The number of the networks dealing with the issues in active aging is growing. The website Active Aging Networks assists in providing the links. Knowing about the networks and having an opportunity of contacting the “contact person” will contribute to our knowledge.
Active aging is a concept which evokes the idea of longer activity, with a higher retirement age and working practices adapted to the age of the employee. It also extends to the social engagement of the elderly in the collectivity.
AAN – Active Aging Networks is a component of the eRegion Portal supporting the communication (interlinking) among various networks bringing together the organizations and individuals sharing interest in eInclusion in Active Aging. It is encouraging partner engagement, promote news and events, meet and exchange ideas with peers, and look for potential partners on joint innovative projects in an eRegion.
Active ageing means helping people stay in charge of their own lives for as long as possible as they age and, where possible, to contribute to the economy and society (European Commission, Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion).
Contact person: Dr. Jože Gričar, Professor Emeritus, University of Maribor, Program Coordinator, Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegions & Procurator, Heath Center Lorena, Ljubljana & Student, Italian Language Class, Third Age University Ljubljana & Member of Assembly & Member of the Board, Central-European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (CESCI), Budapest, Hungary, Gricar@FOV.Uni-Mb.si
Active Aging Consortium Asia Pacific – ACAP
Active Aging Network
Age-Friendly University Global Network
AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE)
eSeniors – Network for eInclusion of Seniors and Active Aging
EURAG Europe – European Federation of Older Persons
European Connected Health Alliance
European Network in Aging Studies – ENAS
Family Studies and Research University Centre, Milan
Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegions
International Longevity Centre – UK
Pass It On Network
Slovenia eSeniors Network: eInclusion in Active Aging
The Global Ageing Network
U3A Online – the first virtual Third Age University
ACAP is a group of like-minded gerontologists, primarily in the Asia Pacific region, dedicated to enhancing the physical, social, civic, economic, and environmental fitness of older adults so they can continue contributing to family, community, and society. We believe that Active Aging requires an Individual-Family-Social Policy Partnership.
- Individuals and families must prepare for old age and adopt positive practices for long life.
- Social policy must make healthy choices easy choices and build age-friendly environments.
- Societal norms must encourage and reward participation of elders in work, education, volunteering, and family life.
Our mission is to contribute to the global exchange of best practices for Active Aging though conferences and newsletters.
Dr. Kathryn L. Braun, Professor and Chair of Public Health, University of Hawai‘i, USA, KBraun@Hawaii.edu
Dr. Takeo Ogawa, President, Asian Aging Business Center, Fukuoka, Japan, OgawaT07@yahoo.co.jp
The Institute of Mental Health of Semmelweis University and the University of Debrecen, Faculty of Health have a long history of scientific collaboration in the field of ageing. In 2015 we decided to enter into an agreement and set up a website to be called “Active Ageing Network”. Our team has expertise in different areas of active ageing, it has participated in several national and international researches, conferences and workshops, and has published books and articles.
We wish to have contacts with other networks and to cooperate with colleagues all over the world on different areas of active ageing including long-term care, family carers, ageing and ICT, elder-friendly environment, migrant care workers, intergenerational relations, volunteers, social policy and ageing, mapping of good examples and elaborating model programs.
One of the aims of our website is to map researches and projects on active ageing in Central and Eastern Europe available only in national languages. We consider this as a pioneering task aiming to fill a gap and make the “invisible” Central and Eastern European scientific world visible for the English-speaking research world.
Contact person: László Patyán, Associate Professor, Patyan.Laszlo@foh.UniDeb.hu
Dublin City University has taken a leadership role in preparing society to meet the challenges and opportunities of a global ageing demographic by establishing the concept and principles of an Age-Friendly University and is leading a global network which has been joined by universities in Europe, USA, Canada and South Korea working together to promote an inclusive approach to healthy and active ageing, through our research agendas and focus on innovation to address specific issues affecting older adults, our curriculum development and the enhancement of learning opportunities for people across the generations, our ambition is to be internationally recognised as leaders of age-friendly initiatives in education, research and innovation to promote a greater, more connected and productive quality of life for older adults.
Our Ten-Principles of an Age-Friendly University provide a framework for higher education providers to contribute to the dialogue on opportunities to meet this global challenge. There are a wide range of opportunities in DCU for older adults to engage and these are expanding on an ongoing basis.
