Project budget4 324 716 €
ERDF amount2 594 829 €
Demographic change is one of the key societal challenges in the world as in the 2 seas zone. The number of elderly citizens is increasing continuously, but cities are struggling to adapt to their needs especially as there is an increased demand which can’t be met. Besides, the current focus is on the loss of autonomy of ageing population, while very little is done towards preventing this loss and helping the ageing population remain at home which is aggravated by inappropriate planning and real estate market, insufficient and non-coordinated social and health services, lack of awareness and low digital literacy.
AGE’IN aims at keeping the ageing population independent for longer at their own home/chosen home through a strategy combining house adaptations with the development of a real local ecosystem for ageing population.
The project will increase both their quality of life and the quality of the environment, such as services, safety and public spaces.
The project will be delivered through the creation of comprehensive and coherent partnerships in conjunction with house adaptations, digital solutions and apps, with an expected result of creating a change in policy towards the prevention of the loss of autonomy of elderly
- Demonstration actions to empower 55+ to better adapt their housing to remain independant at home for longer
- Pilot actions to improve the offer of adapted houses and public spaces
- Development and testing of training schemes on housing improvements for ageing population
- Demonstration actions to detect isolated or “at risk” ageing people and to empower them
- Pilot actions to animate the community of inhabitants
- Development of a network of coaches and volunteers
- Demonstration actions to increase digital literacy
- Tests of various existing digital technology and home automation systems by the ageing population
Cross border approach
AGE’IN partners face common challenges in terms of ageing, lack of actions towards the loss of autonomy and inappropriate housing conditions. A major bottleneck is the slowness of the society to switch from active care to prevention activities.
Pooling together resources and sharing knowledge and good practices are crucial to reduce the existing gap between France and the UK on one hand and Belgium and the Netherlands on the other hand, with respect to the share of housing appropriated for elderly.
In addition, the different countries of the 2 seas zone have tackled the above challenges differently, which creates room for co-learning and co-creativity.
The main achievements are described below
WP1 :Following the training course on the housing enabler organised by VIVES in September 2019, all involved partners got a common methodology to screen housings and flats. In 2020 168 houses have been screened in Belgium and in the NL.
The univ of Plymouth and Vives published a systematic review : How can technology support ageing in place in healthy older adults? The results were gathered in infographics available in the 3 languages of the programme called "technologies for ageing in place" and "how to raise awareness in the ageing population"
In November a partner meeting was organised and a training on focus groups was organised for all PPs.
WP2 : Partners have been working together on social detection tools, on focus groups, on conducted conversation. A training course on how to detect isolated and fragile senior citizens has been organised in Bruges for all partners involved in WP2 in January 2020. Following that training course, a ready to use training kit has been published in France. So far 58 isolated seniors have been interviewed.
WP3 :Pilot one is almost finished : the connected kitchen will be finished in april 2021. Also VIVES created a technology box so that seniors can test products at home.
Pilot 2 (enhanced Robot home) : university of Plymouth created many pedagogical videos on the interaction of robots with people as they couldn't work with elderly as initially planned.
Pilot 3 : Flat 2 has been implemented by Habitat du littoral and allocated to a couple of elderly.
WP4 : we managed to have our bi annual monitoring committee + partner meeting and site visit in the NL in March, just in time before the lockdown. Since then we have had many visio meetings, including the second bi annual monitoring committee that took place in december.
WP5 : Age in has been a great opportunity to publish scientific results : the one mentioned in WP1, "Sustainable Housing Supporting Health and Well-Being" following the participation in an event organised by the Homes4Life project and "Experiment protocol for human-robot interaction studies with seniors with mild cognitive impairments" published by the university of Plymouth.
The achievements are limited compared to Age in 's ambition. Housing adaptation issues are delayed for not being such a priority for seniors at the moment.(Health comes first!).However WP2 is still on track as people are keen to fight against social isolation.