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The intention of the Guide is to present some good practice examples of civil dialogue on ageing issues including those that promote social inclusion in old age. The Guide also makes some proposals on how best to implement and participate in the civil dialogue process across all national policy-making levels: from governmental level down through to regional and local level strategies and initiatives which aim to improve the daily lives of older people.

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!

Le Centre Local d 'Information et de Coordination a vocation à être un lieu ressource pour les personnes âgées et leur entourage ; un lieu d’accueil, d’information et d’orientation qui conseille et délivre des renseignements complets sur les différents services existants pour les retraités, les personnes âgées et leur entourage, et pour les professionnels de la gérontologie et du maintien à domicile.

Réalisé par le Centich, espace d’accueil, d’information et de conseils en aides techniques parcours de sensibilisation et de prévention banc d’essai des technologies pour l’autonomie dans le logement, lieu d’échanges et de formation pour les professionnels. Un exemple d'innovation pour aider à compenser la perte d'autonomie dans tous les actes de la vie quotidienne.

A number of studies have shown the effectiveness of group approaches for older persons with a visual impairment (VI). In the studies surveyed, the programs aim at improving functional and/or psychosocial self-management. Contents and forms of these group approaches are briefly addressed, as well as their impact and the main barriers to participation of VI elderlies to group interventions.

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.

Background. There is an increase in dual sensory impairment (DSI) (hearing and visual) with increase in elderly population. Most causes of DSI among elderly are treatable. This study determines the prevalence and characteristics of dual sensory impairment among elderly of a rural community.

The "Guide Dogs for the Blind Seniors" Program covers all services free of charge including: -Transportation to and from the Guide Dogs for the Blind campus -Room and board -Dog equipment -A Guide Dog

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 information was developed by the National Eye Institute to help patients and their families search for general information about age-related macular degeneration. An eye care professional who has examined the patient's eyes and is familiar with his or her medical history is the best person to answer specific questions.

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.

An overview of ways to communicate effectively with people with joint loss of hearing and sight. Suggestions and advice on good communication. This is intended to ease communication in daily life, especially aimed at assisting caretakers working in homes for ageing people but will also be helpful for families and friends of those suffering from loss of sight and/or hearing. The advice is adapted to everyday situations and environment.

Powerpoint presentation – Ageing in Iceland, Involvement, independence and participation in decision-making. The presentation is in english. In the text body you will find the text in Icelandic language.

Powerpoint presentation - Serving the elderly (e) A presentation of the NIB Iceland and its service to the ageing with visual impairment. The presentation is in English. Below you will find the text in Icelandic language.

National Association of the Ageing Generation (FEB) in Iceland. All around Iceland there are associations that provide various services for the ageing. These associations are formed and sustained by the ageing themselves. In every community, however small, the ageing enjoy their own association. Each community provides assistance to the associations e.g. manpower and housing. This site gives information on the various associations all over Iceland. http://www.leb.is/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7&Itemid=100005

The Office of The Ageing Affaires in Iceland instigated a congress in celebration of The European Year of the Ageing The congress was held by the authorities to initiate and promote ideas regarding the ageing, instigated by The Ministry of Welfare, City of Reykjavik, The National Association of the Ageing, The Office of The Ageing Affaires and four associations of different professionals. This resulted in a facebook-site https://www.facebook.com/farsaeloldrun?fref=ts

NIB Iceland; homepage This is the homepage of National Institute for the blind, visually impaired and deafblind in Iceland. Various information for the Institute‘s clients; users of the services, teachers, parents, care-takers: www.midstod.is

There is an increase in dual sensory impairment (DSI) (hearing and visual) with increase in elderly population. Most causes of DSI among elderly are treatable. This study determines the prevalence and characteristics of dual sensory impairment among elderly of a rural community.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a deterioration or breakdown of the eye's macula. The macula is a small area in the retina — the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye. The macula is the part of the retina that is responsible for your central vision, allowing you to see fine details clearly.

The first section of the document contains the elements constituting the program for the elderlies at Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille: values, framework, context, as well as the environment. The second section is related to the structure and implementation of the program. The third and final section focuses on program evaluation is a process of collecting and analyzing data, which is an aid to decision making.

This lecture addresses the meaning of age related vision impairment to older people, stepping into their shoes so to speak and considering their perspective.

The prevalence of falls among seniors is high and represents a public health problem. Falls result from an interaction of multiple intrinsic (individual condition and behaviour) and extrinsic (environment) risk factors, among which are vision disorders. This brought us to ascertain the extent of knowledge and current evidence on the effectiveness of prevention measures from a visual point of view, and on the impact of rehabilitation on reducing falls among older adults with visual impairments.

