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The European voice for informal carers

Successful Eurocarers’ Study Visit on ICT-based solutions for carers last 12 September in Brussels.

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3. Call for proposals on social innovation and national reforms – Long-term care
4. Risks Perceived by Frail Male Patients, Family Caregivers and Clinicians in Hospital: Do they Change after Discharge? A Multiple Case Study
5. Housing: an Educational European Road to Civil Rights
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7. EPDA survey on the challenges of Parkinson’s carers
8. Country Specific Recommendations issued by the European Commission on 5 June: what is in it for carers?
9. Offer European Youth a perspective, offer them a job placement via the European Solidarity Corps!
10. Council Register – Implementation of the EU’s Strategic Agenda 2019-2024
11. European Institute for Gender Equality: EIGE – Gender Equality Index 2019 focuses on work-life balance
12. EESC – Integrating the European Pillar of Social Rights into the roadmap for deepening Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union – Study
13. EU Health Coalition calls upon the European Council to increase the total Horizon Europe budget to €120 billion
14. EIGE – Tackling the gender pay gap: not without a better work-life balance
15. CHAFEA – EU Health Programme High Level Conference (September 30)
16. OECD – Online database OECD Health Statistics 2019
17. Decent aging: a human obligation, but also an opportunity for economic progress, employment and innovation
18. Is It All About Happiness? The latest evidence on wellbeing and childbearing decisions in Europe
19. Successful Eurocarers’ Study Visit on ICT-based solutions for carers last 12 September in Brussels.

This event brought together 28 participants from 14 countries for a fascinating day of exchange of experience and discussion. It was very well appreciated by participants.

The Study Visit provided an opportunity for Eurocarers’ members to learn from each other, and take stock of our network’s knowledge and experience, which is particularly useful in this area where innovative practices are not always documented in detail given the endemic lack of resources. Thirteen initiatives and projects were presented in total.

Also, the event aimed to ensure Eurocarers’ involvement as a network in relevant EU projects building on our members’ expertise. In particular, two sessions focused on the CARE4DEM project, aimed at developing a model of web-based mutual aid groups for informal carers.

In addition, a panel discussion was organised with Birgit Morlion, Programme Officer at the European Commission (DG CONNECT, eHealth, Well-being and Ageing), Silas Olsson, Director of the ‘Health Access’ consultancy (Sweden) and Dorota Sienkiewicz, Policy Coordinator at EuroHealthNet. The lack of digital health literacy, the difficulties of scaling up promising innovations, and the role of public authorities were considered as key challenges. Potential opportunities for advocacy and support were identified at EU level.

To conclude the day, participants spent a last session on drawing common conclusions and laying the ground for future joint initiatives, aimed at ensuring that informal carers take an active role in this crucial as well as rapidly evolving area. “You would not build a fire station without firemen; you shouldn’t design ICT-based solutions without carers said Sebastian Fisher, summarizing Eurocarers’ approach.

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