Multiculturalism in the care system

International Day of Older Persons 2017

The 1st October 2017 will be International Day of Older Persons. Adopted by Governments around the world in 2014 by a resolution at the Economic and Social Council that recognized ageism as “the common source of, the justification for and the driving force behind age discrimination.”

Unfortunately, it is indeed sad that ageism is a widely prevalent and prejudicial attitude that stems from the assumption that age discrimination, and sometimes neglect and abuse of older persons is a social norm and therefore, acceptable. It is a reality in some form in all societies, and finds expression in individuals’ attitudes, institutional and policy practices, as well as media representation that devalue and exclude older persons. We need to change this.

Such discrimination shapes how older persons are treated and perceived by their societies, including in medical settings and workplaces, creating environments that limit older persons’ potential and impact their health and well-being. The failure to tackle ageism undermines older persons’ rights and hinders their contributions to social, economic, cultural and political life.

This year’s (2017) International Day of Older Persons event theme underscores the link between tapping the talents and contributions of older persons and achieving the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, which is currently undergoing its third review and appraisal process.

Multiculturalism in the care system

Handling Multiculturality Care

It may sound simplistic, but multicultural care occurs when professional care workers work with clients from different cultural groups and how that might affect interactions that take place within the care worker and client/resident relationship. In the UK and other EU countries, this definition is expanded to include dissimilarities in religion and spirituality, sexual orientation, gender, age and maturity, socioeconomic class, family history, and even geographic location.

Handling Multiculturality Care is the first step in effective multicultural training is to identify and acknowledge these differences between the care workers and resident/client.

Multiculturalism in the care system

Multiculturality in Care Consortium

A meeting of the Multiculturality in Care Consortium will meet before the kick off their MICC meeting in Denmark.

Multiculturality in Care Consortium delegates visit an old people’s care home in Denmark.

Picture time of their new home surroundings for the nest few days in Denmark.

Delegates take time to relax to check their posts from home after their first day of the Multiculturality in Care Consortium meeting in Denmark.

Babs Williams, a delegate from Bristol in the UK, will be making her presentation at 11.30 today, Tuesday 5th May 2017, where the European Union Commission will also be in residence.

Multiculturality in Care Video of delegates before yesterday’s meeting.

Multiculturality in Care Training Short video showing how training is rolled out and at how the elderly are cared for in the Multiculturality in Care sector.