Global Network of Associations & Networks: Retirees Developing Silver Economy

Global Network of Associations & Networks: Retirees Developing Silver Economy

Global Network of Associations & Networks: Retirees Developing Silver Economy



Invitation to the Associations and Networks
Founding Members
Links to Associations & Networks
Links to the Minister of (for) Seniors
Links to Publications



Global Network of Associations & Networks: Retirees Developing Silver Economy wants to encourage retirees not to wait for what the Silver Economy will bring them, but to be actively involved in its development so that it is in line with their needs and desires. Seniors centricity is needed in developing the Silver Economy. The professors emeriti are apt to signal the direction and engage in action since they are well positioned in interdisciplinarity.


The focus of the Zoom Meeting Contribution from a Network of the Associations to the Development of a Silver Economy on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, was to create a Network of all the Associations worldwide active to join emeriti, retired, senior researchers. This Project must consider the great dishomogeneity that characterizes these associations due to differences of feeling to the theme, of cultural interest (North Countries more looking at safety and environment, South Countries more at social aspects), of the demographic situation. Beside these differences, these associations have common activities related to their role in the lifelong learning, in the advancing functions to solve social and scientific problems, in acting as sentinels of the unity of culture. This unity was in the past threatened by particular interests of academic or politic nature and youngs due to their career needs cannot act as sentinels what on the contrary can do emeriti, retired, old cultured persons. The first question we have to put ourselves is why in some countries this kind of associations is less present if not absent and answers can be two: no feeling to the concern or adoption of a social policy able to respect all the components of the population independently on their education and age level so that no specific attention must be paid to any component of the population. The right answer between the two clearly is related to the different social ethics levels in the different countries. But it must be observed too that during last 30 years many things changed starting from the continuous mean ageing of the population in the developed countries so that even advanced social policies need updating and new integrations. So the proposed Network can help toward the right direction. By it the exchange of experiments, of expertise, of projects will become possible so that intellectual capital can be shared in favor of a general increase of the levels of knowledge.

One of the focus of the rising Network could and should be the institution in all the countries of the Network of a Minister of Seniors, of Old Age, of Silver Economy. Only 6 countries in the world have such a Minister (Australia, Canada, Malta, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales). She/he represents the responsible for a policy approach in order to guarantee that the needs of specific services, of health protection, of safety are respected in a condition of progressive increase of the mean age of the population. On the other side, he/she as member of the Cabinet can interact with the other ministers so that the specificity of old age can be considered in the politic choices adopted by the latter ones in the different branches of the Government activity such as health, industry, environment, education, transportation.

Related is the support that by this minister can be ensured to the Silver Economy. This looks holistic ally at the ageing of population and at the opportunities it presents starting from permanent education able to ensure citizens responsible choices in occasion of referendums and petitions, from new available technologies and new sectors of market, from the percentage (meanly 20%) of Gross Domestic Product dedicated to it, from health prevention and, last but not least from the disables policy due to the connection of it with the focal points of Silver Economy.

By Dr. Luigi Campanella, Professor Emeritus, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy & General Secretary, European Association of Professors Emeriti
Zoom meeting of Professors Emeriti Network on April 6, 2022.

Invitation to Associations and Networks

Global Network of Associations & Networks: Retirees Developing Silver Economy

April 25, 2022

 To a representative of the network or association of aged professionals (emeriti, retired, senior researchers) in the world

Dear Representative,

We are sending you this message with the intention of proposing the signing of a formal agreement on the program between all addressed networks and associations, which looks at two objectives:

– Create conditions for the professionalism and knowledge of older people, especially cultural and professional ones, to be made available to society for life counseling and for lifelong adult education. Knowledge is the engine of life and whoever has it must be willing to share it with others.

– Encourage the establishment of a Minister of Seniors and the Silver Economy in all countries (Minister of Seniors Appointment. Position Paper, April 21, 2021; An appeal for the establishment of ministries for seniors in all countries of the European Union, The Bulletin of the European association of professors emeriti, 2022).

The envisaged cooperation is aimed at accelerating the use of eServices provided by the Internet. It is not related to costs.

If, as we warmly hope, your network / association is interested in signing the proposed agreement, let us know. Please also let us know the reasons for any negative response.

Thank you and best greetings.

