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Introduction                                               1   BAGSO Seniorenreport 1/2004
Editorial                                                  1   Dr. Erika Neubauer (Manager) (responsible)
                                                               Ursula Lenz (Press officer)
“Age and Mobility”:
                                                               Elke Tippelmann (BAGSO-Kontaktstelle Brüssel)
a pilot exchange program for the 50+                       2
AGE and MOBILITY                                               Irma Langer
The European exchange program in BELGIUM                       Published by:
• Brussels: European key location, capital                     Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft der
  and independent region of Belgium                        3   Senioren-Organisationen (BAGSO) e.V.
• Ageing in Belgium –                                          Eifelstrasse 19, 53119 Bonn
  Preliminary conference in Brussels                       3   e-mail:
• Elderly activities in the Brussels and Walloon region    4   BAGSO-Kontaktstelle Brüssel
• Life in a Brussels community                             4   Rue de la Pacification 65
• Inter-generation work in the Walloon provinces           5   B-1000 Bruxelles
                                                               Tel: 0032 / 2 / 2 86 90 21, Fax: 0032 / 2 / 2 30 94 51
• The Europe experience: the Belgian exchange                  e-mail:
  program through the eyes of older people                 6
AGE and MOBILITY                                               Druckerei Raabe, D-53359 Rheinbach
The European exchange program in Ireland
• „Go for Life“ – Physical activities for older people     7   Extracts from the BAGSO-Nachrichten, published two
                                                               times a year and available as well in French.
• Policy in relation to older people’s issues:
  Annual Meeting of the Senior Citizens Parliament             Signed papers do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the
  at Dublin                                                7   editors. The authors are responsible for the content of their
• Visit to the Clareville Court Senior Citizens                articles. The editors take the liberty to shorten or overlook
  Complex in Glasnevin                                     8   the texts.
• Active at European level:                                    Reproduction of articles from the BAGSO Seniorenreport
  the „Summerhill Active Retirement Group“                 9   is permitted free of charge, if indicating the source and
• Seminar: “Older people in Ireland“                      10   transmitting reference copies.
• The Irish program: Initiating politics for seniors      11

Planned Exchange Visits
• Exchange Visit in Italie                                12
• Exchange Visit to the Netherlands                       13
• German Exchange Visit                                   14
                                                                This issue of the BAGSO Seniorenreport is supported
                                                                financially by the German Federal Ministry for Family,
                                                                Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

                                                                                                    Seniorenreport 1/2004
 Introduction                                                       Editorial

                            Are European exchange pro-                                         Since many years, BAGSO,
                            grammes for older people useful?                                   whose liaison office in Brussels is
                                                                                               coordinating Germany’s input in
                             People over 50 make up one third                                  the project Age and Mobility, has
                             of the EU population, i.e. 150 mil-                               been advancing the interests of
                             lion out of the 450 millions inhab-                               older people not only at national
                             itants the enlarged EU counts to-                                 level, but also at international
                             day. A large, growing and diverse                                 level. The involvement of Ms.
                            section of the European Union’s                                    Gotlind Braun (BAGSO) in the
                            population. Older people possess                                   Administrative Council of AGE
a wide range of interests and skills and make significant          (the European older People’s Platfrom) and the membership
contributions to society both in economic and human terms.         of Dr. Renate Heinisch (BAGSO) in the EESC (the European
It is therefore of utmost importance that European exchange        Economic and Social Committee) is of particular importance
programmes should be open to older people, to enhance              in the framework of older people’s interest representation on
their understanding of what is the European Union about and        a European level.
to promote social cohesion by facilitating exchanges of good       The German Federal Ministry for Seniors has recently en-
practice between the active networks of seniors’ organisa-         trusted BAGSO with the task to coordinate the input of NGOs
tions.                                                             in the elaboration of the Nation Action Plan that will imple-
If the European Union is to meet its objectives, it needs to       ment the World Action Plan on Ageing. It is BAGSO’s goal to
make the best use of the huge untapped human capital               develop a strategy that will promote a positive approach to
available among older citizens willing to share their skills,      demographic change and thereby promoting a positive im-
knowledge and experience to contribute to a more social            age of the Elderly.
Europe. The active participation of older people in European       The call for cross-boarder cooperation and the encourage-
exchange programmes would also hugely contribute to pro-           ment for stronger networking between the senior’s organisa-
mote a more positive image of older people among the public        tion on the European level was a central theme of the 7th
by raising awareness of the extremely important contribution       German Senior Citizen’s Days under the heading ‚Seniors –
they make, culturally, socially and economically to society. It    Active in Europe’ that took place in October 2003 in
would also help bridge the gap between generations.                Hannover. This did not only become clear in the Forum on
For the coming years, the EU has agreed on the added value         ‚Building bridges accross boarders in an enlarged Europe’,
of youth exchange and the European Commission is propos-           but many speakers from neighbouring countries in East and
ing to triple the number of Erasmus students studying in           West reported in other forums and workshops on the work for
another Member State from 2007. AGE and its member                 seniors in their own country and also about existing contacts
organisations would like to recommend that similar opportu-        in other European countries.
nities are designed to promote European exchanges be-              I am therefore very pleased that it was successfully demon-
tween older people as this would help bring the EU closer to       strated by the project “Age and Mobility” that seniors are
its citizens.                                                      willing to meet each other, adapt to the circumstances in
For more information:                       other countries, share experiences and to learn together
Age and Mobility is an EU exchange project implemented by          despite problems related to mobility and languages.
AGE – the European Older People’s Platform (www.age-               European work for seniors can only be succesfully developed with the support of the European Commission,         at European and national level when it is possible to promote
DG Employment and Social Affairs.                                  mutual understanding in Europe, to include older people
Anne-Sophie Parent, Director, AGE                                  themselves and to achieve transfer of good ideas and practi-
                                                                   cal examples to a regional and local level.
                                                                   Roswitha Verhülsdonk (President BAGSO)

