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26Oct

The Dutch Action Plan 55-plus Workers

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.

14Oct

Spanish Programmes to Support Older People by IMSERSO

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.

30Sep

European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing

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.

23Sep

Sweden’s National Strategic Research Agenda for an Ageing Population

To confront the challenges of an ageing population, the Swedish government has published a document titled an Ageing Population: National Strategic Research Agenda Final Report.  Funded by Vinnova, Sweden’s innovation agency, the agenda explores the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly elderly population in regards to Sweden’s society, businesses and entrepreneurs. Over 30 public and private organisations have contributed to workshops in order to create a diverse and multidisciplinary agenda.

16Sep

Mobilising the Potential of Active Ageing in Europe Final Conference

On the 29th November 2016, the Mobilising the Potential of Active Ageing in Europe (MOPACT) Final Conference will be held in Brussels, Belgium. The conference will present the findings of the MOPACT project, a consortium of 32 partners funded for four years by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme. MOPACT was created as a response to the increasing demographic changes of Europe and with a belief that the approach to ageing must be rethought in order to realise the social and economic potential this change can bring for Europe.

14Sep

Flemish Senior Citizen Policy Plan 2010-2014

The Flemish government is committed to removing age based discrimination and social exclusion from their society through inclusive, coordinated and coherent policies. The Flemish Senior Citizen Policy Plan 2010 – 2014 was developed to support these goals, as a follow up to the previous Flemish senior citizen policy which covered the period 2006 – 2009. The government actively involved the elderly in the development of this policy through consultations supported by local and provincial councils across Belgium.

19Aug

Active and Assisted Living Forum

The Active and Assisted Living (AAL) Programme will hold its annual forum in St. Gallen, Switzerland between the 26th – 28th September 2016. This programme funds projects in public-private partnership to promote healthy ageing through the use of information and communication technology. The AAL annual forum allows the products and projects it has been supporting to be showcased in one interactive arena.

18Aug

The Estonian Active Ageing Development Plan 2013-2020

The Estonian government is currently promoting the importance of older adults’ contributions to society and the labour market. This included the creation of The Active Ageing Development Plan 2013 – 2020. This plan is the first comprehensive policy document, including a vision for strategies and initiatives, relating to older adults published in Estonia.

11Aug

A European Roadshow of Age-Friendly Homes

With the changing demographics of European society, there is an increasing need for housing solutions that will support the independent living of an older population. Currently such solutions are lacking, yet the demand for suitably designed and equipped homes is pushing age friendly technologies to the front of the public agenda. As a result, age-friendly homes have become a key concern for public policy, in particular because of the potential for social and economic benefits they present.

05Aug

German regional policy compass regarding senior citizens and the Silver Economy

The German state of Baden-Württemberg is one of the largest German states, and a traditionally strong innovation region. It has a growing older population of 2.1 million citizens aged 65 or above, of a total population of 10.7 million. The regional government’s aim is to change the perception of old age in order to realise the opportunities this demographic shift can bring.