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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.

Good interior lighting facilitates the performance of daily activities (ADL) of the visually impaired in their homes. To view the presentation, click the powerpoint presentation at the link below. Presentation at the 3rd SensAge conference at York, June 23 by Frouck de Boer (Royal Dutch Visio).

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 paper launches a reflection process to help define the future EU Health strategy. The EU is committed to bringing together all health players and building partnerships for health. This aim is inbuilt into EU action to complement national efforts to promote good health, minimise health inequalities and to tackle the factors that determine health.

This webpage provides a list of different vision and hearing assistive devices to allow elderly people to have an as independent life as they can.

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.

This article explains what are the different conditions and diseases that affect vision as we get older. It also provides tips to drive safely and describes the different devices that can be used to deal with visual impairment.

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).

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 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.

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.

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.

This brochure will help strengthen the resolve to work together at European level and inspire more determined efforts in all Member States to promote active ageing, thereby ensuring that solidarity between generations can withstand the test of population ageing.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The studies presented in this thesis were performed at the Department of Ophthalmology and the Institute for Research in Extramural Medicine (EMGO Institute) of the VU University Medical Centre, the Netherlands. The EMGO Institute participates in the Netherlands School of Primary Care Research (CaRe) which was re-acknowledged in 2000 by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

The present article provides an overviews a 2004 initiative called EQUAL (Extend Quality of Life). EQUAL was concerned with a better understanding of the interactions between health, diet, and lifestyle; and the development of better technologies for healthy ageing. It was to address neighbourhood and individual security, improved leisure, and learning and financial services, as well as to help older people remain fit and active for as long as possible.

This Communication "Towards a Europe for all Ages" constitutes the contribution of the Commission to the UN International Year of Older Persons. It aims to stimulate debate between and with Member States. It sets out the implications of the ageing of the population in employment, social protection, health and social services and proposes a strategy for effective policy responses in these fields.