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                                                                  •   Mobility barriers,
                                                                  •   Social and political commitment,
    “Age and Mobility”: A pilot                                   •   Social spheres and cultures in Europe,
    exchange program for the 50+                                  •   Fourth age / home nursing, possibilities of voluntary
                                                                      work, remaining healthy in old age
                                                                  Age and Mobility is a pilot project: The participants of the
                                                                  exchange program as well as the host organisations present
                                                                  their experiences and visions, thus giving their guests an
                                                                  idea of the activities of the elderly in their country. This very
Background                                                        ‘close’ approach allows for an intercultural exchange, which
In 2003, the European Commission initiated a new pilot            is unique.
program on the mobility of elderly people:
                                                                  The project implementation requires an active participation
The European Commission has allocated 3,5 Mio € in a first        of the target group will: the recommendations that will be
phase of the ENEA Program supporting transnational                drafted originates from their analysis and assessment of the
projects. These funds are made available to organizations         exchange. After their return from the exchange, they are
specializing in the development of mobility resources as well     asked to assess their experience and to evaluate how mean-
as the adaptation of infrastructure. On the basis the experi-     ingful this experience has been for them. Based on their
ences made during this pilot phase, the projects’ perform-        evaluation, AGE will work out recommendations, which are
ance and practicability will then be evaluated.                   then presented to the European Commission.
General objectives of the Age and Mobility Projects               The program is open to all 50+: Those still working, those
                                                                  retired, those engaged in voluntary work. Also the participa-
                                                                  tion of older women, older people with disability, older people
                                                                  from ethnic minorities, people with low education or low
                                                                  income is encouraged.
                                                                  In preparation of the exchange, the participants receive all
                                                                  important information regarding the host country, and in
                                                                  particular about the situation of the elderly there. The local
                                                                  contact persons and the organisations involved are exten-
                                                                  sively introduced as well.
                                                                  During the preparatory meeting, organised prior to the trip
                                                                  to give an in-depth insight of the project, all selected partici-
“Age and Mobility” Steering group in Brussels                     pants have the opportunity to contribute proposals for the
AGE (European Older People’s Platform) and its partner            preparation. One of the aims here, is to integrate the partici-
organisations in five EU members states (Belgium, Germany,        pants’ skills and experiences acquired in different programs,
Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands) set up a one-year project in     so that their work at home can profit from them.
December 2003 aiming to improve the mobility of elderly           One of the key targets of the project is to find affordable ways
people in Europe. In Germany, BAGSO is the national               to improve communication. The project uses for instance
coordinator organising the transnational exchange programs        interpreters within a certain framework. At the same time,
under which short-term exchange visits in another EU Mem-         however, those participating elderly with linguistic skills will
ber State are being offered. A number of organisations for        be asked them to act as interpreter for their fellow partici-
senior citizens from two German states – Nord-Rhein               pants.
Westphalia and Thüringen – were involved in the preparation
of the program.                                                   Timetable of the exchanges:
This project includes five meetings with 40 participants from     Belgium                        23rd – 31st March
five different countries and offers older people the opportu-
                                                                  Ireland                        15th – 22nd April
nity to get acquainted with examples and models of projects
integrating and mobilising older people in society and            Italy                          17th – 23 May
economy in the host country, to exchange experiences and
                                                                  The Netherlands                16th – 23rd September
get an idea of the culture and everyday life of older people in
the other countries. Key issues of this project are:              Germany                        2nd – 10th October

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The own contribution of each participant is € 150. The par-         ing society. Currently, Belgium has a population of approxi-
ticipating organisations choose the most economical, practi-        mately 10.3 million (2002), and of these 740,000 are beyond
cal and appropriate way of travelling, for instance a group trip    age 65.
by train. Each partner country proposes individual lodging          The Belgian retirement payments, which are on the level of
facilities adapted to the local situation. Next to from confer-     the European average retirement payments, must remain
ence centres, guests houses or hotels, private accommoda-           affordable for the government in the future, and the current
tion is available as well.                                          trend of early retirement of older employees must be actively
                                                                    countered. In the health field, the quality of the rest and
                                                                    nursing homes was examined and structural measures and
                                                                    model programs were implemented to improve the health of
 AGE and MOBILITY: The European                                     the elderly remaining at home. Martine Bauwens, repre-
 exchange program in Belgium                                        sentative of the Brussels region, explained the legal frame-
                                                                    work for establishing coordination centres for home nursing,
                                                                    and the initiatives that are being taken in two Brussels outpa-
                                                                    tient clinics to prevent accidents at home.
                                                                    “The larger part of elderly is very active, only 8% lives in a
                                                                    special institution”, said Elisabeth Franken (Ministère de la
                                                                    Communauté Francaise - Service de l’éducation
                                                                    permanente)3, who described the development of policies for
                                                                    the elderly since 1993 – the “European Year of the Elderly
                                                                    and the Solidarity between Generations”. An inter-genera-
                                                                    tion and multicultural dialogue is especially being called for
                                                                    here, in which the active participation of elderly themselves
                                                                    plays an important part. The ministry is encouraging this
                                                                    dialogue, by such measures as publishing articles and by:
                                                                    - supporting the elderly organisation,
                                                                    - supporting projects – especially inter-generation
                                                                    - encouraging collaboration with artists.
Gotlind Braun, BAGSO management, with some of the
German participants in the Brussels exchange project.               In her capacity as the representative of the 70,000 German
                                                                    speaking residents in Belgium, Johanna Schroeder dis-
Host: S.E.A Service Europe Aînés1 and different organisa-           cussed the situation of older people in insecure employment
tions and associations of the Brussels region and the               situations, or at risk of social isolation. An “Elderly Council”
Walloon provinces                                                   deals with questions regarding mobility, participation, living
Guests: 35 elderly coming from Germany, Ireland, Italy and          accommodations and insecure employment situations.
the Netherlands
Date: 23rd to 31st March 2004                                       Mrs. Schroeder also described a few exemplary models of
Stops: Brussels – Lille - Charleroi (Mons – Louvain-la-Neuve        home nursing and stressed the need of projects aiming to
– Amay – Lille)                                                     keep home nursing affordable, because in Belgium an
                                                                    agreement on the concept of the social services insurance
Brussels: European key location, capital and independ-              was not achieved.
ent region of Belgium
For four days, the Belgian exchange program spotlighted             Anne-Sophie Parent, Director of AGE (European Elderly
Brussels, key location of the European Commission and one           Platform) as well as Poul Rasmussen (European Commis-
of the largest metropolitan cities of Western Europe. Brus-         sion) emphasized the significance of the elderly organisa-
sels, a city with a population of approximately 1 million, is not   tions in the development of new ideas promoting the mobility
only the capital, but also one of the autonomous regions of         of older people. ENEA, the new pilot project of the EU,
Belgium (Flanders, the Walloon provinces, Brussels) with its        makes of the necessary resources to deploy innovative
own parliament and government.                                      projects available.
Ageing in Belgium – Preliminary conference in Brussels              The representative of the delegate from Thuringen Koch Loli
Representatives of the Region and the City of Brussels              Maria Clauw, particularly asked for new employment pro-
welcomed the guests. They acquainted them with the                  grams, measures against the discrimination of elderly and
situation of the elderly in Belgium and the current key issues      new educational measures.
of the Belgian social, health and educational policies. Eric        1
                                                                      European Service for Elderly People
Meesens, Director of the “Ligue Bruxelloise Francophone             2
                                                                      French Brussels league for mental health
pour la Santé Mentale”2 gave a lecture to the audience on the       3
                                                                      Ministry of the Walloon Community – Department of permanent
social-political measures required to fulfil the needs an age-       training and education

