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SIforAGE members present in the “5e Colloque International REIACTIS”

02 February / 2016
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During the 10th, 11th and 12th of February, 2016, various members of the SIforAGE project will be present during the “5e Colloque International REIACTIS”. This year, the event will be titled “Vieillisement et Pouvoir d’Agir: Entre Ressources et Vulnérabilités”.

The event addresses the dynamics of the vulnerability and resources related to advanced age in terms of the powers to act which older people may maintain or acquire throughout their life trajectory. It is co-organized by the Haute Ecole de Travail Social from the HES·SO (University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) and the National Centre of Research “Surmonter la vulnérabilité: perspective de parcours de vie” (PRN LIVES). It represents a major event of the year 2016 within the study of ageing in the human and social sciences.

There are three pillars on which the conference is built: “The power to act related to social innovation and collective action”, “Public action and reconfiguration of the citizenship of the elderly” and “Adaptation and socialization during the aging course”.  

During the workshop dedicated to solitude on the February the 10th, SIforAGE members Filomena Gerardo (SCML and Dinamia-CET), Dirk Jarré (EURAG), Edita Satiene (SIC, Seniors Initiative Centre), Elena Urdaneta and Xavier Allirot (both from the Basque Culinary Center Fundazioa) will present their work on “The needs, opportunities and limits to participation of the older people in society”. This conference will be based on the results from the studies done within the framework of SIforAGE. Also, on February the 11th, Ieva Stončikaitė (DEDAL-LIT) will present a poster introducing the project. Both presentations will be the perfect manner to spread the word of the SIforAGE project.

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SIforAGE member Norbert Bilbeny from GISME group at Spark Workshop del European Institut of Technology / Campus Health

01 February / 2016
  science  |  SIforAGE

SIforAGE member Norbert Bilbeny, from group GISME-UB, takes part in a Spark Workshop, at the European Institute of Technology / Campus Health. The event was held on January 29th, and 30th, 2016, in Leiden Academy, Holland.

The workshop main topic was to explore the need for a paradigm shift in health care, according to concepts and definitions of wellbeing and quality of life. In particular, the workshop took into account decisive issues such as: the difference in wellbeing perception in different EU countries, and which wellbeing parameters contribute across countries and in which proportion, how to identify target groups and develop measures in due accordance, how to identify these group’s needs, and how to communicate with them, and engage them.

SIforAGE member talked on the importance of transcultural assistance to elderly persons. He addressed the topic of the conference from a transcultural point of view. He pointed out that today’s cities diversity should be taken into account in developing an account of wellbeing. He highlights that plurality is especially relevant as the wellbeing account directly affects key issues of the human being such as: health, illness, happiness, disappointment, etc.  

Documents from the workshop may be available on demand. 

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SIforAGE member Elza De Souza participates in the “2015 International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges”

23 December / 2015
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The “2015 International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges:  10 Years after the Edmonton Charter” was held in Canada during the 22nd and 25th of June. SIforAGE member Elza de Souza (from Fundação Universidade de Brasilia-DSC) participated and made a presentation on “Active ageing in an intergenerational perspective: a strategy for a health promoting University”, in which she concluded that Active and Healthy Ageing is possible in a variety of means. She also explained that intergenerational activities seem to be a strategy to promote Active and Healthy Ageing process and they can be an initiative of the universities to interact with the community; it deserves well-planned practice and more research to show effectiveness.

The VII International Congress created a dynamic meeting place for researchers, practitioners, administrators, students and policy-makers from around the world to explore pressing issues and identify promising paths for healthy and sustainable campus development. The Charter development process engaged people from 45 countries: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Republic of Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, The Netherlands, United Kingdom (England, Scotland), United States, Uruguay, Venezuela.

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SIforAGE promotes an intergenerational activity at ISCTE-IUL

21 December / 2015
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Under the International Day of Older Persons, the SIforAGE project promoted an intergenerational activity between users of the Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa (SCML) and students of the Master in Social Psychology of Health from the ISCTE-IUL.

The initiative took place past Wednesday, 28th of October, at ISCTE-IUL, in the context of the Platform for Aging on Social Networks in Lisbon with an intergenerational session that promoted a reflection on the city of Lisbon and its future. To Filomena Gerardo, scientific coordinator of the project SIforAGE in Santa Casa da Misericordia de Lisboa (SCML), "this work reflects once again the commitment of the institution to promote actions that join public of different ages”. Sibila Marques from ISCTE-IUL stresses that "this is more a promotional opportunity of our intergenerational program imAGES, extending it now to a University audience. This type of action is absolutely essential in promoting a society for all ages in the future”.

The action was attended by a group of students and seniors who reflected on the future of our society a real set of social change effort. You can find more information about this event in the following link:

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SIforAGE partner Dirk Jarré presents his report Recommendations For Decision Makers To Promote Active Ageing In A Society For All Ages

20 December / 2015
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Under the leadership of Dirk Jarré, President of The European Federation of Older People (EURAG), the NGO Committee on Ageing in the United Nations in Vienna has intensely cooperated with the SIforAGE Project over the last two-and-a-half years. Two workshops have been organized jointly: one has been a brainstorming and analytical session aimed at identifying barriers and obstacles for participation and inclusion, but also to highlight opportunities and action to be taken.  The second one worked on conclusions to be drawn from the analysis of good and bad practice examples.

On the basis of these two cooperation experiences the NGO Committee on Ageing Vienna has published a report entitled "Recommendations for Decision Makers to Promote Active Ageing in a Society for All Ages", written by SIforAGE partner Dirk Jarré. The publication contains 31 comments and recommendations in 7 sections. These comments and recommendations are destined to be used by decision-makers in various areas and at different levels.

The publication has already been distributed at the celebration of the International Day of Older Persons at the United Nations in Vienna on 1st of October 2015 and at the Working Group on Ageing of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva in November 2015. It will now be disseminated in a great number of copies to the leading global and European civil society organizations dealing with ageing issues as well as to public and semi-public structures in the region.

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