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Seniors Council of the State of Brandenburg e.V.

May 7th, 2021 Brandenburg Seniors Week

"For a liveable Brandenburg - solidarity, active participation for all generations"

The board of the Seniors Council of the State of Brandenburg e.V. today confirmed the following information from

Working group Brandenburg Senior Week (BSW).

The 27th BSW will take place in the period from 03.10.2021 – 10.10.2021 take place as the global corona pandemic allows.

At the 02.10.2021 A festive event will take place in the Paul Gerhardt Church in Lübben, in which around 100 invited guests will take part.

Here we would like to traditionally hand over the Prime Minister's certificates to particularly active senior citizens.

We are pleased to announce that the Prime Minister Dr. Dietmar Woidke takes over the patronage!

Until then, we wish all senior citizens a good time in their regions, stay healthy and please take advantage of the events offered during the Brandenburg Senior Citizens' Week.

Warm regards, the board of the Seniors Council State Brandenburg e.V.


May 7th, 2021 DIGITAL FIT - kick-off of the nationwide qualification and a big thank you to the state's senior citizens' council


In 2021, if the Corona regulations allow, on-site qualification offers for senior citizens' advisory boards on how to use digital devices will be submitted. These courses are financed from the senior policy package of the state government of Brandenburg. The academy in the second half of life has been commissioned with the implementation.

In order to find out better what tasks senior councils perform in their communities and how they can benefit from digital tools, the Academy 2nd Half of Life started a survey in autumn last year. It was a difficult time, also for communication in the advisory boards. Still, 98 senior councils from across the country participated, over 60%. Many also expressed their opinion on the topic within the questionnaire. For this I would like to thank the senior citizens' councils very much on behalf of everyone involved. We are now in a much better position to accommodate their wishes and concerns.

Numerous advisory boards have announced a need for further training. If other advisory boards would like such a qualification, please contact us: by phone 03334 237520 or by email [email protected]

Marion Köstler

Academy 2nd half of life, head of the Northern division


04/27/2021 Letter to Members

Dear members of the Seniors' Council of the State of Brandenburg, dear members of the second pillar,


On April 14th, 2021 a dialogue forum took place via video link with Prime Minister Dr. Dietmar Woidke, State Secretary for Welfare Michael Ranft, the Senior Representative Norman Asmus and the board of the Seniors' Council of the State of Brandenburg. Against the background of the still tense situation due to the corona virus, it was about a joint exchange about the current situation of the elderly population in the state of Brandenburg. Prime Minister Woidke said, among other things: “It is important to me to talk to the elderly in our country myself. You are among the most at risk in the pandemic. In the last few months, many of them have had to go through a lot of renouncing togetherness and togetherness with friends and next of kin. ”In the one-hour conversation, he also expressly thanked the municipal senior citizens' councils for supporting the vaccination campaign.


The joint exchange dealt with the implementation of the “pact for care” and “local care” in the municipalities, including the role of municipal elderly care and care planning, as well as hospital planning in the state, for which the state government 22 million. Has planned for euros. Another topic was the function of senior meeting places after the corona pandemic as places for communal encounters, although the municipalities are still responsible for keeping them open, which is why the senior councils on site have to campaign for this. The increasing importance of the digitization of the living environment of the older generation and the resulting need for support was also discussed and the Prime Minister was pleased to note that the SRLB has already founded a working group “Older people and digitization”. There was also a brief report on the status of cooperation with Polish senior citizens' groups. The Prime Minister described our cooperation with the police of the state of Brandenburg as particularly valuable, as comprehensive education can provide even better protection for the elderly from fraudsters and thieves.


Finally, the Prime Minister promised the board of directors of the SRLB to take over the patronage for this year's Brandenburg Senior Week - planned for the beginning of October - and to ensure that the SRLB received the necessary funds for senior work during the budget debate.

This is only a short summary of the conversation with Prime Minister Dr. Woidke, to whom we also presented the questions and concerns of individual senior citizens' councils. We hope that you can stay healthy and continue to do your important volunteer work. R.S.

March 25, 2021 The state's senior citizens' council is committed

Nothing is so good that it cannot be improved - and the vaccination situation in our country is definitely in need of improvement. Fast and effective vaccination against the coronavirus is essential for the elderly to return to a normal life quickly. For this reason, the Seniors' Council of the State of Brandenburg started a quick survey of the members to find out where there are good examples of implementing the vaccination strategy in the municipalities or in the districts. Since many have replied in the meantime, we can now provide information on where you might still be able to work. As a result, it has been found everywhere that the advisory councils, which have turned to the mayors, district administrators and the ministry with their advice on improving the vaccination situation, were able to achieve many positive results. Cooperation with other institutions and groups and the press was also very important.

Now some examples in excerpts. So has z. For example, the district administrator of Havelland, following information and letters from the KSR at the ministry, made it clear that the commitments for the vaccination center in Falkensee and the branch in Rathenow were made and a citizen phone was set up in the museum and in the city library. A bus stop was set up in the center for visitors to the vaccination center in Frankfurt / Oder, which significantly improved access for disabled and elderly citizens. The nursing services distributed appointments and carried out vaccinations. In Glienicke, the senior citizens' club has set up a "care hotline", through which the senior citizens receive support in finding transport options and encouragement, and mailboxes with documents are posted. There is also a good working relationship with the mayor. In Eberswalde, the 2nd half of life academy has set up a vaccination telephone and has arranged over 250 vaccination appointments so far. They also want to arrange vaccination sponsors who will accompany the vaccination and provide transport services. The Prignitz church district also offers transport services in cooperation with the KSB. The KSB also participates in the allocation of transport services by telephone together with Volkssolidarität. As in many other senior advisory councils, a fire letter was sent to Prime Minister Woidke about the urgently needed use of a vaccination bus for the entire region, which was also signed by the district administrator, many local mayors and organizations. In Perleberg, the route of the buses was changed by the public transport. Now the buses stop right at the vaccination center. The mayor of the community of Gumtow organized 40 vaccination appointments for the senior citizens of the community. At the Mellensee, seniors over 80 years of age receive a letter from the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians with information on vaccinations and single seniors can contact the municipal administration for support in changing dates and organizing the trip to the vaccination center in Luckenwalde. In Falkensee, the sports club offers help by using three minibuses to drive seniors to Potsdam and Oranienburg for vaccination appointments and there is also private support with transport to other vaccination centers in the district. The youth council also offers shopping aids for seniors who cannot leave the house due to Corona. The chairman of the senior citizens' council of Rangsdorf drives senior citizens to the vaccination center in a minibus sponsored by the city and has already carried out over 100 trips. In Ludwigsfelde, too, there is now a vaccination shuttle that drives seniors to vaccinate. The academy 2nd half of life coordinates further trips and people who take on such trips. So that the older people are informed, the corresponding telephone numbers are also published in the newspaper.