This European study of long-term care expenditure investigates the key factors that are likely to affect the future expenditure on long-term care services in Germany, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom. The approach involves investigating how sensitive long-term care projections are to assumptions made about future trends in different factors, using comparable projection models.

The Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly Screening Version (HHIE-S) is a 10-item questionnaire developed to assess how an individual perceives the social and emotional effects of hearing loss.

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.

Main sections Elderly people with severe dual sensory loss – a public health problem? Not being able to hear, not being able to see – what is done and what should be done for people with deafblindness? The challenge of progressive dual sensory loss Acquired deafblindness and dementia – a special challenge Communicating beyond speech

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.

Background Sensorineural hearing loss, one of the most common diseases, has historically been regarded as an incurable and irreversible condition. The number of people with hearing loss has grown rapidly in recent years, because of the prevalence of environmental noise and the increase in the elderly population...

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.

Some ageing policies may be aimed at providing services within this status rather than at empowering older persons to live independently. Here, a change of paradigm is needed. In order to gain the ability to remain active, the individual needs to invest in this process throughout the life course. Appropriate societal structures, incentives and awareness-raising would enable persons to live an active life-style as long as possible.

This report has been prepared as part of the mandate the Economic and Financial Affairs (ECOFIN) Council gave to the Economic Policy Committee (EPC) in May 2009, to update on the basis of a new population projection by Eurostat, its analysis of the economic and budgetary implications of ageing by 2012.

Germany is one of only four countries with a dedicated insurance system for long-term care. But as the population ages rapidly and birth rates remain low, the system in its current form may not be sustainable. Jan Dirk Herbermann and Débora Miranda report.

This paper on sensory changes addresses common changes seen with old age and the disease states and injury that occurs more frequently in aging and that impact the sensory system.

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.

Some of the best known, expert information providers in Europe have joined together to create the biggest, most comprehensive information service on assistive technology (AT) serving older and disabled people, their families and carers across the globe. On this webpage, you can find all the information you need on the existing assistive devices that can be used by elderly people with sensory disabilities and other people with all kinds of disabilities.

The European population aged over 80 is expected to more than double by 2050, leading to significantly increased demand for long-term care (LTC). This demographic shift is accompanied by changing social patterns, e.g., smaller families different residential patterns and increased female labour force participation, all contributing to an increased need for paid care.

This press release published on the Italian website wwww.nonautosufficienza.it 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.

As many as 1 in 5 people ages 70 years or older have both hearing and vision loss. This article examines dual sensory loss, and provides recommendations for better serving the needs of this unique and growing patient population.

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 report focusses on budgetary challenges posed by ageing populations and reports on the impact on public spending on pensions, health and long-term care for the elderly and possible indicators of the long-term sustainablity of public finances. It brings together the work undertaken in past two years by a group on ageing populations attached to the Economic Policy Committee.

Human dignity is inviolable. Age and dependency cannot be the grounds for restrictions on any inalienable human right and civil liberty acknowledged by international standards and embedded in democratic constitutions. Everybody, regardless of gender, age or dependency is entitled to enjoy these rights and freedoms and everybody is entitled to defend their human and civil rights.

This report would not have been possible without the time and commitment given by older blind and partially sighted people living in Tullamore, Salzburg and Marseille. Participants in the focus groups were able to share their experiences of adapting to poor vision whilst endeavouring to continue accessing the communities in which they lived.

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.

In the present document, after a brief description of AGE key objectives of pension systems (I), we examine some of the most important challenges remaining to complete pension reforms across the EU (II), present recommendations on how best implement these reforms by involving all respective stakeholders (III), and maximising the role of the Open Method of Coordination (IV).

There are a number of opportunities for local and regional actors to access EU funding for innovative projects around ageing issues but often information is difficult to find and it is the purpose of this brochure to facilitate this process.

Listening to a speaker while hearing another speaker talks is a challenging task for elderly listeners. We show that elderly listeners over the age of 65 with various degrees of age-related hearing loss benefit in this situation from also seeing the speaker they intend to listen to.

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.

This web page from Deaf Blind UK is on elderly people who suffer from visual impairments. It explains what are the challenges these people encounter and also what are the existing means of support.

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.

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.

Quoiqu'aucun outil spécifique de dépistage de l’épuisement des aidants naturels des personnes ayant une déficience visuelle n’ait été répertorié, nous en avons identifié deux, qui ont été utilisés dans des recherches scientifiques en déficience visuelle, ainsi que deux autres qui ont été développés ou traduits par des chercheurs québécois. Ils sont brièvement présentés dans ce document-synthèse de veille informationnelle.

