Links to the existing Guides in Central Europe
Links to Publications
The Central European Seniors eServices Guide 55+ is a network. Its purpose is to support provision of the national Guides which facilitate the acquisition of information and provide valuable and trusted resources for the elderly and all caretakers in the participating countries. They are meant for the adult children 55+ taking care of parents 75+. They support the search for the available eServices related to improving the standard of living of the seniors. Data on eServices available should be easily accessible and simple to find at the time when needed.
Data on eServices is available at the website of the organization listed in the Guide. Each organization collects, maintains, and provides its data. The organization’s contact person can provide additional information by email, or over the phone. The Guide is expected to be updated once or twice a year.
Such a Guide is needed in all Central European countries at local, regional, and national level. Therefore, the countries’ cooperation seems reasonable and useful. The experience has shown that the Guides in different countries or areas can be similar by design and structure. The content depends on local circumstances, however. This makes it easier for seniors in the border regions of the two countries to use the Guide to learn about the eServices available in one country or another.
All interested organizations are kindly invited to engage in a collaborative development process to share experiences. In case of interest, you are welcome to contact Jože Gričar, Professor Emeritus, University of Maribor, Slovenia at Joze.Gricar@UM.si.
Members of the network Central European Seniors eServices Guide 55+ support efforts to issue the Guides in Central European countries. Therefore, we are committed to achieving the following objectives in 2022:
Supporting Seniors 55+ eServices Guide development in the municipality (local community) by engaging the Health Community Center and the Municipality Administration in cooperation with all organizations which are offering eServices to the seniors. For example, seniors’ association, elderly home, library, educational institution, voluntary organization, transportation services.
Incorporating into the Guide the links to the eServices for seniors provided by the organizations at the state level. For example, health insurance company, pension insurance company, employment office, banking association, related ministries.
Spreading the message about the usefulness of the Guide in the municipality and in the country.
Sharing ideas and experiences with similar networks in other countries to learn about best practices.
Creating a unified Guide easy to be used at the time when data is need (equal cover page, uniform way of presenting data). Visually the Guides in the countries will be similar, the content will be local circumstances dependent, however.
Encouraging the publishing of the updated Guide on the website in the national and English language and distributing a printed brochure in the national language to all households in the municipality once a year.
Presenting the achievements at the Zoom conference Seniors 55+ eServices Guide Prototypes in Central Europe on Friday, September 30, 2022. At the occasion of October 1 – International Day of Older Persons. The conference is organized by Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia.
The Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegion was launched in a meeting in February 2011 (10.2.2011 Initiative Meeting, 1st Meeting, Rectorate, University of Maribor). The basis was the realization of the need to accelerate eCollaboration in the region of the neighboring countries. For example, the Danube, the Adriatic-Ionic region, or Alpine region. That this is necessary has been demonstrated at a series of meetings, seminars, workshops, and conferences over a period of ten years (2000-2010).
After the first meeting, tree follow up meetings were organized in 2011: at the City Municipality of Novo mesto (April), the Rectorate of the University of Primorska (June), and in Ljubljana (September). At the last meeting, the realization matured that a coordinated initiative was needed in Slovenia. The fourth preparatory meeting was later named the First Danube eRegion Conference (20.9.2011 The 1st Danube eRegion Conference, Ljubljana).
One year of preparations was followed by five annual international conferences on eRegion development (The 6th eRegions Conference 2016: Cross-border eSolutions & eServices Prototypes Development. Castle Jable, Mengeš). In the years 2010-2020, the Slovenia initiative organized many international events and carried out a series of cross-border eCollaboration campaigns. The links are published at Links to actions in Slovenia.
The idea for the publication of the Slovenia eServices Guide for seniors 55+ seemed to be mature at the conference eServices Provision for the Elderly 55+ Consultation in Ljubljana. A working group was established, whose members discussed in monthly meetings from October 2018 to March 2019, how to transfer to Slovenia the experience of publishing the Guide in other countries. The experience in Canada has proven to be very useful.
The results of the group’s work were presented at the international conference eServices Provision for the Seniors 55+ in the Cross-border eRegion Consultation which was held in Škofja Loka on 9 April 2019. The first Seniors Services Guide 55+ in Slovenia was presented as a prototype which was printed in a circulation of 500 copies in Slovene and published online in Slovene and English. The subtitle emphasized that the Guide is intended for 55+ adult children caring for 75+ parents.
In October 2021, two Guides were published. The Guide of organizations in the Municipality of Slovenj Gradec and the Municipality of Mislinja: Guide 2021 – Health Community Centre Slovenj Gradec, February 2022. The Guide of organizations in the Municipalities of Mirna, Mokronog-Trebelno, Šentrupert and Trebnje: Guide 2021 – Health Community Centre Trebnje (in Slovene). In February 2022, Central European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (CESCI) published the Seniors 55+ eServices Guide in Hungarian language.