These are just a few of the ways in which the vaccination situation in our country can be improved - provided there is enough vaccine available. Perhaps you too can take up one or the other opportunity in your area to provide support. We wish you every success in your further work so that we can survive the pandemic together. Stay healthy! RS


March 17, 2021 The Seniors' Council of the State of Brandenburg e.V. has founded an AG "Older people and digitization". The founding meeting took place on March 9th, 2021 under the direction of Manfred Hildenbrand, member of the board of directors of the SRLB and head of the working group “Living in old age”. The minutes, the tasks and goals as well as the founding members can be viewed here:

Tasks and goals of the working group "Older people and digitization"

Minutes of the founding meeting of the working group “Older people and digitization” on March 9th, 2021

Founding members working group "Older people and digitization", (as of March 9th, 2021)


03/11/2021 Senior Citizens' Council and Police Headquarters sign cooperation agreement

The foundation stone for a new partnership was laid in the police headquarters on March 5th, 2021. The Chairman of the Seniors' Council of the State of Brandenburg,
Wolfgang Puschmann and the police chief of the state of Brandenburg, Oliver
Stepien signed a joint cooperation agreement as part of a video conference. Read on here:joint press release cooperation agreement between police and senior citizens' council



The board of directors of the SRLB wishes all female members of the
Senior councils of the districts and the independent cities as well as the second
Pillar all the best, a lot of joy and good health
on the occasion of today's Women's Day.


Expansion of the vaccination offer in the state of Brandenburg

Press release from the Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Integration and Consumer Protection:



PM Nursing Pact

Minister of Social Affairs Nonnemacher launches pact for long-term care: strengthening local care, relieving those in need of care, promoting securing of skilled workers

Agreement signed with member organizations of the National Maintenance Committee

It is a focus in the coalition agreement of the Brandenburg state government: Social Minister Ursula Nonnemacher launched the pact for care today. She signed an agreement with the member organizations of the state maintenance committee of the state of Brandenburg. The Pact for Nursing is intended to strengthen and sustain local care, to relieve those in need of care and their relatives, especially in rural areas, to expand advisory structures and to promote the securing of skilled workers in care through attractive training and employment conditions. Around 22 million euros are available annually in the state budget for implementation.

TheAgreement "Pact for Care in the State of Brandenburg - Secure Care Together" signed the following member organizations of the state care committee for the state of Brandenburg with Minister of Social Affairs Nonnemacher: ABVP - Employers and Professional Association of Private Care e.V., Alzheimer Society Brandenburg e.V. - Self-Help Dementia, AOK Nordost - Die Gesundheitskasse, AWO Landesverband Brandenburg e.V., B.A.H. Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Hauskrankenpflege eV - State Association Brandenburg, BKK State Association Middle - State Representation Berlin and Brandenburg, Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus-Senftenberg, Caritas Association for the Archdiocese of Berlin eV, Caritas Association of the Diocese of Görlitz eV, The Paritätische Landesverband Brandenburg eV, German Red Cross - State Association Brandenburg eV, DGB-District Berlin-Brandenburg, Diakonisches Werk Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia eV - DWBO, IKK Brandenburg and Berlin, KNAPPSCHAFT Regional Directorate Cottbus, State Office for Social Affairs and Supply (LASV), State Disabled Advisory Board Brandenburg, District Day Brandenburg, State Care Council Berlin-Brandenburg, Medical Service of the Berlin-Brandenburg Health Insurance Funds, Brandenburg Association of Nursing Schools (Pflegeschulbund), Seniors' Council of the State of Brandenburg, Brandenburg City and Municipal Association, Association of Substitute Funds eV (vdek), Association of Private Health Insurance eV, ver.di regional district Berlin-Brandenburg.

Minister of Social AffairsUrsula Nonnemacher explained: “We are united by the goal that the people in the state of Brandenburgalso with the need for care through diverse and flexible offers and assistancea life that is as self-determined as possible be able to lead into old age and participate in society. The pact for long-term care wants to improve the conditions for this and expand existing structures. I would like to extend my warmest thanks to all the organizations that have signed the agreement to implement the Pact for Long-Term Care. In the face of an aging society, theMaintaining the future is one of the greatest socio-political challenges of our time. We face this challenge together.

TheCare of the future is 'care in the neighborhood'. Exactly where people live, are at home and want to grow old. On-site care, especially in the neighborhood, is to be strengthened in all parts of the country, and those in need of care and their relatives are to be comprehensively accompanied, supported and relieved in coping with the care. Professional care offers should be provided in a targeted and tailored manner according to people's needs. With the pact for long-term care, the state, municipalities, long-term care and health insurances, service providers, associations, unions, volunteers, relatives and people in the neighborhood, together with their contributions, create the conditions for this.The focus is on measures that help to delay, reduce or even avoid the need for long-term care.

