Italian position paper on Moving Forward for an Ageing Society: Bridging the Distances

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.


Flanders’ Care

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.


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.


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.


The Czech Republic’s National Action Plan for Positive Ageing

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.


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.


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.


The French Silver Economy Sectoral Agreement

In France, national standards are already being implemented in regards to the Silver Economy. The Silver Economy Sectoral Agreement is a key example of France’s commitment to incorporating the Silver Economy into its political and economic agenda. It was created in 2013 under the authority of Arnaud Montebourg, Minister of Productive Renewal, and Michèle Delaunay, the Minister responsible for seniors and autonomy.

Signed on 12 December 2013, the Silver Economy Sectoral Agreement is currently developing 49 actions in the following six areas:


Ireland Smart Ageing Exchange - engaging with the Silver Economy in Ireland

Ireland has begun to strategically implement policies to ensure an efficient engagement of their economy with the Silver Generation. Through the creation of businesses, rising exports and increased employment Ireland hopes to access the opportunities of a Silver Economy and in particular Smart Ageing. One strategy to reach these goals is the Ireland Smart Ageing Exchange (ISAX). ISAX is a new independent network, aiming to fast-track the R&D and commercialisation of solutions for the global Smart Ageing economy.