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Elderly activities in the Brussels and Walloon region –             concerned. The gymnastics class, integrating accident pre-
Project visits allow insights into the innovative activities for    vention as a special topic, is very popular as well.
and by older people                                                 The social workers of the centre, who are mainly giving social
                                                                    advice, strongly encourage the voluntary activities of the
The presentation of projects and common activities that are
                                                                    older fellow citizens, such as helping the disadvantaged
set up in some of the 19 Brussels municipalities gives a good
                                                                    children of the neighbourhood with their homework, an initia-
idea of the structure of the policies adopted, and the wide
                                                                    tive identifying and eliminating mobility barriers in the com-
range of the local programs for their senior citizens. Although
                                                                    munities and the city, and the brand new “time exchange”
this offer is in some ways determined by the traditional
                                                                    project. With the help of interpreters, lively multinational
alliance with the party organisation structures, the social and
                                                                    discussions ensued in small groups of five to ten participants
meeting centres are offering many innovative local activities
                                                                    of different nationalities.
as well as regional networks on specific subjects for the
target group, with a special focus on the interaction be-           Special attention was focussed on the “Rencontre & Cul-
tween generations).                                                 ture”6 project. This project aims to the disadvantaged with
The organisation “Espace Senior” was introduced as a                information and low cost access to high level cultural events.
classic “Mutualité socialiste”4, whose political connotation led    During the regular meetings in the social centre, the elderly
to interesting discussions between the hosts and the guests.        are informed of the offer of “section 27” initiatives (see
Other stops were communal centres with different targets ,          separate article) and get the opportunity to exchange their
such as Dar al Amal “Haus der Hoffnung”5, a meeting and             experiences or make appointments for joint visits to special
training centre for women of different social origin. Apart         events.
from an extensive cultural program, this centre also offers
                                                                    The package of services offered to over-sixties in the town of
services for the elderly. “Age et Transmission” is one of the       Woluwé St. Lambert
“innovative” projects for the elderly that are being developed                                                                   Œ
in Belgium since the nineties. It has mobilized a good 100              Service                       Price
volunteers to help out in the Brussels schools. The project             Household work                € 2 – 7.5 per hour,
“J’écris ma vie” (My Life) invites elderly to write their autobi-                                     depending on the income
ography. Entr’Ages on the other hand, is a network of inter-            Home delivery of meals        € 4.5
generation activities with its own secretariat in Brussels and          (also on the weekend)
some local offices in the Walloon provinces.                            Meals in the restaurant       € 4.5
Life in a Brussels community: Le Centre d’Action                        (Mondays to Fridays),
Sociale Globale Wolu-Services a.s.b.l.                                  on the weekend home
The social non-profit centre of Woluwé St. Lambert, a town              delivery
with a population of approximately 47,000 residents, located            Emergency call –              € 14.87 or € 21 per month
to the South-East of Brussels, has a well-developed and                 24-hour service
structured system to support and actively engage/mobilise                                             € 0.5 or 1
                                                                        Shuttle to special activi-
the elderly of Woluwé St. Lambert.                                      ties and the restaurant (to
In the “Centre d’Action Sociale Globale Wolu-Services”, the             be booked 24 hours in
local elderly welcomed the participants on typical Belgian              advance)
delicacies. Isabelle Molenberg, the Councillor of Social Af-
fairs of Woluwé, welcomed the international group of                    Shopping services (to be      Twice a week - € 2.48
                                                                        booked 48 hours in
elderlies, and told them about the political master plan and
the present actions organised for the elderly of Woluwé St.
Lambert.                                                                Medicine delivery             € 0.60 or 1.24 per delivery
During the three-day stay in Brussels, a few groups had the             Manual work                   € 4.96 per hour, € 1.24 out-
opportunity to get acquainted with some of these projects. In                                         ward journey
Woluwé many municipality-subsidized services are available              Gymnastics class              € 2.5 per class
to senior citizens (over-sixty) (refer to Table 1). Currently,          Alzheimer Cafe                Once a month, 2 hours
special educational projects are being deployed and pub-                                              free
lished in a monthly information brochure.
Several preventive health and home nursing projects were
presented. The town, which also offers a “cared-for living” in
groups (“Antenne Andromède”), recently has set up a                 4
                                                                      Socialist health insurance
professionally supervised Alzheimer Café, which is also             5
                                                                      House of Hope
open to the relatives and/or those taking care of the people        6
                                                                      Meeting and Culture

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    The section 27 initiative                                                                              Welcome in Charleroi
    Origin: the first “Section 27” program was launched in 1999 and
    included 13 proposals for cultural events. “Section 27” refers                                           ATOUTAGE is another or-
    to the section of the Human Rights Convention, according to                                              ganisation coordinating and
    which everybody is entitled to participate in the municipal                                              interconnecting the “Dia-
    cultural life. Many towns and cities of Brabant and the Walloon                                          logue of the generations” in
    provinces have meanwhile joined the program.                                                             the Walloon provinces.
    Events: affiliated cultural institutions, such as theatres, muse-                                        The organisation has its
    ums and cultural centres, make a limited but constantly grow-
                                                                                                             registered office in Louvain-
    ing number of seats available for their senior citizens.
    Organization: the social institutions of the participating towns
                                                                                                             la-Neuve, a young univer-
    receive tickets or information regarding the program – the                                               sity town that was estab-
    visitors of these institutions choose a desired event and book a                                         lished as an exclusively
    seat by phone – shortly before the beginning of the perform-                                             French college in the seven-
    ance, the tickets can be collected.                                 ties, in reaction to the linguistic conflicts between the Walloon
    Moderate prices: the “Communité française Wallonie-                 and Flemish population. “Réseau Générations Solidaires”9
    Bruxelles”7, the general cultural management and the                (ATOUTAGE) works in close collaboration with the university
    “ServiceGénérale des Arts de la Scène et de l’Audiovisuel”8         and organises, among other things, a summer college (the
    support the initiative, so that the tickets only cost € 1.25.       so-called “Université d’été Intergénération”) to bring together
                                                                        professionally and scientifically oriented persons with those
Inter-generation work in the Walloon provinces                          involved in voluntary work. This organisation, which put to-
(Charleroi, Louvain-la-Neuve, Mons, Amay)                               gether for instance a trunk with educational material on the
                                                                        subject “History of the Moroccan migrants” for schoolchil-
                                                                        dren, tries to encourage a closer relationship               inter-
                                                                        generationally and interculturally in day-to-day life, and in
                                                                        particular to raise the awareness of children for these ques-
                                                                        tions. Within the framework of the exchange program, two
                                                                        projects triggering an interaction between mothers-and-chil-
                                                                        dren or student groups and elderly, who had previously
                                                                        been trained for this purpose, were implemented (refer to
                                                                        Table 3).