Manfred Helbig, Member of the main committee of the state maintenance committee: “As the chairman of the state maintenance committee, I am very pleased that the starting signal for the implementation of the“ Pact for Nursing Care ”has now been given. I expressly welcome the project set out in the coalition agreement for the 7th legislative period. It meets with its four thematic pillars - "On-site care", "Expand care advice", "Investment in day and short-term care" and "Training and specialist or Securing the workforce ”- the sticking points for the development of the nursing care structure in the state of Brandenburg. I will do everything I can to ensure that the state maintenance committee fulfills its role as an accompanying, advisory and innovation body and that successful measures are perpetuated. "

Marita Moskvyn, Head of Inpatient Care at AOK Nordost: “The corona pandemic once again clearly demonstrated how important it is to sustainably strengthen the care sector. From the point of view of AOK Nordost, this is one of the central social and political challenges of the coming years, which can only be mastered together with all stakeholders. That is why the closed Pact for Care ‘is an important step in order to continue to work on sustainable framework conditions for care across all sectors and areas and to further promote the networking of partners. As in the past, AOK Nordost is ready for reliable cooperation. "

Jens Graf, Managing Director of the Brandenburg Association of Towns and Municipalities: “Cities, municipalities and offices take on joint responsibility within the framework of their local self-administration and the safeguarding of services of general interest. Questions about securing care close to home are becoming an increasingly important part of this. Together with the citizens, the commitment of the organizations and associations, the providers of care and support services, for example when shopping or providing lunch, sustainable conditions can be established for this.In order to express the willingness and will of its members to do so, the Association of Towns and Municipalities played an active role in the development of the “Pact for Care” agreement. Everyone involved can be proud of the result. We welcome the new “On-Site Care” program. It recognizes the cities, municipalities and offices as important actors in the area of ​​local care structures and will support them. "

Ulrike Kostka, Caritas Association for the Archdiocese of Berlin e.V .: "The around 40,300 employees in outpatient care and the many facilities are doing a lot in the corona pandemic and elsewhere. Our appreciation and thanks go to them. It becomes clear that the training and working conditions must improve so that this meaningful profession becomes more attractive for many people. An important step has been taken with the pact for care. "

Marina Rudolph, Head of the Association of Substitute Funds e. V. (vdek) - State Representation Berlin / Brandenburg: “In view of the very high nursing prevalence in a nationwide comparison and the rural social structure in Brandenburg, it is important to master the associated challenges. The actors in the health care system are called upon to contribute their skills and find solutions together. The Nursing Pact is intended to create framework conditions so that nursing care can continue at a high level. Against this background, the vdek expressly supports this important issue. "

Pact for care in the state of Brandenburg - secure care together

The pact for care consists offour pillars:

  1. Strengthen local care (Funding program for municipalities)
  2. Expansion of care advice (especially the care support points)
  3. Expansion of the nursing care structure (Investment program short-term and day care)
  4. Securing skilled workers (Attractive training and employment conditions in nursing)

Pillar 1: Strengthen local care and make it sustainable

Around 11.7 million euros are available annually for the support program for municipalities entitled “Care on site”. This program will be the "Heart " be in the pact for care, and it is so far unique in Germany.

Part of the planned program is aimed directly at the offices and non-governmental cities and municipalities. You receive a total of 9 million euros annually with whichHelp in the pre- and environment of care should be promoted.

the goal is, through theDesign of age and care-appropriate social spaces On the one hand, to delay or minimize the onset of the need for care and, on the other hand, to enable the need for care to be dealt with in one's own household, where around 80 percent of those in need of care in the state of Brandenburg are currently cared for. For this form of care preferred by the people, the need for professional nursing staff is significantly lower than in inpatient care. In this respect, the desired stabilization of care at home is an important contribution to securing skilled workers.

Practical examplesWhat can be initiated or financed with "care on site" are, for example:

  • the construction of new ones or the expansion of existing oneseveryday support offers. More than half of these nationwide offers were developed for people with cognitive and psychological impairments. They are to be expanded further. Around 17,000 people currently use everyday support services every year.
  • Help in the neighborhood,
  • Offers for lunch together ("with wheels to eat instead of eating on wheels"),
  • Information and events for people in need of care and those caring for them at home,
  • Dementia courses, Dementia round tables or local projects and alliances for people with dementia,
  • Projects to stimulate meaningful action(Bake cakes together for village festivals; be present in the repair café or in the men's workshop corner),
  • Projects with craftsmen from the region who help with building measures to minimize barriers in apartments.

The “local care” funding program is also aimed at the municipal level of the rural districts and urban districts. They receive a total of 2.7 million euros annually for regional care structure planning, coordination and networking activities, and for supporting the offices and municipalities outside of their offices in their local care activities.


Pillar 2: Expansion of care advice - especially in the care support points

For this, 2 million euros are available annually.

With their advice on all questions relating to care, the19 care centers nationwide people in need of care and their relatives for over ten years. Her work is currently being evaluated. The results of the investigation should lead to recommendations for action for the expansion of the care support points as well as for a funding approach on the part of the state. The final report on the evaluation should be available in May 2021.

It is already undisputed that a quantitative expansion of the advisory services (including personnel) is necessary in any case in order to ensure care advice and improve access options.

The state funding is intended to provide impetus for this expansion process, which can ultimately only be implemented in cooperation with the providers of the care support points - the care and health insurance companies as well as the districts / urban districts.


Pillar 3: Investment program for short-term and day care

For this, 5 million euros are available annually.

Day care facilities and short-term care facilities serve to stabilize home care settings - they are to be expanded further. Nursing relatives and caregivers should be able to rely on the fact that in a crisis or if they are prevented from doing so, affordable short-term care and preventive care are also available at short notice.

day carerelieves caring relatives by the hour a day and enables them to be gainfully employed even if they take on care responsibility. The aim of the funding is to ensure that this type of offer is not only created in metropolitan areas that are economically particularly attractive for sponsors, but that supply can also be provided in smaller communities and cities close to home.

Short term care helps to cope with sudden needs, for example after a hospital stay or in crisis situations, and at the same time to create or support the necessary conditions for (further) home care during this time. In Brandenburg, short-term care is currently only used half as much as the national average due to a lack of sufficient supply. This causes unnecessary home care.


Pillar 4: Training and securing skilled workers

The promotion of training is of central importance for securing skilled workers in nursing. The new generalist nursing training represents a great opportunity to make the nursing profession more attractive and to ensure care in the country.

