National policy experts call for bold action for healthy ageing in the Region

National policy experts on healthy ageing have called for bold action to promote healthy ageing and to invest in a future where all older people have the freedom to live an active and healthy life that allows them to continue doing what they value. The call was made during a meeting held on 26–27 February 2019 in Moscow, Russian Federation, where participants from more than 30 countries of the WHO European Region came together to take stock of the policies and strategies across the Region.

WHO supports countries in leading the way towards a world for all ages. In the next 10 years, healthy ageing will be high on the global health agenda, with plans to launch a Decade of Healthy Ageing from 2020 to 2030.

To read more about this on the WHO/Europe website, go to: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/Life-stages/healthy-ageing/news/news/2019/03/national-policy-experts-call-for-bold-action-for-healthy-ageing-in-the-region

The TICC annual conference 2019 at Ageing Fit in Lille

On the 29th and 30th of January, we joined out TICC (transforming integrated care in the community) partners at the Ageing Fit event in Lille to promote the project and hold its annual conference. The TICC stand drummed up plenty of interest from all over Europe, including a number of SMEs who were interested in how our partners in Kent and Medway have been able to integrate the Dutch Buurtzorg model in the UK.

The TICC annual event, a conference entitled “The Dutch Buurtzorg model of holistic neighbourhood care is going global across the 2Seas region”, was held on day two of Ageing Fit. Partners including Buurtzorg, Public World, KMPT and Soignons Humain presented their experiences. Follow @2SeasTICC on Twitter to find out more about the project.

Partners from La Vie Active, the Health and Europe Centre and Eurasanté man the TICC stand at Ageing Fit.
Public World presented lessons from the UK when it comes to adopting Buurtzorg.

Challenges in long-term care in Europe

A new study, which includes country reports and a synthesis report, provides a brief description of the main features of the national long-term care systems in 35 European countries.

The synthesis report presents a comparative analysis of the national long-term care systems. It identifies national reforms aimed at tackling these challenges and presents a brief overview of national long-term care indicators. It also puts forward a number of recommendations to deal with the four identified challenges:

  • access to and adequacy of long-term care provisions,
  • issues related to the employment situation of carers,
  • the quality of LTC provision and jobs, and
  • the financial sustainability of national long-term care provisions.

To read the report on long-term care

 

Too much blood pressure medication negatively affects older patients

Old and frail patients are at an increased risk of mortality and memory issues if their blood pressure medication lowers their blood pressure too much, new research from the Netherlands has discovered.

The large-scale study by researchers from the University of Bern and the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, found that blood pressure medication needs amending, which has revitalised the official recommendations for antihypertensive medications.

To read more go to: Too much blood pressure medication negatively affects older patients

Dementia risk increased in 50-year-olds with higher blood pressure

A new study has found that 50-year-olds with blood pressure higher than normal but still below the threshold commonly used when deciding to treat the condition were at risk of developing dementia.

The long-running Whitehall II study comprised 10,000 civil servants between 35-55 years of age and found that increased risk of dementia was seen even when the participants did not have other heart or blood vessel-related problems.

To read more about this go to: https://www.healtheuropa.eu/dementia-risk-increased-50-year-olds-higher-than-normal-blood-pressure/86512/

Transforming Integrated Care in the Community (TICC)

The 16th and 17th of May 2018 saw project partners meet in Lille for a steering group meetings; partners presented their progress and proposed solutions to potentiel problems.

Transforming Integrated Care in the Community (TICC) will create systemic change in health & social care, providing services that are better suited to our ageing population by addressing their holistic needs.

Follow the project on Twitter via #2SeasTICC

EMPOWERCARE

EMPOWERing individuals and communities to manager their own CARE 

The 2Seas area is facing a common problem: rising demand for health and social care services by our growing older population creating a pressing need to find new approaches. In 2013 the over 65s made up 18.2% of the European population; 19.4% in France, 18.6% in Belgium, 18.7% in the Netherlands and 18.2 % in the UK. These figures are set to rise to a staggering 28.7% on average by 2080. With the cost of care for older people increasing it is necessary to integrate these groups more closely with their communities, keeping them healthier and in their own homes safely for longer. The challenge facing the 2Seas area is that we will run out of resources if we don’t change the ways citizens are involved in their own health and wellbeing.

Preventing ageing unequally

A report, from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), examines how the two global mega-trends of population ageing and rising inequalities have been developing and interacting, both within and across generations. Taking a life-course perspective the report shows how inequalities in education, health, employment and earnings compound, resulting in large differences in lifetime earnings across different groups. It suggests a policy agenda to prevent, mitigate and cope with inequalities along the life course drawing on good practices in OECD countries and emerging economies.

 

To read the report in full on the OECD website go to: http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/employment/preventing-ageing-unequally_9789264279087-en

Transforming Intergrated Care in the Community (TICC)

Transforming Integrated Care in the Community (TICC) has secured more than €4.8 million of European funding in this €8 million cross-border partnership involving 14 organisations from the UK, France, the Netherlands and Belgium. The project was approved and funded by the EU Interreg 2 Seas Programme 2014-2020 (co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund) which has supported the project over four years.

TICC will create systemic change in health & social care, providing services better suited to our ageing population by addressing holistic needs. It will present a methodology to overcome blocking points in transferring socially innovative service models from one area to another. This will be tested via the implementation of the Buurtzorg integrated care at home model which consists of self-managing teams of 12 staff working at neighbourhood level handling every aspect of care & business. This model significantly reduces the back office, simplifies IT & coaches rather than manages, providing better outcomes for people, lower costs, fewer unplanned hospital admissions & consistency of care. TICC will enable other health/social care organisations to implement new ideas; increase staff productivity, recruitment and retention as well as improving patient satisfaction & decreasing costs, emergency admissions and staff absences. It aims to postpone the moment when residential or end of life care is needed.

To read more about TICC go to: Transforming Intergrated Care in the Community (TICC) – Buurtzorg International

Nearly one in six new HIV diagnoses in Europe are among people over 50

Based on data reported to ECDC between 2004 and 2015, 312 501 new HIV diagnoses were reported in younger adults (15 to 49 years of age) in the EU/EEA, resulting in an average reported incidence of new diagnoses of 11.4 per 100 000 population. During this 12-year period, 54 102 cases were reported among older adults aged over 50 years translating into 2.6 per 100 000 population. The rate of newly reported cases increased by 2% each year among older adults since 2004, when 3 132 diagnoses were notified in this age group. By 2015, around every one in six (17%) of newly diagnosed HIV in Europe were among people aged over 50, accounting for 5076 reported cases.

To read more about HIV diagnoses among people over 50 go to the ECDC website: https://ecdc.europa.eu/en/news-events/ecdc-study-nearly-one-six-new-hiv-diagnoses-europe-are-among-people-over-50