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Growing old along the shoreline

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Regions where recreation stay is common, face specific problems in different fields. At first one thinks about nuisance during periods of higher touristic activity, such as higher density of the traffic, increasing production of garbage, increasing demand for utilities… At this moment it is mainly a question of temporary recreational stay, but a growing group of what we could describe as permanent recreational residents is not really thought about. Neither has been reflected about the needs these permanent recreational residents will have to coop with in the near future. The largest group of these permanent recrecational residents are seniors who are non-active and have no direct linkage with the region. actief zijn op de arbeidsmarkt en die geen directe link hebben met de regio. This will and is already resluting in a fast aging population in the coastal areas of the countries along 2 seas. The demand for care will follow this increasing aging population. For Belgium we encounter between 21.1 and 32 % of people above 64 in this coast area, which is significantly higher than the whole of Belgium. Same thing happens in Zeeland (the Netherlands) mer specific Zeeuws Vlaanderen where we meet up to 35 % or more of 65+. The coastal areas of England meet the same figures. In France it is a little less severe but in some areas the excesive aging is coming up.

Creation date: 30/05/2016

Bloc onglets

Bloc 1

Overall objective

At first we want to get a better view on the situation. We want to find indicators to be able to make a follow up of the situation.In a second face we want to determine the needs of this group and together with this group we want to create an offer of abt sollutions for their needs. We want to put up some pilots in which we want to include the formal and informal excisting networks of care and community, so this aging group wil be able to coop with their increasing demand for care, whithout imediate need for institutional care. Together with partners in the four countries we want to look for region specific answers for area specific challanges and trie make the pilots stronger.

Bloc 2


In every region we want to put up at least to pilots in which elderly can meet and communicate about their specific situation and where needed can rely on this group for basis caregiving and daily aid.

Bloc 3

Expected result

Empowering the social network of elderly living in a area where the possible caregifing family is not in the neigborhood.

Bloc 4

Cross-border added-value

The aging in the coastal areas differs significantly with the rest of the coountrie but seems to show a lot of similarities across the borders, with al small exception for France. The reasen of this differences can vary (In Zeeuws Vlaanderen youngster are leaving for study and work, in Belgium and the UK elderly enjoy their retirement at the coast, but at the end the issues are simular. A lot of elderly with a potential need of care and a lesser personal network to rely on. Upon that a rather uncertain supply of institional care due to the fact that the offer is based on national figeres and doesnot coop with the specific needs op the rather small areas. A cross-approach enlarges the scoop and connects regions in which simular issues are present.