Jun 23, 2016



International meeting – Dublin

As part of the S.T.Age project, Age Action and The Gaiety School Of Acting, along with partners from Finland – Turvallisen vanhuuden puolesta-Suvanto ry, Romania – Asociatia Habilitas and Italy – Anziani E Non Solo, have invited experts from Ireland and abroad to discuss the rising levels of elder abuse, explore its causes and identify possible solutions, in the International Conference “Elder abuse, Ageism and Human Rights: Innovative Approaches”, on 7th November 2016, Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, Ireland.

The presentations

A generationally intelligent response to elder abuse and ageism
Simon Biggs, University of Melbourne

Human Rights of Older Persons and Long-Term Care: ENNHRI Project
Alicia Gomez Campos, Project Co-ordinator, ENNHRI

Culture and Elder Abuse: Two Dimensions
Dr. Amanda Phelan, Co-Director, National Centre for the Protection of Older People

STAGE Project Overview
Dr. Marita O’Brien, Project Coordinator

From advocacy to agency creative performance
Dr Tom Maguire, School of Creative Arts, University of Ulster

Loneliness and elder Abuse in Older Population
Ioana Caciula, PhD candidate at the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences

The Respect to Prevent Workshops
Seamus Quinn, Gaiety School of Acting

Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse: Human Rights Perspectives
Bridget Penhale, University of East Anglia

2nd meeting – Italy

IMG_20160511_145933On 11th and 12th May 2016, the second transnational meeting of STAGE project partners took place in Carpi, Italy. The partnership assessed the E-book already elaborated in the project – ‘Elder Abuse – Context and Theory’, and planned the next project steps: the Train the Trainer program in Socio-drama for preventing abuse, which will be held in Dublin by Gaiety School of Acting between 29th August and 2nd September, and also the International Conference that will be organized in November in Dublin.
Partners also made presentations on human rights in Long Term Care in their countries, based on the need to name which rights to be addressed in the education program that will be developed in the S.T.Age project. For example, Finland identified dignity/autonomy and the right to know your rights, Italy identified inhuman and degrading treatment, and Ireland and Romania identified dignity as main focus of the project. You can read the presentations here:

Examples of Violation of Human Rights in Nursing Homes in Ireland

Human rights violation and elder abuse

Human Rights Violations in Finland

1st meeting – Romania


The 1st partnership meeting was held in Bucharest, Romania, on 21st and 22nd of October 2015. The meeting was an opportunity for project partners to agree on the upcoming tasks foreseen by the work plan. Specific attention was dedicated to the first expected outcome, an E-Book on Elder Abuse which will set up the context for the development of the training programme.