Health education as a social elevator for elderly people

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Health education as a social elevator for elderly people

  1. 1. EHLE - Empowering Health Learning for elderly Seniors actifs : adoptez la saine habitude The work of Local social services in France Social services and health preventive actions.: a common challenge for the well-being of elderly population. Final Conference – EHLE project – 12 November 2009 – Venice Kristine Stempien – European project coordinator – UNCCAS
  2. 2. EHLE - Empowering Health Learning for elderly Seniors actifs : adoptez la saine habitude UNCCAS – National network National network of local social and welfare community centers Final Conference – EHLE project – 12 November 2009 – Venice Kristine Stempien – European project coordinator – UNCCAS Members of UNCCAS CCAS / CIAS ( local social unit such as USSL in Italy ) 5 000 municipalities in France – 42 millions of inhabitants Created in 1926 and registered as a French NGO Activities of the network :  Technical and legal advice to its members  Trainings for elected representatives (mayors, deputy mayors, professionals, volunteers … in order to reinforce and improve their skills)  Promotion of the activities of CCAS at a national level, and defense of their interest (regulation, laws)  Exchange of experiences between local social units (organization of congress, database of innovative projects ..)
  3. 3. EHLE - Empowering Health Learning for elderly Seniors actifs : adoptez la saine habitude UNCCAS – National network National network of local social and welfare community centers Final Conference – EHLE project – 12 November 2009 – Venice Kristine Stempien – European project coordinator – UNCCAS <ul><li>Target groups / beneficiaries of the activities </li></ul><ul><li> Disabled people </li></ul><ul><li> Children and youth </li></ul><ul><li> Families </li></ul><ul><li> People with social vulnerabilities </li></ul><ul><li> Work for social and professional inclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Migrants, </li></ul><ul><li>and so on </li></ul>
  4. 4. EHLE - Empowering Health Learning for elderly Seniors actifs : adoptez la saine habitude CCAS – Local social unit Final Conference – EHLE project – 12 November 2009 – Venice Kristine Stempien – European project coordinator – UNCCAS In brief : a CCAS is the “social tool” of the municipality (by law, the president of the structure is the mayor) The “Local Unit” work at the municipality level as a coordinator of social activities – in partnership with all local stakeholders (Local NGOs, volunteers …). The municipality level : an opportunity to be at the heart of the social needs, problems or activities within the population. Population concerned : disabled, elderly people, young… Its main objective : “The wellbeing and equalities among its population” Legal obligations / Optional activities (culture, intergenerational activities, wellbeing, and so on ..)
  5. 5. EHLE - Empowering Health Learning for elderly Seniors actifs : adoptez la saine habitude CCAS – Elderly – Ageing population Final Conference – EHLE project – 12 November 2009 – Venice Kristine Stempien – European project coordinator – UNCCAS <ul><li>The ageing population in France </li></ul><ul><li>The French population is around 63 578 000 inhabitants </li></ul><ul><li>Elderly people in France aged more than 60 years old represent 13 511 413 inhabitants (21,25%) </li></ul><ul><li>It will increase of 80 % in 45 years </li></ul><ul><li>Ageing is Common challenge all over Europe </li></ul><ul><li>In France, it place “The elderly persons” at the heart of the policy development and actions of CCAS. </li></ul><ul><li>In which way ? </li></ul><ul><li> Maintaining people at home, </li></ul><ul><li>Providing services to preserve their autonomy </li></ul><ul><li>Reinforce their place in the society </li></ul><ul><li>by developing intergenerational link </li></ul><ul><li>by helping them to develop their social network and activities </li></ul><ul><li>by improving and offering social services that will help them in their daily life activities </li></ul>
  6. 6. EHLE - Empowering Health Learning for elderly Seniors actifs : adoptez la saine habitude CCAS – ageing population – elderly Final Conference – EHLE project – 12 November 2009 – Venice Kristine Stempien – European project coordinator – UNCCAS CCAS work on a daily basis to Improve the well-being of elderly people, to preserve their autonomy, their social activities but mainly to answer to their Social needs … Social needs includes : The person as an individual : Her abilities, background, life, health, social problems, personal situation, environment … The person as a physical body / and emotional health : which allow her to do things or not The person as part of the whole society : the need to be recognize, known, and so on All this factors are part of the principle of “autonomy”
