Senior citizens and care
Much like the rest of Europe, the German population is ageing. In an effort to find positive responses to ageing societies, EU member states are continuously developing new socio-political concepts and instruments, for instance in the field of care for the elderly: from national dementia strategies to the provision of support services for families and the elderly at the local level. Additionally, and in light of the role of family carers, measures for reconciling work and care have been taking an important position on the political agenda of EU countries.
80 percent of care in Europe is provided by informal caregivers. Family carers are especially reliant on information and counselling on care issues. Furthermore, they should have access to information about their rights as carers. Advice and support for family carers can positively contribute to their own health and can prevent them from becoming overburdened. The expertise “Young Carers – Support measures in Austria, the United Kingdom and Ireland” shows furthermore that many children and adolescents are caregivers who would be highly benefited from support and advice.
Avoiding elder abuse in the home care of people with dementia
People with dementia are especially vulnerable to suffer from elder abuse. Violence and abuse by family caregivers is often a sign of a lack of knowledge about the disease or of a physical and mental overload. A European Expert Meeting therefore discussed the following questions: How can caring relatives be informed, supported and unburdened? How can signs of violence, mistreatment and abuse be recognised and effectively prevented without stigmatizing?
How do European countries respond to the increasing numbers of people suffering from dementia? In many countries, dementia strategies set the framework for these challenges. Our publications discuss the commonalities and differences of dementia strategies as well as favourable conditions for their implementation.