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Projects in partnership

Author:
SCHWEITZER Pam
Journal article citation:
Journal of Dementia Care, 12(5), September 2004, p.18.
Publisher:
Hawker

Describes recent and forthcoming projects from the European Reminiscence Network, an association of practitioners from 14 countries. Making Memories Matter, involving 6 countries, creates Life Portrait Boxes making a statement for and by an older person. A Spanish project, Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today, is aimed at families coping with dementia, focusing on intact memory and remaining skills rather than deficits and the downward trajectory of skills. The PHARE project trains psychologists, nurses and home care organisers from 5 Romanian cities in reminiscence work.

Book

International perspectives on community care for older people

Editors:
SCHARF Thomas, WENGER G. Clare
Publisher:
Avebury
Publication year:
1995
Pagination:
243p.,tables,bibliogs.
Place of publication:
Aldershot

Research study.

Journal article

Ageing and health status in adults with intellectual disabilities: results of the European Pomona II study

Authors:
HAVEMAN Meindert, et al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 36(1), March 2011, pp.49-60.
Publisher:
Informa Healthcare

POMONA II was a European Commission funded public health project collecting information from 14 countries using a set of key health indicators specifically relevant for people with intellectual disabilities. This research focused on age-specific differences relating to environmental and lifestyle factors and the 17 medical conditions measured by the POMONA Checklist of Health Indicators. The article describes how information was collected using the POMONA Health Interview Survey and Evaluation Form from a sample of 1,253 participants in Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. It then presents the results of the analysis, with tables showing characteristics of people with intellectual disabilities in the study, frequency of social contacts with relatives or friends according to age, lifestyle risk factors in people with intellectual disabilities according to age, and general and age-specific prevalence rates of health problems. The authors discuss how healthy older adults with intellectual disabilities are with regard to lifestyle factors, and whether there are health disparities between older adults with and without intellectual disabilities. They note that some evidence of health disparities was found for older people with intellectual disabilities, particularly in terms of under diagnosed or inadequately managed preventable health conditions.

Journal article

International migrations and care provisions for elderly people left behind. The cases of the Republic of Moldova and Romania

Author:
VIANELLO Francesca Alice
Journal article citation:
European Journal of Social Work, 19(5), 2016, pp.779-794.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

International migrations are posing numerous challenges to care systems in both sending and receiving countries. Based on a multi-method research conducted between 2011 and 2013, this article looks at how the care provisions for elderly people are rearranged in two Eastern European countries affected by the care drain phenomenon (the Republic of Moldova and Romania). The author charts and compares how transnational families, but also the other facets of the care diamond, such as the public sector, the market and the not-for-profit sector, provide care to elderly people left to cope at home alone because their close relatives have migrated. The main findings of the article are that transnational families are the principal welfare provider for elderly people left behind, while there is a serious delay in the adoption of specific policies for the elderly. (Publisher abstract)

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A good place to grow older: synthesis report: Peer Review in Social Protection and Social Inclusion 2010, London, 18-19 January 2011

Authors:
HOKEMA Anna, TESCH-ROMER Clemens
Publisher:
Peer Review in Social Protection and Social Inclusion
Publication year:
2011
Pagination:
40p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Vienna

Peer Reviews are a key instrument of the EU framework ‘the open method of coordination’. They aim to enable open discussion on social protection and social inclusion policies in the different EU Member States and facilitate the mutual learning process among them. This publication reports on a Peer Review held in London in January 2011 which focused on strategies for building ‘a good place to grow older’. The Peer Review was hosted by the UK Department for Work and Pensions and also involved representatives from Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Romania and Spain. This publication covers: the policy debate at European level; the main elements of the UK’s policy; the experiences in peer countries and stakeholder contributions; and discussions at the Peer Review meeting covering UK policy reforms (including pension reform and reforms to health and social care), the role of ‘Big Society’, and the principles behind the reforms. The main conclusions and key lessons to emerge from the Peer Review relate to: the transferability of the UK reforms; older people as a societal resource; old age as part of life’s course; diversity; active ageing and the extension of working life; volunteering; partnerships across sectors; the role of stakeholder organisations; access to information; the role of the environment; and strategies for scaling up pilot projects.

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Knee jerk journalism about social work in Romania and Britain

Author:
JACK Raymond
Journal article citation:
Social Work in Europe, 3(1), 1996, pp.40-42.
Publisher:
Russell House

Gives an optimistic account of the present state of social work and social welfare in Romania. Looks in particular at recent initiatives in social work education which are helping to re-assert social work as a profession in Romania which has the respect of its population. Also argues that social work in the UK could benefit from a more supportive environment.

Book

Caring for older Europeans: comparative studies in 29 countries

Author:
GIARCHI George Giacinto
Publisher:
Arena
Publication year:
1996
Pagination:
547p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
Aldershot

Provides a reference source for various modes of care (both formal and informal) for older people throughout Europe. Each chapter follows the same format and covers: demography; socio-political and administrative background; social security and pensions; housing; health care; mental health care; residential care; personal social services; voluntary care agencies and support organisations; leisure pursuits and education; and older people in rural areas.

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