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INNOVAGE Final Conference
The final INNOVAGE event, our “European Conference on Social Innovations for Healthy and Active Life Expectancy” tool place on 14 October 2015 in Brussels. The conference was opened by Mr Alojz Peterle MEP and closed by Ms Marian Harkin MEP.
After three years of work exploring how social innovations can support healthy life expectancy the INNOVAGE project presented its findings at this conference, chaired by Rodd Bond of the NetwellCASALA Research Centre (Ireland).
The project has focused on social innovations which will have a solid impact on improving the quality of life and well-being of older people. Its key outputs are four major new social innovations in different EU countries, a database of exemplar social innovations which facilitate extended healthy life years and, an evaluation tool which assesses the impact of social innovations on both life expectancy and healthy life expectancy.
Drawing on all these findings, the conference aimed to:
- Share the project’s activities and results
- Highlight the great potential of social innovations to both improve wellbeing and quality of life
- Help to neutralise the negative aspects of ageing at the individual and societal levels
The four social innovations developed and tested as part of INNOVAGE were presented, and attendees had the chance to explore the interactive tools developed by some of them. We also reported on our work identifying exemplars of social innovation in the field and a model to assess the impact of social innovation on Healthy Life Expectancy.
The final programme is available here.
INNOVAGE Forum Presentations
The INNOVAGE project Alan Walker, University of Sheffield, UK
Social innovation and Active and Healthy Ageing in the EU Peter Wintlev-Jensen, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Linking social innovation to Healthy Life Expectancy Carol Jagger, Newcastle University, UK
Improving Obesity Related Outcomes Stuart Parker, Newcastle University & Andy Dearden, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Long-term Care in Motion Klaus Hauer and Hans-Werner Wahl, University of Heidelberg, Germany
User-driven housing for older people Susanne Iwarsson, Lund University, Sweden
ICT-based social support for carers of older people Francesco Barbabella, INRCA, Italy & Areti Efthymiou, Eurocarers, EU/Greece
Best practice in engaging older people in social innovation Maude Luherne AGE Platform Europe and Judy Triantafillou, Hellas 50+/AGE Platform Europe
Social innovation in the New Member States Uldis Berkis, Latvian Council of Science, Latvia
Preventative Home Visits to Older People Mikkel Vass, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Blue Assist Ann Decorte, Blue Assist
Photographs and Videos
Click here to see the story of the event in the format of tweets, through Storify
INNOVAGE Final Forum (Latvian)