This report highlights the main policies related to active ageing and the policy fields, health, work and retirement, where ICT-based services will be determinant. It is published by the European Commission-Joint Research Centre-Institute for Prospective Technological Studies

Lifelong Learning - A Tool For All Ages Lifelong learning is of key importance for individuals of all ages and holds an array of benefits for them and society. It promotes their full economic and societal participation, enables them to be better informed and more active citizens, contributes to their personal well being and fulfilment, supports their creativity and innovation, and increases their efficiency as workers or volunteers.

DSI refers to the presence of both hearing and vision loss. The occurence of DSI is particularly prevalent among the aging population, with studies showing that 9% and 21% of adults over the age of 70 having some degree of DSI.

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.

ABSTRACT A decline in the main sensory modalities is well reported to occur with ageing. This article outlines the normal pathways involved in touch sensation and includes a review of available evidence relating to the study of ageing and touch.

This is the first part of a two-part article on sensory impairment in older adults. The paper focusses on all the issues surounding hearing impairment and deafness. It is especially intended for nurses but anyone intersted in elderly people and hearing 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.

This review provides an overview of recent research that addressed hearing loss and auditory processing problems among elderly people. It focuses on research from the University of Maryland on problems in auditory temporal processing by elderly listeners as assessed in speech perception experiments using temporally altered signals and in psycho-acoustic experiments of duration and rhythm discrimination for simple and complex signals.

Purpose: this study examined the relation of dual and single sensory impairments, within the context of cognitive function, by using the framework of everyday competence in terms of the probability of difficulty with specific personal and instrumental activities of daily living (ADLs and IADLs, respectively)

This webpage on hearing loss and old age answers all the questions that elderly people with hearing impairment might ask themselves and give very informative and concrete answers.

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.

Abstract Background It has been well established that increasing age is associated with decreasing functional ability in older adults. It is important to understand the specific factors that affect instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) and functional independence among older adults with sensory disabilities.

Objectives. We investigated the health, activity, and social participation of people aged 70 years or older with vision impairment, hearing loss, or both.

Introduction: This study sets out to determine the usefulness of a questionnaire to screen for hearing impairment, assess the psychosocial impact of hearing handicap and survey older persons’ attitudes towards hearing aid usage.

ABSTRACT PURPOSE: To determine the causes of low vision in an elderly population attended by a university visual rehabilitation service and to check for the use of prescribed optical aids

This document is made for stakeholder teams and managers of programs serving older visually impaired customers. It aims to facilitate the exercise of drafting and revision programming rehabilitation teams in place. L’association des établissements en réadaptation en déficience physique du Québec is regrouping all the rehabilitation agencies in Québec for people with sensorial disabilities.

Purpose: The authors investigate the impact of hearing loss on quality of life in a large population of older adults.

It is well documented that decrements in sensory function increase sharply with age. Across an array of studies, age has been implicated as a major predictor of declines to both visual and auditory sensory function.

This report provides an overview of information available on ageing with a long standing disability in WA. Information was sought from published and unpublished reports and discussions with a number of disability stakeholders. The main understanding gained from amassing this information is the limited usefulness for future service planning and provision, of the existing data on people with long standing disability.

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.”

The ageing of Europe’s population will be a crucial challenge for the 21st century. Society will be facing 3 changes: 1st, increasing numbers of older people demanding new social structures and opportunities; 2nd, increasing numbers of disabled older people requiring new services with resulting economic consequences; 3rd, complex economic, technological, organisational and social challenges involved in the ageing of society.

Vision and hearing impairments are among the most common age-related conditions affecting the elderly. There is an emerging literature regarding the profound functional, social, and physical and mental health consequences of either a vision or hearing impairment in later life.

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.

Hearing loss is more common in the ageing population as compared to young adults. Individuals are not protected from other causes of hearing loss just because they are in work. Their hearing may therefore be at risk from causes not related to their occupation.

As we age we are increasingly likely to suffer from chronic conditions. Hearing impairment is among the top three such conditions along with arthritis and hypertension.1 It may have become a problem for the first time in old age or may have been acquired when younger or at birth.

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.

Abstract Background: Hearing impairment is 1 of the 4 most prevalent chronic conditions in the elderly. However, the biological basis of age-related hearing loss is unknown. Objective: The objective was to test the hypothesis that age-related hearing loss may be associated with poor vitamin B-12 and folate status.

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.

We have particular concerns for elderly Deaf people. Although the Deaf Community is a powerful support system for Deaf people throughout their lives, it is a small community and one which requires participation.

This document sets out good practice guidelines for social and health care services in relation to older people for whom the normal ageing process is further complicated by a significant degree of dual sensory loss.