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We, organisers and participants of the 1st European conference on ‘Bridging Knowledge in Long-Term Care and Support: Crossing Boundaries between Disabilities and Ageing’, funded by the Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC) and held in Barcelona, Spain, 5–7 March 2009, acknowledge the importance and relevance of knowledge transfer between the fields of disability and ageing for the European Union, its Member States, stakeholders and citizens.
Throughout this recommendation the term ‘Long-Term Care and Support’ (LTC/S) refers to formal care (mainly health and social care) and informal care provided to persons with any long-standing health condition which significantly and persistently impairs functioning in daily life. The population with LTC/S needs include ageing people with disabilities, people with physical, sensory, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, people with severe chronic mental and/or severe chronic physical illness; as well as complex and multiple impaired health states (disabilities and/or illnesses).
This recommendation follows the Graz Declaration on Disability and Ageing, 9th June 2006.
I. We recognise that:
II. We agree that:
III. We therefore invite:
For more information on the conference, visit the Bridging Knowledge website at: www.bridgingknowledge.net
For the Bridging Knowledge in Long-Term Care conference supplement (2009) in the International Journal of Integrated Care, containing the abstracts and reflections of the conference, go to: http://www.ijic.org/index.php/ijic/issue/view/37