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European partnership for Healthy and Active Aging

This section is designed in collaboration with the Office of International relations and strategic infrastructures Service in Brussels. All updates about initiatives in support of Active Ageing, promoted at a European level, will be published here.

The European Innovation Partnership in Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) is an initiative launched by the European Commission to foster innovation and digital transformation in the field of active and healthy ageing. It is a platform that brings together the main public actors at local, regional, national and European level, where citizens, interested in defining a positive vision to age well, establish common priorities, remove barriers to innovation with the aim of accelerating and bring on the industrial scale the introduction of important innovative solutions throughout Europe.

General objective: increase healthy life of two years more, by 2020

Specific objective:

  • enable European citizens to lead a healthy, active and independent life;
  • improve the sustainability and efficiency of social and health care systems;
  • enhance the markets competitiveness   for innovative products and services, to better respond to the challenges of aging both at community and global level, creating new opportunities for businesses.

Intervention areas:

  • Prevention and promotion of health;
  • Support and care;
  • Active and healthy life for ageing people.

The EIP-AHA is not a new Program and does not provide for new funds, but aims to:

  • optimize the use of existing European funding programs, such as Public Health, Horizon 2020, the Ambient Assisted Living Program, the Employment and Social Innovation Program, and Interreg Europe;
  • use a new working methodology involving three different Directorates General of the European Commission;
  • create a connection among different institutional levels (local, regional, national and European);
  • enhance the link between public and private sectors;
  • promote the exchange of knowledge on a platform of almost 3000 actors, to promote the large-scale adoption of innovative projects.

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There are six thematic networks, which bring together European subjects (Regions, cities, hospitals, health agencies, research centers, universities, companies, European networks) which works together on the following thematic areas:

  • ( Action Group A1 )  Adherence to prescription;
  • ( Action Group A2 ) Falls prevention;
  • ( Action Group A3 )  Prevention of Age Related Frailty;
  • ( Action Group B3 ) Integreted care for chronic diseases;
  • ( Action Group D4 ) Innovation for age friendly buildings;
  • ( Action Group C2 ) Development of interoperable independent living solutions.  

Work done by the Action Groups

  • work of mapping existing projects in the respective thematic areas to identify good practices and create a database, inlese repository;
  • constant dialogue with the European Commission and early information on the content of European calls for proposals;
  • predisposition of an action plan that can be viewed on the EIP-AHA website.

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The Local Health Authority -Azienda Sanitaria Universitaria Integrata di Trieste is part of action group B3, focused on integrated care and the Local Health Authority Azienda per l’Assistenza Sanitaria "Bassa Friulana-Isontina-" is part of action group B3 and D4, focused on Age friendly environment.

If other subjects of the regional territory were included in the action groups, please inform the editorial committee of the regional portal for active ageing, using the form present in this website.

In July 2016, the European Commission awarded Friuli Venezia Giulia with the recognition of Reference Site, making it a landmark in the field of active aging on a European level. The Reference Site status is granted only to who, in facing the challenge of aging, proved to be able to plan, to adopt and to strengthen particularly innovative practices and strategies.
Our region has been chosen because it adopted the regional law on active aging - which invites policy-makers to work with new paradigms for the socio-economic development of the territory . This law could be a good practice to be exported in other territorial contexts.
By virtue of this selection, Friuli Venezia Giulia is part of the Reference Site Collaborative Network (RSCN) and will be able to deal with 74 subjects - belonging to 22 EU Member States - which have obtained the same recognition.
The official award ceremony took place in December 2016 during the European Innovation Summit in support of active aging. The award was withdrawn by the Regional Minister Loredana Panariti.
The candidacy for RS was presented jointly by the Central Directorate for Health, Social Health Integration, Social Policies and Family and Central Directorate for employment, training, education, equal opportunity, youth policies, Research and University with the involvement of the Rittmeyer Institute, which had obtained this recognition already in 2013. The recognition of RS was obtained also by other Italian Regions and Provinces: Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardy, Piedmont, Puglia, Tuscany, Autonomous Province of Trento, Veneto Region through the Arsenal.IT Company.
The first RSCN meeting was in Rome, 23rd – 24th March 2017, and was organized in collaboration with ProMIS, the “Mattone Internazionale Salute” program.

