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The research project SIforAGE held a session on active and healthy aging at the European Parliament

The project SIforAGE will close with a series of sessions in the University of Barcelona on the 19th, 20th and 21st October.

The project SIforAGE will close with a series of sessions in the University of Barcelona on the 19th, 20th and 21st October.

19/04/2016

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A legislation against age discrimination must be elaborated and a European directive should be created. This conclusion is in one of the documents within the European project SIforAGE (Social Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing), organized by the GISME group (gisme.eu) of the University of Barcelona. On Monday April 18 the European Parliament held a session, in which the work of this project were exposed, with the participation of some public officers and social agents involved in the aging and academic fields.

Since 2012, SIforAGE has promoted the social innovation on active and healthy aging, as well as the participation of civil society in its research. It has also driven some aging-related training activities with policy designers. The presentation in Brussels coincides with a series of sessions in several European cities with policy designers, as well as with the European Parliament aim to introduce policies in order to overcome the understanding of aging as a burden.

The opening ceremony of the session will be driven by member of the Parliament Josef Weidenholzer, Professor Javier Tejada (director of GISME), and the President of the European Federation of Older Persons, Dirk Jarré. Among the other participants there will be the Professor from the University of Barcelona Nobert Bilbeny, who will chair a session on the importance of a perspective which takes all life stages into account when it comes to aging; and Joan Guardia, in a roundtable about policy designs of this field.
In the document Best practices on evidence–based policymaking and policy recommendations on Active and Healthy Ageing, created by SIforAGE, some policies are analysed. These policies have been applied in different European countries. There are some recommendations on the aging-related legislation. A lack of coordination in some administration levels is highlighted and they also stress that it is needed to change negative stereotypes related to aging and not only focusing on legal action. Also, it is fundamental that older people participate in the innovation activities and the introduction of the new technologies aimed at them, among other things.
This session in the Parliament is expected to make people conscious of the importance of the demographic change as a priority in European integration. They also want to highlight the need of this debate being based on scientific evidence.

The project SIforAGE will close with a series of sessions in the University of Barcelona on the 19th, 20th and 21st October which will hold an event to the general public in CaixaForum.

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