Newsletter #13 March 2015


We are very happy to announce that the EU Covenant on Demographic change will be officially launched on 7 December 2015 at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels, Belgium. Save the date and keep an eye in the upcoming weeks on AFE-INNOVNET website to learn more and register! The launch will be organised in conjunction with the final conference of the WHO-European Commission AFEE project, which aims at adapting the WHO Global Guide of Age-friendly cities to the European context. Members of the AFE‑INNOVNET Thematic network can already share their comments and suggestions on the future structure and vision of the Covenant on AFE-INNOVNET website private part, and will have the possibility to say in the autumn if they wish to be part of it. Join the conversation already here!

Featured News

Launch of URBACT III funding programme for European cities


On 16 March, the European Commission launched the programme URBACT III, aimed at supporting exchanges of experiences and partnerships between European cities. With a stronger budget (€96,3 million for the upcoming 7 years), the programme is open to the EU 28 Member states, plus Norway and Switzerland.

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Publication of the first European Commission Background document on Silver Economy


Ahead of the first EU Summit on innovation for active and healthy ageing, the European Commission released a Background paper, called “Growing the European Silver Economy”, aimed at triggering a discussion with relevant stakeholders.

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Launch of new More Years Better Lives’ call on employment


On 1st April 2015, the first joint call of the Joint Programming Initiative More Years Better Lives was launched, entitled “Extended Working Life and its Interaction with Health, Wellbeing and beyond”. The deadline to submit proposals is 2 June 2015 and the projects will be expected to start early 2016.

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Nesta releases a paper on impact investments for dementia care


Nesta Impact Investments recently published a paper exploring the role that impact investment can play in developing and scaling products to improve the quality of life of people with dementia, highlighting both the opportunity and the need for businesses, charities and social enterprises to contribute to the market.

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Why we joined

The Anouk Foundation is an operational NGO created in Switzerland in 2008, with an experienced team of 2 project managers and 8 artists. A stay in a healthcare institution is a source of fear and distress for older persons, affecting negatively their mental and physical state. Studies have shown that a welcoming and reassuring environment has a profound effect on the human psyche and makes a positive impact on the emotional state of residents, their families and healthcare staff. We created ‘therapeutic’ murals to promote wellbeing in medicalised nursing homes.
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Featured projects

MOPACT project releases report on road safety for older drivers


Cars remain the main mode of transport even in old age, and it thus crucial for many older persons to maintain their mobility, autonomy and quality of life. The MOPACT project looked at older drivers’ requirements and needs as well as at existing driving assistant systems to support road safety among older drivers.

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HELICOPTER project investigates the meaningfulness of sensors for older persons


Sensors systems have been largely developed to support the independent life of older people in their home and to reduce the need of moving in nursery homes. The HELICOPTER project carried out a study looking at the meaningfulness of a sensors system from the perspective of older people who are still autonomous and in good health.

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