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Homes4Life is proud to have led the organisation of the Sustainable Housing Supporting Health and Well-being Workshop.

Participating projects : Homes4Life (H2020), TeNDER (H2020), SHAFE (Thematic Network), Hands-on-SHAFE (Erasmus+), NET4AGE-FRIENDLY (COST Action), AGE’IN (Interreg 2 seas), PHArA-ON (H2020), SmartWork (H2020).

Participating European Commission representative: Irina Kalderon Libal, Policy Officer Health Innovation and Ageing, European Commission .

Read the full programme of the conference at

Homes4Life Webinar to discuss & improve its Certification Scheme

Considering the need for quality and resilient housing that can adapt with people’s evolving needs when they age, the Homes4Life project intends to promote an age-friendly approach. Addressing this challenge, a first version of a Certification Scheme has been developed and is being tested in different pilot sites in Europe. Being innovative in its approach and process, the Homes4Life Certification Scheme takes into account a large array of indicators (e.g. social, economic, architectural) and helps raising the awareness of stakeholders to implement better living environments for all.
The next webinar proposed by the Homes4Life project’s Partners will aim at reminding the scope of the Certification, where it currently stands and what the next steps are. Above all, the webinar will be as interactive as possible, so that we can collect all the opinions and advice of the audience, in order to improve the Certification. Discussions will be also based on the feedback from the pilot sites.

  1. Time & date of the webinar: Thursday, 5 November 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM (CEST)
  2. Registrations: here (free event)


  1. Silvia Urra Uriarte, Researcher in the Building Technologies Division, Tecnalia
  2. Christophe Gérard, Scientific and technical director, Certivéa
  3. Hervé Duret, Consultant on uses in buildings and cities, Certivéa
  4. Menno Hinkema, Senior researcher in health care and consultant in health services, TNO


  1. Nhu Tram, Senior Project Officer, AGE Platform Europe
  2. Alexis David, Project & Policy Officer, ECTP


  1. Introduction: presentation of the project and of its outcome
  2. Presentation of the general characteristics of Homes4Life certification scheme
  3. Feedback from the pilot sites
  4. Interactive Q&A session with the webinar’s participants

We hope to count you among us during this webinar!

We value your feedback!
For any question or comment on this webinar, on the work carried out during the project or on its future steps, you can contact us online or drop us a line on Twitter.

Cities and regions building homes for life

AGE organised a workshop on 6th October during the European Week of Regions and Cities. This year the EWRC is held as an on-line event spread over three weeks. The workshop co-organised with Tecnalia this year addressed age-friendly housing. Different actors were invited to talk about funding schemes, tools or local initiatives supporting inclusive housing.

UPDATE : the recording of the workshop is now available here !

Irina Kalderon Libal, policy officer at DG CNECT from the “eHealth, Wellbeing and Ageing” unit, focused her presentation on existing and future European Commission policies and actions supporting active and healthy ageing, including age-friendly environments.

Silvia Urra Uriarte, architect and specialist in building represented the Homes4Life project. She explained the importance of investing in housing for all ages and how quality housing has a tremendous influence in our health. Therefore, the Homes4Life project developed a European Certification Scheme that will support all actors involved better understand what should be taken into account when developing an age-friendly home. The Certification Scheme is divided into 5 different categories considered crucial for age-friendly housing: personal, social, economics, physical and outdoor access.

The three following speakers presented their local initiatives and are taking part in the testing of the Homes4Life Certification Scheme:

  • Dr Jan P. Cieśla is the co-author of the Mimo Wieku Initiative (At home despite the Age). Jan is a consulting architect specialized in safe, healthy and sustainable built environments and expert in building certifications. He presented the first model apartment in Poland for active ageing and ageing in place. The apartment is accessible to provide training to architects for example when addressing the issue of housing for all ages. Jan P. Cieśla promotes universal design, “What is good for older people is good for all ages or for people with reduced mobility.”
  • Ciaran O’Brien from OBFA Architects presented the “housing with supports” project in Inchicore, Dublin. The presented project examines the potential to deliver a model of managed housing that will support older persons in life and to end of life. This is being explored against a backdrop of a housing crisis in Ireland and the dichotomy of older individuals and couples in homes that no longer meet their needs. The project would offer 52 residential apartments, respecting and interlinking private, public and semi-public spaces. The As Ciaran said, “it takes a village to provide a stimulating environment for older people”.
  • Sergio Murillo Corzo, Minister of Social Action in the Government of Biscay, presented the Etxegoki initiative, the leading site to validate a new model of supported housing for people with a physical disability. The building is owned by the Bizkaia government but is managed by FEKOOR, the Physical Disability Association Federation in Biscay. The public authority of Bizkaia implemented a change in their policy approach; they now provide support to change the environment. The case of Etxegoki proved to be successful in changing the community where the building is established. Shops and medical centres in the area had to adapt to enable the residents to also access these services. Changing the law is not enough, said Sergio Murillo, changing the mind sets, culture and insight of a community proves to be much more successful.

