EU research programmes

There is extensive current and recent research into ageing and social care of older people in Europe. Below is a small selection of documents and links to research programmes on ageing and older people:

European Charter of the rights and Responsibilities of older people in need of long-term care and assistance

Introduction to the European Institutions and the European Union Policy-Making Processes

SEELERNETZ - Seniors in Europe learn in Networks - is a European project in which older people have the opportunity to better participate in learning processes by coming together in social groups (networks). A cooperation of several countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece and Romania, researches the daily activities of this target group and uses the findings to create a practical model that can have various applications.
SEELERNETZ is an educational project for older and with older people.


50+ Hellas is a Non - governmental and not- for- profit Organization which aims to improve the quality of life of those over 50 years of age in Greece.

EURAG Bund der Alteren Generation Europas European Federation of Older People

Created in 1962, Eurag is a non profit independent organisation. Through its 148 member organisations, in 33 European countries, EURAG represents millions of older people in Europe . Eurag works on the improving of the quality of the social and political standards of living of older people.

Charter for the Elderly

The Charter for the Elderly establishes the rights and responsibilities that protect older persons where it is necessary and which enable them to make a contribution to society in accordance with their own abilities.

 EURAG also employs this Charter as a framework for testing government policy and institutions.


The British Institute of Human Rights

Older people and human rights project

Human rights have huge potential to change the lives of older people - especially those who face abuse, neglect and isolation.

In April 2009, BHIR released a joint report with Age UK entitled Older People and Human Rights. One of the key findings of this report was that although there is awareness and genuine concern over the issues faced by older people, these issues are rarely framed as human rights issues. Older people often don't even know that they have rights - or that local authorities are legally bound to uphold them.

International Day of Older Persons

The United Nations' General Assembly designated 1 October the International Day of Older Persons by resolution 45/106 of 14 December 1990, following up on initiatives such as the Vienna International Plan of Action on Ageing, adopted by the 1982 World Assembly on Ageing and endorsed later that year by the General Assembly


EURAGE is an international project investigating attitudes to age across Europe. Its team designed the attitudes to age module in the European Social Survey and is currently analysing the findings from 28 countries and over 50,000 respondents. One of the main goals is to disseminate its findings and to inform policy-makers, stakeholders and end-users from different countries about ageism, age attitudes and their relationships to the societal context. It works closely with a number of organizations, such as the Department of Work and Pensions (UK), Age UK (formerly Age Concern & Help the Aged) and theInstitute of Ageing in Portugal

AGE Platform Europe

AGE Platform Europe is a European network of around 150 organisations of and for people aged 50+ which aims to voice and promote the interests of the 150 million senior citizens in the European Union and to raise awareness on the issues that concern them most.

European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies supports and promotes evidence-based health policy-making through comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the dynamics of health care systems in Europe.

Health reports relating to the 4 twinned towns are available as PDFs from the above link in the respective languages. The relevant documents in English can be opened by clicking on the relevant country: (UK) - (France) - (Germany) - (Greece).