimination laws our consortium seeks solutions to put in place the teaching and knowledge needed to adress the needs of deaf and hearing impaired people in society.

Le Sacom, Service d’Accessibilité à la COMmunication, s’adresse plus particulièrement aux personnes sourdes, devenues sourdes ou malentendantes, pour une interprétation du français vers la LSF et inversement, une aide à la communication pour d’autres situations ou une réponse adaptée aux moyens de communication utilisés, une prise de notes manuscrites, ou une saisie informatique projetée sur écran (TAO).

L’ Equipe d’Appui en Adaptation Réadaptation (EARR) de l’Agglomération Angevine intervient pour favoriser le maintien à domicile des personnes âgées, personnes atteintes de maladies chroniques et personnes en situation de handicap vieillissantes en risque de perte d’autonomie dont la fragilité a été repérée par un professionnel de premier recours.

Un regard pour deux – Conseils à l’usage de ceux qui voient, un court-métrage de 18 minutes en six séquences .voulu et réalisé par l’Association Valentin Haüy. Films disponibles en téléchargement ou sur YouTube à partir du site le l’AVH.

Guide "Pas cela...ceci" qui rassemble des conseils utiles dans différentes situations de la vie courante. Il apporte quelques réponses pratiques qui se posent à celles et ceux qui perdent la vue: C'est un outil d'échange entre les personnes concernées et leur entourage familial, amical et professionnel Il a été conçu par un collectif de professionnels, de représentants associatifs et de personnes malvoyantes et édité par l’AVH.

Un jeu vidéo pédagogique permet de sensibiliser les familles et le personnel médical au quotidien des malvoyants. Une expérience immersive : le joueur est tour à tour placé «dans les yeux» de personnes déficientes visuelles, atteintes de différentes pathologies.

As we age, our bodies experience natural changes that can dramatically influence the safety of our own home. Often these changes occur gradually, almost undetectably, until suddenly there is a fall or a deterioration of independence. This text will tell what changes you can make at home to make it safer for elderly people who experience sensory disabilities that are acquired with age.

This document contains guidance on accessibility in the form of Frequently Asked Questions regarding practical aspects of web content creation. Each question provides comments and clarifications about typical accessibility issue that webmasters and internet editors face in their daily work.

This publication presents the outcomes of a small qualitative study that took place in the frame of the European Union-funded Home Sweet Home project. It aims at shedding the light to barriers and enablers for the acceptance of new technologies that are introduced to help older persons live autonomously and manage better their health.

This webpage provides a list of assistive devices to allow elderly people to have an as independent life as they can, including vision and hearing assistive devices among many others.

The efficiency of the sensory organs—vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touch—declines with age, but the age of onset and rate of decline differ markedly among people. This publication explains the sensory changes older people experience and suggests what you can do to help.

As individuals age, it is common to experience changes in sensory perceptions—vision, hearing, smell, etc. Modifying one’s home environment to compensate for sensory loss can assist the older adult in maximizing their independence and ability to age in place. First, it is important to understand how the environment is perceived and negotiated by the older person.

The purpose of the Report is the provision of an Information Record of models of specialist accommodation and care for older people, and related standards, in use across the countries of the European Union, the acceding and candidate countries, and the EFTA countries: Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein (in total 38 countries).

We want to use the opportunity of this European Year 2013 to highlight our work to promote a participative and inclusive democracy in Europe, and voice our recommendations for a stronger participation of older persons in society. In the following pages we will stress why and how AGE is working to strengthen civil dialogue on ageing and the involvement of older users in the production of solutions that suit their needs.

On the home page of the egdms website, you can find tips and advice on: How does a guide dog get trained to help you? The steps to take to get pet insurance for your guide dog What are the benefits of having a guide dog?

This short video (6 minutes) from the European Commission explains what are your rights as a passenger with reduced mobility when traveling by train, bus or plane.

A Norwegian example of communication within a family where the father has lost most of his hearing. Also an example of communication between an elderly couple. Both of the people have reduced hearing.

