Aging | Global Ageing News | Global Aging | May 30, 2018

EAHSA and E.D.E. Merge to Create the European Ageing Network (EAN)

BY Shannon Davis

In April 2018, the Global Ageing Network’s European Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (EAHSA) and the European Associate for Directors and Providers of Long-Term Care Services for the Elderly (E.D.E.) merged to create the European Ageing Network (EAN).

The 2 European Associations, each with 3 decades of history, have been working together for 2 years to create a unified organization. The new European Ageing Network emerged after 2 long years of preparation and it was officially introduced in Bucharest on 13 April 2018 during the General Annual Meeting of E.D.E., where EAHSA was accepted as a founding member of EAN. All members of the E.D.E. and EAHSA are part of the European Ageing Network.

The European Ageing Network represents more than 10,000 long-term care providers with more than 1 million clients in almost 30 European countries and is also connected to the Global Ageing Network, the world’s only network of ageing service providers.

“It’s a unique moment, in times where new associations and platforms are being created we decided to go in another way – creating two strong associations into to a stronger one. In times where [older adult] care represents one of the biggest challenges for Europe in the coming years we need an Association representing the interests of the long-term care providers,” says Jiri Horecky, the newly appointed EAN President.

“In the coming decades more and more [older adults] need good care and services at home or in [communities]. Providers can learn from each other, exchange best practices and work together in order to give the best possible care. Uniting providers in EAN can give them a stronger voice in Europe regarding issues like labor force-policy, regulation and developing care-technology,” adds Aad Koster, the statutory Vice President of E.D.E. and the President of EAHSA.

The European Ageing Network is seated in Luxembourg having a branch office in Brussels and the main office in Prague.