RHN 6th annual conference. The "new" old age - challenging the myths of aging

2-3 October 1998, Katowice, Poland

The conference explored the challenges posed by population aging in Europe, innovative efforts to promote and support healthy aging and how regions can add value to later life. 

There were presentations on the complexities facing policy-makers across Europe at a time of considerable political change, and on what employers, the health sector and the voluntary sector can achieve in raising awareness of the difficulties older people face and in using the talents and enthusiasm of older people for the wider benefit of society.

Drawing on the presentations and on personal experience, working groups developed an action programme to:

  • promote macroeconomic and cultural change; 
  • strengthen communities; 
  • encourage the provision of responsive services and 
  • develop and support resilient individuals.