  7. 7. EHLE - Empowering Health Learning for elderly Seniors actifs : adoptez la saine habitude CCAS – ageing population – elderly Final Conference – EHLE project – 12 November 2009 – Venice Kristine Stempien – European project coordinator – UNCCAS Answers from CCAS to answer to these needs To meet the social needs : Adapted and accessible housing Reinforce the social activities and social network (that will provide the person a specific environment to continue living with aims and life project) Creation of group of volunteers – which go to visit elderly at home Management of Home care services (meals on wheels, help in daily life activities : shopping, cultural activities, transportation …. Keep a social link) Coordination of the stakeholders in the field of elderly Dissemination of information to the elderly and their relatives (rights, existing activities, and so on.)
  8. 8. EHLE - Empowering Health Learning for elderly Seniors actifs : adoptez la saine habitude CCAS – ageing population – elderly Final Conference – EHLE project – 12 November 2009 – Venice Kristine Stempien – European project coordinator – UNCCAS Answers from CCAS to answer to these needs To the meet the health needs : Offer services in the daily life of elderly (nursing care, help in the daily life health care such as washing, drugs prescription and so on ) Some activities Training for home care givers , social workers Conference on healthy ageing Intergenerational exchanges on health issues and society issues Health meetings Promotion health and wellbeing meeting Nutrition and physical activities as social elevator for the elderly
  9. 9. EHLE - Empowering Health Learning for elderly Seniors actifs : adoptez la saine habitude CCAS – ageing population – elderly Final Conference – EHLE project – 12 November 2009 – Venice Kristine Stempien – European project coordinator – UNCCAS Answers from CCAS to answer to these needs All these answers need to take the “person as an individual” The implemented actions are realized in the Respect of the persons and the respect of their choice (which sometimes is not so easy to deal with) …
  10. 10. EHLE - Empowering Health Learning for elderly Seniors actifs : adoptez la saine habitude CCAS – ageing population – elderly Final Conference – EHLE project – 12 November 2009 – Venice Kristine Stempien – European project coordinator – UNCCAS Social and health services a common work for the wellbeing and healthy ageing of the elderly. UNCCAS and CCAS are convinced that it is a necessity to coordinate the social and health services for the elderly people.   By providing health education, heath training, awareness in order to empower elderly people with their physical and emotional health. Empowerment of elderly people EHLE project
  11. 11. EHLE - Empowering Health Learning for elderly Seniors actifs : adoptez la saine habitude CCAS – ageing population – elderly Final Conference – EHLE project – 12 November 2009 – Venice Kristine Stempien – European project coordinator – UNCCAS Health education as social elevator for the elderly     The project EHLE and its survey on the perception analysis provided some information such as the most educated people are the healthier they are .   Health education, health promotion among elderly is very important. It gives the elderly and professionals working with elderly the knowledge’s to make the good choices about their own life, to empower their own health and to develop or maintain their social activities   Social and health services can contribute to these objectives.   The EHLE project and its training toolkit will be useful and will provide one of the multiple answers for Healthy ageing, in 4 countries and we hope in all the European countries too  
  12. 12. EHLE - Empowering Health Learning for elderly Seniors actifs : adoptez la saine habitude Final Conference – EHEL project – 12 November 2009 – Venice Kristine Stempien – European project coordinator – UNCCAS Vieillir n’est pas une maladie, vieillir est une chance, se donner les moyens de vieillir en bonne santé est une opportunité. Ageing is not a disease, ageing is a chance, Getting the means to an healthy ageing is an opportunity  
  13. 13. EHLE - Empowering Health Learning for elderly Seniors actifs : adoptez la saine habitude Health education for Elderly persons Final Conference – EHEL project – 12 November 2009 – Venice Kristine Stempien – European project coordinator – UNCCAS Thank you for your attention MERCI www.unccas.org For further information : [email_address]

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