“Euskadi Lagunkoia” is a project of the Department of Employment and Social Policies of the Basque Government in collaboration with Matia Instituto, which is aimed at promoting participation of citizens as well as the public, private and social sector to develop a movement to foster age-friendly living environments.
This initiative is based on the “Age-friendly Environments Programme” promoted by the World Health Organisation. At the present time more than 60 cities and towns throughout the Basque Country are members of this Network and more than 800 are in the world Network of the WHO.
The III Conference “Good European Age-Friendliness Practices” is part of this project.
Silvia Urra (TECNALIA) presented the project Homes4Lifein TABLE 1: Best practice in Europe.
This International Congress & Exhibition is a global forum for the exchange of knowledge on the research, policy and practice of designing healthy and sustainable cities and communities.
The presentation was held in a parallel track entitled “Designing for ageing” chaired by Hugh Barton, Emeritus Professor of planning, health and sustainability in the WHO Collaborating Centre at the University of the West of England, Bristol.
Interesting discussion have permitted dissemination of Homes4Life’ existence and focus to a UK audience of architects and designers, property developers, urban planners, and public authority representatives.
CERTIVEA contributed to the Cities to Be International Congress, an industry event for professionals in sustainable construction.
Cities to Be is a conference promoting action aimed at:
BEING UPDATED ON feedback from the field in France and abroad
SHARING good practices and solutions
MOBILIZING stakeholder dynamics
RAISING AWARENESS and PUTTING INTO PRACTICE over the time frame 2030-2050
During the specific “Networks day”, Patrick NOSSENT, CEO of CERTIVEA, gave an update on CERTIVEA prospective activities related to ICT (Information & Communication Technologies), including Homes4Life, and other connected initiatives such as 4Grids (Ready2Services extended for Smart Grids) and BIM4Value. He presented the main objectives and timeline of the Homes4Life project.
The event contributed to raise awareness about the project, and to outline the future Homes4Life Certification Scheme, to an audience already familiar with the current portfolio of CERTIVEA certifications focused on sustainability. Some of the attendees might become assessors for the future Homes4Life certification scheme, or consultants who would provide advices to future users of this certification scheme.
Estelle Huchet, from AGE Platform Europe, moderated a panel at the final conference of the atHOME European project.
On 22nd October 2019, POUR LA SOLIDARITÉ – PLS organised a conference in Brussels on the development of professional skills for home helpers, and on improving the quality of care for the elderly person at home. This event was part of the atHOME European project which aims to improve the maintenance of older and dependent people at home.
Among the topics covered: the issue of training, interaction and cooperation between the various actors of the home help and care, all for the benefit of the well-being of the elderly.
Both speakers and the audience of the events highlighted the importance to get age-friendly housing: they bring benefits for their occupants, and they also indirectly support better working conditions for carers / home helpers, and thereby to reinforce attractiveness of these jobs.
Regis Decorme from R2M Solution attended and disseminated Homes4Life at Innovative City 2019 | Innovation for Better life and Smart Business | in Nice, France, 15 October 2019.
This new edition of Innovative City had a specific track focused on healthcare & territories, e-Health as well as telemedicine which provided useful insights on additional dimensions that might be incorporated into the future Homes4Life certification scheme.
The conference brought together a variety of key players in the housing sector, such as social housing providers, local authorities, statutory bodies, government departments, private sector players, health services and the wider NGO sector.
Almost 350 participants attended and the event explored the themes of innovation, delivery and sustainability for successful initiatives as well as an award for best successful Irish project in different categories, including housing for older adults. Besides speakers from Ireland, the conference featured speakers from the EU and the US, who reflected what the actors in Ireland can learn from activities abroad.
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. This workshop was the opportunity to 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.
The event was opened by a speech of Taina Tukiainen, on behalf of Markku Markkula. She reminded us about key political milestones paving the way towards an active and healthy European Union: from the opinion adopted by the Committee of the Regions in 2012 (ECOS-V-026) to the new one adopted on 9 October 2019 (NAT-VI/037) through the different EU and Presidency initiatives such as the Conference held in Helsinki on Silver Economy (July 2019).
We focused then on concrete examples from different places across Europe. Starting with the ACPAproject (Adapting European Cities to Population Ageing: Policy Challenges and Best Practices) which provided a key frame and several illustrative examples from the 8 cities involved. Moving then to Manchester and Krakow who shared their experience regarding their step-by-step adaptation to the ageing challenge. Last but not least, two projects provided a domain approach: Homes4Life (Development of a European certification scheme to support ageing in place) and the Joint Action ADVANTAGE (Preventing and better understanding frailty to foster longer and healthier life).
The main recommendations to support healthy ageing at city level:
Build a narrative based citizen approach: ageing is not only about a medical and care approach;
Organize and plan cities for persons of all ages: fostering solidarity between generations is key for a sustainable future;
Ensure a strong political support with a fair funding: the voice of your mayor is key;
Develop an ecosystem enhancing close collaboration between various stakeholders (citizens, researchers, policy makers, businesses): everyone has a role to play;
Enable an active involvement of older persons and citizens at large in the development and implementation of policies and activities: “Because older people are the ultimate experts on their own lives“ (WHO, 2007)
Provide a proper problem analysis and evaluation of the solutions implemented: this is key to learn lessons and move forward while ensuring continuity when needed;
Overcome negativism and stereotypes: creating a positive view on ageing so we all can look forward to a positive future in later life.
Last but not least, this workshop was an additional proof that investing in international and European cooperation is key to learn from the others, share experiences and get further inspiration.
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.
This year edition had a specific focus on “Smarter practical implementation of digital solutions to enhance active and healthy living“.
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.