                                                                         Elderly projects in Louvain-la-Neuve                          Ž
                                                                         After the introduction of the projects, the participants partici-
                                                                         pated in as in a small quiz which is otherwise usually used for
                                                                         school children: On the basis of photographs, the age of the
Catherine Daurelle (AGE) et Willem Spijker (dutch coor-                  different persons shown was to be guessed and the criteria
dinator)                                                                 for the decision was to be laid out. Next, two projects were
                                                                         introduced on video.
In the second part of the trip several cities of the Walloon             The first project showed elderly reading stories or telling fairy
provinces, the French-speaking region bordering on France                tales in mother-child groups. They had been trained for the
to the West, were visited. Here, the participants were divided           task of working in a three generation situation in of a 30-hours
                                                                         training course. All concerned - children, mothers and elderly
into small groups to visit several “cultural highlights”.
                                                                         - described this joint endeavor as very stimulating and pleas-
After being welcomed by active elderly people of miscellane-             ant. The second project took place in a neighbourhood primary
ous project groups in Charleroi and Mons, the participants               school. Here, elderly helped small groups of children to draw
paid a visit, amongst others, to the Documentation Centre                up a genealogy. The elderly introduced the methods for ge-
of Entr’Age at Amay.                                                     nealogical research to the pupils. The pupils gathered the
                                                                         required information from their parents, grandparents and
Entr’Age is an association aiming for intergenerational com-             other relatives. The results were registered and represented
munity campaigns by initiating counselling and assisting                 artistically.
projects with an intergenerational focus. The organisation is            For the genealogic research, the internet was also used, so
affiliated with the international organisation “Generations”             that the pupils had to teach the elderly how to use the compu-
and the European network “Reminiscence”.                                 ter. The pupils were enthusiastic and two of the elderly, who
                                                                         attended the final presentation, felt that the “ school of today”
  French community of the Walloon Provinces and Brussels                 for them was a positive experience – considering the changed
  General Service of Theatre and Audiovisual Arts                        pedagogic approach and the general research facilities, for
  Generation Solidarity Network                                          example in the search for family relatives.

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                                                                                           - Language barriers were regarded
                                                                                              as substantial, but not insurmount-
                                                                                              able. Those participants speaking
                                                                                              foreign languages helped the par-
                                                                                              ticipants “without linguistic skills” to
                                                                                              establish contacts. Aside from this,
                                                                                              the use of official interpreters for the
                                                                                              professional translation of official
                                                                                              speeches into the respective
                                                                                              mother tongues, however, proved to
                                                                                              be necessary.
                                                                                           - Not only the disabled elderly experi-
                                                                                              enced physical mobility problems:
                                                                                              stairs to the hotel room that were
                                                                                              not equipped with handrails, insur-
                                                                                              mountable thresholds in the en-
                                                                                              trance of guest houses, the height
                                                                                              of the footboard on the bus, bad
                                                                                              connections… these few examples
                                                                                              demonstrate that performance and
                                                                                              endurance – and not only of older
Guided city tour in Louvain-la-Neuve                                                          people – sometimes are strained to
                                                                                              the limit.
The Europe experience: the Belgian exchange program
through the eyes of older people                                   Propositions of the elderly:

The “debriefing” clearly revealed that – notwithstanding many      -   A lot of room for an individual acquaintance/introduction
difficulties due to the many languages and a very extensive        -   A clear and well-structured program, in particular as far
program, requiring a substantial juggling with a limited               as information on time allotment is concerned
budget– this trip was a tremendous gain both professionally
                                                                   -   The possibility of a thorough preparation of the planned
and personally for the many participants from different coun-
                                                                       visits: information in writing on the organisations to be
tries; This already now, only a few weeks later, shows a
                                                                       visited/the proposed projects; information on the situa-
lasting effect.
                                                                       tion of elderly, not only in the host country, but in the other
Mobility understood as the adaptability of individuals to a            countries participating in the program
new situation:                                                     -   Allowing for enough breaks, rests and retreat possibilities
Here, the participants showed an unrivalled flexibility that led
                                                                   -   Offering alternative programs – especially for exhausting
to an intensive European intercultural experience. The par-
                                                                       program parts
ticipants, all of them being between 50 and 80 years old,
unanimously stated that the interesting Belgian project pres-      -   Project presentations in small groups in no more than two
entations had motivated and stimulated them in their volun-            different languages at the same time
tary work. The direct contact with people of different ages,
nationalities and cultures as well as being directly con-          The program planning should bring the following items into
fronted with the difficulties of the disabled offered new          focus: not only should the physical limitations be taken into
insights to the participants that cannot be gained in everyday     consideration, especially of the disabled and of those ad-
life, and the realization that we have a lot in common in          vanced in years, but there should also be a high acceptance
Europe.                                                            of the personal experiences and autonomy of older adults.
                                                                   Furthermore, attempts to use alternative communication
The key issue of the discussion regarding the project, which       forms to facilitate the communication between people of
in the Belgian program part consisted of a decentralised stay      different language and culture.
in small guest houses and hotels, project visits in small          Further German information regarding the organisations in
groups and the use of public transport, was the experiences        Belgium can be found under or
of elderly regarding the mobility barriers; here, the feasibil-
ity limits and the need for a very scrupulous program plan-
ning of multicultural elderly meetings became very evident.

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                                                                 The aim of “Go for Life“ is to involve more older adults in all
                                                                 aspects of sport and physical activity more often. The thrust
 AGE and MOBILITY: The European                                  of the programme is to strengthen and encourage older
 exchange program in Ireland                                     people by reaching out to active retirement associations,
                                                                 senior citizens groups, day care and community centres
                                                                 around the country, to ensure that more older people are
                                                                 more active, more often. The participants had big fun in trying
                                                                 some of the practical exercises themselves, which put them
                                                                 in a happy mood.

                                                                 “Go for Life“ is an Age & Opportunity initiative funded 10
                                                                 years ago by the Irish Sports Council. In the last four years,
                                                                 “Go for Life“ has become active all over Ireland: more than
                                                                 1000 PALs (Physical Activity Leaders), who were trained
                                                                 according to the HEPA – Concept (Health Enhancing Physi-
                                                                 cal Activity), are currently active in different regions and

                                                                 The activities offered in the older people clubs or facilities
                                                                 range from gymnastics and memory training to ball games,
                                                                 bowling, walking or swimming. The “Go for Life” team en-
                                                                 sures the PALs training, develops games and sports material
                                                                 and adapts the games to the needs of older people. Older
                                                                 people clubs, which have participated to the training pro-
                                                                 gram, can get this material for free (subsided by a special
                                                                 fund). Apart from organising sports events, where people
                                                                 from different regions can meet, “Go for Life“ also publishes
                                                                 articles and newsletters regarding the possibilities and devel-
                                                                 opment of physical activities for older people.
                                                                 Contact: Go for Life, C/o Age and Opportunity, E-mail:

At the Mayor of Dublin

Host:   Irish Senior Citizens Parliament and several older
        people’s organisation
Guests: 35 elderly from Belgium, Germany, Italy and the
        Netherlands                                              Physical activities for older people are fun.
Date: 15th to 22nd April 2004
Stops: Dublin, Summerhill, Boyne Valley, County Meath            Policy in relation to older people’s issues:
                                                                 Annual Meeting of the Senior Citizens Parliament at
„Go for Life“ – Physical activities for older people
                                                                 250 delegates from all over Ireland gathered at Dublin for the
The first day of the visit, the participants were actively in-   2004 Annual Meeting of the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament
volved in the „Go for Life“, the national programme for sport    (refer to case article). The “Chief Executive Officer” of the
and physical activities for older people developed and organ-    Irish Senior Citizens Parliament and coordinator of the “Age
ised by the organisation Age and Opportunity.                    and Mobility” project, Michael O’Halloran, welcomed the

