“Golden Age”: Human Rights Supporting
"Golden Age": Human Rights Supporting
The aging population worldwide is accompanied by a dramatic increase in dementia and depression rates. People with dementia and depression are often deprived of their human rights, with health and mortality consequences and abuse as the most serious violation. Dementia and depression are serious problems for the aging population in our country, as ensuring good health and a good quality of life are fundamental rights.
In Greece, the percentage of people 65+ amounts to 21.3%. In this age group, people with dementia reach 5-8% with an increasing tendency and monopolar depression accounts for 7%, being a precursor point of dementia and an additional burden on quality of life. Women and the elderly are among the highest risk groups.
Promoting the rights of people with dementia and depression in old age presupposes the development of a strong relationship between those affected, those at the local level and those responsible for policy-making. Civil society organizations have an important role to play in mediating between target groups, enhancing the functionality of the social fabric in defending the rights of the target group. Appropriate strategies include informing and developing skills in key human rights advocates in practice and raising awareness / awareness of relevant meta-species, signs and factors of abuse and issues of age racism.
The project is implemented within the framework of the Active citizens fund program, with the management body being the Greek Association of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders of Chalkida and the partner being the Hellenic Network of Caregivers Epioni.
The Greek Association of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders of Chalkida was created by relatives of people with dementia with the aim of improving the quality of life of the elderly and family caregivers. Since 2009, it has partnered with other organizations to offer responsible information and community outreach activities, training of frontline professionals, early detection and counseling services for dementia and old age, psychosocial family support and networking of caregivers and caregivers.
Active Citizens Fund
The € 12m Active Citizens Fund program is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and is part of the European Economic Area (EEA) funding mechanism for the period 2014 – 2021, known as EEA Grants. The program aims to strengthen and enhance the sustainability of civil society and to highlight its role in promoting democratic processes, enhancing citizen participation in the community and defending human rights. The management of the Active Citizens Fund program for Greece has been jointly undertaken by Bodossaki Foundation and SolidarityNow.
More information: www.activecitizensfund.gr