The International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA) is a global network of leaders in ageing services. Between the 18th and 21st September 2017 IAHSA will host its bi-annual Global Ageing Conference in partnership with Curaviva in Montreux, Switzerland.
In 2014 the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MUIR) published a position paper focusing on the innovations and policies necessary to implement a positive ageing strategy in Italy. The paper joined together scientific and institutional communities to analyse the impact of ageing on Italy. Using an integrated scientific approach, the report looks at four key areas where changes could be implemented to encourage a positive ageing strategy: Health, the Silver Economy, the Built Environment and Welfare and Wellbeing.
The International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health (ICT4AWE) will be held in Porto, Portugal from the 28th to the 29th April 2017. Individuals are being invited to submit papers for presentations, demos and project descriptions.
In 2013 the Dutch government and the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV) announced that they would make €67 million available to help tackle the unemployment of older adults in the Netherlands through the Action Plan 55-plus Workers. Brought into fruition on the 2nd of October 2013 in Amsterdam, the UWV and the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment oversee the commitment of government funds to support older adult’s employment.
Flanders’ Care is an initiative by the Flemish government. This programme aims to ensure the quality of healthcare by stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship, in response to the social and demographic changes which are seen as the biggest challenge for the Flemish health and welfare sector. The intention is to provide a triple win: creating affordable and quality health care and at the same time encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship, jobs and economic growth.
In Spain, policy and strategy for services related to senior people are the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Social Services and Equality, at the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality. In practice, these are delegated to the Instituto de Mayores y Servicios Sociales (IMSERSO, Institute for the Elderly and Social Services). IMSERSO was created in 1978 and until 1997 focused on action targeting the elderly, disabled and asylum seekers, under a national remit.
The European Summit on Digital Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing will be the second of its kind. Held in Brussels, Belgium the summit will run from 5th December until the 7th December 2016 and will discuss how digital innovation is transforming the delivery of health care in Europe. The areas of discussion will range from medical treatment to prevention and also include topics beyond health and care, namely the Silver Economy (e.g. silver tourism, adaptable housing and transportation innovations).
The European Innovation Partnerships (EIP) were first piloted in 2010 to drive economic development and modernisation in key sectors and markets under the European 2020 flagship initiative Innovation Union. The overall aim of the EIPs is to tackle innovation barriers for major societal challenges. There are five EIPs in total in the areas of active and healthy ageing, water, agriculture, raw materials and smart cities.
The Czech National Action Plan for Positive Ageing (NAP, 2013–2017) aims to contribute to prepare the Czech Republic for an increasing number of older citizens. The Action Plan builds on the experience of the previous national programmes for the Preparation for Ageing from 2003 to 2012. The plan sets out to support the development of a society which values people of all age groups, to overcome and change the present stereotypic views of ageing and the old age, and to improve the position of seniors in the society.