Further information in the slides below





How Older People Experience the Age-Friendliness of Their City


The World Health Organization engages cities and communities all over the world in becoming age-friendly. There is a need for assessing the age-friendliness of cities and communities by means of a transparently constructed and validated tool which measures the construct as a whole. The aim of this study was to develop a questionnaire measuring age-friendliness, providing full transparency and reproducibility. The development and validation of the Age Friendly Cities and Communities Questionnaire (AFCCQ) followed the criteria of the COnsensus-based Standards for selection of health Measurement INstruments (COSMIN). Four phases were followed: (1) development of the conceptual model, themes and items; (2) initial (qualitative) validation; (3) psychometric validation, and (4) translating the instrument using the forward-backward translation method. This rigorous process of development and validation resulted in a valid, psychometrically sound, comprehensive 23-item questionnaire. This questionnaire can be used to measure older people’s experiences regarding the eight domains of the WHO Age-Friendly Cities model, and an additional financial domain.

Read the full publication here.

Transforming the future of ageing, SAPEA report

In Europe and around the world, people are living longer than ever before. This is one of the greatest achievements of the past century, but it also brings challenges for European societies and the EU as a whole.

We must adjust to an ageing and shrinking workforce, and find financially viable ways to deliver high-quality health and social care for all.

What the report says

SAPEA’s evidence review report shows that the ageing process needs to be transformed. Europe must tackle the challenges presented by ageing in every generation.

  • When it comes to predicting how people age, evidence indicates that genetic factors are relatively minor compared to lifestyle behaviours such as a healthy diet and physical activity. Policies to promote these behaviours from early childhood, and even in unborn children, contribute directly to a healthy ageing process across people’s whole lives.
  • Ageing in the future will take place in a very different context from the past and will be profoundly affected by phenomena such as climate change, air pollution and antibiotic resistance, as well as ongoing social changes. Policies will only be successful if they accommodate these changes.
  • Technology is already changing the experience of ageing, including wearable and assistive devices and the advent of AI. But barriers of acceptance and practicality must be overcome.
  • Education improvements at a young age are vital not only to improve individual health, but also to equip our future workforce with the skills it needs to support an ageing population in a rapidly changing society.

Read the full report here


SAPEA brings together outstanding expertise in engineering, humanities, medicine, natural and social sciences from over 100 academies, young academies and learned societies across Europe.

SAPEA is part of the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism. Together with the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors, we provide independent scientific advice to European Commissioners to support their decision-making. We also work to strengthen connections between Europe’s academies and Academy Networks, and to stimulate debate in Europe about the role of evidence in policy-making.

SAPEA is funded by grant 737432 from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme.

eConference: Strengthening Older People’s Rights in Times of Digitalisation

Homes4Life partner AGE Platform Europe is co-organising an online event with the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, and the German National Association of Senior Citizens’ Organisations (BAGSO).

The topic of the conference will be on the “Strengthening Older People’s Rights in Times of Digitalisation – Lessons learned from COVID-19”

The online event will take place on Monday, 28 September 2020 afternoon, 1.30 p.m. 4.00 p.m. and Tuesday, 29 September 2020 morning, 9.30 a.m. 12.30 p.m.

Representatives from all EU Member States, EU and international institutions, civil society organisations, national human rights institutes as well as all interested individuals are invited to participate in the event and exchange views and ideas on the challenges and opportunities related to digitalisation and older people.

Building on the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will put forward recommendations for EU and national policy actions, ahead of the EPSCO-Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council’s conclusions ‘Human Rights, Participation and Well-Being of Older Persons in the Era of Digitalisation’ on 13 October 2020.

The programme is available in English GermanFrench 
Read the invitation in
EnglishGerman – French 

Register here to get the access code for the online-conference. It will be broadcasted via livestream (in the browser of your device).

EESC webinar on affordable housing

The EESC held a webinar on affordable housing on September 10th 2020, where MEP Kim Van Sparrentak presented her position on housing. MEP Kim van Sparrentak is rapporteur for the European Parliament in the Employment and Social Affairs Committee on the report: ‘Access to Decent and Affordable Housing for All’. The report outlines proposals to tackle the housing crisis in Europe. It sets out the concrete policy and legislative measures Europe should take to transform the situation and ensure that housing is decent, affordable, and accessible for all.

The conclusion of the webinar is readable here and echoes the message of Mr Coulon voiced in 2019.
EESC president Luca Jahier said: Since all the countless initiatives, aid and investments for the benefit of the residential housing sector at Community, national, regional and local level fail to resolve this structural crisis, the EESC is proposing a European action plan for decent and affordable housing in the framework of the implementation of the 19th principle of the European Pillar of Social Rights and the future “building” plan of the Green Deal. This plan should include a set of strategic measures helping Member States, regions and European cities to relaunch the supply of decent and affordable housing in a sustainable way, while strengthening their health and energy performance.

Homes4Life at the European Week of Cities and Regions

Homes4Life is proud to participate to the #EURegionsWeek 2020 which will offer to participants more than 500 digital working sessions to discover over three consecutive weeks in October, from 5-22 October, covering various topics along the thematic priorities Empowering Citizens; Cohesion and Cooperation; and Green Europe.

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