A huge demographic change versus austerity programs
Lord Foulkes pointed out the huge demographic change taking place. Soon in Europe, he said, 25% of our population will be over 65; And in the world as a whole there will be 40 million people over the age of 85, particularly vulnerable older people. And meanwhile, the working population is reducing. The income and the wealth of the countries is going down. And we are also going through a time when governments around Europe are talking about making cuts. They have programs of austerity. They do in the UK and in many other European countries.
A guarantee of charter for older people
So it is even more important. It is now absolutely the right time that we should get an agreement through the Council of Europe to get a guarantee or charter for older people.
The rapporteur calls for a Charter at Council of Europe level to
- make sure that there is no discrimination against any person in any service as a result of their age whether it be health service or insurance
- garantee a minimum level of income
- provide an appropriate housing (comfort, security).
- foster active ageing because the more active a person is, the more likely he or she will not need the services of society, social services and health services.
- Getting health and social care working together providing adequate services
- regular monitoring and inspection in services for the elderly to make sure that older people are not being abused since no one admits that older people are being abused in their country. In some cases by their own relatives, in other cases in institutions.