EuroHealthNet's Healthy Ageing Website

Healthy ageing is about "optimising opportunities for good health, so that older people can take an active part in society and enjoy an independent and high quality of life"1.

Ageing is not necessarily a burden, and it does not necessarily decrease a person's ability to contribute to society: older people can make valuable and important contributions to society, and enjoy a high quality of life. By showcasing practical examples of health promotion interventions, identifying initiatives in the European Union, and making available key resources about healthy ageing, we hope that healthyageing.eu builds awareness of the steps required to make healthy ageing a reality.

1Swedish Institute of Public Health 2006: Healthy Ageing - A Challenge for Europe

 

Events

Digital Silver Forum
Helsinki, Finland; 29 November 2016

The Digital Silver Forum is a new, unique event in Helsinki that will explore opportunities of digital innovations for the benefit of aging consumers. It is a one-day event that will take place on November 29th, 2016 and is an official pre-event of the technology conference Slush.

How is aging shaping our future? How are increased wealth and longevity shifting the paradigm in finance? What does the ageing boom mean for the technology sector? How is population ageing driving the creation of new products
and services? These questions reflect some of the impportant discussions that will take place during the conference.  

For more information and to register, click here: http://www.digitalsilver.eu/ 

European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing - 5-8 Dec

SAVE THE DATE – 2nd European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing: Transforming the future of health and care in Europe

December 5-8, 2016

European Commission

Brussels, Belgium

This forward-looking event will contribute to defining a shared vision on how innovation can transform demographic change into an opportunity for Europe's ageing society and the Silver Economy.
The objective of the Summit is to look at how digital technology will transform the way we think about delivering health and care in Europe. From health (medical treatment) to prevention and healthy lifestyles (physical activity and sport/wellbeing) and to other areas of the Silver Economy (Silver Tourism, Age Friendly Homes and Living Environments etc.).

The event is not reserved to European organisations, and specific sessions will be dedicated to the global dimension (with guests from Japan, Canada, China and the USA) - and as a follow-up to the G7 declaration on how digital innovation can support the needs of an ageing population.
The expected participation is 1500 – 2000 participants. It will be both a Conference (with a series of workshops) and also an exhibition area (where EC-funded technology solutions developed for digital health and connected care will be showcased). The event is free of charge.

More information.

Projects

IROHLA

EuroHealthNet is involved in the EU funded project, IROHLA - “Intervention Research On Health Literacy among Ageing population” which focuses on improving health literacy for the older people in Europe.

The project aims to take stock of on-going health literacy initiatives. It makes use of knowledge and experience of programmes in other sectors such as the private and social sectors applicable to the health sector. The project will identify, validate and present a set of max 20 interventions, which together constitute a comprehensive approach for addressing health literacy needs of the ageing population in Europe.

These interventions will be part of an evidence-based guideline for policy and practice for local, regional and national government authorities to start action. The project involves representatives of the ageing population, academia, all levels of governments, the business community and other stakeholders to ensure that feasibility, usefulness and effectiveness of the selected interventions. 

Access Irohla website here.

Access to the policy briefs produced by Irohla

  • Making healthy ageing a reality - A comprehensive approach to health literacy - Here
  • Health literacy in the older population - How it can contribute to sustainable health systems - Here
  • Health literacy for healthy ageing - Here
AFE INNOVNET

EuroHealthNet is also supporting AGE Platform Europe in the thematic network – AFE INNOVNET.

The AFE-INNOVNET network’s overarching goal is to set up a large EU wide community of local and regional authorities and other relevant stakeholders across the EU who want to work together to find smart and innovative evidence based solutions to support active and healthy ageing and develop age-friendly environments across the EU. Creating age-friendly environments is one of the most effective approaches to respond to demographic change. AFE-INNOVNET aims at mobilising a EU-wide community of local and regional authorities and other stakeholders to support the scaling-up of innovative solutions for age-friendly environments to support active and healthy ageing across Europe.

The AFE-INNOVNET consortium will organise a high-level political event at the Committee of the Region in Brussels on 7th December 2015. This will be the official launch of the Covenant.  The programme will be available soon.

On 8th December 2015, the AFE-INNOVNET Consortium will organise together with WHO Europe and the European Commission a whole day during which there will be several workshops for 12-15 participants in order to discuss/test the different tools developed within the framework of AFE INNOVNET and the WHO Europe’s project AFEE. These workshops will mainly target cities and regions, but will also be open to additional participants.

A strong collaboration exists with WHO thanks to the involvement of WHO-Europe in an advisory capacity into AFE-INNOVNET. In addition to that the technical proposal “Age-Friendly Environments in Europe” conducted by WHO-Europe with the funding support of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion is very complementary to the work to be developed by AFE-INNOVNET consortium.

To access AFE-INNOVNET website, click here.

EuroHealthNet & Healthy Ageing

Healthy ageing is about "optimising opportunities for good health, so that older people can take an active part in society and enjoy an independent and high quality of life" (Swedish Institure of Public Health 2006 - A Challenge for Europe).

Ageing is not necessarily a burden, and it does not necessarily decrease a person's ability to contribute to society: older people can make valuable and important contributions to society, and enjoy a high quality of life. But this depends on treating ageing as an opportunity rather than a burden, and taking a so-called 'assets-based approach'.

Only by concentrating on what people can do, rather than what they cannot, can strategies and political decisions be taken which help create the right conditions to promote healthy behaviours amongst older people and provide the necessary opportunities for regular physical activity, healthy diets, fulfilling social relations, participation in meaningful activities and financial security.

By showcasing practical examples of health promotion interventions, identifying initiatives in the European Union, and making available key resources about healthy ageing, we hope that healthyageing.eu builds awareness of the steps required to make healthy ageing a reality.

EuroHealthNet also set up an internal technical working group with its members on healthy ageing aiming at gathering intelligence, exchanging and implementing projects.

EuroHealthNet is particularly involved in projects linkded to healthy ageing though its participation in the EU funded project, IROHLA - 'Intervention Research On Health Literacy among Ageing population' and though its support to the AFE-INNOVNET network.

The AFE-INNOVNET network"s overarching goal is to set up a large EU wide community of local and regional authorities and other relevant stakeholders across the EU who want to work together to find smart and innovative evidence based solutions to support active and healthy ageing and develop age-friendly environments across the EU.

Creating age-friendly environments is one of the most effective approaches to respond to demographic change. AFE-INNOVNET aims at mobilising a EU-wide community of local and regional authorities and other stakeholders to support the scaling-up of innovative solutions for age-friendly environments to support active and healthy ageing across Europe.

A strong collaboration exists with WHO thanks to the involvement of WHO-Europe in an advisory capacity into AFE-INNOVNET. In addition to that the technical proposal 'Age-Friendly Environments in Europe' conducted by WHO-Europe with the funding support of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion is very complementary to the work to be developed by AFE-INNOVNET consortium.