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Luigi Campanella, Professor Emeritus
Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
General Secretary, European Association of Professors Emeriti

Dr. Jože Gričar, Professor Emeritus
University of Maribor, Slovenia
Secretary, Professors Emeriti Network & Secretary, eSeniors 55+ Network

Action Focused Online Meetings

Wednesday, June 1, 2022, 17:00 – 19:00 Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Discussion on further steps in the Network direction.

Dr. Luigi Campanella, Senior Professor, Department of Chemistry, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Past General Secretary, European Association of Professors Emeriti – EAPE
General Secretary of Italian Committee of EAPE


Dr. Luigi Campanella, Senior Professor, Department of Chemistry, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Past General Secretary, European Association of Professors Emeriti – EAPE
General Secretary of Italian Committee of EAPE

Dr. Jože Gričar, Professor Emeritus, University of Maribor, Slovenia
Secretary, Professors Emeriti Network
Program Coordinator, Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegion

Founding Members

Dr. Luigi Campanella, Professor Emeritus
Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
General Secretary, European Association of Professors Emeriti

George Christodoulou, Professor Emeritus
University of Athens Medical School, Greece
President, Society Preventive Psychiatry

Dr. Lucija Čok, Professor Emerita, Scientific Counselor
Former Rector, University of Primorska, Slovenia

Dr. Jože Gričar, Professor Emeritus
University of Maribor, Slovenia
Program Coordinator, Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegion
Secretary, Professors Emeriti Network & Secretary, eSeniors 55+ Network

Dr.Dr.h.c. Heinrich C. Mayr, Professor Emeritus
Former Rector, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria
Application Engineering Research

Links to Associations & Networks

European Association of Professors Emeriti, Athens, Greece

Professors Emeriti Network,
Dr. Jože Gričar, Professor Emeritus, University of Maribor, Slovenia, Secretary & Secretary, Active Aging Networks

Central European Seniors 55+ eServices Guide. For the adult children 55+ taking care of parents 75+

Age-Friendly University Global Network, Dublin, Ireland
Christine O’Kelly, Age-Friendly Coordinator, Dublin City University

College and University Retiree Associations of Canada – CURAC

Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education – AROHE, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Sue Barnes, Executive Director

American Association of University Professors – AAUP, Washington, DC, USA

European University Association, Brussels, Belgium

Global Ageing Network, Washington DC, USA

Global and International Associations and Networks. University of California, Davis, CA, USA

East Rock Institute, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Dr. Hesung Chun Koh, Co-Founder, Chair and President Emerita

Association Friends of Road for Mali (“Les Amis de la Route”), Republic of Mali
Grégoire Tessougue, President, Road Safety Association & President, Association Friends of Road for Mali,

Lifelong Learning for All, Gdansk, Poland
Dr. Anna Grabowska, Ret., Head, Autodesk Training Center, Gdansk University of Technology & Steering Group Member, U3A Communities & Team Member, Travel Club for Elderly – TRACE, A solution proposed by Łódź – Reinventing the digital experience for seniors

Links to the Minister of (for) Seniors

Honourable Kamal Khera, Minister of Seniors, Member of Parliament, Government of Canada

Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Minister for Sport, House of Representatives, Australian Government

Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall, Minister for Seniors, Minister for Food Safety, Associate Minister of Health and Associate Minister for Research, Science and Development, Government of New Zealand

Honourable Christina McKelvie, Minister for Equalities and Older People, Scottish Government

Honourable Dr. Michael Farrugia, MD, Minister, Ministry for Senior Citizens and Active Aging, Government of Malta

Heléna Herklots CBE, Older People’s Commissioner, Welsh Government

Honourable Dubravka Šuica, Commissioner for Democracy and Demography & Vice-President, European Commission

Minister of Seniors. Wikipedia

Links to Publications

Next Age – Europe’s first accelerator targeting the Silver Economy. Julia Gifford. Techeu, London, England, 29 April 2022.

Network Topology: 6 Network Topologies Explained & Compared. Advantages and disadvantages. Tim Keary, Network Administration Expert. Comparitech, April 27, 2022.

Finnish Association for the Welfare of Older People creates a nationwide helpdesk to promote the digital skills and digital inclusion of seniors. DNA, telecommunications company, Finland, 20.4.2022.

The Role of Service Design in Increasing Regional Innovation in the Silver Economy. Regina Erlenheim & Ingrid Pappel. Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia. Springer, Conference paper, International Conference on Electronic Governance and Open Society: Challenges in Eurasia, 14 April 2022.

