31 octubre 2013
The University of Deusto and the Biscay Regional Council held a meeting on active healthy ageing in Biscay on 31 October, 2013.
The event focused on finding out the needs of the elderly and exploring opportunities to improve the programmes and strategies to care for this group. The objective was to promote intersectoral synergies that bring solutions to the elderly and the people, agencies and programmes that assist them.
This meeting aimed to identify the elderly’s most pressing needs in terms of health, participation, safety and lifelong learning in addition to the public and social programmes that work in this field.Government and private agents and researchers on these topics met to discuss the opportunities and challenges posed by the active ageing phenomenon in Biscay and study the best strategies to prevent functional deterioration and promote personal autonomy and social participation of the elderly.Following the opening speech, Carlos Vargas, Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Group on Ageing at the University of Deusto, spoke on the Bizkaia Manifesto and gave an overview of the social initiatives in the province and Europe. Working groups were then organised to discuss problems, opportunities and challenges related to health, participation, safety and lifelong learning.