The Method Specialist Care was created to map the wishes of the inhabitants of De Vlasborch, a home for the visually impaired elderly. Next to that the method will equip the employees of Royal Dutch Visio.

Croatian impression of a deaf blind man. Link to a video of the life of a 74 years old deaf blind man in which he describes how he became deaf blind. He also talks about his education, his problems in communication and about his mobility.

Croatian Association of Deafblind Persons Dodir provides support for all deafblind people in Croatia. Support systems are divided into two parts: Support service and Centre for Sign Language interpreting. Support Service includes providing intervenors( support in mobility) and home instructors ( support for eldery deafblind) Centre for Sign Language Interpreting- sign language interpreters

This survey seeks to analyse the process of population ageing in depth. It is the first study to examine the different ways in which people aged 50 and older live in 20 European countries.

Parents et professionnels auprès de personnes déficientes visuelles trouveront dans cet ouvrage quelques clés utiles pour soutenir et promouvoir une maîtrise du quotidien, qui autorise la confiance en soi et aide le sujet à trouver sa place dans la vie sociale en tant que citoyen à part entière, en toute dignité.

This brochure seeks to explain what can be done to create an age-friendly EU by fostering solidarity between generations and enabling the active participation and involvement of all age groups in society while providing them with adequate support and protection.

This publication was developed in the framework of the WeDO project by the European Partnership for the Wellbeing and Dignity of Older people. WeDO is a European project (2010-2012) co-financed by the European Commission. It was led by a steering group composed of 18 partners from 12 European Union (EU) Member States interested in working together to improve the quality of life of older people in need of care and assistance.

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

The purpose of this brochure is to help senior citizens across the Union understand better what the Treaty of Lisbon and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU bring to older people in terms of citizenship, non-discrimination and equality between women and men, fundamental rights, employment, social protection, health safety and economic interest of consumers, human health protection and protection against violence and elder abuse.

The purpose of this brochure is to illustrate, through the presentation of existing good practice and more general considerations for policy making, how commitments of the 2012 Vienna Ministerial Declaration relate to various societal situations and can be successfully implemented in terms of concrete policies and actions. The examples and Proposals have all been selected from contributions to the Vienna conference.

An overview of the results of the European Expert Meeting on Ageing People with Visual Impairment that was held at April 4-5 2011 in Vught, the Netherlands. The direct reason for this meeting was a request from ICEVI Europe to get the theme 'ageing people' more substantially on their conference agenda.

Press release from the European Commission Many disabled and reduced mobility air travellers still face problems of unjustified refusals, and other unfair demands when attempting to travel.

These guidelines to improve and facilitate the application of Regulation (EC) N° 1107/2006 (the "Regulation") have been prepared in the form of answers to the most frequently asked questions on the Regulation.

This press release published on the Parliament's Magazine Regional Review introduces the European Thematic Network on Assistive Information project. The ETNA Network will implement, over a period of 3 years, a European Web Portal providing unified access to all ICT AT resources available on the Web in relation to the needs of all stakeholders, involved as AT users, professionals, developers and policy-makers.

This publication aims to provide examples of better palliative care practices for older people. Some examples consider how to improve aspects within the whole health system; specific examples consider how to improve palliative care education, support in the community, in hospitals or for specific groups of people. The publication is intended for policy-makers, decision-makers, planners and multidisciplinary professionals.

Ce document restitue les travaux qui se sont tenus sous forme de quatre ateliers d’échange de pratiques organisés par la CNSA entre novembre 2009 et février 2010 sous la coordination d’Hélène Marie. La survenue du vieillissement chez les personnes handicapées renforce la nécessité de personnaliser les réponses, donc la logique d’organisation de l’accompagnement.

This document is intended for people who have a disability that make web browsing difficult. It provides references to resources, including detailed documentation and step-by-step guides, to help you customize your particular web browser and computer setup.

This paper focusses on Universal Design which is a process that seeks to create products and environments that can be used equally effectively by everyone, including people with significant levels of disablement. Creating environments that are more “universal” requires a special understanding of the performance characteristics of those who are potentially marginalized by less inclusive design strategies.

