On April 21, 2021, the Professors Emeriti Network published the Minister of Seniors Appointment. Position Paper. The representatives of Active Aging Networks are invited to share the idea with the network members on having the minister of seniors in all countries. In the Position Paper, it is also proposed to establish a Seniors Council of the Government.
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. 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).
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.
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, Member, European Association of Professors Emeriti.
Active Aging Consortium Asia Pacific – ACAP
Active Aging Network
Aegon Center for Longevity and Retirement, The Hague, The Netherlands
Age Friendly Ireland
Age-Friendly University Global Network
AGE Platform Europe, Brussels, Belgium
AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE)
Ageing Well in Wales
Albanian Society for All Ages – ASAG, Tirana, Albania
Alberta Council on Aging
Association Friends of Road for Mali (“Les Amis de la Route”), Republic of Mali
Center of Lifelong Learning in Prague, Czech Republic
Centre for Ageing Research and Education, Duke – NUS Medical School, Singapore
Centre for Socio-Economic Research on Ageing – CRESI at the National
Institute of Health & Science on Ageing – IRCCS INRCA, Ancona, Italy
College and University Retiree Associations of Canada (CURAC)
Community Networks for Aging in Place Alliance
Connected Learning of Internet & English in eCollaboration Network
Consulta Europa, Las Palmas, Spain
Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organization EHERO, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
eSeniors – Network for eInclusion of Seniors and Active Aging
European Association of Professors Emeriti – EAPE, Athens, Greece
EURAG Europe – European Federation of Older Persons
European Connected Health Alliance
European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE), Brussels
European Network in Aging Studies – ENAS
European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, Brussels, Belgium
Family Studies and Research University Centre, Milan
Grantmakers in Aging – GIA, Arlington, VA, USA
Healthcare Industries Division, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry – METI, Japan
Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegions
International Association of Universities of the Third Age – AIUTA, Toulouse – Cedex 9, France
International Longevity Centre – UK
Living Lab in Ageing & Long-Term Care, The Netherlands
Pass It On Network
School of Medicine and Health at the Harbin Institute of Technology, P. R. China
Slovenia eSeniors Network: eInclusion in Active Aging
Swedish Care International (SCI) Stockholm, Sweden
Swiss Leaders Group, Bassersdorf, Switzerland
The Global Ageing Network
University of Maribor Centre for Professors Emeriti and Retired Higher Education Teachers
U3A Online – the first virtual Third Age University
Active Aging Consortium Asia Pacific – ACAP, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, USA
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 of Public Health and Social Work, Barbara Cox Anthony Endowed Chair on Aging & President, Editor, ACAP Bimonthly Bulleti, 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
Aegon Center for Longevity and Retirement, The Hague, The Netherlands
Aegon is one of the world’s leading providers of life insurance, pensions and asset management. Our Dutch roots date back almost 200 years. Today, we have operations in over 20 countries, including the USA where we’re known as Transamerica. In 2015, Aegon formed the Aegon Center for Longevity and Retirement (ACLR), a collaboration of experts assembled by Aegon with representation from the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
ACLR’s mission is to conduct research, educate the public, and inform a global dialogue on trends, issues, and opportunities surrounding longevity, population aging and retirement security. ACLR works closely with our sister research institutes, Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies in the United States and Instituto de Longevidade Moneral Agon in Brazil. ACLR’s works in partnerships with the Global Coalition on Aging, the Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing and the Geneva Association.
Contact person: Mike Mansfield, Program Director, Aegon Center for Longevity and Retirement, Mike.Mansfield@Aegon.com
Age Friendly Ireland actively promotes partnerships and collaborations. The Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme is run by effective city- and county-based Alliances, involving senior decision-makers from public, commercial and not-for-profit organisations. Age Friendly Ireland assists Alliances aim to streamline the work of all key players at local level, putting the views, interests and needs of older people at their core. Through an Older People’s Council in each participating local authority area older people exercise a strong, guiding influence on age-friendly local development.
