Ageing being one of the societal challenges tackled by European standardisation, AGE Platform Europe, partner in the PROGRESSIVE project, was offered the opportunity to present the project on the occasion of the Multi Stakeholder Platform on ICT Standardisation (MSP-ICT) that gathered in December ‘17 at the European Commission premises in Brussels. The MSP ICT is an advisory expert group of which AGE Platform Europe is a member. The Platform was set…

Smart homes that really are age-friendly and how these homes can be supported by standards is one of the core fields investigated by the PROGRESSIVE project. In December ‘17, AGE Platform Europe, partner in the PROGRESSIVE project, was invited to present the PROGRESSIVE work around smart housing at the working meeting of the Sector Forum on Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities (SF-SSCC). The meeting took place in the European Committee…

In an interview for the magazine of the European Credit Research Institute (ECRI), AGE Secretary-General, Anne-Sophie Parent, warns of the possible risks of financial exclusion of vulnerable consumers in a context of rapid digitalization of financial services. An issue that was also highlighted by Vivian von Döllen of the Stëftung Hëllef Doheem (Luxembourg) at the PROGRESSIVE workshop that took place in Brussels last October. Older persons and persons with disabilities, but…

Under the auspices of the Estonian presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Ministers of the 28 EU countries signed and released on 6th October 2017 the Tallinn Declaration on eGovernment. The declaration lists promising future developments for the digital transformation of public services that could be beneficial to older people. For instance, the annex on user-centricity principles recalls that efforts will be made by public administrations “to reduce the administrative…

Policies to create better age-friendly environments have become a forceful movement in Europe and globally in which a growing number of cities and communities, local authorities and regional governments participate. The World Health Organization (WHO) just published a handbook for local policy-makers and planners based on lessons learned from existing age-friendly initiatives in Europe and from the latest evidence from research. It offers a new focus on inter-connectedness and mutual synergies between the eight…

Thanks to an international advocacy campaign, led by Longevity for All, the World Health Organization (WHO) has included a focus on “healthy aging” into the new WHO draft work programme (see www.who.int/about/what-we-do/gpw13-expert-group/Draft-GPW13-Advance-Edited-5Jan2018.pdf?ua=1 for an advance version of this work program). Paragraphs 15, 16, 17, 37 are particularly relevant, including the WHO commitment to advance the Global Strategy and Action Plan (GSAP) on Ageing and Health (until 2020, including the strategic objective…

An interesting example of networked living in the neighborhood was demonstrated in Germany, in the middle of this decade: www.vernetztes-wohnen-hh.de. The initiative received funding from the European Regional Development Fund. Called VWiQ, the initiative took place in the city of Hamburg. Sixty thousand citizens in the city already need some form of assistance or nursing care. Most of them prefer to stay in their own home and the familiar neighbourhood environment…

Back in June 2016, the European Commission made a move towards greater links between EU policies, EU projects and standardisation activities through its Communication “European standards for 21st century”. This new vision goes beyond the traditional way of dealing with standards at EU level which in the past was limited to technical support for EU harmonisation needs, and allows to look at the contribution of standardisation to societal challenges and European…

What does it mean to have smart homes that are age-friendly? What standards and approaches around ICT for AHA in the context of smart homes exist? How can standards help and what standards do we need to make smart homes more age-friendly? These are some of the questions that will be considered within the PROGRESSIVE project in the upcoming months in work dealing with the development of guidelines for age-friendly smart…

Why do we need a guideline to develop standards around ICT for age-friendly communities? The standardisation process has become an important part of ICT product and service development, with potentially a great impact on everyday life and improving the way we communicate and live. ICT products and services are all around us but they often seem to be inaccessible to older people whom, as much as younger people, are their major…

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