Newsletter #15 May 2015


While the AFE-INNOVNET Thematic Network continues growing, we are now collecting notable practices to feed in our repository to offer opportunities to members to learn about each other’s initiatives. We look forward to receiving yours! We also recently published in our library the first set of tools and methodologies to help Europe’s local and regional authorities and other stakeholders to make their environments more age-friendly. On our website, you can now find our Guidelines for the co-production of age-friendly environments with older peoaple and the Social, Economic and Environmental Impact Tool (SEE-IT). A guide on how to involve local businesses in age-friendly initiatives and a directory of active ageing strategies will be soon available. Don’t forget to visit AFE-INNOVNET private area to contribute!

Featured News

The European Commission reveals its plans toward a EU Silver Economy Strategy


Following the first EU Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing, the European Commission published end of May the report of the event and drew the first outline of what will become the EU Silver Economy Strategy.

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The European Commission launches tools to use Structural funds in the field of health


As part of the project “ESIF for Health” co-financed by the EU Health Programme, the consultancy firm EY has prepared a guide and a toolkit to support Member States use structural funds more efficiently for health.

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AARP publishes a web-based Livability Index to measure community livability


AARP, the US largest organisation for older persons, has recently launched a web-based Livability Index to measure community livability. It is intended to inform and encourage policymakers and citizens to take action to make their communities more livable.

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International Transport Forum publishes a report on public transport in rural areas


Providing good public transport services for rural areas has become a challenge for public authorities in many countries. The ITF recently published case studies from the UK, Norway, France, Japan and Finland giving key policy insights and innovative service provision methods.

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Why we joined

EuropeActive, formerly the European Health and Fitness Association (EHFA), is the (leading) not-for-profit organisation representing the whole of the European health and fitness sector in Brussels. It recently joined the AFE-INNOVNET network and coordinates the Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Ageing (PAHA) project. The project, through structured exercise programmes for senior citizens (55-65 years old), intends to convert currently inactive older adults into regular exercisers at a level that is beneficial to their health.
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Featured projects

Carer+ results on ICT competence of care workers


Care workers and carers are the missing link between the digital tools and older people. The CARER+ trained and enhanced the digital skills and competences of care workers and carers across Europe making home care service delivery better and improved the professionalization and job opportunities of the participants.

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Launch of INNOVAGE platform for informal carers


Eurocarers, the European association representing family carers, launched an internet platform of support for family carers. The platform InformCare is part of the InnovAge project and aims to inform persons caring for family members about health conditions, financial and social support in their Member State and be in touch with other carers.

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