Homes4Life in Denmark at the AAL Forum

Sara Casaccia, from Università Politecnica delle Marche, presented Homes4Life in Denmark, Aarhus, this week. As one of the largest events of its kind in Europe, the AAL Forum 2019 hosted a vibrant exhibition of Technology designed to improve the quality of life for older people. 

Sara Casaccia, UNIVPM, Homes4Life

This year edition had a specific focus on “Smarter practical implementation of digital solutions to enhance active and healthy living“.

AAL 2019 Forum in Aarhus

Further information at https://www.aalforum.eu

The Meaning of “Aging in Place” to Older People

A new study published in The Gerontologist illuminates the concept of “aging in place” in terms of functional, symbolic, and emotional attachments and meanings of homes, neighbourhoods, and communities. It investigates how older people understand the meaning of “aging in place,” a term widely used in aging policy and research but underexplored with older people themselves.

Read the study at : https://academic.oup.com/gerontologist/article/52/3/357/580905 

WHO Housing and health guidelines

Recommendations to promote healthy housing for a sustainable and equitable future

Improved housing conditions can save lives, prevent disease, increase quality of life, reduce poverty, and help mitigate climate change. Housing is becoming increasingly important to health in light of urban growth, ageing populations and climate change.

The WHO Housing and health guidelines bring together the most recent evidence to provide practical recommendations to reduce the health burden due to unsafe and substandard housing.

Read more and get the full report at : https://www.who.int/sustainable-development/publications/housing-health-guidelines/en/

Guide to Friendly Housing

The Age-Friendly Basque Country Project has produced a Guide to Friendly Housing. The aim is to offer simple and useful information that can be used to assess older individuals needs and give advice for the adaptation of the home. The Guide is divided into sections according to the rooms that structure the house (bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, living room, etc.) and includes advice and recommendations per room type.

A Guide to Friendly Housing is available as a PDF file online in Spanish and Basque.

Lack of homes suitable for older people fuels housing crisis – Report

After years of housing policy focused on first-time buyers, the RIBA is now calling on ministers to make it mandatory for all new homes to be accessible for older and disabled people, for councils to allocate sites for “age-friendly” housing and for estate agents to clearly label accessible housing in marketing materials.

Read more at https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/14/lack-of-homes-suitable-for-older-people-fuels-housing-crisis-report 

Designing for utopia or dystopia? People and planetary health at a crossroads

Homes4Life will take part in Healthy City Design International 2019 | London | 14-15 October 2019.

Organised by SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange in collaboration with Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art, the Congress seeks to share and stimulate new research, innovative practice and progressive policy ideas on the theme of: ‘Designing for utopia or dystopia? People and planetary health at a crossroads’.
Homes4Life will be presented in Session 25 – chaired by Hugh Barton from the WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Cities and Urban Policy Research.
Get the draft full programme of the event here
Registration here

Healthy ageing in cities and regions: inspiring examples to frame the future

Homes4Life is proud to participate to the upcoming European Week of Regions and Cities | Brussels | 7-10 October 2019

Europe is ageing. Action is needed at all governance levels to review the way our society is organized and create a fair and sustainable society for all ages. The “Healthy ageing in cities and regions” workshop will uncover why some ageing policies have been more successful than others and help cities and regions tap into the potential that older people present while also overcoming some of the constraints and challenges that urban environments often pose on older residents.

This workshop will take its participants through inspiring examples on how to enhance healthy ageing and develop age- friendly cities and communities. It will also be an opportunity to discuss the success factors and barriers as well as to provide local and regional authorities with recommendations.

Read the draft Final Agenda of the Workshop

Full details and registration here

 

 

Innovation in age-friendly housing in Poland and France

My name is Frans Sengers from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. I’m a researcher in the Homes4Life project and responsible for the innovation analysis. So far I have visited France and Poland and interviewed stakeholders who are involved in very innovative pilot projects. These pilots are experimental places that provide a glimpse into what an age-friendly home might look like in the not too distant future. I want to share a few interesting examples of these pilots.

In the Polish capital Warsaw there is a very interesting model apartment designed by specialized architects. The initiators of project, the Mimo Wieku foundation, are convinced that independent living and self-care are the way to foster activity and self-esteem, and hence a longer and healthier life. The apartment is furnished with many innovative age-friendly products, such as a fall-breaking shower curtain and a wheelchair-friendly kitchen. These new products by various international companies are the individual parts that are showcased in the apartment and each of these solutions could become commonplace in a future age-friendly home. The Warsaw showroom apartment is a real innovation, not because of the individual products, but because of the synergy between all these products. In this way the whole apartment is more than the sum of its parts (see picture 1).

Picture 1 | Warsaw

On the other side of the river Vistula, east of the center of Warsaw, lies Praga district. This district is being revitalized and this offers an interesting opportunity to experiment with the age-friendly retrofit of old style buildings. One old 19th century building on Stalowa 29 (both address and name of the project) is currently being readied as an intergenerational house. In such a place old and young will be living together so that they can support each other and learn from each other (see picture 2).

Picture 2 | Warsaw

In Nice, in southern France, there is the ambition to turn the city and surrounding region into a world reference site for ageing and health related innovation. The region boosts an impressive innovation eco-system that supports many successful start-ups. An example is the company Nively, which is designing a smart monitoring system that can detect anomalies in movement patterns – such as a fall – and send out an alert. These innovative companies and their activities are supported by a number of public organizations and this all comes together in a hub called 27 Delvalle, which represents the ultimate place to meet, test and disseminate of age-friendly innovation (see picture 3)

Picture 3 | Nice

A new approach to AHA standards engaging end-users

Back in January this year, the PROGRESSIVE Final Conference and second meeting of the CEN/CENELEC STAIR-AHA Platform took place at the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB), Brussels (Belgium) and was supported by the PROGRESSIVE project.

Sixty-four experts on active and healthy ageing from 16 European countries (plus Australia), represented the diversity of stakeholders in the standardisation field.  Eleven high-level experts on Active and Healthy Ageing and on standardisation facilitated the discussion with the audience members on age-friendly communities as enablers of Active and Healthy Ageing; on inclusiveness in standardisation, taking accessibility and usability as a use case; and on age-friendly smart homes as a tool for independent living.

A panel of expert on age-friendly smart homes had a roundtable. Mr. Frederic Lievens (Telehealth Quality Group, PROGRESSIVE) moderated the panel of experts on age-friendly smart homes, comprised by:

  • Ms Sara Casaccia, Post Doc – Università Politecnica delle Marche, Homes4Life project
  • Ms Julia Wadoux, Policy Coordinator for Health, ICT and Accessibility, AGE Platform Europe (Homes4Life partner)
  • Ms Lydia Vogt, Project Manager, DIN, PROGRESSIVE.
Panel of experts of the session on age-friendly smart homes

Ms Sara Casaccia (Università Politecnica delle Marche, Homes4Life project),presentedthe Homes4Life project. Homes4Life  will develop a European certification scheme for ageing in place. This European Certification Scheme will be based on an inspirational and realistic long-term vision at 2040 of people’s needs and requirements. It will integrate construction and digital solutions when this is beneficial to do so, -it will be flexible in addressing the specificities of each country, and it will be compliant with both new and existing buildings.

Ms Sara Casaccia on the Homes4Life project

Learn further about PROGRESSIVE and its outcomes at https://progressivestandards.org