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Source: Koerber Foundation The Körber Foundation today presented the results of a qualitative survey. She wanted to know from mayors and demography officers from twelve German municipalities: Were they able to remain age-friendly even during the Corona crisis and react creatively to the needs of their older citizens in a state of emergency?

For the cities and municipalities in Germany, the start of the corona pandemic was a huge turning point: overnight, distance, encounter and visit bans were in effect. The older population was often particularly affected by the fear of the virus, but also by the measures taken against it. How did the responsible municipal decision-makers react? The current survey by the Körber Foundation in cooperation with the Berlin Institute for Population and Development gives cause for optimism: the municipalities have created new things in many places out of the crisis. This is shown by examples such as window discussions in the Kasseler Altenhilfe, a care tour only for those who tested positive in Freiburg im Breisgau or digital cafés for senior citizens in Halle an der Saale. Germany can benefit from municipal innovation What has proven itself in age management is even a model for Local innovation management as a whole is what Karin Haist, head of the projects demographic future opportunities at the Körber Foundation, and Catherina Hinz, director of the Berlin Institute for Population and Development, find. The two demography experts also attribute the fact that the municipalities are obviously a good breeding ground for innovations to subsidiarity, the principle of responsibility of the smaller unit: »That Germany got through the Corona crisis well up to autumn 2020 in an international comparison is not just that We owe a functioning health system and the state security measures, but also the communal enthusiasm for innovation. «The patchwork quilt is an advantage: communal strategies lead to diverse solutions innovative concepts – the much criticized »patchwork« turns out to be a huge treasure here. In the survey, three strategic factors in particular emerged that influenced creativity and innovative ability in the sample municipalities: the administration’s communication channels, the stability of the local networks and the innovation and risk culture lived in the administration. “There is nothing worse than an unspoken idea,” explains Franz Stahl, the mayor of Tirschenreuth in the Upper Palatinate, why he always encourages his employees to break new ground even in times of crisis. The results of the qualitative analysis were presented on the 11th Körber Demography Symposium and are now available as a magazine from the Körber Foundation. »Communal innovation. Age-friendliness in times of the corona pandemic “is the name of the 24-page brochure in the” Spotlight Demography “series. It can be ordered here free of charge.


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