The ageing of the EU population is one of the major public health challenges we face in the 21st century, as older adults who are in need of care will be more than double over the next few decades. The number of people aged 70 and older with activity limitations is expected to increase substantially over the next several decades. Concurrently, due to changing social dynamics, there will be a shrinking number of family members or paid caregivers available to care for them.
Family members constitute approximately 72% of paid and unpaid caregivers of the elderly with activity limitations. The great majority of caregivers (80%) provide care from one to five hours per day, while 76% of caregivers are unpaid.
Sustaining family caregivers and their ability to provide care at home or in the community is crucial to many countries’ health system. A key concern is that the continued reliance on family caregivers, without better recognition of their own support needs, could negatively affect the ability of family caregivers to provide care in the future and result in even greater emotional, physical and financial strains. This negative impact on the caregiver would likely affect quality of care and the quality of life of the care recipient and the rest of the family. Research has shown that unrelieved caregiver depression, exhaustion, financial concerns and other care related strain are major contributing factors to institutionalization, often resulting in higher public expenditures for nursing home costs.
The focus of IESEC project is to develop psycho-educational support and training for Ageing Specialists and for Senior Caregivers, aiming to increase employability and standards of the caregivers through specialized training and innovative empowerment.
The activities the IESEC Consortium will undertake to achieve these goals are:
The IESEC project is being implemented by a transnational Consortium of 10 partners from Romania, United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and Turkey, each of them bringing in expertise and know-how for both the smooth implementation of the project, as well as the development of high quality outcomes and provisions.
For more information about the IESEC Partners visit the "Partners" section.