BAY OF BISCAY, BAY OF CARE
“Bay of Biscay, Bay of Care” is the result of the collaboration of the Bizkaia Provincial Council with a group of experts in the European sphere and AGE Platform Europe to reflect on the future approach to long-term care as a whole.
On 3 March 2020, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bizkaia Provincial Council approved a collaboration agreement with AGE Platform Europe, the main European network of organisations that promote the rights of the elderly and a leading authority in the field of long-term care.
The aim of the agreement is to create a group of experts to define the basis for a future model of long-term care, taking into account current social and demographic changes, the results of which will be reflected in a final report, the fruit of two years of collaborative work.
A group of six experts led by Sarah Harper has been created as part of this collaboration. This group, under the coordination of AGE Platform Europe, has discussed in regular meetings the current situation of long-term care and the major challenges to be addressed in the future. The basis of these discussions has been a model of care based on human rights and respect for the diversity of people's needs as key elements in the shaping of a quality long-term care model.
AGE PLATFORM EUROPE
AGE Platform Europe is a European network of organisations of and for people aged 50+ which aims to voice and promote the interests of the 200 million senior citizens in the European Union and to raise awareness on the issues that concern them most. AGE is involved in a range of policy and information activities to put older people’s issues on the EU agenda and to support networking among older people’s groups. Our guiding principles hold that a change of attitudes is needed to achieve a European society for all ages and that there is a need to promote solidarity between generations in a way that recognizes older people’s contributions to society.
Prof. SARAH HARPER
Oxfords´s Institute of Population Ageing
Sarah is Clore Professor of Gerontology at the University of Oxford, a Fellow at University College, and Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing.
Sarah served on the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, which advises the UK Prime Minister on the scientific evidence for strategic policies and frameworks and was the Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain.
Her current research on demographic change addresses two broad questions:
- the impact of falling fertility and increasing life expectancy
- and the interaction of population change with the environment.
Internationally, Sarah represents Oxford on the Ageing and Demography Collaboration of the International Association of Research Universities.
Sarah served as Advisor to the Malaysian Government, Advisor to the Singapore Government’s Third Age Council and as a Specialist Advisor for the European Commission Demographic Change Programme.
Prof. Dr. LIESBETH DE DONDER
VUB – Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Liesbeth De Donder is Professor Adult Educational Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel where she teaches the course “Civil Society and Community Development” and three courses on “Research Methodology”.
Her research focuses on social gerontology, and addresses questions around participation and exclusion of older adults, caring neighborhoods, safety and elder mistreatment.
All with a particular interest in participatory methodologies (peer-research, co-construction and action research).
Prof. ANNE HENDRY
IFIF - International Foundation for Integrated Care
Anne Hendry is a geriatrician, stroke physician and change agent who holds honorary academic posts with the University of the West of Scotland and NHS Lanarkshire. She is honorary secretary of the British Geriatrics Society and a trustee director of Kilbryde Hospice.
For a decade she held national clinical lead roles in Scotland for policy and quality improvement programmes on Long Term Conditions; Healthcare Quality; Reshaping Care for Older People; and Integrated health and social care. This experience developed her skills in implementing and evaluating transformational change across Scotland and beyond.
She was UK PI and led the models of care workstream for the European Joint Action on Frailty 2017-2019.
Anne is a Senior Associate with the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) and Director of IFICs Country Hub in Scotland. A member of the editorial board of the Journal of Integrated Care, Anne also hosts IFIC Scotland’s Integrated Care Matters Webinars and leads IFICs Special Interest Groups on intermediate care and ageing and frailty.
Dr. STEFANIA ILINCA
World Health Organisation (WHO)
Stefania is currently acting as Technical Advisor on long-term care with the WHO European Office.
She is a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health and works as a researcher at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (UN affiliated) in Vienna.
Stefania has extensive experience working at the interface between policy and research, dividing her time between applied research, policy advice and advocacy efforts.
Her work focuses on equity, innovation and service design in health and long-term care systems, with particular attention to integrated and person-centred delivery of care, inequalities in health and access to care and disadvantage accumulation over the life course.
GIOVANNI LAMURA PhD
INRCA IRCCS – National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing
Giovanni leads the Centre for Socio-Economic Research on Ageing at IRCCS INRCA (Italy’s National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing).
He graduated in economics, achieved a PhD in Life course and social policy (University of Bremen, Germany), and was visiting fellow at University of Hamburg-Eppendorf (Germany) and the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy & Research (Austria).
Giovanni’s interests focus on international research on family and long-term care; migrant care work; interdisciplinary research on ageing.
He has led several European projects on long-term care issues, including the use of new technologies to support care delivery and reduce the burden of family carers.
Prof. TINE ROSTGAARD
Roskilde University (Denmark) and Stockholm University (Sweden).
Tine Rostgaard is Professsor at the Department of Social Work, Stockholm University, Sweden.
She also holds a position as Professor with Special Responsibilities in social science at the Department of Social Science and Business, Roskilde University, Denmark.
She holds a Ph.D. in comparative welfare analysis and specializes in analysis of care policies and practices in parental leave, child care and long-term care.
Among her publications are (with Tuntland and Parson, eds., forthcoming) Reablement in long-term care for older people), and Rostgaard, T., Jacobsen, F., Kröger, T. & Petersen, E. (2022) Revisiting the Nordic long-term care for older people - still equal? In European Journal of Ageing