French press explores Danish elder care

May 21, 2019

Photo by Healthcare DENMARK - 90-year-old Ingelise enjoying a trishaw ride and the fresh air
On May 20 – May 21, 2019, a press delegation from Le Nouvel Observateur from France visited Denmark on a two-day press tour to report on Danish elder care.

On May 20, the delegation started the program with an introduction to the Danish healthcare system, where they heard about new strategies in elderly care and the collaboration between hospitals, municipalities, and GPs. Next, the delegates visited Dragør activity center, a social and activity center for elderly citizens in Dragør municipality. Here, the delegation experienced different ways to engage and activate senior citizens in the local community. In Denmark, most municipalities have set up activity centers for senior citizens to reduce the risk of inactivity, social isolation or physical degradation. Furthermore, the delegation learned about how Denmark works to promote social volunteering, which helps to improve quality of life for seniors.

On May 21, before going back to France, the delegation was introduced to the volunteer organization, Cycling Without Age, which offers free trishaw rides to help elderly citizens get out of their nursing homes to enjoy the fresh air and the community around them.

The visit was organized and hosted by Healthcare DENMARK in close collaboration with the Royal Danish Embassy in Paris. For more information about this visit, please contact Deputy Director Anne Smetana.

If you are interested in visiting Denmark and seeing these or other Danish healthcare solutions and initiatives yourself, please do not hesitate to request a visit.