The present document is the official handbook of the KnowProVip project. This project developped a course for professionals dealing with visually impaired persons and who want to better understand the specificities of elderly people.

Care for elderly in home takes a lot of planning. Whatever way it happens, it may involve big changes in life style, and it's best to plan for in advance, if possible. Care may take place in their own home (perhaps with home healthcare services too), or your elderly loved one may be moving in with someone else (perhaps you). Here is a list of tips and ideas to improve the quality of life of these elderly people.

WCAG 2.0 covers a wide range of recommendations for making Web content more accessible. Following these guidelines will make content accessible to a wider range of people with disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity and combinations of these.

Home instructor programe is of high importance for the eldery deafblind in Croatia. Educated support providers, home instructors, go to deafblind peoples houses, providing them support where they most need it. In such a way we prevent institutionalisation and strenghten deafblind in leading a more independent life.

The process of aging begins at birth and continues throughout life. Change is an inevitable part of the aging process. Sensation is the physical and mental process that allows us to receive information from our surrounding environment through the ears, skin, tongue, nostrils, eyes and other specialized sense organs. Key sensing processes include vision, hearing, touch, taste and smell.

This short video (less than 5 minutes) was made by the European Commission for people with reduced mobility. It runs through a new European regulation that guarantees more rights for both the disabled and people with reduced mobility when they travel by air.

This brochure explains the importance of creating an enabling environment as well as direct approaches to promoting healthy habits and lifestyles. It also underlines the importance of promoting a positive and integrated approach to health by addressing a range of social, economic, housing, transport, new technology, education and other relevant policies that have an impact on health.

This briefing focuses on issues relating to the identification of people over the age of 60 in the UK who have dual sensory loss in the form of a combined hearing and sight impairment (deafblind). It is intended to raise awareness among people in contact with the elderly who do not have technical knowledge of deafblindness.

In this brochure, AGE wishes to put forward theview that as ageing is changing our societies inimportant and fundamental ways, it demands a comprehensive assessment and a reworking of our economic and social policy framework. Furthermore, if Europe is to become a society where people of all ages enjoy equal opportunities, a change of societal attitudes is required to ensure that older people’s rights are not only protected but that they are also enhanced.

This is the second part of a two-part article on sensory impairment in older adults. The paper focusses on all the issues surounding visual impairment and blindness. It is especially intended for nurses but anyone interested in elderly people and visual loss can read it.

This document shows how Web accessibility depends on several components working together and how improvements in specific components could substantially improve Web accessibility. It also shows how the WAI guidelines address these components.

Although this guide gives general guidance for people with impaired vision aged 18-55, many good practices apply to peaople aged 55 and above. This guide gives general guidance on the housing and support needs of adults aged 18- 55 with impaired vision. It is based on research carried out at University College London between March 2003 and February 2005, jointly sponsored by the Housing Corporation and Thomas Pocklington Trust.

This is the report of a survey of the views and experiences of 23 housing and social care stakeholders in London, all with a responsibility for service provision to people with a vision impairment. Stakeholders include 9 local authority social service departments, 6 local authority housing departments, 4 voluntary sector organisations, and 3 housing associations.

This communication constitutes the contribution of the European Commission to the 2nd World Assembly on Ageing. It represents an input from the European Commission to the international debate on the new International Plan of Action on Ageing. As such it is intended to develop a common EU position on the plan.

This report responds to the request of the Stockholm European Council which called upon “the Council and the Commission to report jointly, in time for the Spring European Council in 2002, on how to increase labour force participation and promote active ageing.”

This report explores the levels of vision and hearing impairments among the elderly, the changes in those levels over the last decade, common devices and procedures used to reduce the impact of these impairments, and the potential for future reductions.

An older person may find it easier to change their ways of performing daily tasks when he/she understands how the aging process affects their sensory system. Then, one can begin to make appropriate adaptations and accept those sensory losses that cannot be completely overcome.