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participants to the exchange program, who were very im-             The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament is the largest older
pressed by the lobbying of the Irish Senior Citizens for the        people’s organisation of Ireland. In November 1993, The
older generation.                                                   European Parliament held its first Senior Citizens Parliament in
                                                                    Luxemburg. Irish delegates returned full of enthusiasm to set
The guests could experience the way in which the Senior             up of an Irish Senior Citizens Parliament. Recognising the
Citizens Parliament – similar to ordinary parliament meetings       need for a strong voice for older people on the national level,
                                                                    the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament was founded and held its
– debated policy concerning older people’s issues, such as
                                                                    first Parliament in 1994.
transportation, mobility enhancement, living, retirement
pays, medical insurance, taxes, health and health care, re-         The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament has 300 affiliated or-
fresher courses, employment and discrimination of elderly. A        ganisations with a total membership of 80,000. The Parliament
list containing recommendations for specific projects for           is non-political party, non-sectarian and non-profit making. It is
older people to be realised next year was submitted to the          an autonomous organisation concerned with promoting the
                                                                    interests of retired and older people.
responsible ministers, so that they can include them in next
                                                                    The organisation is managed by an executive committee,
year’s budget. Examples of the debates:                             which is democratically elected by the delegates. The Senior
The senior-citizen-pass, entitling seniors citizens as of 70        Citizens Parliament receives an annual financial assistance of
years to use on busses, trains etc. free of charge:                 130,000 € from the Government. The objective of the Parlia-
The Senior Citizens Parliament asks that older people be-           ment is to be a strong voice representing older people and their
yond age 65 should be entitled to use the bus, train etc. free      needs on the international, national and local level, to promote
of charge, without time limit instead of only after 09.00 a.m.      inter-generational solidarity, to work through the existing affili-
                                                                    ated organisations to ensure better coordination of policies and
The Parliament has also been campaigning for the introduc-          activities while ensuring that the affiliated groups retain their
tion of a voucher system, under which a number of vouchers          own autonomy, to work for improvement in the quality of life of
would be issued to older people to enable them to access            older people, to develop solidarity with organisations working
taxis or hackneys to take them to the nearest town or village       to improve the quality of life of older people and finally, to
to do shopping or other personal business and also to allow         represent older people’s issues to Government.
them access a public transport route.                               The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament, for instance, is involved in
                                                                    „Social Partnership“ in Ireland, a kind of “Round Table”, which
                                                                    was founded in 1987. Members of Social Partnership include
One of the requirements regarding health care:
                                                                    the government, employers, trade unions, farming organisa-
In Ireland, older people beyond age 70 hold a Medical Card,         tions, community and voluntary organisations, who negotiated
which entitles them to free health care and free medication.        a national agreement covering a wide range of economic and
Many doctors, however, do not accept the this medical card,         social development policies. Social partners including older
since they are afraid of having substantial financial losses. As    people are also involved in the implementation of the national
a rule, (emergencies excluded) every patient must pay a             agreement.
contribution of 40-50 euro, when visiting a doctor. In North-       Another project is the „Sustaining Progress“ (2003-2005)
                                                                    program, aiming at identifying issues of concern to older peo-
Dublin, there is only one doctor, who accepts the medical
                                                                    ple, lobbying at national level to achieve them, and bringing
card. Since the retirement age already starts at 65, many           these issues to the attention of the Government and all other
pensioners under 70 do not visit a doctor, since they cannot        agencies dealing with issues affecting older people.
afford it financially. The Senior Citizens Parliament now asks
for a lowering of the age limit to 65 and for supplementary
free examinations after the 60th birthday.                         Visit to the Clareville Court Senior Citizens Complex in
In the discussion, it was also highlighted that the Irish Gov-     Glasnevin
ernment has a problem in financing these services, because
Ireland has the lowest tax rates in Europe, and if the Govern-     In Clareville Court Centre, a senior citizens complex in
ment would slightly increase the tax rates, the income             Glasnevin, a district of Dublin, the European delegate and
yielded by this increase could be used to substantially im-        the manager of the complex welcomed the guests. Clareville
prove health care.                                                 Court Senior Citizens Complex is a sheltered accommoda-
                                                                   tion complex (73 units for 100 residents) with recreational,
Contact: Michael O’Halloran (Chief Executive Officer of the        medical and service facilities.
Irish Senior Citizens Parliament                                   The guests learned that 85% of the Irish population own their
E-mail:        web:                  house. In Clareville Court Centre, infirm older people can
                                                                   buy a housing unit at 1/3 of the sale proceeds of their house
                                                                   (possible as of 60 years, either to the town, which sells it to
                                                                   young families either through a real estate agent). Further-
                                                                   more, they have to pay a low weekly rent, which is calculated
                                                                   on the basis of the income (e.g. for the basic retirement pay

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of approximately € 160, the rent amounts up to € 20 / week).       extreme form of social exclusion. The Training Centre, which
In exchange, the resident gets a small bungalow with a             was visited during the Irish exchange programme, particu-
bedroom, a living room, a kitchen and a bath; moreover, he or      larly concentrates on younger people, but also deploys activi-
she can use all the facilities offered by the centre, such as      ties for senior citizens, such as the “Go for Life“ programme.
assistance and consultancy from a Liaison Officer, nursing
and medical services, participation in many activities such as
gymnastics, bingo, hairdresser, painting class, etc.

Active at European level: the „Summerhill Active Retire-
ment Group“

The „Active Retirement Group“ was already active at the
European level through city fraternisations and exchange
visits with older people groups in Italy and France.
Currently, several preventive health programmes (for disa-
bled people/older women/older men) are organised in
association with partner organisations from Wales through
the European INTERREGIO programme.                                 The Irish cultural evening, organised by Mary Nelly, the
                                                                   enthusiastic initiator of the „Active Retirement Group“ was
The project presentation of the „Active Retirement Group“ at       widely applauded.
the Summerhill Information Centre gave a good impression
of active senior citizens’ work in the Irish County Meath. In
1997, the North Eastern Health Board made premises avail-
able to the Active Retirement Group, at present consisting of
about 90 members, ranging in age from 55 to 95, where the
group could set about establishing the “Third Age Re-
source and Information Centre”. This made it possible for
the group to improve the quality of meeting, to operate more
efficiently and to establish a support office to progress
projects, plan activities and represent the interests of the

The best-known project – a model throughout Europe – is the
“Senior Help Line”, has been existing for five years. This
free phone service provides opportunities for older people to
talk to someone of their own age group. Callers can talk to
one of the older volunteers and calls are taken in the strictest
The service is now operated by over 300 nationwide volun-
teers from 10 centres, who undertake a vigorous 12-weeks
training course before operating the line. The reason for calls
varies from loneliness, need for information, to fear and elder

The fruitful Intergenerational collaboration was demon-
strated by means of a musical accompaniment by the local
primary school.

