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
- Seniors in
SEELERNETZ is an educational project for older and with older people.
a Non - governmental and not- for- profit Organization which aims to
improve the quality of life of those over
– Bund der Alteren Generation Europas – European Federation of Older
1962, Eurag is a non profit independent organisation. Through its 148 member
organisations, in 33 European countries, EURAG represents millions of older
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.
also employs this Charter as a framework for testing government policy and
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 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.
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).