Priority AxisTechnological and Social Innovation
Lead partnerBoulogne sur mer Développement Côte d'Opale (BDCO)
Project budget4 320 051 €
ERDF amount2 592 031 €
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.