The EU has already launched a number of measures to stimulate this market and to help European industry (and SMEs in particular) to be in the driving seat. They include the Active and Assisted Living Joint Programme, the eHealth Action Plan, the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing as well as dedicated parts of Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 1 on Health, Wellbeing and Active Ageing. However, more is needed before this market really takes off.
Industry and SMEs, but also policy, research, care professionals, service providers and consumers were invited to join and share their views on what it takes to make Europe the world leader in the silver economy. What can policy makers and governments at regional, national and EU level do more to help? What should industry do? How to best mobilise the consumers?
A report with findings and recommendations has been produced.
Stakeholders are invited to contribute to the consultation by submitting position papers on growing the silver economy to email@example.com. The papers will then be posted on this page and be opened for further discussion.
In addition, please follow the EU Silver Economy Twitter account which offers further options for sharing relevant content and exchanging views.
The outcomes of the discussions will be used to stimulate further actions at all levels, including the EU.
The final programme is attached.
See also the presentations:
- Introduction by the European Commission
- The potential of the silver economy by Beijia Ma
- Clinical Development for Older Patients by Susanna Del Signore
- Public Procurement by Sonia Martínez Arca
- Procurement of Internet based social alarms by Oskar Jonsson
- Stimulating jobs and growth from welfare technologies by Anna Hesseldahl
- Meeting the demands of the Public market - scene setter: António Lindo da Cunha
- Meeting the demands of the Consumer market - scene setter: Mike Morgan
- Improving the regulatory and legal boundary conditions - scene setter: Tom Vermeire
- Interoperability and open standards - scene setter: Lars Roelker-Denker
- Aging in Place Technology Watch 2014 Market Overview (Aging in Place Technology Watch, January 2014)
- Study on Business and Financing Models related to ICT for Ageing Well (European Commission, September 2013)
- Understanding the Needs and Consequences of the Ageing Consumer (AT Kearney, March 2013)
- Seven Myths of Population Ageing (Accenture, February 2012)
- ICT & Ageing users, markets and technologies (European Commission, April 2010)