Social prescribing was highlighted on the 43rd Portuguese Congress of Geriatrics and Gerontology, held at the Ismaili Centre in Lisbon, Portugal, on November 15, with a dedicated session about the theme.
Miriam Cabrita, researcher and project manager at SHINE, represented the organisation on the first day of the conference, taking the lead in this session.
In this session, Sónia Dias, Director of the National School of Public Health. Sónia Dias presented an analysis of the evolution of social prescribing in Europe, with particular emphasis on Portugal and its current application. The presentation highlighted the fundamental role of social prescribing in improving the health and well-being of communities, emphasising its advantages for individuals, communities and the health system in general.
Sónia Dias highlighted the innovative strategy of the C.O.P.E. project in social prescription. The project is designed to facilitate the reintegration of NEETs (young people excluded from training programmes, studies and the labour market).
Beyond sharing knowledge, this congress provided a platform for valuable interactions between professionals, experts and stakeholders in the field of geriatrics and gerontology. It promoted debates and potential collaborations for future initiatives. The emphasis on COPE’s innovative approach to social prescribing is a significant contribution to the advancement of community well-being.