Despite the growing trend towards strengthening the protection
of older persons’ human rights in recent years, this vulnerable
group continues to suffer from widespread negative stereotypes which
lead to age discrimination and social isolation and exclusion. Abuse
of older persons remains a major problem and their access to good
quality health care and long-term care, a challenge.
Older persons should have a minimum living income and appropriate
housing to be able to live in dignity. Member States should integrate
health and social-care services, ensure adequate training of health
care professionals in geriatrics and appropriate assistance for
informal carers. They should also foster intergenerational ties
and promote active ageing by developing age-friendly environments.
The abuse of older persons should be efficiently tackled, starting
by raising public awareness of the issue, data collection and monitoring
of long-term care institutions by an independent body.
The Committee of Ministers should closely involve civil society
in the examination of the implementation of its Recommendation CM/Rec(2014)2
on the promotion of the human rights of older persons. It should
also consider the necessity and feasibility of drawing up a legally
binding instrument in this field.