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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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A Fair Society for All? Listening to the Voices of Older People

Often, inequalities experienced by older people reflect an accumulated disadvantage which can be as a result of factors such as socio-economic status, health, gender, location. How existing inequalities impact on us as we age is something we in Age Action explored through a panel discussion 10 September – A Fair Society For All? Listening to the Voice of Older People – in Croke Park, on the occasion of the Annual General Meeting 2019.

An audience of over 160 people, including members of Age Action and people working in the ageing sector, joined the conversatoin which included a panel disucssion moderated by the CEO Paddy Connolly. The discussion centred on a discussion paper, Equality for All - Older People for Equality, published by Age Action in advance.The  panel set the scene with inputs from Michael Taft, Economist and political economy columnist, Colette Bennett, Policy Analyst Social Justice Ireland, Deirdre Garvey, CEO The Wheel, Ailbhe Smith, Co-Director of Together for Yes.