Active and healthy ageing
Strong interest in innovation partnership
By Sophie Petitjean | Wednesday 27 June 2012
The pilot European innovation partnership for active and healthy ageing is gradually taking shape. In a meeting, held on 27 June, 261 projects were submitted by the stakeholders for inclusion in the partnership. In addition, 54 regions and municipalities offered themselves as ‘reference sites’ to exchange good practice and to share knowledge and experience on past successes in this domain.
The Commissioner for Health and Consumers, John Dalli, conveyed his satisfaction: “The number and the quality of commitments have far exceeded our expectations. The particularly high level of interest from member states and regions proves the urgency and determination to make active and healthy ageing a reality”.
This project was launched towards the end of 2010 and aims to mobilise the stakeholders in view of increasing the healthy lifespan of EU citizens by two years on average by 2020. As dictated by the strategic plan for implementation, which was defined in November 2011, the project aims to research solutions to guarantee better adherence to medical treatment; prevention of functional decline and frailty; integrated care models; independent living and active ageing; and age-friendly buildings, cities and environments.
Six meetings are being held this month in Brussels, in which stakeholders are starting to define the implementation details of the specific actions. The results of their work will be presented at a conference of partners, to be held on 6 November. The first indicators of the process – to measure the progress made – will also be available later this year and the results will be presented in a report to be published in 2013.