In Thessaloniki the labour market participation of the older workers depends very much on job opportunities in a context of high unemployment and low overall labour demand. These factors are driving local policy makers to promote older worker re-entry, employability and adaptability through lifelong learning schemes, qualification and direct hiring, that is, by devoting a share of the new job openings to unemployed people over 50. Direct hiring by the municipality is deemed necessary to foster local economy by supporting incomes as well as to re-activate older people into social life. Training courses for the elderly unemployed are also provided at both the local and national level and are mostly financed by national and EU funds. Thessaloniki provides institutional care to elderly people through day or community centres. Elderly care and active social life are promoted through KAPIs, which are community centres devoted to older people organization of free time and social contacts. The municipality expects to share experience in the field of job activation and long term care, with a special focus on policy experiences relating to ensuring the financial sustainability of institutional long term care.
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