Most older adults want to ‘age in place’ but many haven’t taken steps to help them do so. By: Kara Gavin. National Poll on Healthy Aging, Michigan News, University of Michigan, 13 April 2022.

The ageing population, another shock to the global system. TrendsFormative, 11/04/2022.

Central European Seniors 55+ eServices Guide. For the adult children 55+ taking care of parents 75+.

Seniors Strategy 2022–2032. City of Richmond, Seniors Planning and Strategy Development, British Columbia, Canada, 05 April 2022: 13.

Interactions Between EIP on AHA Reference Sites and Action Groups to Foster Digital Innovation of Health and Care in European Regions. Authors Illario M, De Luca V, Onorato G, Tramontano G, Carriazo AM, Roller-Wirnsberger RE, Apostolo J, Eklund P, Goswami N, Iaccarino G, Triassi M, Farrell J, Bousquet J. Clinical Interventions in Aging, Volume 2022:17. Dovepress, 2 April 2022: 343—358.

Demographic developments: current reality and future opportunities. By Juan Fernández Palacios. International Centre on Aging. March 17, 2022.

How research management needs to respond to the international partnership challenge. William Mitchell, Louise Heery and Yolanda Davids. UK Collaborative on Development Research, 9 March 2022.

Researchers at 28 UK universities team up to tackle healthy ageing. UK Aging Network – UKAN, UK Research and Innovation, 9 March 2022.

Silver Economy: Putting seniors at the heart of society. Bordeaux Business, 8 March 2022.

Why ‘user-centric design’ needs to include older users. Chris Ward, Innovation Lead.  UKRI’s Healthy Ageing Challenge, 2 Mar 2022.

Digitization of Aging-in-Place: An International Comparison of the Value-Framing of New Technologies. By Barbara L. Marshall, Nicole K. Dalmer, Stephen Katz, Eugene Loos, Daniel López Gómez and Alexander Peine. MDPI, 25 February 2022.

What Do We Know About Healthy Aging? National Institute on Aging (NIA), February 23, 2022.

Serving beyond retirement. By Wong Zhi Yong, medical student, University Malaya. The Star Online, Education, Malaysia, 20 Feb 2022.

The Top 10 Reasons Why Networking Is Still Important In 2022. James Miller, Founder Network After Work. LinkedIn, February 11, 2022.

Why collaboration is key to scientific discovery. Dr. Alessandro Curioni, Vice President Europe and Africa & Director, IBM Research Europe. World Economic Forum, 11 Feb 2022.

The Past, Present and Future Direction of Government-Supported Active Aging Initiatives in Japan: A Work in Progress. Dr. Someya, Yoshiko, Health & Medicine Paradigm Shift Consortium (HMPSC), Tokyo and Dr. Cullen T. Hayashida, Department of Sociology, University of Hawaii. MDPI, Social Sciences 11: 65, 9 February 2022: 18.

Ensuring artificial intelligence (AI) technologies for health benefit older people. Dr Vânia de la Fuente-Núñez, Technical Officer. World Health Organization, 9 February 2022.

National Report: Implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing and its Regional Implementation Strategy. Government of Canada,  Employment and Social Development Canada, 2022-01-27: 64.

Libraries for a Fair Digital Environment: trends, plans and engagement opportunities in 2022. International Federation of Libraries Associations and Institutions – IFLA, The Hague (Den Haag), Netherlands, 17 January 2022.

Reassessing the Role of the Elderly in Korea’s Digital Economy. Yong Kwon, Korea View, OKei, January 13, 2022.

Research: We’re Losing Touch with Our Networks. By Marissa King and Balázs Kovács. Harvard Business Review, February 12, 2021.

Silver economy. Lorenzo Biasio, Senior Equity Analyst, Healthcare. Credit Suisse, 2021.

AARP’s Searching the World for Better Ways to Age. New collaborative supports long-life innovations. By Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO, AARP, January 11, 2022. The Aging Readiness & Competitiveness Report – Third Edition. Driving Innovation in Healthcare and Wellness, October 2021: 73.

Silver Economy Market: a real highway. Bordeaux Business, 2021.

Small enterprises and the silver economy. Aisling Conway Lenihan & Helen McGuirk, Management and Enterprise, Munster Technological University, Cork, Ireland. Small Enterprise Research, Informa UK Limited, Taylor & Francis Group, 07 Mar 2022: 6.