In March 2018, DCU will host the second conference Engaging Ageing 2018: “New Frontiers of Ageing: Research, Policy and Practice”. We would welcome papers on Research & Innovation, Work & Enterprise and Technology & Ageing.
AGE-WELL NCE is Canada’s Technology and Aging Network. The pan-Canadian network brings together researchers, non-profits, industry, government, care providers, older adults and caregivers to develop solutions to support healthy aging. AGE-WELL includes more than 150 funded and affiliated researchers from 37 universities and research centres across Canada. Over 220 industry, government and non-profit partners have joined the network. We work closely with older adults and caregivers to help current and future generations of Canadians enjoy the best quality of life possible. We do this by developing technologies and services that increase their safety and security, support their independent living, and enhance their social participation. AGE-WELL was launched in 2015 through the federally funded Networks of Centres of Excellence program.
Aging2.0 is a global community of innovators taking on the biggest challenges in aging. Our community has 15,000-person subscribers across 50 volunteer-run chapters in 20 countries, and our corporate innovation program has 150+ companies addressing the Grand Challenges in aging. Partner organizations include Google, Procter and Gamble, AARP, Brookdale, Genesis, Medline, Direct Supply, SOMPO (Japan), Lyft and Meals on Wheels among others.
Contact person: Stephen Johnston, CEO and Co-founder, Aging2.0, San Francisco, USA, info@Aging2.com
E-Seniors is a non-profit non-governmental organization, founded in 2005, aiming at fighting e-exclusion by providing access to and training in ICT to seniors and/or disabled people. Its main objectives are:
- Bridging the digital gap between generations,
- Encouraging seniors’ participation and involvement,
- Opening new horizons for efficient use of free time.
Since its creation, E-Seniors has provided courses in ICT usage for seniors in various public locations and the network is constantly opening new locations all over the region in order to provide a “proximity” service that takes into account the rhythm, interests and needs of its potential audience. Through its work for elderly people and with them the organization also tries to increase awareness about the importance of ICT solutions in everyday life. E-Seniors also proposes interactive gaming activities in residences for elders, retirement homes and day-care centres. E-Seniors is aware of the challenges that healthy or dependant elders face and then invests resources in the development of new applications and services to enable independent living and help maintain physical and mental health.
E-Seniors has experience in projects related to ICT-tools designed for seniors and for active and healthy ageing. The association has been and is involved in AAL ICT-PSP Erasmus+ Cosme and H2020 projects. In addition, E-Seniors is associate partner of the EIT Health KIC (Innolife), a European consortium operating in the framework of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology – EIT that has the mission to promote entrepreneurship and develop innovations in healthy living and active ageing.
Contact person: Monique Epstein, General Manager & Founder, Contact@eSeniors.eu
EURAG is a non-profit and non-religious European organisation independent of any political parties. Its purpose is to promote the quality of life of older persons in society, at all social and political levels, advocating in particular:
- The maintenance of an independent, self-determined life
- Strengthening participation and integration in society
- The full development of their potential
- The promotion of self-help activities
- Improving older persons’ living situation
- Helping to conceive and design age-friendly products and services
- Promoting rights to receive care and in related decision-making
- The safeguarding of financial security and appropriate housing
- The representation of older persons’ interests in society at large
- The prevention of any kind of discrimination on grounds of age
EURAG especially promotes the co-ordination, collaboration and exchange of opinions by its members with expert and service organisations, self-help groups as well as with individuals possessing special expertise.
Contact person: Dana Steinova, Secretary General, Praha, Czechia, Dana_Stein@volny.cz
ECHAlliance is a not-for-profit organisation facilitating international multi-stakeholder connections around ecosystems, driving sustainable change and disruption in the delivery of health and social care.
With a direct presence in 25+ countries including spread Europe, USA, Canada and China, the ECHAlliance members develop innovative solutions around mobile health, chronic diseases, active & healthy ageing, Internet of Things, wearables, personalised medicine, genomics, and Big Data.
An ECHAlliance Connected Health Ecosystem brings together stakeholders from health and social care, research, patient groups and industry within a specific geographical area, committed to accelerating the adoption of Connected Health solutions at scale on commercial terms.
Contact person: Gregor Cuzak, International Ecosystem Coordinator, Gregor@ECHAlliance.com
One of the greatest challenges that today’s Western societies face is their radical demographic change resulting from the expanding human lifespan. The larger group of older people prompts a thorough reflection on the ways in which we experience and organize human life, more specifically, on the cultural meanings of the aging process, the theories and policies on aging. The European Network in Aging Studies (ENAS) facilitates sustainable international and multi-disciplinary collaboration among all researchers interested in the study of cultural aging.