Contact person: Dr. Emer Coveney, National Programme Manager, Age Friendly Ireland & Meath County Council, ECoveney@MeathCoCo.ie
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 Platform Europe, Brussels, Belgium
AGE Platform Europe is an empowered coalition of older people’s organisations. Together, we ensure that the 200 million older people living in the EU are at the European table, and participate in the debates to an inclusive society. We gather +110 member organisations across the European Union.
– Our vision is to foster age equality
– Our mission is to support older people’s self-advocacy
– Our values are that of human dignity, equality, participation, and solidarity
Our work focuses on a wide range of policy areas that impact on older people. These include issues of ageism and non-discrimination, employment of older workers and volunteering, social protection, pensions and adequate income, social inclusion and loneliness, health and social care, elder abuse, intergenerational solidarity, housing and transport, as well as digital technologies.
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.
Ageing Well in Wales is a national partnership programme hosted and chaired by the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales.
We want to make Wales the best place in the world to grow older. Ageing Well in Wales brings together individuals and communities with public, private and voluntary sectors. We work together to make Wales a nation of age-friendly communities, where the voices of older people are heard, and where people are supported to continue to do the things that matter to them as they get older.
Contact person: Steve Huxton, Ageing Well in Wales Lead, Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Cardiff, AgeingWell@OlderPeopleWales.com
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
Albanian Society for All Ages (ASAG) is a non-governmental organization, founded in 1999 on the international theme of intergeneration solidarity. Since that year, the organization has been active on promotion, advocacy and lobbying for the intergenerational dialogue and inclusiveness of youths and seniors. The organization has established its principles determined by a global database of recommendations of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002:
- Older people and their development.
- Advancing health and well-being into old age.
- Ensuring and building age-friendly communities and environments.
The priority of ASAG activism are older women. According to the World Health Organization reports, older women live longer than men do, and they suffer from chronic diseases and physical disabilities. Gender and age perspective is a mainstream consideration in order to decrease the barriers of primary health system, supporting palliative care and creating cost-effective ways to help older women towards an ACTIVE AGEING in their families, community and society.
Contact person: Ermira Pirdeni, Founder and Executive Director, Senior of Public Health, ASAG@gmx.net
Alberta Council on Aging, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Education, Advocacy, Inclusion
Alberta Council on Aging, for over 50 years, advises local to federal government about matters relating to the opportunity for full and equal participation of older persons living in Alberta and Canada.
The council, comprised of regional representatives, engages with older adults; communicates their ideas, opinions and concerns to government and the broader community; and works toward solutions.
Alberta Council on Aging develops programs and publications aligned with age friendly initiatives with the goal to eliminate ageism and promote inclusiveness of older persons.
We engage and partner with agencies and institutions, with the same aim, who are conducting research and developing policy and programs. Together we promote positive age.
Please join our campaign #LetsStopAgeism.
Contact person: Donna Durand, Executive Director, Alberta Council on Aging, Canada, ExeDir@ACAging.ca
Association Friends of Road for Mali (“Les Amis de la Route”), Republic of Mali
The objective of the Association Friends of Road for Mali are the following:
1 Fight against the isolation of the elderly.
2 Offer a free ride to the elderly thanks to our scooters.
3 Organize recreational activities with the elderly (scrabble games, cards, Gala evening and dinner, talk-debate).
4 Advocacy with authorities and international organizations for the social care of elderly people who do not have the means.
The Center of Lifelong Learning in Prague represents a new model of an intergenerational, non-vocational education for all ages. It is bringing together programs that have successfully existed for more than 25-30 years as independent educational projects and offering new ways of activation as well. It is a source of mental, physical and social activity for thousands of its students in order to increase the quality of their lives.
The Center has a strong social message, offering top quality lectures for affordable price in order to make education accessible for disadvantaged groups such as mothers on maternity leave, disabled, retired and unemployed people. They make 99.99 % of all students. They pay no tuition only a low registration fee.
The Center of Healthy Ageing is one of the educational programs, maintaining and increasing the competence of the elderly in order to prevent their dependency and serves as a source of enlightens for younger students.
