At the recent AgeingFit conference, held on February 6th and 7th in Nice (France), PROGRESSIVE partners Diane Whitehouse of the European Health Telematics Association and Frederic Lievens of the Telehealth Quality Group, together with Arnaud Senn from the European Commission and Lucas Perez of Health My Project, discussed how existing and future standards and legislation will shape the healthy ageing market. From some of the introductory remarks during this conference session,…

On 10 January, the Commission held a first orientation debate on the next Multiannual Financial Framework of the European Union (MFF) and launched a series of public consultations on the priorities of the EU that should be reflected in the next MFF. This follows the publication of the Commission reflection paper on the future of EU finances on 28 June 2017 and of the Commission White Paper on the future of…

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…

Following Estonia, Bulgaria is having the EU Presidency for six months as of 1st January 2018. The Digital Single Market remains very high in their priorities with the objective to create a clear and simplified legal environment while ensuring a high level of user protection. 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…

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 domains of the so-called “WHO flower for age-friendly cities/environments” and how they can work together to address common goals such as increasing social inclusion, fostering physical activity or supporting people…

Thanks to an international advocacy campaign led by Longevity for All, the World Health Organization (WHO) has included a focus on “healthy ageing” into the new WHO draft work programme (see here 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 5…

An interesting example of networked living in the neighborhood was demonstrated in Germany, in the middle of this decade: www.vernetztes-wohnen-hh.de. Called VWiQ, the initiative took place in the city of Hamburg where sixty thousand citizens in the city already need some form of assistance or nursing care. VWiQ provides an appropriate “use case” within PROGRESSIVE wider work on use cases (see “Using use cases to understand how ICT can support AHA”). The…

The European Commission report covers different standardisation initiatives such as the Joint Initiative on Standardisation or the Communication on ICT Standardisation Priorities for the Digital Single Market. Besides these policy elements, the report aims to support the inter-institutional dialogue already envisaged in the Communication. Back in June 2016, the European Commission made a move towards greater links between EU policies, projects and standardisation activities through its Communication “European standards for the…

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