Press Release – Communiqué de presse July 2nd, 2020
The European Federation of Older Persons – EURAG – created in 1962, is the oldest European civil society organisation of and for older persons, with membership in 30 European countries. It is a non-profit association, independent of any political parties which purpose is to promote the quality of life and the participation of older people in society, at all social, economic and political levels.
In its last brief meeting – EURAG members from 18 countries, after being asked what they learned from the COVID 19 pandemic, have highlighted, among others, the following issues:
- The need to call on the European Union’s politicians to set up, in a centralized way, directives on the subject of health (physical and mental) and mobilize the financial means necessary to implement the solutions, especially for restructuring health establishments welcoming dependent persons. European countries cannot solve these problems alone!
- Put a stop to considering seniors as a homogeneous category of over 50s.
- Put a stop to the confusion between social distancing and physical distancing.
- Any economic stimulus emerging from the lockdown must include resources to develop frameworks that enable older people to play their part in the formal (paid work) and informal (volunteering, as carers – child and adult care) economy. They cannot do this if they are required to be physically and socially distanced.
- The young and older people have been separated during the epidemic to such extent that it caused even wider generational gap instead of expected solidarity
We ask the media to live up to their responsibility to consistently convey a correct, differentiated and non-discriminatory image of older persons as active actors in the societal life who are ready and able to show solidarity with younger generation, in order to prevent ageism.
Dirk Jarré-EURAG president /firstname.lastname@example.org/
Dana Steinova-EURAG Secretary General /email@example.com/