Contact person: Dana Steinova, Founder and Executive Director, Dana_Stein@volny.cz
& Founder and Head, The Czech Society for Memory Training and Brain Jogging & Head, Prague Senior Council
The Centre for Ageing Research and Education (CARE) is an academic research centre based in Duke-NUS Medical School, conducting leading-edge research on the social and medical determinants of successful ageing. CARE can be your potential collaborator in ageing research as it draws interdisciplinary expertise across medical, social, psychological, economic and environmental perspectives. CARE recognises the need for a consolidated, long-term approach towards longevity and thus invests in educational programmes to build competencies in ageing research amongst research, policy and practice professionals.
The three main research areas include:
1) Foundational surveys are conducted by CARE to answer policy questions related to ageing. CARE builds on this knowledge to drive interventions.
2) CARE collaborates with partners to develop and evaluate new and innovate approaches for engaging and empowering older adults.
3) CARE undertakes implementation research to develop and evaluate evidence-based interventions addressing issues facing older Singaporeans.
CARE also spearheads educational initiatives for the age and healthcare sector in Singapore and the region to build the needed competencies across these countries to deal with the ageing of their populations.
Contact person: Normala Manap, Senior Associate Director, Centre for Ageing Research and Education, Duke – NUS Medical School, Mala@duke-nus.edu.sg
Centre for Socio-Economic Research on Ageing – CRESI at the National Institute of Health & Science on Ageing – IRCCS INRCA, Ancona, Italy
The Centre for Socio-Economic Research on Ageing belongs to the Italian National Institute of Health & Science on Ageing (IRCCS INRCA – Istituto Nazionale di Riposo e Cura per Anziani), a public national organization based in Ancona, with branches operating in three Italian Regions (Lombardy in the North, Marche in the Centre and Calabria in the South). It operates through geriatric hospitals, residential care facilities, an Alzheimer day care centre and Research Units in order to carry out multi-disciplinary research on ageing and care of the older population, adopting different perspectives: clinical, biological and socio-economic. The Centre for Socio-Economic Research on Ageing (CRESI) performs this last component, by conducting interdisciplinary gerontological research with the main aim of contributing to a more holistic understanding of the ageing process from a demographic, social, economic and political perspective, in addition to the traditional geriatric clinical research and in a translational perspective. Such research, largely financed through EU funds as well as by public and private Italian and international sources, is mainly disseminated by means of scientific publications on international journals and books, but also through consultancy work for public and private organizations and various outreach activities (seminars, conferences, training courses, etc.).
Active ageing is a main research topic of the CRESI. Since 2000, it carries out international and national research projects on this matter, by interacting with other European research organisations, policy makers, as well as relevant stakeholders of civil society and older people themselves.
Community Networks for Aging in Place Alliance, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Community Networks for Aging in Place Alliance – CNAP is a nonprofit organization that promotes and helps develop initiatives and programs that provide information and educational opportunities related to issues critical to the general well-being and quality of life of individuals as they age. We work to support development of workshops, conferences, and programs through use of video conferencing and related ICT technologies that maximize audience reach and reduce attendance and production costs. Our goal is to expand understanding of key needs and interests of an aging population to inform those who are aging regarding their options and choices, and promote connections and networking of individuals and organizations working in related areas professionally or on a voluntary basis.
The College and University Retiree Associations of Canada (CURAC) is a not-for-profit federation of retiree organizations at colleges and universities across Canada. CURAC represents some 40 organizations with more than 15,000 individual members. It provides access to extended health insurance as well as travel, home and auto insurance and other services, often at discounted rates, to its members. As well, it operates a network of active committees, policy papers, maintains an informative website, maintains links with other national and international associations, and organizes a national annual meeting providing a forum for interaction and sharing of best practices (including life-long learning and how to engage in videoconferencing), and connections to active aging networks. In addition, it speaks publicly on issues relevant to academic retirees. Check out our website where you can find links to our member associations.
