16th Pare Autumn Conference Iceland
The 16th annual EULAR-PARE Autumn conference took place in Reykjavik, Iceland from 15-17 November 2013 where Agora face book content creator, Roula Angelidaki Stara, represented AGORA. All the members of the Agora board, including Souzi Makri, chair of Agora also, attended the conference as delegates of their national organizations or speakers. The main theme this year was Healthy Ageing with a rheumatic or musculoskeletal disease.
Friday was full of exciting and useful events. After the vice president of PARE, Marios Kouloumas, and the Icelandic League had welcomed the delegates, there was an interesting presentation of the Nordic Welfare Model. This was followed by an informative interview on “Exploring Healthy Ageing” with the new president of EULAR, Maurizio Cutolo. Then, Frane Grubisic talked about “Healthy Ageing with an RMD: a clinician’s perspective”. Subsequently there were four workshops: Politics and Healthy Ageing in Europe, Opportunities for healthier lifestyles, Working with volunteers, and Youth workshop, of which we were able to attend only two each, as time did not allow. After reporting back to the plenary with our conclusions, there was a beautiful and informative poster exhibition in which AGORA participated with our own poster.
The productive workshops continued on Saturday. Again there were four, consisting of expert presentations and tasks or discussions: Improving healthy Ageing, Self-management courses, Youth workshop 2, and Supporting older people with RMDs. All the workshops were repeated, so participants could attend two, each day.
To sum up, the 16th EULAR Autumn Conference for PARE was a huge success and delegates left wiser, with more useful ideas for their organizations and the people they represent!