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The Vital Elderly

How can we properly organise the care and attention for elderly, while the perspective on the care for these elderly is changing?

In The Netherlands the number of elderly increases. In 2040 there will be about five million people over 65. The government responds to this by change and renewal in the social sector with the so-called participation thought. From January 2015 there is going to be decentralisation of the Participation Act, the Youth Act and the AWBZ-WMO (Exceptional Medical Expenses Act / Social Support Act) in municipalities. Especially the decentralisation of the AWBZ-WMO and the Participation Act has consequences for the elderly now and tomorrow. These elderly have other requirements for the quality and meaning of life and care. They want to keep control over their own lives. Furthermore the life-expectance increases. This has influence on different areas in society:

  1. The government: to be able to support these elderly who need it, with money and resources, it is important to let as many elderly as possible keep their vitality.
  2. The care: How do organisation and employee deal with the demand for care of the new mature generation of elderly?
  3. The elderly employee: How do employee and company work together to enable longer working life?

The reinforcement of the vitality of elderly is characterised by four phases:

  • Phase 1: Precaution - This is a preventive phase in which is learned to respond in an early phase to the facets of growing older. This phase starts around the age of fifty.
  • Phase 2: Physical/psychological complaints (especially chronical conditions) - This is the phase in which elderly learn to integrate (chronic) conditions in their quality of life.
  • Phase 3: Vulnerable - In this phase it gets more difficult to keep on living an independent life. This requires specific attention.
  • Phase 4: Dependant - In this phase the elderly is strongly dependant of care.

The government

The government: to be able to support these elderly who need it, with money and resources, it is important to let as many elderly as possible keep their vitality.
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The care

How do organisation and employee deal with the demand for care of the new mature generation of elderly? Through the ageing more and more people will be dependent of care, sooner or later. Read more.

 

The elder employee

How do employee and company work together to enable longer working life? By increasing the retirement age your organisation will keep more and longer older personnel. Read more. 

 

Below you find examples of interventions that can be combined or deployed separately.