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Strategic Implementation Plan of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing


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With this Strategic Implementation Plan, the Steering Group of the European Innovation Partnership on active and healthy ageing delivers its rationale, its vision and its suggestions for addressing the challenge of innovation for active and healthy ageing.

At its meeting of 7 November 2011, the high level Steering Group adopted the Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP). The SIP outlines a common vision and a set of operational priority actions to address the challenge of ageing through innovation. The high level Steering Group invites the European Commission, the Council of the EU and the European Parliament to support the plan.

The Steering Group invites the European Commission to address barriers to innovation in the field of active and healthy ageing and to foster a more effective use of EU funding.

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The Strategic Implementation Plan foresees a first set of specific actions to be launched in 2012:

  • Innovative ways to ensure patients follow their prescriptions – a concerted action in at least 30 European regions;
  • Innovative solutions to prevent falls and support early diagnosis for older people;
  • Co-operation to help prevent functional decline and frailty, with a particular focus on malnutrition;
  • Spread and promote successful innovative integrated care models for chronic diseases amongst older patients, such as through remote monitoring. Action should be taken in a number of the EU’s regions;
  • Improve the uptake of interoperable ICT independent living solutions through global standards to help older people stay independent, mobile and active for longer.

In addition, networking and knowledge sharing on innovation for age-friendly buildings, cities and environments will be pursued.

Note to the readers 

The Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) is the first result of about six months of intense work by a wide group of stakeholders that for the first time came together to develop a European Innovation Partnership on active and healthy ageing. The SIP is a stakeholders' rather than a Commission plan.

The SIP is to be read as a strategic framework for action agreed by a wide community. It does not present details of resources and action-holders. Rather, it presents:

  1. A strategy based on a positive vision on ageing around three areas: prevention & early diagnosis, care & cure, active ageing & independent living;
  2. A focus on six concrete actions that have since started in 2012. Other future actions can follow their path.
  3. An outline of implementation. The detailed implementation of each action is now provided by the committed actors themselves, in the Action Plans adopted in November 2012.

In addition, supporting actions include the recruitment of reference sites that would trial all or most of the six actions, common monitoring and evidence building, and developing networks and a knowledge base on age-friendly innovation.

The European Commission is working closely with national governments and a wide range of stakeholders to move the Strategic Implementation Plan forward.

In February 2012, the Commission launched a first call for involvement of stakeholders beyond those that participated in the Steering Group to implement together the priorities and actions identified in the Strategic Implementation Plan.

Further to this invitation, six Action Groups were formed. The groups presented their Action Plans at the Conference of Partners of 6 November.

The second Invitation for Commitment to contribute to the Action Plans opened on 20 December 2012 and will close on 15 February 2013.

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