In order to develop and strengthen the next generation of specialists and assistants in nursing, the state-financed NEKSA project (new creation instead of adding) is being continued to support nursing schools and training companies. The project, carried out by btu Cottbus Senftenberg, has been running very successfully since 2018. The generalist nursing training got off to a successful start this year despite the current difficult situation. The adaptation of the assistant training in nursing in the state of Brandenburg to a generalist assistant training is currently being examined. Like the specialist training, this should offer an attractive, low-threshold entry into the professional field of nursing and enable pre-qualified persons to take into account their existing skills and qualifications. The ability to connect to the specialist training is ensured. The NEKSA project also supports the well-known actors here. (Funding: 160,000 euros)

To strengthen training in the assistant professions, a measure to reduce drop-outs in geriatric care assistance training is being financed, as is the expenditure for theoretical and practical teaching at nursing schools. (Funding 680,200 euros)

In order to ensure the training structure of nursing schools that are not connected to hospitals in all regions, a flat-rate rental and investment cost allowance is made available in the same amount as for nursing schools located at hospitals. (Appropriation: 498,400 euros)



Almost 154,000 people in need of care live in the state of Brandenburg, of which around 63,000 people suffer from dementia. Of those in need of care, 61.5 percent are female and 38.5 percent are male. More than half of those in need of care in Brandenburg are over 80 years of age.

TheThe proportion of people in need of care in the total population is around 6.1 percent well above the national average and will continue to rise in the course of the demographic development. The personnel situation in nursing continues to worsen, also because the number of employable people is falling dramatically in parts of the country. In this respect, ensuring good nursing care is a major socio-political challenge.

The number of outpatient care services increased from 722 in 2017 to 765 in 2019, the number of facilities with inpatient long-term care from 329 to 339 (source: official care statistics 2019). The number of employees in nursing is around 40,300. The proportion of women is 85.4 percent.

TheState maintenance committee advises on questions of financing and the operation of care facilities as well as care insurance. In it are the care funds, the medical service of the health insurance, care facilities, the social and health ministry as well as the state office for social affairs and supply, the association of private health insurance, associations of the nursing professions, the municipal central associations and unions as well as the state disability council, the regional seniors' council Psychiatry Council, representing the Alzheimer Society Brandenburg and trade unions. The office of the state maintenance committee is in the Ministry of Social Affairs. Source: MSGIV press release



The Seniors' Council of the State of Brandenburg advises caution

The Brandenburgers agree: "We'll stick together so that we can defeat the corona pandemic soon!" Almost all citizens wear mouth and nose protection, keep the appropriate distance from other people and only go out when it is urgently required or in short walk of approx. 10 minutes to recharge the batteries.

But that's exactly what scammers take advantage of. They know that the elderly in particular are almost always at home now. Now the so-called grandchildren callers are booming again to deprive older people of their laborious savings by fooling them by phone that their grandchildren or nieces are in great need and therefore urgently need money. The SRLB therefore advises not to respond to these calls, but to call the police or the granddaughter or niece concerned immediately to make sure that there is really an emergency.

But now there is still a new scam by the fraudsters. You ring the doorbell and introduce yourself as a member of a vaccination team. They want to assign vaccination appointments and use the pretext of written information to gain access to apartments. Then they ask the residents to get ID cards and writing materials and in the meantime they steal from the apartment owners. The Seniors' Council of the State of Brandenburg urgently advises you not to let anyone into your apartment on this pretext. Vaccination appointments are only informed by telephone or by letter from the municipality.

Stay vigilant and stay healthy.


Wolfgang Puschmann Renate Schneider

Chairwoman of the SRLB press officer


This is our press release on the vaccination strategy against Corona that we have sent to the four major newspapers.

How many more people have to die?

The board of the Seniors' Council of the State of Brandenburg (SRLB) calls on the state government and the municipalities to ensure that the vaccination campaigns against the corona virus are finally carried out quickly. In the state of Brandenburg, 1,308 people had died from the virus on January 6 of this year. In Germany, the state of Brandenburg ranks third to last in terms of vaccination rates. It is therefore completely incomprehensible that, for example, doctors in Potsdam who wanted to make themselves available for vaccination campaigns against the virus were rejected. Or let's take the offer from the municipal clinic in Brandenburg a. d. H. that his employees had vaccinated in a very short time and therefore wanted to offer this service to other care services but was prevented from doing so by the bureaucracy.

And why is it not possible in our municipalities that - like z. B. in Berlin and North Rhine-Westphalia - is the relevant group of people personally written to for vaccination campaigns in order to clarify the registration formalities? Every city and every municipality knows the age structure of its residents. How can it happen that the state chairman of the Seniors' Council is still on hold after about 100 calls to number 116 117 instead of being given a vaccination appointment?

We demand that more vaccination centers are brought into the area immediately, that the affected age groups are written to with an information letter and that they are vaccinated more quickly in the homes. RS



Dear members,

Attached is a press release from the Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Integration and Consumer Protection 008_21_Note_Rufnummer_Terminvergabe_Corona_Schutzimichtung_20210106


Dear members,

in this link Brandenburg vaccinates you will find information on the implementation of the national vaccination strategy COVID-19 in the state of Brandenburg

December 21, 2020

Dear members of the Seniors' Council of the State of Brandenburg,

Dear members of the second pillar,


During the Christmas season, the board of directors of the SRLB held another conference call to set the first tasks and dates for the year 2021. In addition to the next board meetings, these are the members and electoral assembly on March 25th, 2021, the opening event of the 27th Brandenburg Seniors 'Week on June 12th, 2021 in Lübben and the definition of the seniors' week on June 13th, 2021. until June 20th, 2021. In addition, a telephone consultation takes place every Friday between Mr. Puschmann and the regional senior representative, the content of which is discussed with the board of directors. Important focal points for the coming year will include training on the 8th age report and information on the implementation of digitization by the senior citizens' councils and close cooperation with the members of the second pillar. We will also continue to devote a great deal of attention to the topics of "old age living" and "care".


Dear members,

Advent is the time when we review the year, pause and reflect. The corona pandemic continues to keep the world in suspense. Looking back, 2020 presented us with great challenges. Against this background, the board of directors of the SRLB would like to thank you very much for the good cooperation.

We wish you and your families a quiet and peaceful Christmas season, but above all good health and hopefully a less exciting but successful year 2021 for all of us.



Wolfgang Puschmann Renate Schneider

Chairwoman of the SRLB press spokeswoman


11/23/2020_Report on the conference call with the regional senior representative Mr Asmus on 11/16/2020

even during the corona pandemic, the board of directors of the SRLB is not inactive. On November 16, 2020, the board of directors held a conference call with the state's senior representative as well as Ms. Mey from the MSGIV ministry and the chairmen of the district senior advisory councils and the senior advisory councils of the independent cities. Except for the senior advisory councils in Barnim, Oberspreewald-Lausitz, Oberhavel and Uckermark, everyone could take part.