Based on the experiences gained, a decision was made in February 2022 to organize a meeting Central European Seniors 55+ eServices Guide Network. Delegations of Austria, Croatia, Hungary, and Slovenia were invited to the Zoom meeting on March 23, 2022.
Links to the existing Guides in Central Europe
Wednesday, March 23, 2022. Zoom Meeting, 13:00-15:00 CET
Central European Seniors 55+ eServices Guide: 2022 Cooperation Plan
Organized by Central European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (CESCI), Budapest, Hungary
P r o g r a m
13:00 – 13:05 Greetings
Gyula Ocskay, Secretary General, Central-European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (CESCI), Budapest, Hungary
13:05 – 13:15 Brief introduction of the participants
13:15 – 13:30 Objectives
Marjeta Vaupot, MBA, Director, Health Community Center Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia
Dr. Jože Gričar, Professor Emeritus, University of Maribor, Slovenia, Program Coordinator, Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegion
13:30 – 13:50 Experience in Seniors 55+ eServices Guide Development in Slovenia
Short oral presentations (5 minutes per presenter)
Marjeta Vaupot, MBA, Managing Director, Health Community Service Slovenj Gradec
Martina Šisernik, Vice Mayor, City Municipality of Slovenj Gradec
Dušan Stojanovič, Public Relations, City Municipality of Slovenj Gradec
Andreja Šavc, Mag., Head, Patronage Services, City Municipality Slovenj Gradec
Peter Jenko, Deputy Director, Information Technology Directorate, Ministry of Public Administration
13:50 – 14:00 Short presentation of the Hungarian Seniors 55+ eServices Guide
Melinda Benczi, Strategic Planner, Central European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (CESCI)
14:00 – 14:10 Questions and remarks
14:10 – 14:30 Towards a Central European Seniors 55+ eServices Guide
Expectations about Seniors 55+ eServices Guide Development in 2022. Proposals collecting & Possible joint actions planning
Registration is required at Joze.Gricar@UM.si.
The Participants List will be published.
Meeting Record will be published.
Europe, let’s cooperate! Interregional cooperation forum Online.
First call for project proposals of Interreg Europe programme in the 2021-2027 period. European Commission.
Tuesday, 5 April 2022 – 10:00-16:00 (GMT+1)
Dr. Michaela Miklautz, Regional Coordinator of Nursing Care
Office of the Carinthian Provincial Government, Department 5 – Health and Care Nursing, Klagenfurt am Wörthersee
Gyula Ocskay, General Secretary
Central-European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (CESCI), Budapest, Hungary
& Head, European Institute of cross-border studies, Budapest
Márta Csizmadia, Councilor
Consultative Council of Elderly Organisations
Dr Péter Kerényi, Professor
Milton Friedman University, Budapest
Additional members to be indicated.
Dr. Yeghis Keheyan, Professor
Department of Chemistry, University of Rome “La. Sapienza”, Italy
Dr. Jože Gričar, Professor Emeritus, University of Maribor, Slovenia
Program Coordinator, Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegion
Editor, eRegion Portal & Secretary, eSeniors 55+ Network
Member of Assembly & Member of the Board, Central-European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (CESCI), Budapest, Hungary
Neda Hudopisk, MD, Head
National Institute of Public Health, Regional Unit Ravne na Koroškem
Links to Publications
Services for Seniors. Ministry of Social Development, New Zealand Government, April 2022: 19.
Guide to Programs and Services for Seniors in Ontario. Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility, Ontario, Canada, 22 Mar 2022: 119.
Programs and Services for Seniors. 2022 Edition. Government of Québec, 26 Nov 2021: 48.
Help for Seniors: Your Guide to Assistance Programs & Services. GreatSeniorLiving.com, Beelineweb.com. Lake Country, British Columbia, Canada, February 16, 2022.
Senior Resource Guide. 2021-2022 Ninth Edition. Provided By State Senator Liz Krueger. New York State Senate, USA, 1 Sept 2021: 110.
BC Seniors’ Guide. The 12th Edition of the British Columbia Seniors’ Guide. Ministry of Health, British Columbia, Canada, July 2021: 178.
Senior Resource Guide 2020 – 2021. Steps and Services in Senior Care. St. Jude Medical Center, Senior Services and North Orange County Senior Collaborative. North Orange County, California, USA: 60.
Seniors E-Guide. Seniors Resource Guide. SeniorsResourceGuide.com, LLC, Littleton, CO, USA.