On March 9-10, at the European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing (#AgeingSummit), Commissioners Günter H. Oettinger and Carlos Moedas , MEPs, top thinkers, innovators and leaders from policy, civil society, industry and research, as well as national and regional authorities will discuss a strategy on how to seize this silver opportunity: how to generate economic growth and jobs from new products and services; how to make health and care systems more efficient, meeting the needs of an ageing population, and how to improve life for citizens of all ages.
At the summit, Commissioners Günther H. Oettinger and Carlos Moedas, together with the participants, will join forces to remove barriers and borders in the areas of active and healthy ageing. Commissioner Oettinger will call for action, to mobilise investments, to translate innovation in growth and jobs, to make health and care systems better meet the needs of ageing citizens, and to create the technology breakthroughs that put EU industry at the forefront in the global silver economy.
To bootstrap the discussion several DGs from the European Commission have produced a background document on Growing the Silver Economy in Europe. It looks at how to boost investments, scale up innovations and create a competitive edge for Europe. The report also outlines ongoing national and EU success stories and points potential areas for future EU initiatives. For example:
Based on the outcomes of the sessions, sandpits and workshops, the Commission will explore which actions should be launched, like a Silver Economy market study, a refocussing of H2020 instruments and the identification of possible initiatives such as age friendly housing or scaling up of innovative care services.
Europe boasts an innovative ICT industry with large companies and many SMEs developing new products and services. At the Summit The Innovation Village showcases 17 EU (co-)funded solutions which can help adapt the kitchen, the living room, the bathroom, the bedroom and the shopping centre for the ageing population. The C-walker for example, from the Dali project (Trento University) helps elderly with mild cognitive problems to navigate through public spaces. Also on show is a low-cost 'magic carpet’ which signals when someone has fallen and helps predict mobility problems. It was developed by researchers from Manchester University and members of the Fall Prevention Action Group of the Innovation Partnership for Active and Healthy Ageing.
The European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing is organised by the European Commission (DG CONNECT in cooperation with RTD, SANTE' and other services) together with European partners (the AGE platform, the AAL Joint Programme, the European Connected Health Alliance and Knowledge for Innovation). The European Commission is committed to creating the conditions that will enable Europe to benefit from the global opportunities of the Silver Economy. Through several funds in Horizon 2020 , innovative ICT solutions for active and healthy ageing are funded.