Dr. Bryan Harvey, Emeritus Professor, President, Bryan.Harvey@USask.ca
Dr. Carole-Lynne Le Navenec, Associate Professor Emerita-Nursing, Chairperson, Ad Hoc Committee on Later Life Learning/ Active Aging, CLLeNave@UCalgary.ca
Connected learning is a type of learning where a person has an opportunity to pursue a personal interest and passion with friends and colleagues so that learning in the projects are linked to academic achievements, career success or civic engagement. In addition, connected learning is an approach to educational reform keyed to the abundance of information and social connection brought about by networked and digital media.
The objectives of the network are following:
Accelerating eTechnologies supported education for connecting everyone anywhere.
Meeting todays and upcoming demands and opportunities.
Supporting eSeniors 55+ in using Internet for Active Aging.
Enabling connectivity by providing links to the websites of the participating organizations.
The network is open to all organizations sharing interest in supporting the use of Internet for Active Aging.
Dr. Jože Gričar, Professor Emeritus, University of Maribor, Slovenia, Program Coordinator, Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegion & Contact person, Active Aging Networks, & Member of the Board, Central-European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (CESCI), Budapest, Hungary, Joze.Gricar@UM.si
Jean Walker, President. U3A Online, the world-first virtual University of the Third Age delivering online learning via the Internet, Tasmania, Australia, Be Connected – Australia wide initiative empowering all Australians to thrive in a digital world, JeanWalkerSter@gmail.com
Consulta Europa is a private research performing organization specialized in participatory approaches and co-creation in innovation processes and policy making. The mission of the organization is to promote smart, social and sustainable development in Canary Islands, where the company is located, and in other remote territories. To do this, the company has developed a methodology based on inclusiveness and participation of all relevant actors which can be easily applied in different sectors and domains, such as environment, health, education, etc. Consulta Europa has been promoting and participating in several EU projects, funded under H2020, Erasmus+ and by other international donors. Under the Ic-health, an H2020 project on Digital Health Literacy, Consulta Europa has developed a methodology to co-create with different type of users Massive Open Online Courses on Digital Health Literacy. The project targeted in fact different type of cohorts, including children and adolescents, pregnant and lactacting women, patients with diabetes type 1 and type 2 and elderly people. Consulta Europa is currently further researching on the topics of digital health literacy.
Contact person: Michelle Perello, Director, Consulta Europa, Michelle.Perello@Consulta-Europa.com
Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organization EHERO, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
EHERO is based at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Its focus is on happiness in the sense of life-satisfaction. The mission of EHERO is to contribute to greater happiness of a greater number of people by providing solid data about happiness on the basis of which organizations and individuals can make well informed choices.
One of the ways in which EHERO provide solid data about happiness is gathering the available research findings and presenting these in a comparable way on an online finding archive, the World Database of Happiness. This database contains a considerable amount of research findings on happiness in elderly people from which selections can be made on observed correlations with various lifestyle variables such as with sporting and social participation. This database can serve as a source for reviews of research on active ageing and happiness. Interested colleagues or organizations can join the project as an associate.
EHERO is also available for primary research on active ageing and is experienced in multiple moment assessment.
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
Monique Epstein, Diector of E-seniors
European Association of Professors Emeriti – EAPE, Athens, Greece
The European Association of Professors Emeriti (EAPE) has been founded to include retired Professors from all European Universities and corresponding members from non-European Universities. We believe that a University Professor is called to continue their vocation as an educator, counsellor and researcher for life and to show solidarity, by offering aid to their active colleagues and to society in general, on a voluntary and public pro bono basis.
EAPE is established as a legal entity in Greece with an office in Athens and official languages of Greek and English. Governance is through a Board of Directors directly elected from the members with a number of working groups and national committees. The current President is Sir Les Ebdon, Professor Emeritus CBE DL, University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom.