The older people are also active in the „Navan Travellers
Training Centre“, a project dealing with relationships be-
tween the settled community and the so-called “travellers”.        More information on the activities of the Third Age Resource
Travellers are ethnic Irish people, offering their handicraft      and Information Centre can be found at: www.thirdage-
and services at markets and fairs, who nowadays suffer an

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Seminar: “Older people in Ireland“                                programmes regarding age and ageing mainly treat the fol-
                                                                  lowing subjects: „Mobility“ (stimulation and promotion of the
The participants gained an insight into the situation of senior   independency of chronically sick older people), „Home care
citizens and the structures of Irish policies on older people     and nursing“ (stimulation of the quality, transparency and
during the seminar, which was organised at the European           appropriateness of services), nursing in homes (standardisa-
Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working              tion, rights of senior citizens, elder abuse), elder discrimina-
Conditions in Dublin. Michael O’Halloran, Secretary-Gen-          tion (prejudices, stereotyping, negative attitude) and “Ageing
eral of the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament and Coordinator      in health” (a miscellany of initiatives, resources and reports).
of the Age and Mobility Programme in Ireland moderated the
well-attended seminar.                                            Contact: National Council on Ageing and Older People,
The National Council on Ageing and Older People is an
advisory body of the Ministry of Health, whose members are        Policies for older people in Ireland
designated by the Minister. Its objectives are, amongst           Ivor Callely, Minister for Services for Older People empha-
others:                                                           sized the positive collaboration of the Senior Citizens Parlia-
• Promoting a better understanding of ageing and older            ment with the Irish Government (example: allocation of
    people and advising the Minister in these issues              500,000 euro for the “Go for Life” programme) and explained
• Collaborating with other ministries and other institutions      the key elements of the Irish governmental policies, aiming
    or groups in older people’s issues,                           at:
• Developing strategies and regional programmes for older         • Promoting the full participation of older people to social
    people,                                                           life
• Starting up analyses and research into the living condi-        • Enabling a worthwhile life and independency at home,
    tions and needs of older people in Ireland,                       adapted to their wishes and awarding the required serv-
• By means of the research results, implementing meas-                ices to the people concerned
    ures improving the health, independency and participa-        • Supporting the care and nursing of older people in their
    tion of older people in social life, informing and advising       environment
    the persons concerned                                         • Guaranteeing a high living standard in homes.
• Enabling the access to the required care, nursing and
    health services in order to guarantee an independent life,    Care and Nursing Services (competency: local health cen-
• Identifying and promoting good practises in health care         tres) include the long-term care and nursing, day care and
    and services for older people.                                social and household services.
                                                                  The Minister emphasized that the non-governmental organi-
Bob Carroll, Director of the National Council on Ageing and
                                                                  sations – such as the Alzheimer Foundation, Age and Oppor-
Older People, emphasized the value of the collaboration with
                                                                  tunity, Age Action, The Carers Association or the Older Wom-
the volunteers and the organisations concerned, the latter
                                                                  en’s Network – are invested with a central role. This partner-
especially also through special programmes.
                                                                  ships although do not substitute the industry!
Callely quoted a few demographic data, determining the
                                                                  At this moment, Ireland has 400 private „nursing homes“
development in Ireland:
                                                                  with 15,000 beds. In 2003, the nursing of almost 10,000
- 11% i.e. 436,000 of the population is over 65
                                                                  invalid is subsidised by the Government. Health Boards
- 31% of all older people are infirm or disabled
                                                                  control and watch over the quality of the different social
- 71% of all disabled are over 45 - 42% over 65
- 1/3 of the other 65+ live alone
- 25000 people of over 65 are living in homes                     In order to accommodate this fast demographic develop-
- in 2011, 503,900 people will be over 65 and this figure will    ment, the Government aims at developing the available
    increase up to 858,000 in 2031, i.e. 18% of the total         structures and also of new strategies, in particular the stimu-
    population                                                    lation and promotion of alternative services enabling older
- Between 1996 and 2011, the population of 80+ will in-           people to stay at home instead of in homes. The incentive of
    crease up to 114,000 and in 2031, it will exceed 125%.        care allowances nurses and caretakers, and supplementary
                                                                  support for the local nursing centres and the shifting of
In order to create a positive attitude towards older people and
                                                                  services towards ambulant care will support this strategy.
to stimulate the active citizenship, the equality of chances
                                                                  Currently, a pilot project introducing Personal Care Pack-
and the social integration of senior citizens, the National
                                                                  ages PCPS is being started up.
Council organises conferences and seminars, publishes
many articles and brochures and has its own information           Robert Anderson, representative of the European Founda-
service. The more than 77 research reports and promotion          tion for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions

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introduced the activities of this foundation. The executive of   The Irish program: Initiating politics for seniors
the foundation, publishing annual reports containing data
                                                                 The diversity and extension of the Irish programme –
and analyses regarding the living conditions in Europe on
                                                                 prepared by all the project participants from two districts
behalf of political decision-makers, includes representatives
                                                                 (Nord-Rhein Westfalen and Thüringen), offered the 10 mem-
of the Governments and social partners.
                                                                 bers of the „pilot group“ a good understanding of the living
Results of the current report (2002):
                                                                 conditions of older people in Ireland, as well as of the struc-
- In 2000, 61 millions of people were over 65 years old
                                                                 tures of senior citizens policies and the political and social
    (1960: 34 million)
                                                                 engagement of senior citizens in the small republic located
- The number of 80+ will be doubled in the next 15 years
                                                                 on an island.
- 2/3 of this number will be women
- in 2010, 1/3 of the 65+ will live alone                        Almost all participants were highly impressed by the extreme
- 45% thereof will be 80+                                        commitment of older people in Ireland – both in the political
- the life expectancy will averagely increase up to 78 years     field and in social and inter-generational activities.
                                                                 The hospitality of the persons and organisations involved
                                                                 in the programme, especially of coordinator Michael
                                                                 O’Halloran also was remarkable.
                                                                 The high recognition of the senior citizens commitment by
                                                                 the Government – especially the experience of the Senior
                                                                 Citizens Parliament’s activities and the welcome ceremony,
                                                                 which was organised by important delegates from the Irish
                                                                 Government Policies on Older People in Ireland and the
                                                                 President of the Nation – made a profound impression.
                                                                 Many participants considered the exchange of experiences
                                                                 with colleagues coming from the different participating coun-
                                                                 tries the most important experience – and the best proof that
Seniors in discussion                                            the group visiting Ireland was of transnational origin: the
                                                                 advantages of a multinational exchange, where similar prob-
The foundation wants to treat the new issues and problems        lems of older people can be experienced and discussed,
of the ageing society – especially as the development of the     were clearly revealed.
employment political objectives of the EC, focussing on a        According to the participating senior citizens, the exchange
considerable lifting of the retirement age (currently 61) is     of experiences and discussion –good background infor-
regarded.                                                        mation regarding the living conditions of older people in
The central notion in the European context is the notion         the partner-countries and especially regarding the „en-
„Active ageing“ – up-to-date data in this context:               gagement of older people“ therefore are those elements
- increase of the employment rate of older people:               that – aside from the consideration of mobility barriers -
    (1999 : 62% - 2002 : 64% )                                   should be borne in mind in the programme planning of ex-
- increase of the employment rate of older women                 change projects.
    (1999 : 53% - 2002 : 56%)                                    All participants moreover noticed that European exchange
- of the women ranging from 55-64, only 30% is employed          programmes require a more specific linguistic prepara-
    (men 50%)                                                    tion; this aspect will also play a part in the description self-
Apart from the set-up of a social security system in Eu-         evaluation of the project.
rope, the current themes include avoidance of poverty, social
exclusion and the development of retirement systems such
as health and care systems, the increasing patient mobility
and the development of a European health insurance card.
The research focuses on:
- Ageing and employment
- Quality of life of older people
- Care and nursing services
- Agreement on work and care/part of the family
- Work time models
Further information:
Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Con-
ditions                                                          Welcome by the President of the Irish Republic, Mrs                                             Mary Mc Aleese

