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ESCIF Congress and Assembly of Delegates

'Healthy Ageing: what can be done?'


Wednesday 27 August 2014


 Arrival of delegates at Schiphol airport – at the very latest!

15:30Arrival of delegates at Congress venue in De Rijp

Welcome (soft) drink + snack


Opening of Congress

Welcoming address from Jane Horsewell, President of ESCIF
Welcoming address from Jos Dekkers, President of the Dutch Spinal Cord Injury Association



Relationship ESCIF congress 2014, ISCoS 53rd Scientific Meeting and Global SCI Consumer Network meeting 2014

Dirk van Kuppevelt, Chair Organising Committee 53rd ISCoS Meeting and Frans Penninx, member Organising Committees ESCIF congress 2014 and Global SCI Consumer Network meeting 2014



Update on the work of the ESCIF research group

Corinne Jeanmaire, member of the ESCIF research group

18.30End of travelling / working day (more or less!)
19:00Get-together Dinner


Thursday 28 August 2014


ESCIF Assembly of Delegates

10:30Future ESCIF activities
ESCIF congress 2015
11:00Coffee break
11:30Members’ input
Short presentations of new projects in ESCIF member countries
- The Netherlands: Weer op Weg (WoW), Andries Riedstra
- Spain: Tutors, Esther Peris
- UK: The All Party Parliamentary Group, Daniel Burden
- Croatia: The survey about prevalence and treatment of sore pressure wounds (decubitus) among members of HUPT, Manda Knezevic



Healthy ageing in the general public: lessons and trends
Prof. Erik Buskens, Program Director Healthy Ageing, University Medical Centre Groningen, The Netherlands
14:30Ageing with SCI: physical issues
- younger people with 15-20 years’ SCI experience and
- older people (>65 years) with SCI
Dani Globokar, doctor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University Rehabilitation Institute, Republic of Slovenia






Ageing with SCI: quality of life
- younger people with 15-20 years’ SCI experience and
- older people (>65 years) with SCI
Prof. Marcel Post, Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, particularly rehabilitation of people with spinal cord injury, University of Groningen and senior SCI researcher, De Hoogstraat Revalidatie, Utrecht, The Netherlands




Personal experience of ageing / living with SCI
● Dick te Winkel, former president Dutch SCI Association
● Lia Vašíčková, partner/care giver (impact on life/health), Czech republic
● Mirjam Kanalec, member Paraplegics Association of Slovenia
16:15Coffee break



ESCIF Statement on lifelong care and monitoring
Colm Whooley, CEO Spinal Injuries Ireland


WHO report ‘International Perspectives on SCI (IPSCI)’, living and healthy ageing with SCI: from paper to practice
Per M. von Groote, project scientist disability policy Swiss Paraplegic Research and co-editor IPSCI

18:00End of working day (more or less!)
19:00Congress Picture
19:00Delegates’ Dinner


Friday 29 August 2014



SCI, healthy ageing and self-management
Claes Hultling, CEO, Spinalis, Sweden



SCI, keeping fit, nutrition and weight control
Thomas Janssen, professor VU University Amsterdam and




Ageing well with SCI: survey and organisational policy
Daniel Burden, Head of Public Affairs, Spinal Injuries Association, England and
Joy Sinclair, Ageing Well Advisor, Spinal Injuries Association

10:30Coffee break

How can your SCI association promote healthy ageing of people living with SCI?
Moderator: Jos Dekkers

12:25End of the Congress

Move Forward clini*

Presentation of Dutch ‘Move Forward’ and how to keep fit with SCI 
- healthy exercise, no injuries
- do-it-yourself: the hand bike clinic

16:30Optional: sightseeing, guided tour and dinner in Volendam

* Made possible by Hollister, the Netherlands

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