BAGSO - German National Association of Senior Citizen's Organisations

BAGSO - the German National Association of Senior Citizen's Organisations is an umbrella organization that currently includes over 110 nationally active member associations and represents more than 13 million older persons in Germany.

BAGSO conceives of itself as a lobby group for older generations, advocating their interests towards politics, economy and society, while taking the other generations and their needs into account as well. The Association regularly publishes a members' magazine as well as books and brochures on various topics.

BAGSO was established in 1989. Its board of directors, its national office and specific committees ensure the continuous coordination of issues of common concern.

BAGSO has organized the German Senior Citizens' Day since 1987, as well as numerous other conferences and workshops on topics of age and ageing.

The Association was granted advisory status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations in 1998. At European level BAGSO is represented in the European Economic and Social Commission (EWSA) and member of the AGE Platform Europe.

BAGSO stands for:

  • A realistic image of age in society
  • A self-determined life in old age
  • Social integration and participation by older people
  • Solidarity between generations
  • Healthy ageing: high-level health care and long-term-care
  • Interests of older consumers

Shaping the paradigm shift towards active ageing

BAGSO-Associations

At first, in 1989, eleven senior citizens' associations united to defend the interests of older people in Germany more effectively. A striking characteristic of BAGSO associations is their great diversity, with regard to both number of members and range of interests.

The spectrum of BAGSO associations extends from the traditional social and welfare organisations to the many denominational organisations, from unions to entities that are active in the fields of health and care, education and sports, and numerous other areas of involvement.

BAGSO-Associations

BAGSO - political lobby for the interests of older people

More and more, BAGSO is being perceived by policymakers as a strong political lobby for the interests of older people. BAGSO promotes influency by older people on all levels of political decision-making. BAGSO keeps also an eye on the interests of future generations and relies on the "Dialogue of Generations" ...

Lobbying with Competence and Moderation

BAGSO in European and International Contexts

BAGSO is acitve on the European and international level.

European level

  • A BAGSO representative is member of the European Economic and Social Commission
  • BAGSO is member of AGE Platform Europe (European network of around 165 organisations of and for people aged 50+)

International level

  • BAGSO has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council
  • BAGSO cooperates with AARP - U.S.-American association with more than 40 million members aged 50 plus

BAGSO in European and International Contexts

EU Projects with BAGSO participation/coordination

Secretariat on International Policy on Ageing

Karte mit den Kontinenten auf denen Figuren in verschiedenen Farben zu sehen sind.

The Secretariat on International Policy on Ageing (“Geschäftsstelle Internationale Altenpolitik”) provides information on current developments in international policy surrounding older persons, and as an interface, it actively brings the interests of civic society and particularly those of older persons into international processes. This is done e.g. by means of publications, events, and bilateral activities.

From the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing to the debate on the human rights of older persons

Building a society for all ages – that was the motto under which the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing was adopted at the Second World Assembly on Ageing in Madrid 15 years ago. This year the UNECE member states, which also include Germany, are reviewing the progress in implementation of the 2002 recommendations. In addition, Germany is participating in an international debate on how the human rights of older persons can be boosted in future.

Numerous seniors’ organisations are already involved in international working groups and networks. The Secretariat on International Policy on Ageing fosters exchanges and concentrates interests and key points, to bring them into the international processes.

The project is sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.

German Senior Citizens' Day

Every three years BAGSO and its members organise the German Senior Citizens' Day presenting the extensive work of BAGSO by more than 100 different events.


SenNova, an exhibition showing innovative products and services is held at the same time as this congress.

The next German Senior Citizen's Day will take place in 2018.

Counting on Age – The German Senior Citizens’ Day Experience

Photographic Record "United Into the Future!"

Contact

German National Association of Senior Citizen's Organisations

Managing Director: Dr. Guido Klumpp

Thomas-Mann-Str. 2-4
53111 Bonn

Tel.:       +49 (0) 2 28 / 24 99 93 - 0
Fax:       +49 (0) 2 28 / 24 99 93 - 20
E-Mail:    kontakt@bagso.de
Internet: www.bagso.de