First, the state chairman, Mr. Puschmann, welcomed all participants and then the state seniors' representative, Mr. Asmus, took over the management. He briefly introduced himself to those on the phone and reported which districts he had already visited and which visits he had to cancel due to the pandemic. He also announced that the award event for the “Veltener Teller” would have to be postponed to the coming year, but that two award events would therefore take place in 2021. He also thanked all interview partners in the study on the social situation of the elderly population in the state of Brandenburg. The study is to be published in the first half of 2021. In it, the areas of old-age poverty, loneliness, care of doctors, volunteer work and care are highlighted.

Then the chairmen of the KSR and the SB could present their current problems from their regions. These are among others:

- Inadequate local public transport, both in some cities and especially in rural areas

- Missing specialists and general practitioners, as the calculation is based on the number of people and not on the age structure

- Permanent closure of many senior meeting places beyond the current pandemic containment measures, which is partly due to the financing problems of the municipalities

- Broken down smaller events in some districts, which could be continued through hygiene and distance rules

- Many voluntary helpers (mainly elderly) are no longer active in the care facilities because they fear infection, which leads to bottlenecks, as this worsens the personnel situation

- Previously unfavorable visiting situation in the nursing homes and old people's facilities

- Offers of sports and fall prevention are not carried out, although these could be carried out if the AHA + L is complied with

In the subsequent discussion between the chairman, the board of directors of the SRLB and the state senior representative, the state discussed financial support for the municipalities to maintain the meeting places, with Mr Asmus referring to the state's existing municipal rescue package (LSBA). The suggestion of reserved shopping times for the elderly in shops and pharmacies was also discussed and then rejected by a majority. It is more important to comply with the AHA rules. Regarding the visiting times in geriatric care facilities, Mr. Asmus referred to the MSGIV press release of November 6, 2020 as well as the future corona rapid test for visitors, which enables better access to their relatives. He asked to be informed if there were any difficulties.

Another topic were the conclusions from the 8th Age Report on the topic of "Older people and digitization". It was about the demand for free internet access in public spaces, in apartments, assisted living arrangements and geriatric care facilities and about the unequal distribution of opportunities in digitization due to the income and educational level of older people. To this end, measures have been suggested by the federal, state and local authorities. At the same time, Mr. Asmus referred to the Academy's “Digital Fit” training program for senior advisory councils, the FAPIQ IT get-togethers, the federal digital compass project with 100 locations nationwide and the federal “digital angel” project. But there are already good initiatives from the senior citizens' advisory boards, such as the digital regulars table in the Märkisch-Oderland district, the digital compass in the Ostprignitz-Ruppin district and the dialogue between schoolchildren and senior citizens in Frankfurt / O. Mr. Asmus is happy to receive further project examples. He then reported on the tax guide, who offers the tax return for senior citizens digitally in a simplified way.

Subsequently, Mr. Puschmann reported on the meeting with Prime Minister Dr. Woidke and asked to look more often at the website of the SRLB (, where you can find a. also finds reports from the meeting with the Prime Minister. He also pointed out the possible procedures for the workability of the advisory boards.

Finally, Mr. Asmus thanked Ms. Mey for the many years of good cooperation - as she is going into well-deserved retirement at the end of the year - as well as for the active participation of the chairmen of the KSR and SB in the conference call and suggested the next exchange either as a video conference or again as a conference call. He takes the suggestions and problems with him and tries to implement a lot of them. That is why he would definitely like to exchange ideas with the chairperson more than once a year. He asks that changes to contact details are passed on to Ms. Möhring immediately so that as many as possible can be reached. R.S.



Statement by Wolfgang Puschmann, chairman of the SRLB on the statement of the BAGSO on the eighth age report of the Federal Government BAGSO statement_Achter_Altersbericht_Digitalisierung.pdf

The senior representatives and the local stakeholders know the interests of the elderly best. We need exactly what the expert commission names in the 6th recommendation of the 8th age report:

"Ensure digital provision for the community at the local level and further develop it structurally."

This includes - Internet everywhere - W-Lan, as free W-Lan as possible in all facilities for older people, as addressed in the 2nd recommendation: "Enable access and use of digital technologies for everyone".

But it also includes what is already mentioned in the 7th age report, the 45th recommendation, namely an elderly aid structure law. The §715 SGB XII thus changes from a should to a must provision.

That doesn't seem to be the case at the federal level. The countries are asked to develop such a law. Only then will the requirement from the 2nd recommendation be essentially implementable.

Quote: "For older people who have a low income or who receive basic security in old age, the use of the Internet at home and also the acquisition of digital technology that contributes to maintaining or enabling autonomy and participation should be supported through social law help in SGB XII be funded "

The Seniors' Council of the State of Brandenburg supports BAGSO's call for a “digital age package” and demands appropriate implementation strategies from both the federal government and, in particular, in the federal states, in the municipalities. These are to be developed together with the elderly.

We want to help shape the digital age in a self-determined manner and not be determined by technology or otherwise.

We want to be part of the development of communal, regional and cross-regional digitization strategies and have a say in the strategy. This is part of strengthening participation in these times.

Dear members of the Seniors' Council of the State of Brandenburg and the second pillar,

On October 6th, at the request of the SRLB, the conversation with Prime Minister Dr. Dietmar Woidke. In addition to three representatives of our board of directors, the senior representative of the state, Mr. Asmus, also took part. Unfortunately, Minister Ms. Nonnemacher from the MSGIV ministry responsible for us had to cancel at short notice.

It was all the more gratifying that the Prime Minister, despite the lengthy cabinet meeting and the press conference, took the time to talk to us in detail about the problems of the older population in the state of Brandenburg.

First, the MP received a report on how the seniors have coped with the corona crisis so far. Since many senior citizens in retirement homes and hospitals suffer from the general ban on contact with their families and friends, rapid tests are carried out in homes and hospitals at the beginning of November at the latest, so that visitors can go to their relatives and thus prevent the residents and patients from becoming lonely. The rapid test is free and paid for from the health fund. As soon as a vaccine is available, of course, priority will be given to nurses, teachers and the elderly. Since health is the most important good, all hospitals in the state of Brandenburg will be preserved despite the enormous costs (basic funding around € 170 million).

