The APPCARE Final Conference and FILO Joint events

03 June 2019

The Health Program-funded APPCARE project (Appropriate Care Pathway), guided by the Local Health Authority Marca Trevigiana has successfully come to an end with the APPCARE Final Conference on May 23rd  2019 at the Committee of the Regions in collaboration with  the FILO project (Fighting Against Loneliness), funded by Erasmus+. As well known, the issue of ageing population is already setting the scene for a change in the approach towards the elderly and their social care, which need to be innovated and rethought, and this is exactly what the conference was all about. Thanks to the contribution of the Veneto Region, represented by the President of the Regional Council Roberto Ciambetti, and the support of the European networks Covenant on Demographic Change, PROMIS, ENSA and ELISAN, the conference day managed to exchange the APPCARE project results, deployment and findings, aimed at contributing to the promotion of active and healthy ageing.  Valuable inputs were also given by SEFAC, EFFICHRONIC and SCIROCCO projects.

As already mentioned, the FILO project brought relevant contributions  to the event. Born following the sadly known case of an old lady found dead in her house in Rotterdam after 10 years from her demise, its purpose is to tackle the issue of loneliness among the elderly. Guided by the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, the project had the chance to unveil its achievements through study visits in Roeselare on May 22nd aimed at exchanging innovative and effective practices.

The Covenant on Demographic Change gave its contribution thanks to Elise Van Opstal, member of the Board and AIPA Platform Coordinator, who emphasized the utmost importance of the creation of age-friendly environments, which are built upon the synergy between the physical and social environments and the municipal services. Elise Van Opstal gave an insight into the actions being taken by the Flemish municipality of Stad Aalst to integrate health and social care in neighborhood support, a project that created a neighborhood network that unfolded in two phases and embedded values of trust and safety, self-reliance, helpfulness, community support, social contact, as well as keeping it simple and user-friendly.

Among the International Authorities,  the Council of Europe, represented by Thierry Mathieu,  took the stand sharing the Recommendation on social policy, health and human rights issued by the Council.

Not by chance, the actions directed towards inclusiveness recalled the 11th SDG of the United Nations. In fact, the Veneto Region has had a close collaboration with the latter that gave birth to “Inclusive cities for sustainable families”, a project also supported by the IFFD (international Federation for Familiy Development) and the  ELISAN network.  To be noted that the project is open to all cities and Regions willing to actively contributing to the implementation of this SDG by signing the “Venice Declaration”, a commitment of action on 10 points including education, health care, vulnerable families.

No doubt, the models suggested during the conference will foster the contribute to the implementation of the SDGs and could be selected as good practices by the PROMIS -  Programma Mattone Internazionale, the European network that puts forward recommendations and promotes the exchange of regional good practices on innovative integrated services.

Thanks to the contribution of influential and passionate speakers, the APPCARE project closed with a renovated awareness on the steps made towards inclusiveness and social care, but also with the hope that its path, along with the exchange of good practices, will pave the way for future field initiatives.

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