32 cities and regions across Europe have been rewarded for new ways of helping older people.

These award-winners have been implementing innovative technological, social or organisational solutions to enhance the efficiency of health and social care systems, and have been presented with awards from European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes, responsible for the Digital Agenda.

Star winners came from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands and the UK. 13 Reference Sites have received three stars, 12 two stars and 7 one star.

Neelie Kroes said: “Everyone wants to be independent as they age, and everyone in Europe should have an equal chance at that. By rewarding the most successful ideas we can spread them and give ever older person that opportunity.”

European Commissioner for Health, Tonio Borg, said "I am delighted that the people who made these 32 sites a success have come to Brussels to share their ideas and insights. It is important that such cases of how innovation is already being used to help our older citizens live healthy and active lives serves as an inspiration to us all. Large scale deployment of such solutions is the next step."