The Purposes of EAPE can be summarised as:
the creation and preservation of ties amongst academics;
collaboration in producing and publishing research and high quality scientific work;
submission of proposals to relevant European authorities with respect to graduate and post graduate education;
offering courses to the general public;
exchange of knowledge and ideas in science, visual and performing arts;
active co-operation among European scientists to organise interdisciplinary conferences and colloquia and the creation of a ‘think tank;’
support to colleagues and their families and to needy individuals.
EAPE publishes a bimonthly Bulletin and holds a biennial conference.
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
European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, Brussels, Belgium
The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies is a partnership, hosted by WHO/Europe, which includes other international organizations; national governments; decentralized authorities; and academia. It supports and promotes evidence-based health policy-making through comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the dynamics of health care systems in Europe; it engages directly with policy-makers and experts, and works in partnership with research centres, governments and international organizations to analyse health systems and policy trends.
The Observatory’s study series on the Economics of Healthy and Active Ageing seeks to inspire a ‘re-think’ of the economic consequences of population ageing. Our work suggests that a growing older population is not necessarily very costly to care for, and that older people provide significant economic and societal benefits – particularly if they are healthy and active.
In the series we investigate key policy questions associated with population ageing, bringing together findings from research and country experiences. We review what is known about the health and long-term care costs of older people, and consider many of the economic and societal benefits of healthy ageing. We also explore policy options within the health and long-term care sectors, as well as other areas beyond the care sector, which either minimize avoidable health and long-term care costs, support older people so that they can continue to contribute meaningfully to society, or otherwise contribute to the sustainability of care systems in the context of changing demographics.
Contact person: Dr. Jonathan Cylus, Technical Officer and Research Fellow, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, London Hubs Coordinator c/o London School of Economics and Political Science, J.D.Cylus@LSE.ac.uk
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
The European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE) is a European non-profit association of Belgian status, created in 1966. Representing 36 national organisations of hospital and healthcare providers – public and private – from the 28 EU Member States and two other European countries, HOPE members are covering almost 80% of hospital activity in the EU. HOPE promotes improvements in the health of citizens throughout Europe and fosters efficiency, effectiveness and humanity in the organisation and operation of hospital and healthcare services. HOPE is involved since the beginning in the platform European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. The two main recent initiatives are:
AgeingWell: To face the upcoming challenges related to ageing population, the AgeingWell network, launched in 2012, aims at improving the quality of life of elderly people by promoting the market uptake of ICT solutions. The AgeingWell network is already composed of 16 experienced organizations in ICT for ageing, covering the industry, user organizations, public authorities, investors, housing and insurance companies and ICT solutions providers.
ICT services for Life Improvement for Elderly (ICT4Life): ICT4Life objective consists in implementing an innovative platform that connects patients, families, health professionals and care-givers through user friendly tools, using results of a research on emerging technologies. The platform is aimed at facilitating patient empowerment, supporting care-givers and establishing cooperation channels within professionals for integrated care.
Contact person: Laurie Andrieu, EU Policies & Communication Officer, EU@HOPE.be
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
Grantmakers in Aging – GIA, Arlington, VA, USA
Grantmakers In Aging – a national membership organization of philanthropies believes that a society, which is better for older adults, is better for people of all ages. Its vision is that a just and inclusive world where older people are fully valued, recognized, and engaged in ways that matter.
GIA acts as a relevant and responsive network, resource, and champion, amplifying the voices of older people and issues of aging. GIA’s values are the following:
Action: We act deliberately and with intention when addressing our membership, our network, and issues in aging, working to connect our members to each other and to those things that matter most.
Collaboration: We cannot do this work alone. We collaborate with members, nonprofits, older people, and other partners; leveraging the parts for collective strength.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: We embrace differences and act equitably.
Integrity: We earn trust, act honestly and ethically, and are accountable to our members, delivering the highest quality of services and experiences.
Learning: We are open and listen to new ideas, are informed by older people, welcome different points of view in and outside of our sector, and work on innovation as a guiding principle.
