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Active and Healthy Ageing: Awards for excellent projects in EU cities and regions

On 1 July, at the occasion of the Reference Sites Award Ceremony 32 cities and regions across Europe have been rewarded for new ways of helping older people. These award-winners have been implementing innovative technological, social or organisational solutions to enhance the efficiency of health and social care systems, and have been presented with awards from European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes, responsible for the Digital Agenda.

Star winners came from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands and the UK. 13 Reference Sites have received three stars, 12 two stars and 7 one star. All these different sites are an inspiring reference point for the application of innovative and workable solutions enabling older citizens to live a healthy and active life.

The Commission’s Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing have constituted six categories of innovation: medication adherence, fall prevention, frailty and malnutrition, integrated care, independent living and age-friendly environments. eHealth Innovation partners contributed actively to “Integrated care”, “Medication adherence” and “Independent living” and . have been in contact or collaborating in projects with some of the award winning Reference Sites such as:


  • Region of Southern Denmark

Agreement on collaboration between health sectors based on digital technologies, aiming at higher quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction, and better collaboration between all health and social care players in the Region.

  • Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia : Istituto Regionale Rittmeyer per i Ciechi, Italy

The Institute provides services for blind and visually impaired people of all ages in education, rehabilitation, social and labour integration, recovery and development of skills.

  • Province of Noord-Brabant: Cooperatie Slimmer Leven 2020 U.A.Innovation network for Active and Healthy Ageing, Netherlands

Care Site online platform “Zorgcirkels” (Circles of Care) initiative

  • University of Coimbra (Ageing@Coimbra, consortium), Portugal

The University of Coimbra, together with the other members of the consortium “Ageing@Coimbra” supports a holistic ecosystem of stakeholders and it implements innovative practices to manage cognitive ageing, dementia, vision impairment, human kinetics and mobility.

  • Regional Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Andalusia, Spain

Andalusian e-Health Strategy (AeHS), Andalusian Strategy on Active Ageing (ASAA)

  • Basque Country, Spain

Basque Strategy for the chronic conditions, Extean Ondo pilot project

  • TicSalut/InnohealthHub Catalunya, Spain

TicSalut/InnohealthHub Catalunya, NEXES project, MECASS project

  • The Ageing Well in Wales Programme, United Kingdom

Welsh Government Strategy for Older People in Wales 2003-23

  • NHS24, Acting on behalf of the Scottish Government / NHSScotland, United Kingdom

National Telecare Development programme, SPARRA risk prediction tool, National Falls Programme


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