2012 is the European Year for Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity. To honour the theme of this year, the city of Paris and local organisations implemented several actions, such as:
- Faîtes l’Europe on the 8th and 9th of May.
The event hosted associations working to promote active aging and intergenerational solidarity on the Town Hall square, in connection with the “Maison de l'Europe” in Paris (http://www.paris-europe.eu/spip.php?rubrique33). E-Seniors/E-Juniors was there to present its activities.
E-Seniors/E-Juniors also attended various conferences related to intergenerational matters:
- Intergénérationnel? Et si on parlait de solidarités entre les générations ! (Intergenerationality? And if we would talk about solidarity between generations!), conference organised by the Montreuil town hall on the 16th of October 2012,
- Journée des Solidarités, 4th Edition. The theme this year was: “Repenser les politiques de Solidarité” (Rethinking Political Solidarity) and it was organised by the cultural institution “La maison de metallos” in Paris, on the 10th of November,
- Etre actif et solidaire à tout âge (“Being active and united at any age”), conference organised by the “Maison de l’Europe”, Paris, on the 30th of November,
- Du faire pour au faire ensemble, conference for the associations providing solutions for an intergenerational society, organised by the association France Bénévolat (http://www.francebenevolat.org/actualite/187) on the 4th of December.
E-Seniors/E-Juniors is / was partner and/or in charge of organization for :
· on the 17th of October 2012, at the Town Hall of the 13th district of Paris, an intergenerational Kinect demonstration. Different generations were present to try the game, discuss, etc.
· intergenerational activities in cooperation with the Atomes Crochus Association (http://atomes-crochus.org/). The goal is to bring together youth and seniors to get them to talk about technologies from their respective generations.
European intergenerational initiatives are also implemented:
- Through film:
· Les Deux Mémoires is an organisation dedicated to exploring and promoting intergenerational exchange through film. The filmmakers strive to document the individual experience in changing rural communities in order to promote unity between generations. One of the topics on which the team focuses is ageing Europe.
Three projects from 2012 are:
· Spring Emilie – aides in nursing homes and geriatric services
· The humanity of AMP (aide medico-psychologique = medical/psychological Assistants) in hospices
· For more information, please visit their website: http://www.lesdeuxmemoires.com/
- Through European networks:
· AGE Platform Europe is a European network of around 167 organisations of and for people aged 50+ which aims to voice and promote the interests of the 150 million senior citizens in the European Union and to raise awareness on the issues that concern them most. For more information, please visit the website: http://www.age-platform.eu.
· European Map of Intergenerational Learning (EMIL) is a collaborative learning network that aims to provide a general overview of the role and status of intergenerational learning through collecting, exchanging, and distributing ideas and resources and by supporting regional, European and global networking strategies. EMIL brings together a range of partnerships promoting and supporting intergenerational learning in all its varied forms. For more information, please visit the website: http://www.emil-network.eu/.