Another topic was the 8th age report on the topic of "Older people and digitization". The federal government, the federal states and the municipalities must create the framework conditions so that the Internet can be used free of charge throughout the public space and in public institutions. This applies to town halls, train stations, districts, villages and means of transport. Older people can only participate in social life if they use digital technology correctly. To this end, and for the exchange of ideas between the generations about digitization, the Prime Minister will campaign both in the federal government and in the municipalities.

The issue of money was also raised. It was about the financing of the senior week, the award events with the Veltener Teller and the certificate of honor, the support of meeting places as well as the maintenance of the regional office. With the exception of financial support for meeting places, everything is already included in the draft budget. However, it still requires the approval of the members of the state parliament. Therefore it will be necessary for the board of directors of the SRLB to go into the parliamentary groups. RS

Together we are strong!

At our regional conferences we decided that we seniors, in order to be able to participate even more actively in social life, have to work more closely with the various ministries and therefore urgently need a regional senior representative. That is why we wrote a letter to the Prime Minister and the political groups. Due to the urgency of the matter, we have also presented our concerns to the parliamentary groups of the LEFT, the SPD and the CDU in the state parliament and support has been promised. Our request was complied with and stipulated in the coalition agreement that a position would be advertised for a representative.

At our first board meeting (after the ban on meetings due to the corona pandemic), which took place on June 22nd. took place, we were now able to greet the representative of the State Seniors, who had been appointed in the meantime, with great pleasure. Mr. Norman Asmus will be our central contact for the interests of older people in administration and politics. Its seat for the interests of senior citizens is in the responsible ministry for social affairs, health, integration and consumer protection. He works independently, is not bound by any instructions and contacts the other ministries relevant to senior citizens.

Mr. Asmus is a proven expert in the areas of senior citizens and family policy and has been working in various areas of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs since 1996. When he was introduced, he stated, among other things, that he wants to work to ensure that Brandenburg residents can stay physically and mentally fit for as long as possible, even in old age.

Like us, he sees the social participation of the elderly as an essential key, be it through voluntary work or lifelong learning. Associated with this should be a positive image of old age that focuses on the opportunities and possibilities of this phase of life. He will continue to work to ensure that topics such as poverty in old age and loneliness in old age are taken up more and more

Senior policy package of the state with its priorities is further developed and financially supported. First of all, Mr. Asmus will look at the concrete work of the district senior advisory councils and advisory councils of the independent cities on site in order to get to know the concerns of the senior citizens of Brandenburg even better.

We are sure that there will be good cooperation with the regional senior representative and that we will receive great support through him in dealing with the various problems. R.S.

Dear members of the senior advisory councils and the second pillar,

You have certainly all been waiting for you to receive information about the senior week, the closed conference and the Veltener Teller.

As you know, the state executive started a survey to find out from you whether it is appropriate to hold the 27th senior week this year despite the corona pandemic. After you voted to postpone it to next year, we got in touch with the ministry. Now we have received an answer from Minister Nonnemacher, who fully understands our joint decision on Suspension of the senior week shows, because the original postponement to autumn is increasingly unrealistic, as the existing legal requirements, especially with regard to the ban on contact, do not allow serious preparation of the nationwide events. She pointed out that she was sure that we would not lose contact with each other and that we would maintain social contact via telephone, cell phone, homepage and the newsletter. The state board will continue to deal with all important problems through telephone conferences and as a WhatsApp group as well as through a meeting in June - while observing the distance rules.

The minister hopes that this will succeed Veltener plate and the Handover of the certificate of honor to active senior citizens as part of a smaller festive event at the end of the year.

We therefore ask you to inform us of the names of the candidates for the Veltener Teller as well as for the certificate of honor so that you can be sure of that

can be advised.

At the same time, we assume that our Closed meeting can take place on October 29th and 30th. We will inform you in due time.

Since the general meeting had to be canceled this year, you will find attached the activity report of the board for the year 2019. In addition, we must emphasize that no funds can be provided for the senior week that is not taking place and is therefore not available.

We wish you a good time and stay healthy! RS

Dear members of the SRLB, dear senior citizens of the state of Brandenburg,

Isolate the old so that the everyday life of the rest can get back to normal? There are quite a few who have called for precisely this. Society should "take people over 65 out of everyday life," said Tübingen Mayor Boris Palmer (Greens) and his counterpart Thomas Geisel (SPD) said that "the risk group of the elderly should be isolated".

In our opinion, this is not a care, but rather torture for the people who have built Germany significantly. We believe there are other ways to prevent the pandemic from spreading further. We are therefore very pleased that Federal Family Minister Franziska Giffey (SPD) has again rejected special requirements for the elderly. She said; “You can't just lock up mature citizens. by specifying an age limit ”.

The Seniors' Council of the State of Brandenburg therefore calls on all members:

“Keep a minimum distance of 1.50 m from strangers, but also go outside to get some fresh air and use the phone, cell phone or the Internet to keep in touch with your family, friends and neighbors. Do not let the social contacts tear off, because this will avoid loneliness. All the best and stay healthy! ”RS


The Seniors Council of the State of Brandenburg e.V. calls on all members and also all senior citizens of the state:

Please currently follow the measures ordered by the state government and maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 m from other people, avoid crowds and wear mouth and nose protection in public areas where possible. How to protect yourself and other citizens from the coronavirus. At the same time, the SRLB defends itself emphaticallyn the tightened exclusionary measures against senior citizens called for by some politicians. This is how you stir up conflicts between the generations. RS

Corona citizen hotline of the state government of Brandenburg

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Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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Protect human life - strengthen cohesion

BAGSO recommendations in times of the spread of the coronavirus

The spread of the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus in Germany has radically changed people's everyday lives in a short period of time. Older people as well as people with previous illnesses are among the risk groups. The BAGSO - Federal Working Group of Senior Citizens' Organizations welcomes all measures taken to protect human life in view of the corona pandemic. As a representative of the interests of the older generations, it has presented recommendations on how the health protection, care and social situation of older people can be improved in the current situation.