Contact person: Dr. Ulla Kriebernegg, Associate Professor & Chair of the European Network of Aging Studies (University of Graz), info@AgingStudies.eu
Family Studies and Research University Centre (Centro di Ateneo Studi e Ricerche sulla Famiglia) of Catholic University of Sacred Hearth in Milan/Italy, offers the opportunity for various multidisciplinary competencies related to the areas of psychology and sociology to engage in dialogue with those concerned with demography, economy, philosophy, pedagogy and law. The theoretical and methodological framework used by the Centre’s scholars and professionals employs the Relational-symbolic approach, within which perspective the family is the context in which crucial differences in gender, generations and lineage are bounded to each other.
The Centre’s research activity focuses on old age, both active aging and elderly frail, and on the most critical family transitions, such as the birth of a first child, the development of autonomy during adolescence, prolonged young adulthood, separation and divorce. This activity is accompanied by an abundant production of publications. Recent studies on Aging are:
For this topic the Centre is in partnership with:
– The Department of Economics (DSE), University of Verona
– The Department of Humanistic, Social and Formation Sciences (SUSeF), University of Molise
– A.N.T.E.A.S. – Active Aging voluntary organization, Milano
– Nonni 2.0, Active Aging voluntary organization, Milano
Healthy Aging® is a national multi-media lifestyle platform providing active 45-plus adults information and inspiration for their physical, mental, social and financial health.
The underlying theme is that it is never too late to achieve a better quality of life. The focus is on passion for life rather than the perils and diseases of adulthood. Healthy Aging® is all about what you can do next, how to redefine yourself at any stage and is not about the classic image of “retirement.”
Contact: Healthy Aging® Information, Healthy Aging®, Unionville, Pennsylvania, USA, info@HealthyAging.net
The Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegions has been under way in Slovenia since February 10, 2011. The names of the organizations involved and the Members are published.
The eRegion as a research and development area has been a component of the annual Bled eConference and various events organized in Slovenia and the neighboring countries since 2000. The current activities of the initiative are thematic meetings and workshops. Annual conference The eRegions Conference: Cross-border eSolutions & eServices Prototypes Development was organized in 2011-2016.
A major focus of the initiative is to encourage organizations having interest in any aspect of cross-border eCollaboration in the region to engage in joint Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) based prototype development. A prototype is the beginning of an action leading to a possible joint EU project proposal of an eSolution or an eService development solving a problem shared by the organization in at least three countries.
There is a significant attention given to the cross-border (macro) regions in the European Union in recent years. In the East and South Europe that means the Danube, the Adriatic & Ionian, and the Alpine regions. Several countries are on the New eSilk Road proposed by the China’s initiative named “16+1”, meaning 16 Central & East European countries + China. The Baltic eRegion is on the New eAmber Road.
The eRegion portal is designed to support the cross-border eCollaboration. It is powered by SRC d.o.o. Ljubljana. Organizations having interest in being linked are invited to propose links to be published at eRegions, Countries, or Actors.
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The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focussed on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.
We ask difficult questions and present new solutions to the challenges and opportunities of ageing. We undertake research and policy analysis and create a forum for debate and action.
We also host an annual Future of Ageing Conference to assemble representatives from Government, business, academia and civil society to discuss how the UK can meet the challenges and the opportunities of a rapidly ageing society. For more information, please click here.
Much of our work is directed at the highest levels of Government and the civil service, both in London and Brussels. We have a reputation as a respected think tank which works, often with key partners, to inform important decision-making processes.
Our policy remit is broad, and covers everything from pensions and financial planning, to health and social care, housing design, and age discrimination. We work primarily with central government, but also actively build relationships with local government, the private sector and relevant professional and academic associations.
Contact person: Dave Eaton, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, DavidEaton@ILCUK.org.uk
The Pass It On Network connects older adult advocates for positive ageing who share information about low-cost, innovative ways to help themselves, each other, and their communities. Added longevity, new medical procedures, and assistive technologies have empowered positive ageing. There’s no better way to gain personal support for positive ageing than in a support group of people who are sharing their experience over time. And on a broader platform, there’s no better place to live than in communities that deliberately develop infrastructure that empowers the engagement, mobility, and security of older residents. Whether paid or unpaid, meaningful work builds on personal strengths, offers a sense of purpose, and produces benefits for both the doer and the community. We are both teachers and learners all of our life, and there are now Third Age Universities and Lifelong Learning programs growing all over the world to foster peer-to-peer learning as well as traditional adult education. Based in Paris, Moira Allan is the co-founder and international coordinator of the Pass It On Network. Her co-founder, Jan Hively, PhD, is also the U.S. Liaison.