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                                                                 20.00 Dinner at the centre Singing evening, pantomime and
 Planned Exchange Visits
                                                                 Wednesday 19
                                                                 10.00 Meeting and discussion with the organisation FIPEC-
                                                                       UPTER (Third Age University) on “Life Long Learn-
                                                                 11.00 Participation in different courses of UPTER (lan-
Exchange Visit in Italie                                               guage classes, IT, painting…)
From Monday 17 to Monday 24 May 2004                             13.30 Lunch at “Recafè”
                                                                 15.30 Guided tour of the historic centre of UPTER
Stops:       ROM, Monterondo, Région du Lac de Nemi et           16.00 A delegation of 12 persons received by Dott. Gianni
             de Genzano,                                               Daverio, Director of the ministry f employment and
             Région Castelli Romani                                    social affairs
                                                                 20.00 Dinner in a very typical restaurant in Rome Trastevere

                                                                 Thursday 20
                                                                 10.00 Meeting and discussion with officials and members
                                                                       of FIPAC on “the pension system in Italy and the
                                                                       needs of the population of older people”
                                                                 13.00 Lunch offered by FIPAC
                                                                 18.00 « Rome, an accessible city for all! », Conference
                                                                       and debate at Campidoglio (Mansion house of
                                                                       Rome) – Protomoteca Piccolla
                                                                       Meeting with Francesca Marchetti, General Direc-
                                                                       torate of social policies in Rome and Raffaela Milano
                                                                       – civil servant at the city of Rome’s social services
Monday 17                                                        19.30 Dinner
         Arrival of participants
                                                                 Friday 21
20.00 Dinner at the restaurant “Cave di S. Ignazio”
                                                                 10.00 Meeting and discussion with the organisation
Tuesday 18                                                             Federconsumatori on « Rights and protection of
                                                                       older consumers »
10.00 Meeting at the European Parliament in Rome
                                                                 11.30 Working groups : « National situations of older
      Introductory talk: “Social policies in Italy and Euro-
                                                                       people : advantages and problems of older con-
      pean projects”
                                                                       sumers, comparison and possible actions»
         Meeting with Claudio Cecchini, representative of
                                                                 13.00 Lunch
         social and family politics for the district of Rome
                                                                 30.30 Departure by bus to Monterotondo
         Welcoming address by Teresa Formisano, repre-
                                                                       Visit of the social centre for older people
         sentative of the social policy department for the
                                                                       Welcome at the Mansion house of Monterotondo,
         district of Lazio
                                                                       Welcome by the Mayor and representatives of so-
         Mario Andrea        Bartolini,   National   President         cial policy and services
                                                                 19.30 Dinner
13.00 Lunch at the European Parliament
14.30 Panorama walk to “San Saba” the day centre for             Saturday 22
      older people in Rome.                                      10.00 Departure for Genzano organised by FORTUR (or-
      Introduction to centre’s activities                              ganisation of social tourism)

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      Meeting and discussion “ Social tourism: how to               Seminar “Pension in sight”
      adapt and make it accessible to older people”                 Lunch at the hotel
13.00 Lunch offered by FORTUR                                       Meeting with people from Immigrant Platform
14.30 Visit to Region of the lake of Nemi and Genzano               Deventer
20.00 Dinner                                                        Group activity : “Nature academy”, Story telling,
                                                                    folkloric dancing and special meal prepared by the
Sunday 23                                                           Platform members
      Morning Free time
                                                              Sunday 19/9
13.00 Lunch
15.30 Evaluation meeting – recommendations for fu-                  Day in Amsterdam
      ture exchange programs                                        Departure by train to Amsterdam
      Farewell dinner                                               Cultural programme with guided walk through city
                                                                    centre organised by Gilde Mee in Mokum (alternative
Monday 24                                                           programme for people with disabilities)
                                                                    Lunch at restaurant Goliath
                                                                    Free afternoon and return to Hotel
Exchange Visit to the Netherlands 16 September - 23
September 2004                                                Monday 20/9
Stops: Soesterberg, Utrecht, Amsterdam,                             Visit to Noord - Brabant
       ’s Hertogenbosch, Helmond                                    Departure by bus to ‘s Hertogenbosch
Host: NPOE and other organisations                                  Welcome at Countyhall by governor Mrs Hanja
Thursday 16/9
                                                                    Lecture: “Vitaal Grijs” (Active Ageing)
      AfternoonArrival of the guests                                Lunch
      Hotel Kontakt der Kontinenten/Cenakel
                                                                    Guided tour around Hertogenbosch, visit to the
18.00 Opening of the visit                                          famous St. Johns Dome, alternative: Canaltour on
      Welcoming dinner & social get together                        the Dieze
      Programme Presentation by NPOE
                                                                    Bustransfer to hotel De Druiventros (double room
Friday 17/9
                                                                    Dinner at hotel
      Day in Utrecht: Reception by Mayor of Utrecht Mrs
      A. Brouwer – Korver (to be confirmed) followed by a     Tuesday 21/9
      tour of the historic town hall.
                                                                    Day in Helmond
      Visit to sheltered housing complex “Hart van
                                                                    Departure by bus to Helmond with visit to a care farm
                                                                    on the way
                                                                    Program by “Zorgboog”
      Visit to HOVO (Higher education for Elderly), Lecture
      by Prof. Dr. R. Maier : “Europe & Migrants”
      Guided tour and visit to the “Pieterskerk” explana-           Continue Program by Zorgboog with visits
      tion and community singing around the cabinet                 Bustransport to Soesterberg with Dinner on the way
      Dinner at Meerstrand College                            Wednesday 22/9
      Transfer to Hotel Kontakt der Kontinenten                     Day at the 50+ Fair Utrecht
                                                                    Visit Utrecht 50+ Beurs
Saturday 18/9                                                       Seminar: “Human Capital”
      Day in Soesterberg: Early morning Fitness for                 Lunch
      50plus                                                        Possibility to attend Workshops

