On May 12, 2014 The Czech Diaconia in co-operation with ILC-Czech Republic hosted an international conference Towards Integrated Services and Support for Aging in Community/Challenges and Ways Forward – Learning from International Experience.

The aim of the conference was to gather experiences and recommendations to support the development of integrated health and social support services for seniors in the Czech Republic. The conference was held as part of the project supported by the Swiss-Czech Cooperation Fund and the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.

The conference featured leading experts in the field of health and social services from the Czech Republic and abroad, including several representatives of the GA ILC centres: Associate Professor Iva Holmerová, PhD, president of the ILC-Czech Republic, Professor Sara Carmel, MPH, PhD, President of the ILC- Israel, Professor Françoise Forette, Director of the ILC-France, and Noreen Siba, Managing Director of ILC-UK. Other speakers included representatives of the Ministry of Health (Professor Josef Vymazal, MD., PhD, Deputy Minister of Health and Mrs. Ludmila Vostřáková, Head of Health and Social Services Unit) and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (Mrs. Zuzana Jentschke Stöcklova, Deputy Minister for Social and Family Policy), Kent Löfgren, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Division for Family and Social Services, Stockholm, Sweden, Dr. Monika Roth, Director of the Centre for Prevention and Health Promotion, Gesundes Kinzigtal, Germany and Richard Humphries, Deputy Director for Policy, The King ‘s Fund, London (see the agenda, abstracts and CVs below). Other speakers from the Czech Republic were Zdeněk Kalvach, Geriatrician, Former Vice-president of the Czech Geriatric Society and Ladislav Průša, Director of the Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs.

More information, a summary of the conference, the presentations and other materials may be viewed on the ILC-Czech Republic website.

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