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Charta of Rights for People in need of Long-Term Care and Assistance

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The “Charter of Rights for People in Need of Long-Term Care and Assistance” sets out the rights and provides guidance and direction for people in need of long-term care, their relatives and those wanting to train as care professionals. For the 13th edition, the explanatory notes on the eight unchanged articles of the Charter were revised.

You can downlod the brochure fom the website of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citicens, women and Youth here  (PDF 407.7 KB).


When growing old becomes a burden

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This brochure addresses people who are not indifferent to the topic of suicide and suicide prevention and who would like to read up on this topic, people who are in the midst of a life crisis, relatives and other trusted persons who know suicidal old people close by and persons who work with old people full-time or on a voluntary basis.

You can download the brochure from the website of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citicens, women and Youth here (PDF 2,1 MB).


Living at home longer - A guide to housing in old age

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Most elderly people would like to grow old in the familiar surroundings of their own home. This can be made possible, even if they are reliant upon support and care, for example by adapting homes to older people’s needs, through neighbourhood help or the provision of social services. The guide to housing in old age by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth answers questions and informs about many opportunities for senior citizens. Checklists help to ...

You can download the brochure from the website of the Federal Ministry for Familiy Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth here  (PDF 3.9 MB).


What's old anyway?

Selected entries in the 2011 photographic and video competition

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How old is old age? Until what age are we young? What is life in old age really like? We have many pictures in our mind, but do they reflect actual reality?  The participants in the German photographic and video competition “What‘s old anyway?“ have submitted many entries that answer this question. This illustrated book showcases a selection of the most interesting entries.

You can download or order the brochure from the website of the Federal Ministry for Familiy Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth here  (PDF 8.6 MB).


Older people in Germany and the EU

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The brochure provides varied information on the life of older people in Germany – partly in comparison to other EU member states. You'll find demographic data as well as facts about the economic life, financial situation, health, living circumstances and also the everyday life of women and men 60 plus.

You can download or order the brochure from the website of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth here (PDF 2.4 MB)


A New Culture of Ageing

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The brochure provides an insight into the findings and recommendations of the Sixth Government Report on the Elderly. The Report is entitled "Images of Ageing in Society" and was prepared by experts from various disciplines chaired by Professor Andreas Kruse. We still mainly associate old age with images of sickness and frailty instead of tapping the valuable potential of older people. In fact many people today experience this phase of life in good health, put it into active use and spend the additional time in a way that is meaningful for themselves and others. The brochure also invites to think about your own images of ageing.

You can Download or order the brochure from the website of the Federal Ministry for Family affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth here (PDF 1.0 MB).