An appeal for the establishment of ministries for seniors in all countries of the European Union. By DE SANTO, Natale Gaspare, GRIČAR, Jože, EHRICH, Jochen.  The Bulletin of the European association of professors emeriti. 2022, vol. 3, iss. 1, p. 10-12.

Senior Talent Map 2021, A GPS for the Silver Economy. Ángel Martos. Fundación MAPFRE, Madrid, February, 2022.

Serving beyond retirement. By Wong Zhi Yong, medical student, University Malaya. The Star Online, Education, Malaysia, 20 Feb 2022.

The Silver Economy in European Cities. Carolina Foglia, Maria Laura Parisi, Nicola Pontarollo, University of Brescia, Italy. December 2021.

Finding the ‘silver economy’: Singapore firms build new products, services for greying population. Tang See Kit, CAN, Singapore, 01 Nov 2021.

A Knowledge Map for ICT Integration in the Silver Economy. Sidra A. Butta, Emna A. Elhadjamorb, Ingrid Pappela, Enn Õunapuua, Dirk Draheima. Procedia Computer Science 181 (2021) 693–701.

Age friendly Wales: our strategy for an ageing society. What we will do to use the potential of today’s older people and support our ageing society. Welsh Government, 7 October 2021.

The Silver Economy: When Seniors Ensure Growth. By Thomas Chavet, Investment Specialist. CPR AM, Paris, France, 07 October 2021.

Addressing an Aging Population through Digital Transformation in the Western Hemisphere. By Daniel F. Runde, Senior Vice President, Center for Strategic and International Studies, McLean, Virginia, United States, September 27, 2021.

The silver economy in Poland. SHARE 50+ Survey in Europe. Magdalena Święcicka. The Magazine of SGH Warsaw School of Economics, 13.09.2021.

Networking. By Julia Kagan. Investopedia. September 10, 2021.

Silver economy & technology. Andrea Ruggiero, Tullio Fatigati, Department of Economics, Management and Institutions, University of Naples Federico II. Tendenze Nuove, Numero 2 – 2021; 1-6.

Emerging sectors: Hope or hype? Silver economy: Is the business of ageing a sunrise industry? Enterprise Singapore, 16 Jul 2021.

Designing A Digital Collaborative Platform for the Silver Economy: Inception and Conceptualization. Sidra Azmat Butt et al,  ResearchGate, Jul 2021.

Great Advantages of a Business Network in 2022. CONNECTS, July 28, 2021.

The Silver Economy as a Constructive Response in Public Policy on Aging. Dr. Andrzej Klimczuk, Assistant Professor. ResearchGate, 4 Jul 2021.

Strategic Approach to Aging Population: Experiences and Challenges. Dr. Ivana Barković Bojanić & Dr. Aleksandar Erceg (eds.). J.J. Strossmayer University of Osijek. PhilPapers, 2021.

Optimizing tech for older adults. Psychologists are helping to study, design, and adapt all kinds of technologies to make them intuitively understandable for older adults. By Tori DeAngelis. American Psychological Association, July 1, 2021.

Minister of Seniors Appointment. By Jože Gričar, Professor Emeritus, University of Maribor, Slovenia, Joze.Gricar@UM.siEAPE BULLETIN ISSUE 2021; 2(3): 46-68 PDFEuropean Association of Professors Emeriti, June 2, 2021, pp 51-53.

Silver Tourism Economy in Rural Areas in Poland: A Fad or a Permanent Element? Agnieszka Wartecka-Ważyńska, European Research Studies Journal, Volume XXIV, Issue 3, 2021, 25/05/21: 729-748.

When Economic Promises Shape Innovation and Networks: A Structural Analysis of Technological Innovation in the Silver Economy. Quentin Oget. Journal of Innovation Economics & Management 2021/2 (n° 35): 55-80, CAIRNInfo, 14/05/2021.

Silver Economy: An opportunity for economic development in the hands of our Senior Citizens. Top & Hot, Tendercapital Ltd, London, 6 May 2021.

Silver Economy: A Mapping of Actors and Trends in Latin America and the Caribbean. Jiménez, Catalina; Requejo, Julen; Foces, Miguel; Okumura, Masato; Stampini, Marco; Castillo, Ana. Inter-American Development Bank, April 2021.

