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The Reference Sites

The Invitation for Expression of Intent for candidate Reference Site closed on 3 June 2012.

On 1 July 2013, 120 people representing 31 European regions, came to Brussels to participate in the prestigious Reference Site Star Award Ceremony.

All reference sites were winners, receiving between one and three stars in recognition for the work they carry out in their own region to promote innovation in health and care systems tailored to the needs of an ageing population. Read the Commission's press release published at this occasion

European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes, responsible for the Digital Agenda, gave a rousing speech to encourage further commitment and Paola Testori Coggi, Director General of DG Health and Consumers, focused on the self-assessment and peer review process - the methodology used for the star ranking.

These sites are an inspiring reference point in the EU for creative and workable solutions that enhance the lives and health of older people - solutions that can be scaled-up and replicated across the EU. Innovative projects showcased by the reference sites include the use of smart technology to monitor health status and adherence to medical plans from home; age-friendly environments with domotics (innovative technologies for the home), for easier living; applications to nurture social ties; and the promotion of a healthier lifestyle, through physical exercise and better nutrition. Please refer to the Catalogue of the 32 Reference Sites  PDF icon 11.5 MB to learn more about those good practices.

As part of ongoing effort for the transfer of know-how, with the aim of spreading these successful methods to other regions and countries, the Refrence Sites published in November 2013 a 'How to' Guide (PDF icon 7.9 MB) .

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