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Discrimination Issues

Age UK produced a pan-European survey on ageism, in collaboration with the European Research Group on Attitudes to Age (EURAGE) at the University of Kent
 
55,000 Europeans of all ages were surveyed, across 28 countries.  Here are some of the key findings:

• 44 % of Europeans perceive age discrimination as quite serious or very serious
• 35 % report unfair treatment on grounds of age (more than on grounds of gender or race)
• 29 % across all age groups have been insulted, abused or denied services on grounds of age
• 51 % are worried that employers prefer people in their 20s
• 57 % believe that people over 70 contribute little to the economy
• 53 % have no friends over 70.
 
The survey report and briefing are both available via the links below on the Age UK website.  We hope you find them interesting and relevant to your own organizations’ work.  The briefing includes 20 EU policy recommendations on combating discrimination, employment, active ageing and intergenerational solidarity, in the context of the 2012 European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations.
 
EU briefing: Grey Matters – A Survey of Ageism across Europe
http://www.ageuk.org.uk/Documents/EN-GB/For-professionals/ageism_across_europe_report.pdf?dtrk=true
Full survey: Ageism in Europe - Findings from the European Social Survey:
http://www.ageuk.org.uk/Documents/EN-GB/For-professionals/ageism_across_europe_report_interactive.pdf?dtrk=true

 
European report on preventing elder maltreatment, WHO 2011

Elder maltreatment is pervasive in all countries in the WHO European Region, and estimates suggest that at least 4 million people in the Region experience elder maltreatment in any one year. Most countries in the Region have an ageing population, and one third of the population is forecast to be 60 years and older in 2050, putting more people at risk of elder maltreatment.
Elder maltreatment has far-reaching consequences for the mental and physical well-being of tens of millions of older people, and if left unchecked will result in their premature death. Estimates suggest that about 2500 older people may lose their lives annually from elder maltreatment. The report highlights the numerous biological, social, cultural, economic and environmental factors that interact to influence the risk and protective factors of being a victim or perpetrator of elder maltreatment. There is some evidence of effectiveness, and examples include psychological programmes for perpetrators and programmes designed to change attitudes towards older people, improve the mental health of caregivers and, in earlier life, to promote nurturing relationships and social skills learning. The evidence base needs to be strengthened, but much can be done by implementing interventions using an evaluative framework. Prevention and social justice for older people can only be achieved by mainstreaming this response into health and social policy. Surveys show that the public and policy-makers are increasingly concerned about the problem, and the policy response needs to be strengthened to meet this demand.




ABUEL - Abuse of Elderly in Europe

A main aim of this report is to present data on the prevalence of elder abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial, injuries) and description of perpetrators in urban centres of 7 European countries (Germany, Stuttgart, Greece, Athens, Italy, Ancona, Lithuania, Kaunas, Portugal, Porto, Spain, Granada, Sweden, Stockholm). Data on neglect is not presented. Other important aims are to scrutinize factors associated with the different forms of abuse and injuries, and address depressive, anxiety and somatic symptoms, and quality of life relation to important factors (e.g. abuse).

Read the report
    

Discrimination in the EU in
2009


Read about Age Discrimination on pages 13 and 14

Read also:
http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/archives/ebs/ebs_317_fact_el_en.pdf

The
2007 European Year of Equal Opportunities for All
Thematic Report on Age
- December 2008
   

2007 European year of equal opportunities for all


Read the publication of European Committee titled “Putting Equality into Practice: What role for positive action?” where are presented different opinions for the positive action in the frames of employment or not employment.
                                              
 

AGE-BASED INEQUALITIES IN MEDICAL TREATMENT
Executive summary. Read>>


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