INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
ON COMPREHENSIVE AGING STRATEGIES

Štih Hall, Cankarjev dom

Wednesday, 30th of September 2015

   
 
       
14.00–16.00 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COMPREHENSIVE AGING STRATEGIES

 
Ensuring a quality, active and healthy ageing in European countries is connected with the change of the existing social protection systems and a different role of elderly in the society. Well-functioning social protection systems, which are regulated with a consensus and based on intergenerational cooperation and solidarity, are of key importance for the well-being of the entire population.

The needs and expectations of elderly people are related to maintaining or strengthening of the acquired social rights as well as personal and generational dignity. In this context, the most important for them are a stable pension policy, the availability and quality of health care and social services, quality organisation of assistance and care as well as employment policy. Longevity should not be a social burden but important social development potential.

A number of documents were adopted in the past years by The United Nations, The World Health Organisation and The European Commission with the goal to encourage the member states to adapt their development to new challenges of the ageing society.

Slovenia has many experiences in forming age and ageing-related political and systemic solutions as well as in preparing strategic documents in this field. Practical experiences show that strategic documents should focus on those activities which could get enough understanding and support on national and local level and active cooperation of all stakeholders.

In 2013 The Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities and The Ministry of Health have initiated activities to prepare a comprehensive strategy on active and healthy ageing for the period till 2020, which will be the basis for different reforms and measures in the area of employment and work activity, retirement, health promotion in old age and development of long-term care.

With a thematic conference on this year’s Festival of the third age we would like to encourage politicians and civil society to find appropriate solutions to the challenges posed by demographic changes by preparing compressive national strategies on active and healthy ageing.

The Conference will take place on 30th of September 2015 at 2 PM in Šhill hall in Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana and will be divided into two parts. The first part will be devoted to four lectures regarding the preparation of the comprehensive aging strategies, their content and ways of implementation. In the second part of the conference the participants will have an opportunity to exchange their views with the lecturers.

The panel lectures will be presented by:

dr. Stefania Ilinca, European Centre for Social and Welfare Policy, Vienna
The European Centre provides expertise in the fields of welfare and social policy development in a broad sense – in particular in areas where multi- or interdisciplinary approaches, integrated policies and inter-sectoral actions are called for. 

dr. Jože Ramovš, Anton Trstenjak Institute of Gerontology and Intergenerational Relations, Ljubljana
Anton Trstenjak Institute of Gerontology and Intergenerational Relations is a Slovenian national scientific and expert institution working and researching in the gerontology and good intergenerational relations field in Slovenia. The institute was founded by experts, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Art and The Government of The Republic of Slovenia. Since 2005 the institute is actively involved in preparation of different national strategic documents related to aging and demographic changes.

Tereza Novak, Slovene Philanthropy
Slovene Philanthropy, Association for promotion of voluntary work, is a humanitarian organization operating in public interest since 1992. Our programs are aimed at increasing the quality of life in the community and advocacy for the socially weak. The central activity of Slovene Philanthropy is the promotion of volunteering. We firmly believe that through volunteering we can all contribute to a better and more tolerant society, based on the respect of all people regardless of their personal or living circumstances.

Uroš Prikl, Committee on Labour, Family, Social Policy and Disability at National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia
The Committee on Labour, Family, Social Policy and Disability at The National Assembly discusses bills and other acts and issues that affect the lives of the elderly.

The event will be moderated by Davorin Dominkuš, the president of the programme board of The Festival of The Third Age.

The conference is a part of The International Day Programme of the 15th Festival of the third age that will take place on Wednesday 30th of September 2015 in Štih Hall in Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana. The first part of the programme will be an international conference “How to reach active ageing” hosted by MEPs Ivo Vajgl (DeSUS/Alde).

The working language of the conference will be English.


SCHEDULE


     
14.00
 
The start of the conference
14.00–15.00
 
Introductory lectures and presentations:
  • dr. Stefania Ilinca, European Centre for Social and Welfare Policy, Vienna
  • Tereza Novak, Slovene Philanthropy
  • Jože Ramovš, Anton Trstenjak Institute of Gerontology and Intergenerational Relations, Ljubljana
  • Uroš Prikl, Committee on Labour, Family, Social Policy and Disability at National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia
15.00–16.00  
Discussion with international participants
16.00
 
End of the conference
     

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