Senior citizens and care
Much like the rest of Europe, the German population is ageing. In an effort to find positive responses to ageing societies, EU member states are continuously developing new socio-political concepts and instruments, for instance in the field of care for the elderly: from national dementia strategies to the provision of support services for families and the elderly at the local level. Additionally, and in light of the role of family carers, measures for reconciling work and care have been taking an important position on the political agenda of EU countries.
Young CarersYoung carers are defined as minor children and adolescents who regularly care for chronically ill family members. Two to four percent of all minors in western countries are considered so-called Young Carers. This expertise provides an overview of the situation of Young Carers and describes existing support measures in Austria, the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Avoiding elder abuse in the home care of people with dementia
People with dementia are especially vulnerable to suffer from elder abuse. Violence and abuse by family care givers is often a sign of a lack of knowledge about the disease or of a physical and mental overload. A European Expert Meeting therefore discussed the following questions: How can caring relatives be informed, supported and unburdened? How can signs of violence, mistreatment and abuse be recognised and effectively prevented without stigmatizing?
How do European countries respond to the increasing numbers of people suffering from dementia? In many countries, dementia strategies set the framework for these challenges. Our publications discuss the commonalities and differences of dementia strategies as well as favourable conditions for their implementation.