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The Blue Print is a strategic document to promote digital transformation in health. The European Commission will translate the principles in it contains into concrete actions. The primary objective of this strategy is the development of a shared vision on how the digital single market can contribute to providing better healthcare, sustainable healthcare systems and opportunities for economic growth within the Silver economy.

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Friuli Venezia Giulia, through its Liaison Office in Brussels and the support of local bodies, (Health Local Authorities, Universities, Research Centers and Central Departments with expertise in the active aging sector) participated directly in the various phases of the 'EIP-AHA, from:

  • the EIP-AHA launch conference organized by the European Commission with stakeholders in November 2011 and online consultation;
  • the seminars organized by the General Directorates of the European Commission (DG SANCO - DG CONNECT - DG Research), to make contributions  to the strategic plan;
  • the establishment of CORAL, a European network promoted to encourage the participation of the Regions in the initiatives of the EIP-AHA.

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It is possible collaborate within the Action Groups by call for committment. In fact, these groups represent thematic networks that allow them to work with other European regions and thus offer the opportunity to find potential partners to join consortia to participate in European calls related to active aging.

The call for committment are launched periodically by the European Commission.

Repositary is a database created through the project PRO EIP-AHA with the aim of coordinating the work done individually by the action groups. Through the project, six promoters were selected, one for each action group, who had the task of promoting the achievements of the individual groups.

The basic data is the tool used to promote the scaling up strategy  of the best practices of the EIP-AHA.

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To promote the regional development of innovation, calls were made to the Reference Sites to promote the organization of seminars that allow the transfer of knowledge from originator organization that are already using an innovative practice to receiving / adopter organization wishing to start on their territory this innovative practice.

This initiative also falls within the context of the large-scale adoption strategy of innovative EIP-AHA practices.

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It is an evaluation matrix developed by the European Commission in collaboration with the Joint Research Center to monitor the results achieved by the European Innovation partnership on active and healthy aging.
To promote the adoption of this tool, the European Commission is organizing a series of meetings to explain how to use the indicators identified through the Monitoring and assessment framework for the EIP-AHA ( MAFEIP ). During the e-health week in Malta, it was organized an event when to explore the use of this tool.

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Alongside the EIP-AHA in 2012, the Active Aging Index (AAI) was also launched. This is a project promoted by the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Social Inclusion of the European Commission in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), through which indicators have been identified to measure the impact of policies to support Senior citizens. The following definition was adopted for the preparation of this index: "Active aging refers to situations in which people continue to be active in the workplace or are involved in unpaid activities (such as assistance to members of the family and / or volunteer work) and still live in a healthy and independent way ".
Within this index, 4 different thematic areas were created (employment, voluntary work/social participation, independent lifestyles, active aging linked to environmental factors). To measure these, 22 indicators were identified and this evaluation it has been possible to identify the most virtuous countries (Sweden, Ireland, Denmark).

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The Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region, through the Regional Council, attended a meeting of the AAI High Level Group – in the Brussels Office – and to some peer reviews organized within in AIA, through the Institute of Economic and Social Research ( IRES ).
The exchange of information with the officers  of the European Commission following the themes of the AAI will continue. Alongside the indicators identified through this index, the ones elaborated by the EU project “European Survey of Health , Ageing and Retirement in Europe ( SHARE ) will also be examined.

La Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia, per il tramite del Consiglio regionale, ha partecipato ad una riunione del Gruppo di Alto Livello dell’AAI - tenutasi presso l’Ufficio di Bruxelles - nonché attraverso l’istituto di Ricerche Economiche e Sociali ( IRES ) ad alcune revisioni tra pari organizzate nell’ambito dell’AAI.

È prevista la continuazione dello scambio di informazioni con i funzionari della Commissione europea che seguono le tematiche dell’ AAI. Accanto agli indicatori individuati tramite tale indice verranno esaminati anche gli indicatori elaborati dal progetto europeo Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (  SHARE  ). 

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