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Conference results and presentations

Perspectives on Ageing.. High-level conference on health and long-term care


Perspectives on Ageing… High-level conference on health and long-term care was held in Joensuu, North Karelia, Finland on 19th-21th of March 2012. The conference was a created in the frame of European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012.  Some 140 experts from over 25 European countries came together to discuss, how to best ensure a good society for people at all age. The main topic in discuss was: “How to best ensure that our health and long-term care systems will be able to cope with the increase in demand as a result of population ageing?”


The aims of the conference were to increase knowledge sharing concerning population ageing and knowledge of ageing, to raise hot topics, to offer participants from different fields of expertise a possibility for networking and to bring up good practices and projects.


The conference lasted three days. The first day was a meeting day for different expert groups. The following day was the main conference day including speeches, expert lecture, panel discussion and four workshops on topical issues. The last day was a visit day offered the conference participants to see good practices developed and implemented in the area, including care homes.




Chairperson and co-chairperson

Pentti HYTTINEN, Region Mayor, Regional Council of North Karelia (morning session)

Risto POUTIAINEN, Deputy Region Mayor, Regional Council of North Karelia (afternoon session)


Welcome speech

Pekka KUOSMANEN, Director of Health and Social Services, City of Joensuu


Opening speeches

EU approach:

Lieve FRANSEN, Director at the DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission, in charge of Europe 2020 and Social Policies
ppt presentation


European Regions’ approach:

Pascal GOERGEN, Secretary General, Assembly of European Regions


National approach:

Marja-Liisa PARJANNE, PhD, Ministerial Counsellor, Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health


Scientific approach:

Riitta ANTIKAINEN, Professor in geriatrics and member of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society



Workshop 1: Equal access to quality care

Taina MÄNTYRANTA, Ministerial Advisor, Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

Summary of the workshop 1


Workshop 2: Acquiring knowledge about ageing as a multidisciplinary process

Arja JÄMSÉN, Regional Unit Manager, East Finland Centre for Social Welfare Work Expertise

Summary of the workshop 2


Workshop 3: Multi-sectoral support for independent old age living

Jos DE BLOK, Executive Director, Buurtzorg Nederland

Summary of the workshop 3


Workshop 4: Empowerment of care patients in product and service development

Joachim COHEN, End-of-Life Care Research Group, Ghent University & Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium

Summary of the worshop 4



A Summary of the World Café discussions


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8.6.2012 13:00