One of the most powerful outputs, the multi-media campaign is currently being produced. We managed to engage Mr. Tomo Čonkaš as director for the production of the core element of the campaign, a seven minute video. Mr. Čonkaš has gained national and international reputation with many documentary films and TV series.
The campaign is needed because in most European countries the majority of responsible persons in the health and social care sector has only little awareness of the importance of adequate treatment of older people regarding their personal requirements concerning intimage and sexuality. Many of them are sceptical at first when it comes to introducing such subject. Their interest and motivation can only be raised by a convincing presentation of the positive Impacts.
The first Austrian Multiplier Event took place at the Medical University of Vienna. More than 20 experts from old folk’s homes and from social care services received an introduction into the findings of the project.
On 19th April, the Slovenj Gradec University College for Health Science organised am IntimAge training seminar for clinical mentors which introduced the project. People working in the clinical environment were very interested and they want to receive the Slovene translation as soon as it will be available.
ECC has been invited to present the outcomes of the IntimAge project at the General Hospital in Linz, Upper Austria. In a half day workshop, the president of ECC, Mrs. Doris Nobauer presented the project to the director of the hospital, Univ.Prof. Dr. Josef Hemmer, and to the heads of the various departments.
The dean of the Slovenj Gradec University College of Health Science, Dr. Danica Železnik, held a lecture about “Taking care of oneself in old age”. For most visitors, it was a pleasant surprise that the lecture conprised also the need for intimacy and sexuality in old age. Most of them said they had never heard about this topic before and that they were relieved to know that they are not the only ones who still feel this desire....
The 6th Annual Alliance for Healthy Aging Conference was organised in partnership with The Mayo Clinic Kogod Center on Ageing, The University Medical Center Groningen, and Newcastle University Institute for Ageing at Slaley Hall, Northumberland.
Topics included, among others: Extending healthspan in model organism; Validating interventions to prolong median healthspan; Sexuality in later life. In this workshop, the IntimAge project was presented by Sharron Hinchliff from Sheffield University.
The 27th Convention of the German Society for Gerontology at the Goethe University Frankurt offered an excellent possibility to present the IntimAge project to a wider audience. Under the general theme “Future of Medicine”, several hundred experts received new information and discussed issues concerning future care, gerontotechnology, dementia, and mobility. Our project was presented in a lecture about long term care and dementia and was received with high interest.
In collaboration with the Centro di Psicologia e Psicoterapia Funzionale Integrata, the Università delle LiberEtà organised an information day where the development of the IntimAge project was presented. The picture shows Prof. Giuseppina Raso, president of LiberEtà, at the opening of the conference.