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481. Promoting Health and Inclusion in an Aging Population

Japan is the world’s oldest country: in 2012, more than 24% of the population were aged 65 or over. This demographic trend is bringing significant public health and welfare challenges, but health cooperatives are leading the way in promoting preventative healthcare and encouraging social inclusion within communities. The Japanese Health and Welfare Co-operative Federation (HeW […]

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439. Valuing the work of care

CADIAI is one of Italy’s most established social services cooperatives. It was founded in Bologna in 1974 by 30 people, 27 of whom were women. The founders had experience in care, whether as informal workers, home carers, in nursing homes or private rest homes or assisting children and the elderly. Their aims were to ensure […]

423. Ageing in a Civil Community Web

There is pressure on the sovereignty of civilians, while at the same time much input is expected of the autonomous citizen. The fields of tension are wide and concern individualisation in our society, and the lack of shared visions on how we should age. The European year of ‘Active Ageing’ shows the timeliness of the […]

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386. So Happy Together: Cooperative Housing for Retirees

Through vibrant green summers and freezing snowy winters, the members of the Kildahl Park Pointe Cooperative (KPP) in Northfield, Minnesota trust the solid brick building at 888 Cannon Valley Drive to keep them safe and secure. The building is their home. All the members have topped fifty-five and rely on each other, not just to […]

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275. Ilígora Cooperative: training and jobs to serve the local community

The Ilígora Cooperative is located in Montora, a town of 10.000 inhabitants in the province of Córdoba, Spain, where it works in various aspects of the service sector. It was created in 2005 by the Jesús Nazareno Hospital Foundation and the El Yate Cooperative. Since then it has increased its activities, becoming an important source […]