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Grundtvig Project on Elder Abuse

Age Action, along with partners in Finland, Italy and Romania, was successful in obtaining funding under the Grundtvig element of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme to address the issue of elder abuse.

A brief overview of the project is provided below with further details available on the project's Combating Elder Abuse website here.

Aim of the Project

A common need of the partner organisations in this project is to continuously find new knowledge and ways to educate, train and support local and national authorities, informal and professional carers and volunteers to protect older people from abuse, to empower older people themselves to take over their own lives and to create opportunities for their participation in society. There is also a need for greater inter-agency collaboration and protocols and improvement of services.

This project provides an opportunity to share this knowledge, training material and further develop existing tools. The partners have been and currently are involved in different European level activities and projects. This makes it possible to expand knowledge on the prevention of elder abuse at a European level.

The objectives of this project are to:

  • Expand knowledge and awareness on ways to prevent elder abuse at a local, national and European level;
  • Share and develop innovative training material and methods and ways to raise awareness of elder abuse among volunteers, informal carers and older people and their families; and
  • Engage in national elder abuse awareness raising through involvement in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) events.

The objectives will be achieved by sharing knowledge and experiences and exploring existing training materials as well as identifying other initiatives such as supportive activities including support groups, counselling services, help lines etc. for those who have experienced abuse. This gives rich and innovative ideas for training practices, methods, material and services targeted for older people.

Outcomes

The outcome of the project is an introductory training and awareness raising resource pack for volunteers, informal carers, older people and their families.

Partnership

The partnership of this project proposal was based on a recent European level project “Wellbeing and Dignity of Older people, WeDO” (2010-2012).

Partners from Finland, Italy and Romania participated in the project work. 

In addition to Age Action, the other partnership members were:

  • Suvanto (Finland) - The Finnish Association For A Safe Old Age, is a national non-governmental organization. The goal of the association is to raise on the issue of elder abuse and neglect
  • Anziani e Non Solo (Italy) - is a NGO working in the field of social innovation.
  • Asociatia HABILITAS Centru de Resurse si Formare Profesionala (Romania) - Habilitas delivers professional adult training and counselling services in social, psychological and educational projects and programs.

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Input into the Nursing Home Expert Panel on perspectives and experiences in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic

(17 June) The Alliance of Age Sector NGOs, represented by Age Action, is meeting with the Nursing Home Expert Panel to communicate perspectives and experiences in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on nursing homes, with a particular focus on planning the further responses to nursing homes’ needs over the next 18 months.  National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), chaired by the Government’s Chief Medical Officer, was established in January. It has been providing direction, guidance, support and expert advice on the development and implementation of Ireland’s strategic response to the pandemic. The Panel is due to report to the Minister for Health by end June 2020 and is has undertaken a public consultation details of which are available here.