In the opinion of BAGSO, it is urgently necessary to provide all people with comprehensive information about the disease, the routes of infection, the new rules of conduct and local help offers - in all relevant languages ​​and barrier-free formats. Priority should be given to the elderly and people with reduced mobility for all delivery and delivery services in supermarkets and pharmacies. The supply of disinfectants and hygiene articles must also be ensured.

After numerous measures for inpatient care have already been decided, politicians must now focus more on the home care situation. Here, too, the aim is to protect everyone involved as best as possible and to ensure supply even if the number of cases of infection continues to rise.

Many older people currently urgently need offers for activation and participation within their own four walls. BAGSO encourages local organizations and initiatives that use creativity to try out new ways of providing support. In nursing homes, in addition to regular telephone contacts, video and Skype telephony also help to bridge the time without visits from relatives.

Statement Protect human life - strengthen cohesion

On the current occasion of the coronavirus epidemic:

The current situation surrounding the corona epidemic is causing the Seniors' Council of the State of Brandenburg, in coordination with the Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Integration and Consumer Protection, to postpone this year's 27th Brandenburg Seniors Week to autumn of the year.

Seniors belong to the risk group from an advanced age, regardless of whether they have previous illnesses. Even if the senior week was "only" planned for June, it would be irresponsible to start planning and preparing for the senior week events or to continue them. Because even in this phase, many lines of communication with personal contacts are required.

Let's wait and see what happens over the next few weeks and months. We are in good spirits that we can catch up on the 27th Brandenburg Senior Week in autumn.

Be mindful.

The board of directors of the SRLB e.V.

Important message to our members

Due to the coronavirus and the recommendation of the ministry, the general meeting will take place on March 26th, 2020Notinstead of. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Möhring on 0331/601 2991.

News from the Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Integration and Consumer Protection

In Brandenburg, a person tested positive for the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen for the first time. It is a 51-year-old from Oberhavel. The Oberhavel health department informed the Brandenburg Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Integration and Consumer Protection (MSGIV) about this this evening. The man was until 02/29. on vacation in South Tyrol. He is currently housed in isolation. According to the health department, he had presented himself to the rescue center of the Oberhavel clinics with a fever and flu-like symptoms. He is now symptom-free and is in a stable condition. (Source: MSGIV)

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Brandenburg is to get a senior representative. The Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Integration and Consumer Protection published a corresponding job advertisement on Tuesday [].

The ministry announced that the new position had been agreed in the red-black-green coalition agreement. The senior representative should strengthen the representation of the interests of older people in the country, be the contact person for the concerns of the older generation and ensure the flow of information about their life situations and needs to the ministries. (Source RBB24)

Seniors' Council of the State of Brandenburg with Minister Ms. Nonnemacher

The members of the Seniors' Council of the State of Brandenburg, Mr Puschmann (chairman), Ms. Grande (deputy) and Ms. Schneider (press spokeswoman) took part in a conversation with the new minister Ms. Nonnemacher of the MSGIV ministry responsible for senior citizens on January 16. The minister had responded to the SRLB's request to schedule a timely appointment for its presentation as soon as possible. State Secretary Mr. Ranft as well as Ms. Mey and Ms. Täger also took part in the conversation. The very constructive conversation took place in a trusting atmosphere and indicated that the Minister will devote the necessary attention to the senior citizens of our country. R.S.

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Yes to the establishment of the German Engagement Foundation!

The Seniors' Council of the State of Brandenburg welcomes and supports the BAGSO's statement of December 4, 2019 on the establishment of a German Engagement Foundation.

Countless senior citizens do excellent voluntary work in all areas of social life. However, the commitment to the community is sometimes associated with financial expense and therefore excludes many citizens from willingness to volunteer for the benefit of society.

The central task of the foundation must be to increase the culture of recognition for volunteering and to ensure social participation through financial support. RS

Climate killer Verkehrsverbund Berlin - Brandenburg

The Seniors' Council of the State of Brandenburg expresses its complete lack of understanding about the increase in fees for trains and buses. There is constant discussion in the press that senior citizens should, if possible, surrender their driving licenses and leave their cars behind. It is not only about the fact that they might be involved in accidents, but it is also a measure for climate protection. And how does that get along with the increase in travel costs for the elderly, who are already provided with a small pension? So it is inevitable that you will continue to use the car for reasons of cost. RS

Notes on the closed conference on 18/19/2019

On the first day, the closed conference begins with a lecture by the head of the unit, Dr. Hoppe from the Ministry of Rural Development, Environment and Agriculture. In response to the popular request of our senior citizens, he will speak about rural development and opportunities to support projects, as the rural population often feels cut off from the opportunities in the cities.

Dr. Hoppe will point out funding opportunities that exist within the framework of rural development to support regional development processes. To this end, he will name the framework conditions for implementation and use examples to illustrate the range of funding opportunities.

In the examples he will focus on the topic of services of general interest and in particular on nursing, housing and medical care.

Since there is enough time for the subsequent discussion, the board of the senior citizens' council asks you to actively participate by providing information, unsatisfied results or successes from your region. RS

And another success!

At the regional conferences we jointly agreed that we wanted a senior representative to better represent the senior citizens in our country. The board of the senior citizens' council has fulfilled this mandate and has brought the parliamentary groups on board in talks and also visited the prime minister for this purpose. Now the coalition agreement of the new state government stipulates that a senior representative will be installed in the ministry. As soon as this is named, we will contact him. RS

Working group "Living in old age"

After a long break, the AG “Living in old age” met on August 16, 2019. The topics of the working group “Living in old age” include: 1. Update of the nationwide housing survey, 2. Housing subsidies, 3. What is part of the living environment ?, 4. Communal living. A position paper (Position paper) Developed. The AG “Wohnen im Alter” are still looking for active and interested people from rural areas. CM

Opening event of the 26th Brandenburg Seniors' Week

The opening of the 26th Brandenburg Seniors Week was celebrated on June 15, 2019 by Prime Minister Dr. Dietmar Woidke opened in the St. Marienkirche in Wittstock / Dosse. In his celebratory speech, the Prime Minister mentioned that the senior citizens' council's demand to appoint a senior representative in the state government will be implemented. He expressly thanked the countless volunteer senior citizens for their daily work for the common good of the solidary society. He also expressed his thanks for the work done by the Seniors' Council.

