WHO selects unique project in Euregio Meuse-Rhine as ‘best practice’
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is so impressed by ‘Senior Friendly Communities’ that it has labelled the cross-border project for seniors in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine as a “Best Practice” for Europe. In this project, 9 Euroregional partners and 31 municipalities in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine work together on a senior friendly environment and society. The project’s goal is to have senior citizens, suffering from dementia or old age depression, take part in normal social life as long as possible. What is unique is the fact that concrete activities are shared across borders in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands and the partners learn from the experiences and knowledge in other countries.
Important to the WHO is the fact that this project gives municipalities a chance to offer consistent care and assistance to seniors as well as their caretakers. “We, the Senior Friendly Communities project team, consider this acknowledgement as a special milestone. We are working on a sustainable change in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine, based on the local needs in the municipalities. With goal-oriented activities we try to prevent seniors with dementia or old age depression to grow old isolated” says lead partner professor Frans Verhey of Maastricht University. The project started in September 2016 and lasts for three years.