First of all, I am an individual member who has been working in close (formal and informal) cooperation and collaboration with national and international organizations, and within EURAG, in particular, since 1987.
Professional Background: Clinical Psychology, Gerontology.
My focus of interest and activity: AGEING, MIGRATION and the combination of the two: AGEING AND MIGRATION.
The main organization for Older Migrants in the Netherlands is NOOM: Network of Organizations for Older Migrants from various cultural backgrounds.
Senior members are older migrants themselves, very active and well experienced.
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Other important organization working for various nationalities is LIZE , for South Europeans of all ages.
The intergenerational component is included. Now, in a new stage, open to European perspective, LIZE
will start the project “Netwerk E-U Migranten”.
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In the field of Health, working with refugees and immigrants: PHAROS
For Older Persons, in general:
CSO Central umbrella association of organizations for older persons. Among them, NVOG, Dutch Association for Pensioners where Jaap van der Spek is Chairperson.
In spite of communality of purpose and interest, (to my knowledge) none of the above mentioned organization is EURAG member.
“Burning Points”. For Older Migrants:
1/Financial difficulties associated to lower socio-economic conditions, former “guest-workers” status, aggravated by the general economic down-turn.
2/For Migrant Women: economic dependency, limited pensions. As a trend, women survive their husbands confronting loneliness and poverty in their old age.
3/Due to linguistic barriers and lack of understandable information, in practice immigrants face limited accessibility to health services with associated health risks due to late consultation, misdiagnosis or mistreatment.
4/ There is an urgent need to have intercultural mediators between older migrants and health and social services. Training of second and third generations of migrants, at various levels, to care for the elderly of foreign origin can be of benefit to all of them. It opens work opportunities for bilingual and bicultural persons of younger ages, often affected by unemployment.
EURAG could take the initiative to invite relevant above mentioned organizations to become members.
It should be clear for them that EURAG is open to receive applications from organizations as well as from individuals. From my part, as EURAG member, I can invite them to participate in our work, in the New Year greetings for NOOM and LIZE, respectively. It could prove very effective if EURAG makes a formal invitation to these associations.
A second step later would be to explore the possibility of holding a joint meeting in the Netherlands.
This is, at this point, my reply to EURAG Questionnaire.
With best wishes and
Kind regards, Carmenza MENESES-CORNELISSEN.