Minister of Seniors Appointment. Position Paper. April 21, 2021.

EU Green Paper on Ageing: SILVER SMEs’ contribution. Interreg Europe, 23/03/2021.

Unlocking the potential of silver economy in the Nordic Region. Mats Stjernberg, Hjördís Rut Sigurjónsdóttir and Mari Wøien Meijer and Mats Stjernberg. Nordregion, Stockholm, Sweden, 16 Mar 2021: 76.

Research: We’re Losing Touch with Our Networks. By Marissa King and Balázs Kovács. Harvard Business Review, February 12, 2021.

Fostering solidarity and responsibility between generations. Green Paper on Ageing. European Commission, 27.1.2021: 24.

Commentary: Encourage seniors in digitalisation drive instead of forcing tech adoption on them. As more activities of daily life, such as shopping and learning move online, one vulnerable group cannot be left on their own to figure things out, says this observer. Dr. Calvin M L Chan, Associate Professor & Director, Office of Graduate Studies, Singapore University of Social Sciences. CNA, 13 Jan 2021.

Silver Economy Strategies: A Comparative Study of Japanese and South Korean Governmental Measures. Pauline Gschwendtner. Vienna Journal of East Asian Studies 12(1):62-91, ResearchGate, December 2020.

Building the silver economy: Why do we need to pay attention now? Tara Singh Vachani, Vice Chairperson, Max India and Executive Chairperson, Antara. MoneyControl, December 21, 2020.

The Silver Economy manifest. By Juan Carlos Alcaide. CENIE, International Centre on Aging, General Foundation of the University of Salamanca, 11 November 2020.

Co-creating Digital Public Services for an Ageing Society: Evidence for Usercentric Design. Dr. Juliane Jarke, Senior Researcher. Universität Bremen. SpringerLink, 22 September 2020: 242.

Awareness Steps and Hints for Total Innovation and Intergeneration Enhancement in Silver Economy. Dr. Vincent Rialle, Senior Lecturer and Medical Practitioner Emeritus, University Grenoble Alpes, France. Herald Scholarly Open Access, Herndon, USA, 17 August 2020.

Banking Opportunities in the Silver Economy. By Alice Faibishenko and Juan NúñezGallego, E3 Partnership. Funcas, a think tank, July 2020: 78.

How does the silver economy fit with the smart city? The Agility Effect, 23/07/2020.

Technology for All: World Summit on the Information Society Opening. By Michael Hodin. Global Coalition on Aging, Jun 22, 2020.

Decoding Customer Centricity. Maria Elzaguirre, PhD, Marketing Professor & Maria Alvarado. IE Foundation, February 2020: 28.

Potential for Increasing the ICT Adaption and Identifying Technology Readiness in the Silver Economy: Case of Estonia. Sidra Azmat Butt, Ingrid Pappel, Enn Õunapuu. Information Systems Group, Tallinn University of Technology. ResearchGate, January 2020.

Five Powerful Ideas for Capturing the Value of the Silver Economy. Expert Insights and Recommended Actions from the 2019 High-Level Forum on the Silver Economy. Government of Finland and Global Coalition on Aging, Helsinki, October 2019: 14.

Age-tech will be huge for the silver economy. Canada stands to become a leader in an emerging branch of health care technology that is transforming long-term care. And that’s just the start. By Mitchell E. Kutney, Kumanan Wilson. Policy Options, the digital magazine of the Institute for Research on Public Policy, October 8, 2019.

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Land of the Unequal? Economic, Social Inequality in an Aging America. Dr. Karen D. Lincoln, Editor. Journal on American Society on Aging, Vol. 42, No. 2, Summer 2018.

The Power of SUNY Retirees: Lessons Learned from Over 100 Retirement Stories. Ram L. Chugh, Ph.D., Executive Director (Emeritus), SUNY Retirees Service Corps, Distinguished Service Professor of Economics (Emeritus). The State University of New York (SUNY), April 2018: 214.

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Composite SWOT Analysis of all Partner Territories. Dr Aisling ConwayLenihan, Dr Helen McGuirk, Mr John McAleer. Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence, Cork Institute of Technology. Interreg Europe, European Commission, January 2018: 140.

The Rise of the Silver Economy. By Sona Pai, McDonough School of Business. Georgetown Business Magazine, Spring 2018.

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