Older people also suffer because of the crisis

Short description:

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

Type of publication:

Good practises

Date of publication:

11/01/2012

Author(s):

AGE Platform Europe

Publishing organization:

AGE Platform Europe

Language:

English

Long description:

 Introduction_x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_

 Statistics on poverty in old age – Are older people really doing better?_x0008_ 

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

 Severe budgetary cuts are preventing older people from enjoying their human rights_x0008_ 

 Growing difficulties in accessing and affording health services and long-term care _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_

 Shortage of adequate housing to support dignified life in old age_x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_

 Energy poverty is a concern for a growing number of older people _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_

 Older people change their lifestyle behaviour due to the crisis_x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_

 Sudden pauperisation among older people including middle-class _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_

 Suicide has sharply increased among the older population _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_

 II. How to prevent poverty in old age and promote social inclusion Guarantee adequate income for all in old age_x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_

 Prevent feminisation of poverty in old age through equality in access to social protection _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_

 Tackle growing poverty among the ‘oldest old’_x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_

 Empower and support older carers at risk of poverty_x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_

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

 Prevent social isolation as people age and tackle elder abuse _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_

 Enhance rights of older Roma _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ 

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

 Active Inclusion Strategy _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ 

 Measuring and redressing poverty among older people _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_

 Multi-level governance and participatory approach to social inclusion policy_x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_

 Conclusions_x0008_ _x0008_ _x0008_ 

 Column articles

 • “The Impact Of The Crisis On Older People – Greek experience”, Hellas 50+_x0008_ 

 • “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_x0008_ dr_x0008_ G_x0008_I_x0008_J_x0008_M_x0008_ Kempen Maastricht University, The Netherlands

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