Contact person: John Feather, CEO, JFeather@GiAging.org
The Healthcare Industries Division of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is leading healthcare industry promotion policies of the Ministry, which include: promoting investment in preventive healthcare to optimize medical and long-term care needs, increasing labor productivity, and incentivizing health-related business not covered by public insurance, while aiming at realizing a society where citizens remain active throughout their lives. Mr. Kazumi Nishikawa is the Director of the division.
Contact person: Ms. Chiaki Iizuka, Assistant Manager, Healthcare Industries Division, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Soukatsu-Health@METI.go.jp
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.
In April 2019, the Connected Learning of Internet & English in eCollaboration Network was created as a joint invitation of Slovenia and Australia. It is open to all organizations sharing interest in supporting the use of Internet for Active Aging in a cross-border environment. Each of the participating organizations is expected to list three contact persons: Director/Principal, IT/Internet Teacher, English Teacher.
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.
The International Association of Universities of the Third Age (AIUTA) was founded in 1975 to promote exchanges and cooperation between members of the different Universities of the Third Age (U3As), allowing them to share experiences and research projects with each other. AIUTA benefits from a network operating in five continents with 70 countries. AIUTA’s vision statement is to be a pole of attraction for U3As, establishing itself as an international reference in senior lifelong education and research providing healthy, knowledgeable and enjoyable ageing opportunities for all seniors.
AIUTA’s main goals are to promote a worldwide federation of universities of the third age and other organisations working under different names, but sharing common objectives; to create an international framework on education and research for, by and with the seniors; to encourage and support the transmission of knowledge held by the senior generation, for the benefit of the whole society; to contribute to the development of pedagogical experiences and international exchanges designed for the education of seniors.
Contact person: Dr. François Vellas, President, International Association of Universities of the Third Age – AIUTA & Professor of International Tourism Economics, University of Toulouse, Secretariat.AIUTA@gmail.com
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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: Donna Buxton, Academia Network Manager, DonnaBuxton@ILCUK.org.uk
The living lab, which is an Academic Collaborative Centre on Care for Older People (ACC-OP), is a formal multidisciplinary network consisting of Maastricht University, seven large long-term care organizations, Gilde Intermediate Vocational Training Institute and Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, all located in the southern part of the Netherlands. The model was developed in 1998 as collaboration between Maastricht University and one long-term care organization. Now we cover seven long-term care organizations, including about 100 care locations and about 15,000 long-term care staff.
This living lab model has two vital characteristics. First, it is a multidisciplinary partnership with the core disciplines being nursing science, gerontology, old age medicine, psychology and physiotherapy. Collaborating partners are practitioners (such as registered nurses, physicians, psychologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists), managers, researchers and teaching staff. Second, we have joint appointments of living lab staff working both at the university and within a long-term care organization. Senior researchers work on a structural basis and at least one day a week within the long-term care organizations. They help to identify relevant issues for practice and policy, translate these into scientific research projects and enable the translation of evidence-based knowledge in daily practice. Furthermore, they initiate and coordinate research and teaching activities within the long-term care organizations. Moreover, long-term care staff (such as registered nurses and nursing assistants, physicians, physiotherapists, psychologists) participate in research projects.
Contact person: Dr. Jan Hamers, Professor & Chair, Academic Collaborative Centre on Care for Older People, Maastricht University, The Netherlands, Ouderenzorg@MaastrichtUniversity.nl
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.
The School of Medicine and Health at the Harbin Institute of Technology, P. R. China bridges disciplines of medicine with those related to health with particular focus on wellness including integration of traditional Chinese medicine. China, like many countries around the world, is facing unprecedented challenges as the population ages and the prevalence of chronic diseases rises. Sustained behavioral change is necessitated to facilitate universal healthcare through special emphasis on wellness and chronic disease prevention and management, especially in elderly contexts. Opportunities for the effective use of technology are prevalent and play an important role. The eHealth Research Institute is an integral component of the School of Medicine and Health.
Contact person: Dr. Doug Vogel, Professor of Information Systems & eHealth Research Institute Director, ISDoug@HIT.edu.cn
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.