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       Bustransport to Soesterberg
       Farewell diner

Thursday 23/9
       Closing event: Group Evaluation and final recom-
       Lunch Snack

German Exchange Visit 2.10 – 10.10.2004
Stops: Bonn - Eisenach - Weimar - Pößnek - Köln               Elke Tippelmann und Monika Manske
Host: BAGSO and various other organisations                   german coordinators

Saturday 2nd October
                                                              Tuesday 5th October
       Until 14.00 h: Arrival of participants
       18 h 00 Opening session within the framework of the    Morning
       „Week of active citizenship” – “Involvement without          Transfer to Eisenach (Wartburg) - Weimar
       borders“                                                     Traveling in the Middle Ages: Guided Tour of the
       „Age and Mobility“ : Living Europe - Experiences             Wartburg identifying barriers
       of a European Pilot project                                  Arrival and Welcome in Weimar
       Learning together in Europe: European Senior
       Project: Presentations and Discussion
       Opening Exhibiton of a museum project by ZWAR          Wednesday 6th October
       (Transition to Retirement group)                       Morning
Sunday 3rd October                                                   Representing older people’s interest in Euro-
                                                                     pean countries: Seminar
       Culture (s) in dialogue                                Afternoon
                                                                     Guided Tour of the city and visit to the
       Guided Tour and cultural programme in Bonn                    Amalienbibliothek
       Lunch: International Brunch at Arbeiterwohlfahrt              Dinner
       (Workers’ Welfare)
                                                                     Theatre/ Opera
       Presentation of social and cultural projects of
       seniors organised by ZWAR
                                                              Thursday 7th October
       Dinner and Israeli/Oriental dance performance by              Mobility restrictions of older people
       „Mahagal”                                              Morning
                                                                    Transfer to Pößneck- Seminar
Monday 4th October
                                                                    Lunch in a nursing home
       Older people and modern media                                Guided tour of the nursing home Pößneck
       hosted by “Deutsche Telekom“
                                                                     Barriers in the 4th age
       Introduction into federal and state politics
       Virtual Mobility through the Internet: Presentation
       of different Media projects “for Seniors by Seniors“          - How to live without barriers ?
Afternoon                                                            - Daily life barriers for 4th age seniors
       Seniors design media: activities in the Senioren-      Evening
       medienforum Bonn, optional workshop                           in the Reithaus

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Friday 8th October                                        Afternoon
Morning                                                          Cultural Programme Köln –Visiting the cathedral
       Return to Bonn                                     Evening
Afternoon                                                        Attending a performance of the „Seniors theatre“
       Care and voluntary work
                                                                 followed by reception
      Introduction and Workshops (Alzheimer- Society             (Altentheater-Ensemble des Freien Werkstatt-
      and others), “Tenten-Haus der Begegnung”                   theaters Köln)
      Visit to the “Doppelkirche Schwarzrheindorf“/Bonn

Saturday 9th October                                      Sunday 10th October

Morning                                                          Closing event: Group Evaluation and final recom-
      „Home/family nursing care: What it provides and
      what is needed“ Conference/Debate                          Lunch Snack
      (Landesseniorenvertretung NRW)                             Departure of participants
      Welcome at the Mansion house Köln                          More information:

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Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft                                                                    der Senioren-Organisationen

                             German National Association of Senior Citizens' Organizations
                      Unter dem Dach der BAGSO haben sich zusammengeschlossen:
Arbeiterwohlfahrt (AWO) Bundesverband                           Forum für gemeinschaftliches Wohnen im Alter *
Arbeitsgemeinschaft „Evangelische und Ökumenische               Gesellschaft für Gehirntraining e.V. (GfG)
Krankenhaus- und Altenheim-Hilfe” (EKH)                         Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft –
Arbeitsgemeinschaft SPD 60 plus                                 Bundesseniorenausschuss
Arbeitskreis für Gerostomatologie e.V. (AKG) *                  GREENPEACE - TEAM fünfzig PLUS
BAG Alt hilft Jung e.V.                                         Hartmannbund – Verband der Ärzte Deutschlands e.V. –
BDZ - Deutsche Zoll- und Finanzgewerkschaft – AG „Be-           Ausschuss Senioren
dienstete im Ruhestand und Hinterbliebene”                      Industriegewerkschaft Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt
BegegnungsCentrum - Haus im Park der Körber-Stiftung *          JAHRESRINGE Gesamtverband
Betreuungswerk Post Postbank Telekom (BeW)                      Katholische Arbeitnehmerbewegung Deutschlands e.V.
Büro gegen Altersdiskriminierung *                              Katholische Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft für
Bund der Ruhestandsbeamten, Rentner und Hinterblie-             Erwachsenenbildung
benen im DBB (BRH)                                              Katholische Frauengemeinschaft Deutschlands kfd
Bund Deutscher Amateurtheater e.V. (BDAT) *                     Kneipp-Bund e.V.
Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft der Landessenioren-                   Kolpingwerk Deutschland
vertretungen (BAG LSV)                                          komba-gewerkschaft
Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Seniorenbüros e.V. (BaS)              Kommunikationsgewerkschaft DPV
Bundesarbeitskreis Arbeit und Leben DGB/VHS *                   Kuratorium Wohnen im Alter e.V. (KWA)
Bundesforum Katholische Seniorenarbeit (BfKS)                   Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft „Aktiv im Vor-
Bundesinteressenvertretung und Selbsthilfeverband der           ruhestand S-A”e. V. *
Bewohnerinnen und Bewohner von Altenwohn- und Pflege-           Lange aktiv bleiben (LAB) - Lebensabend-Bewegung
einrichtungen e.V. (BIVA)                                       Liberale Senioren LiS@
Bundesverband Gedächtnistraining e.V.                           Memory-Liga e.V.*
Bundesverband Information & Beratung für NS-Verfolgte *         Misereor - Initiative „einfach anders altern”
Bundesverband Seniorentanz e.V.                                 Nationales Netzwerk älterer Frauen e.V. (NäF) *
Dachverband Altenkultur e.V. *                                  NaturFreunde - Verband für Umweltschutz, sanften Touris-
Deutsche Alzheimer Gesellschaft e.V.                            mus; Sport und Kultur
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Freizeit e.V. (DGF)                   NAV - Virchow-Bund *
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Präventivmedizin                      Netzwerk Osteoporose
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Versicherte und Patienten (DGVP)      Senior Experten Service (SES)
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