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The benefits of pets for the elderly promoted in a new EU-wide campaign

The International Federation for Animal Health Europe (IFAH-Europe) has just launched the campaign We Care, which aims to show how older people can boost their health and activity levels by spending time with pets.


Britain is “woefully underprepared” for a rapidly ageing population, warns a House of Lords report

The House of Lords Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change issued on March 14th its first report, stating that the United Kingdom is "woefully underprepared" for ageing and calling for an urgent action by Government. The Committee says that the rapidly ageing population will have a huge impact on British society and public services and unless Government and all political parties address this, the gift of longer life could lead to a series of crises.


Active Ageing Index (AAI) to measure untapped potential of seniors in the EU, now available on a dedicated wiki

A new Active Ageing Index (AAI) wiki has just been launched online by the European Commission and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) aiming to enhance the availability of this new statistical tool to all its potential users.


Hungary closes a fruitful European Year 2012, with more than 250 events organised to encourage active ageing and intergenerational solidarity

The European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012 in Hungary was officially closed on March 8th with a conference held at the Ministry of National Resources, in Budapest.


New document of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training about the 'silver economy'

The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) has just released the document “Silver workers – golden opportunities”, which builds on the data and findings of its latest studies on working and ageing, presented during the European Year 2012.


Food Design competition aims to add a new twist to European grandmas’ baking recipes

Professional designers, chefs and artists dedicated to food design are encouraged to take part in the first Grandma’s Design competition, which is part of a transnational project implemented during the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012.


A compendium of essays highlighting the challenges and opportunities of ageing for women, launched in celebration of International Women’s Day 2013

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2013 on March 8th, the International Longevity Centre–UK has published a compendium of essays entitled “Ageing and Women: Has the sisterhood forgotten older women?”


Eighty per cent of people living in British care homes have dementia or memory problems, according to a new Alzheimer’s Society report

Eighty per cent of people living in British care homes have either dementia or severe memory problems. However, while excellent care exists, less than half of them are enjoying a good quality of life, according to a new Alzheimer’s Society report published this week.


Een succesvol Europees Jaar 2012 in Nederland wordt afgesloten met een evenement in Amsterdam dat de hele dag duurt

Meer dan 300 gasten kwamen op 28 februari in Amsterdam bijeen om deel te nemen aan het landelijke slotevenement van het Europees jaar voor actief ouder worden en solidariteit tussen generaties in Nederland. Vertegenwoordigers van verschillende generaties, culturen en belangstelling woonden het dagprogramma met films, presentaties, opvoeringen en discussies bij dat georganiseerd werd door het Nederlands Informeel Netwerk dat bij de viering van het Europees Jaar 2012 betrokken was.


The second edition of the generations@school competition invites young students and seniors to talk about Europe

Building on the success of last year’s first edition, the European Commission is launching generations@school 2013, a competition which takes the European Day of Solidarity between Generations (29 April) as an opportunity to organise activities in the classroom that bring pupils together with seniors and contribute to a better understanding of each other.

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