Środowisko fizyczne i społeczne ma kluczowe znaczenie dla zdrowia i niezależności w podeszłym wieku. W związku z tym stworzenie środowisk przyjaznych osobom starszym jest jednym z najskuteczniejszych podejść do reagowania na zmiany demograficzne.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), physical and social environments are key determinants of whether people can remain healthy, independent and autonomous long into their old age. Creating age-friendly environments is therefore one of the most effective approaches to respond to demographic change. To support this approach, the AFE-INNOVNET thematic network on innovation for age-friendly environments (AFE) has now kicked off with the support of the European CIP ICT PSP Programme and will run for two years.
The overarching goal of the AFE-INNOVNET thematic network is to:
- mobilise a wide range of local and regional authorities and other stakeholders industries, research centres, universities, civil society organizations to link up, benefit from each other’s experience and work together to promote initiatives on age-friendly environments across Europe;
- develop methodologies to help local and regional authorities assess the socioeconomic impact of age-friendly environments and the benefits of involving older people in the co-production of age-friendly environments solutions;
- develop a repository of notable and replicable practices in innovative solutions for age-friendly environments with associated socio-economic evidence;
- launch an EU Covenant on Demographic Change to create the necessary political and technical framework to bring together in a more formal and long-term structure local and regional authorities and other stakeholders – across Europe, using the model of the existing Covenant of Mayors on sustainable energy.
The consortium is composed of 28 partners from 16 EU countries and includes 12 cities and 5 regions. The project is led by a Steering Group composed of AGE Platform Europe, CEMR (Council of European Municipalities and Regions), TNO (Dutch Research Centre), Polibienestar Research Institute University of Valencia, PAU Education and the Louth County Council. The project will run in close cooperation with WHO Europe.
The project will open up to new partners in April. Interested? Please visit the project website. You will soon be able to subscribe to the AFE-INNOVNET monthly newsletter, contribute to the blog, and to join the Network.