The network organized consultations on eInclusion in Active Aging in 2018 and in 2019. In June 2018, the Slovenia Council for eServices Provision for the Seniors (55+) was created. One of its achievements is a publication Guide 55+ 2019. eInclusion in Active Aging. For the adult children (55+) taking care of parents (75+).
Contact person: Martina Uvodić, Procurist, Maritim Ltd., Medical Diagnostics and Laboratory Equipment, Ljubljana & Student, Computing Class, Third Age University Ljubljana, UvodicM@gmail.com
Your retirement doesn’t have to be the end of your career, and it could be the beginning of the most exciting period of your life. You can indeed use your life experience, including your challenges and failures, to add value to people around you. This could take the form of support to your family or even be a business where you can mentor, teach or coach people in your area of expertise.
Firstly, you need to get to know your strengths and personality, discover your purpose, the value-added you can bring to others and prepare your content and how to present it and bring it your target audience. The years ahead of you could, in fact, be the best one of your life. Even if your health and some capacities are declining, you will find a way to pass it on your life experience and your passion in a way that is not physically intensive, such as remote video sessions or courses, and even get an active and/or passive income with it.
At 47 years old, after over 30 years of professional experience, I completely changed my career direction to do just that. It has indeed given a new passion in my life and a fresh new start for me. I invite you to join me and allow me to support you on this journey. My team and I, located all around the world, can assist you as certified coaches and trainers.
Contact person: Certified Leadership Coach, Trainer & Speaker, Founder & CEO, JVuadens@SwissLeadersGroup.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, SDavis@GlobalAgeing.org
Swedish Care International (SCI) Stockholm, Sweden
Swedish Care International (SCI) is dedicated to making Sweden’s best-in-class dementia and elderly care available world-wide. SCI works to create and spread knowledge and awareness of good dementia and elderly care around the world through global partnerships and the use of digital technologies.
SCI is active through a variety of activities, platforms and international projects within ageing and elderly care. Our education and training, awareness initiatives, and digital tools create opportunities for providing reasonable care conditions for the elderly, people with a dementia diagnosis, and their families around the world. Since 2006, we’ve trained more than 130 000 people worldwide.
Education and Training. Masters-level courses as well as eLearning training. This wide scope of learning options allows stakeholders of any size and scope to scale knowledge opportunities quickly and effectively.
Professional Services. As global elderly and dementia challenges grow, organizations will seek to future-proof their businesses from rising risk and changing workplace environments. SCI’s blend of expert knowledge, consultancy and advisory services along with local know-how ensures that firms are well placed to serve their clientele in increasingly complex but exciting ways.
Projects and Events. SCI initiates and leads several projects with a global focus as part of our overall strategy. Fulfilling our vision of increased awareness and knowledge about dementia, as well as the changing demographics for the elderly, is central to all of our projects.
Contact person: Petra Tegman, Interim CEO, Petra.Tegman@SCI.se
The University of Maribor Centre for professors emeriti and retired higher education teachers is considered as a Centre involving higher education teachers of various faculties. The Centre:
promotes interests of its members as well as social and intellectual relations between them;
organises expert consultations and examines reports on the attendance at expert consultations;
prepares proposals of research projects for national and international calls from the fields that fall within the operations of the Centre and that assume a collaboration of three or more members of the Centre;
cooperates with organisations and units of the same and related fields inside and outside the University;
implements the programmes of lifelong learning.
The aim is to close the intergenerational gap and show due honour to Professors Emeriti and retired higher education teachers of the University of Maribor as well as to convey the message inside and outside the University that the University of Maribor is an age and ageing friendly University. The employees at such universities strive for all age groups to join forces in doing as much good as possible.
By engaging with similar units in other countries, the Centre would transfer initiatives and experience to our institution as well as help to achieve the commitments of an ageing friendly University.
Contact person: Dr. Peter Glavič, Professor Emeritus, Head, University of Maribor Centre for Professors Emeriti and Retired Higher Education Teachers, University of Maribor, Peter.Glavic@UM.si
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, Enquiries@U3AOnline.org.au