New perspectives about ageing better

New perspectives about ageing better; Medical, Social and Psychological aspects of ageing

The European Seniors’ Union and the Senior Citizens Organisation of Cyprus considered it a great honour to be hosted by the University of Nicosia in the esteemed ‘UNESCO’ Amphitheatre. The Cyprus Conference, held from November 23rd to 25th, was presented by Prof. Constantinos N. Phellas, the Senior Vice Rector of the University of Nicosia, as an exploration into the characteristics of ageing in contemporary society.

Initially, Prof. Steven Van Hecke shed light on key priorities and impending challenges the EU must address in the near future, delving into the query of “What citizens expect from Europe.” MEP Dr. Eleni Stavrou also tackled this topic, providing insights from the perspective of the European Parliament.

During the latter part of the event, a panel comprising distinguished scientists and practitioners was ready to impart their expertise and perspectives to seniors from Cyprus alongside an international delegation of over 30 delegates from ESU. The complete event program is accessible here. Throughout these presentations and a meeting held in the House of Representatives with its President Annita Demetriou, we exchanged experiences, finding a wealth of knowledge from our colleagues in Cyprus.

How can the ‘European Care strategy’ launched in September 2022 be implemented and what can seniors’ associations add to the development? These were the questions raised by Secretary general Guido Dumon at the end of the Conference day. ‘We must try to be part of the policy processes in the Member States’ Guido Dumon stated ‘and ensure the integration of the principles of the strategy in the daily care practice. There is still a lot of work to do.’

Increased longevity: challenges for all governments

Every government faces the challenges and opportunities presented by ageing populations. All societies must discover the foundational elements for fostering enduring societies. Despite the prevailing focus on geopolitical issues and crises, we must address what Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President of the European Commission, referred to as “Demographic Change is one of the ‘deepest-lying challenges’ for European societies” at the onset of her mandate overseeing the development and coordination of European initiatives in the domain of ‘Ageing better’’. Governments at all tiers have a vested interest in effectively addressing the impact of demographic shifts for the wellbeing  of all generations.

Effectively responding to demographic changes hinges upon several strategic inquiries: how can we spur innovation and productivity? How can we enhance workforce participation? How do we modernise healthcare systems, social protections, and services, while tackling regional disparities? Moreover, we must closely examine individuals’ social well-being and their ability to grapple with issues such as loneliness, social isolation, mental health, economic resilience, and long-term healthcare needs.These are some primordial questions that came across during the conference and answers to many of these questions lie within the purview of Member States and local governments. Collaborative efforts across all levels of policy making should serve as a pivotal starting point to confront the challenges and possibilities associated with increased longevity.


Events in 2023

ESU Annual Report 2023


Our ESU 2023 Annual Report is available

Brainstorm on “Enhancing the Digital Skills of Seniors in the Slovak Republic”


The primary aim of this project is to optimize digital literacy among seniors in Slovakia by developing lessons focused on digitalization for seniors.

UN International Day of Older Persons


President An Hermans has provided a message in on the occasion of the 33rd UNIDOP on October 1st.

The ESU joins UNIDOP celebrations in Cyprus

Foini - Cyprus

On October 1, ESU President An Hermans and Secretary-General Guido Dumon joined in the UN International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP) festivities in Cyprus.

Empowering Active Retirees in the Digital Era: An Inspiring Encounter


On July 20, 2023, ESU-president An Hermans was invited to speak before a group of retired professionals in Kortrijk, Flanders on the topic: MIL.

News from the ESU associations: Thoughts and experiences to share


The final morning of the academy was dedicated to the ESU-association's internal aspects and future prospects.

Martens Centre Survey on 'Regaining the Middle Ground for the Centre Right' and discussions


The focus of the survey was on understanding the mindset of the European middle class, particularly their economic, psychological, and security concerns.

Advancing a Human Rights-Based Approach to the Digital Environment


Patrick Penninckx led a presentation on fostering a sustainable, people-centered, and human rights-based approach to the challenges posed by digital environment

Europe as a task & Challenges for the EU


3rd Day of the ESU Summer Academy with guest speaker Herman Van Rompuy, Emeritus President of the EU Council

'Europe as a Task'


Insights into EU Governance: Exploring the European Commission and the European Semester at the Summer Academy

ESU's Visit to EPP Headquarters in Brussels


Strengthening Bonds and Understanding: ESU's Visit to EPP Headquarters in Brussels

"Why Europe? - Presidency Meeting with Prof. Steven Van Hecke"


ESU presidium meeting during first day of the Summer Academy

​​European People's Party Political Assembly in Munich


The EPP Political Assembly brings together representatives from all EPP member parties and associations

The European Day of Solidarity between Generations


The European Day of Solidarity between Generations aim is to raise awareness of the importance of intergenerational solidarity and to promote dialogue.

Symposium CD&V-senioren – CDA senioren – European Seniors’ Union


A fascinating day on ‘Creating dignity in the final phase of life"

National meeting 'Generation 60+' in Bozen/ Bolzano

Bozen/ Bolzano

'Generation 60+' held an election meeting in which Otto von Dellemann and Christine von Stefenelli were confirmed in their positions.

The EU’s Care Strategy – Perspectives and Reflections of the ESU


A European Care Strategy was at the center of the discussions at the ESU Executive Committee Meeting (EXCO), which took place on March 25, in Leuven.

ExCo meeting in Leuven- Side Event


The ESU Facilitated meeting between the Chairpersons of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the Belgian and Romanian Parliaments

Presidium and Executive Committee meeting in Leuven


On 24-26 March, we organised a meeting in Leuven with Presidium members and Executive Committee members.

Biennial national meeting of Hoyre-Seniors


ESU president An Hermans and general secretary Guido Dumon were invited to Bergen, Norway, for the biennial national meeting of Hoyre-Seniors.

A new EU healthcare strategy - Video conference with Sirpa Pietikäinen


Besides some information on ongoing ESU initiatives, the meeting focused on the new European care strategy.