On Thursday 21 October, 13 organizations presented a manifesto to alderman Rolph Dols of the municipality of Tilburg. In it they call for the aging of the population to be taken even more seriously. The manifesto is called ‘2030-2040: The future is for the elderly in Tilburg!’.
The manifesto was offered by SeniorenRaad Tilburg, KBO-kring Tilburg, De Zonnebloem, De Wever, Thebe, Thebe Extra, Het Laar, TBV Wonen, Tiwos, Wonen Breburg, ContourdeTwern, VGZ and CZ.
These organizations are increasingly collaborating, also with the municipality of Tilburg. They contributed ideas about the memorandum ‘Integral view of the elderly, healthy and happy old in Tilburg’ that was adopted in the city council at the end of 2019. The ambition is: to create an environment where the preconditions are present for aging in the middle of society, where you as an older person belong, are seen and matter. Since 2020, the municipality has been carrying out the ‘Healthy and Happy Old in Tilburg’ (GGoud) program together with these and other organizations. The program consists of various projects to prepare the city for an aging population. This in addition to all projects and activities that these organizations carry out themselves. In view of the urgency of the aging population, they have put together a list of what else is needed. By means of this manifesto, they submit their conclusions to Tilburg politics and society.
Alderman Rolph Dols (Care, Welfare and Health): “We have worked hard together in recent years to be ready for the aging population that is approaching us. I therefore gladly accept the manifesto. It is an important boost for the steps that we will take together to ensure that the elderly can be healthy and happy in Tilburg.”
The nine spearheads in the manifesto to accelerate acceleration in Tilburg are:
- More awareness about aging, even before retirement. The elderly are fit longer and how can they make good use of this so-called ‘third phase of life’. But also think in good time about what they want if they are no longer fit and mobile.
- For a better flow of the housing market, it is important that the elderly (rent and property) are able and willing to move to a suitable home on time.
- Elderly people who are going to live more appropriately (and smaller) and leave behind a larger home should be given priority and a relocation allowance.
- In view of the workload and capacity shortage in healthcare, it is necessary to focus even more strongly on healthcare technology and home automation. This applies to care at home as well as in an institution.
- Enticing more people to enter/continue to work in healthcare. To do this, approach all kinds of target groups with customization even more and in a more targeted way.
- Extra attention for vulnerable neighborhoods with few networks and many (expected) vulnerable and lonely elderly people. This requires good cooperation between professionals and volunteers.
- The accelerated organization of home support for elderly people with (starting) dementia. Based on the need and the demand, tailor-made, independent of divisions in laws and regulations.
- An urban approach for the rapidly growing number of people with dementia.
- More attention to diversity. The elderly belong, regardless of origin, colour, sex, sexual preference or gender identity. Special attention is paid to the rapidly growing group of elderly people with a migration background.