To the awards:Awards

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Brandenburg Senior Week

The Brandenburg Seniors Week is taking place for the 26th time this year. It stands under the motto "For a liveable Brandenburg - solidarity, active and co-determining."

The opening ceremony of the senior week will take place on June 15th at 11.00 a.m. in the Sankt Marien Church in Wittstock / Dosse.

Also this year, Prime Minister Dr. Dietmar Woidke took over the patronage for the senior week. After a festive entertainment program, together with the chairman of the Seniors' Council of the State of Brandenburg e.V. Wolfgang Puschmann, he will take over the award for 10 volunteers and a group who have done an outstanding job for seniors.

The 18 senior citizens 'councils of the districts and independent cities, as well as 22 other clubs and associations that are dedicated to senior work, which are part of the Seniors' Council of the State of Brandenburg eV, celebrate various festivals such as educational trips, theater visits, readings, Concerts, steamboat rides, dance events, sporting events, hikes and a cultural program distinguish your hardest working helpers while enjoying a cozy coffee. RS

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Opening events of the 26th Brandenburg Senior Week

Events of the 26th Brandenburg Seniors Week

AG health and care

On April 12th, the AG Care and Health of the Seniors' Council of the State of Brandenburg met. We were able to win over Ms. Lehmkuhl from the MASGF on the new topic of the Nursing Profession Act.
Ms. Lehmkuhl explained that from 2020 the care professions "geriatric nurse and health and child nurse" will be generalized to a nursing profession. After three years of training, you are then a nurse. This then makes it easier to switch between the individual care areas.
The school-based and practical training serves to impart skills for the independent and process-oriented care of people of all ages in all care areas.

In addition to the general vocational qualification “nurse”, trainees with a specialization in the field of geriatric care or child nursing can also choose a specialization with the qualification “geriatric nurse” or “health and child nursing” for the third year of training. CM.

Elections 2019

Our first general meeting of the year took place in Potsdam on March 21. Since the term of office of the previous board had expired, this was also an election event. We welcomed Ms. Mey from the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Health, Women and Family as a very welcome guest.

Initially, there was a lively discussion about the annual report and the new statutes. The electoral committee then had plenty to do, as a member of the LSR had voted against an open election and therefore the prepared ballot papers had to be issued and the votes counted individually for the secret ballot. All applicants were chosen with a good result.

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Visit to the State Chancellery

On March 5th was the executive board of the LSR in the State Chancellery for a conversation with Prime Minister Dr. Dietmar Woidke and the Minister of Social Affairs Susanna Karawansky invited.

It was primarily about supporting our application in the state of Brandenburg

to appoint a state senior representative who is authorized by the state government and the state parliament and has the right to speak and speak in the state government and in the state parliament. This takes better account of the legitimate concerns of the ever-increasing number of senior citizens for more recognition for their participation in politics, education, culture and sport and the senior volunteers would have effective support for their work.

Other topics such as health, care and affordable housing were also addressed. The LSR was also able to proudly announce that it not only relies on the financial support from the state government, but also tries to collect donations itself, for example we received a donation for a photocopier.

Both the Prime Minister and the Minister of Social Affairs were very open to our concerns and will continue to support us in our work. The Prime Minister expressly praised the work of the many volunteer seniors. Among other things, he said: “There is no main position without a functioning honorary position.” R.S.

A new ray of hope

Our work together has paid off, because in the meantime, at the invitation of the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Health, Women and Family, in a work meeting on February 1, 2019, the board of directors learned that a significantly higher donation to the LSR for the years 2019/20 Is available so that he can continue his tasks successfully in the future.

In addition, on February 12th, 2019 we received an invitation from the Die Linke party from their social, health, family and women working group to a consultation. There, too, we were assured that the parliamentary group would campaign for greater attention to be paid to the elderly, which will be shown in future donations and in the appointment of a regional senior representative, which we have called for, for whom they will also campaign. RS.

First successes

In the meantime, the Seniors' Council of the State of Brandenburg e.V. can refer to the first successes of its “Brandbrief” campaign launched together with its members. The fire letter was handed over by the members to the member of the state parliament residing in their region and sent by the board to both the Prime Minister Dr. Woidke as well as to the parliamentary groups and the 4 major newspapers.

The SPD was the first parliamentary group to come forward and submit a motion to the state parliament that € 40,300 should be entered in the budget for the Seniors' Council of the State of Brandenburg eV for 2019 so that it can carry out its demanding tasks in view of the increasing number of seniors in ours Country can successfully meet.

All political groups approved this motion in December. At the same time, we were granted the position of coordinator in the office of the Seniorat of the State of Brandenburg for 2019.

Next, the CDU parliamentary group invited the board to a discussion on December 14th, 2018. In this conversation the CDU chairman assured us that the parliamentary group would campaign for a state senior representative to be installed in the ministry. In the meantime, the board has also succeeded in gaining a treasurer for the Seniors' Council of the State of Brandenburg.

This means that we can look to the tasks ahead of us with confidence in the new year. What we are still missing is the broader participation of our members on the board. But that can be changed with the elections in March. R.S.

26th Brandenburg Seniors Week

The 26th Brandenburg Senior Week will take place from June 16 to June 23, 2019. The motto is:"For a liveable Brandenburg - solidarity, active, co-determining"The patron of the Brandenburg Seniors' Week is Prime Minister Dr. Dietmar Woidke

More under the following link Conception of the 26th Brandenburg Seniors Week

Veltener plate

Ten senior citizens were awarded the “Veltener Teller” on November 30, 2018 in Potsdam for their extraordinary voluntary work. Social Minister Susanna Karawanskij presented the honorary plate together with the chairman of the Seniors' Council of the State of Brandenburg, Wolfgang Puschmann.

News from the State Seniors' Council

On October 22nd and 23rd, 2018, the closed meeting of the regional seniors 'council with the chairmen of the senior citizens' councils of the cities and districts of the state of Brandenburg took place in Seddin. The main topic was the evaluation of the regional conferences in Eberswalde, Frankkfurt / O, Neuruppin, Potsdam and Cottbus. The goals were to strengthen and network the local senior citizens' councils and to develop recommendations for action

Exhibition aging in Brandenburg

How do very old people 90+ live in Brandenburg?

Stations of the exhibition can be found in the link:Age (s) in Brandenburg