The liaison to the Pass It On Network from the European Federation of Older Persons – EURAG is Dana Steinová, Secretary General. EURAG comprises representatives from associations in 32 countries in Europe and meets twice a year.
SeniorNet is the nation’s premier and most respected nonprofit organization specializing in computer and internet education for adults over 55 and those in need (veterans, disenfranchised, and those with disabilities). Since 1986, SeniorNet has empowered more than two and half million students by providing encouragement, lifelong learning opportunities and new worlds to explore via the internet.
SeniorNet provides an extensive curriculum of over 130 courses. These materials are continuously updated to include the latest applications and various system upgrades.
The curriculum is delivered by instructors and mentors at SeniorNet Computer Learning Centers via a proven seniors teaching seniors’ methodology and/or by utilizing an intergenerational approach whereby high school and college students teach the latest technology.
No matter what methodology is used – students can take classes at all experience levels and learn new computer skills like Computer Fundamentals, Internet and Email, Digital Photography, Avoiding Scams, How to Secure Your Computer, How to use the latest technology gadgets – like the iPad, Smart Watches, iPhone, Fitbit, selecting and downloading applications and more – all in a friendly, low-pressure environment.
Classes are operated by professional volunteers across the nation with a standardized curriculum provided by SeniorNet Headquarters. Some SeniorNet Centers create additional curriculum and class materials for their specific targeted audiences.
Over the past 5 years we have had partnerships with major institutions and corporations – with some providing grants, (Microsoft, IBM, Adobe, QUE-Pearson Publishing, AARP, Google, Manpower, Media. Net, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Military Officers Of America, Blue Cross Blue Shield, National Council on Aging and others).
Based in Fort Myers, Florida, we have learning centers across the United States, including Indian Reservations with international affiliations in Nepal, Netherlands, South Korea, China, UK, Sweden and New Zealand.
Gretchen Baxter, Director Development, GretchenB@hq.SeniorNet.org
Michele M. Williams, Director of Public Relations, MMWilliams@hq.SeniorNet.org
Leslie M. Smith, President and CEO, LMSmith@hq.SeniorNet.org
The Slovenia eSeniors Network: eInclusion in Active Aging is a component of the Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegion. It has been created to gather the individuals 55+ sharing interest in Silver eConomy and Sharing eConomy development. Its focus is at the cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegion by exploiting the eTechnologies (digitalization). The members are engaging in the related meetings, consultations and workshops. The network is open to interlinking with similar active aging networks & associations.
Contact person: Martina Uvodić, Procurist, Maritim Ltd., Medical Diagnostics and Laboratory Equipment, Ljubljana & Student, Computing Class, Third Age University Ljubljana, UvodicM@gmail.com
The Global Ageing Network is the world’s only network of ageing service providers. Global ageing members include professionals and organizations in ageing services, governments, volunteer organizations, businesses, academics, researchers and architects. The Global Ageing Network unites experts from around the world, lead education initiatives and provide a place for innovative ideas in senior care to be born. The Global Ageing Network has grown from an idea to a vibrant network spanning nearly 50 countries serving millions of people every day.
Contact person: Shannon Davis, Program Manager, The Global Ageing Network, Washington, DC, USA,
U3A Online delivers a wide range of over 60 short online courses and is open to anyone anywhere in the English speaking world. We have over 1100 members, mostly from Australia and New Zealand and the UK, but with others from as far away as Iceland and India.
Membership costs $30 a year and all courses are then free to members. You can do as many or as few as you like; there are no exams, deadlines, assignments or other impediments to enjoyable learning. From courses in World Affairs, Politics and History through to Life Matters, Literature, Writing and Creativity, members are bound to find subjects to interest them.
A small selection of our courses includes: The History of Espionage, Myths and Legends, Train Your Brain, Continents on the Move, Shakespeare – Rediscovering the Bard, Writing for Pleasure, Astronomy, Maths – Number Theory, The Night Sky.
Contact person: Jean Walker, President, U3A Online, Australia