INCLUSage - Debating older people's needs

INCLUSage - Debating older people's needs

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AGE member organisations from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, Poland and Slovakia implmented during 2008-2010 a social inclusion project, INCLUSage – Debating Older People’s Need. The project sought to promote participatory debates at local and national level on the multiple aspects of poverty and social exclusion among older people. INCLUSage long-term goal was to set up in each partner country a durable consultation process/framework including older people’s organizations, policy-makers and other relevant stakeholders at all levels.

The final stage of the project was focused on the development of a‘Guide for Civil Dialogue on Promoting Older People’s Social Inclusion’. The Guide presents national examples of good practice of civil dialogue on ageing issues, including also those that promote social inclusion in old age. The Guide also makes some proposals on how best to implement and participate in the civil dialogue process across all national policy-making levels: from governmental level down through to regional and local level strategies and initiatives which aim to improve the daily lives of older people. We hope that the Guide (see below eight linguistic versions of the Guide) will be used by both older people’s organisations and public authorities at all levels in order to facilitate a broad dialogue between relevant stakeholders.