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Stay Active and Independent for Longer in the 2 Seas Area

Priority Axis

Technological and Social Innovation

Specific objective

Social Innovation

Lead partner

HZ University of Applied Sciences

Date de début


Date de fin


Project budget

2 462 279

ERDF amount

1 477 367

ERDF rate


    À propos

    Common challenge

    Coastal regions in the 2 Seas Area have to deal with specific challenges in relation to ageing as they are confronted with a particular mix of ageing people. This not only includes local elderly, but also the influx of ageing newcomers and visitors of an increasing average age. As this population puts pressure on health and social care systems, it is essential to enable them to stay active and independent for longer, to improve their wellbeing and quality of life to reduce costs and pressures on care systems.

    Main Achievements

    The partnership within this project is particularly excellent. The SAIL partners inspire and support each other by sharing experiences, thinking along and giving advice. In addition, the project partners have really gotten to know each other; their work, their organizations, their region and their culture. Quite a few have actually become (cross border) friends. 

    The main highlight of this reporting period was undoubtably seeing all those early pilot ideas, as described in the application form many years ago, matured in the explore and design and develop phase, now becoming a reality. Invitations, pictures, movies, booklets, reports showing all these different initiatives actually taking off. The smiles on the faces of the people who pet a dog in a dog cafe for the first time in forever, the story of two widowers who met at an organized lunch and who now go for a walk together almost every evening, the laughter rolling through the library as a group of elderly are sitting in a circle doing exercises, making fun of each others disabilities. And there are many, many more examples like this. This is what we have been working towards for all these years and it is incredibly rewarding to now finally see the results!

    In addition, for the expert group, the highlight has been seeing systems that they designed and created, finally beginning to be populated with actual data from the projects, and being able to do an initial analysis.

    Furthermore, the project has already known some highlights on project partner and pilot level: PP2 (Impuls Zeeland), PP3 (GGD Zeeland) and PP4 (SportZeeland) joined forces and organized a very succesful vitality market. PP5 (Westtoer) released a magazine for second residents, resulting in over 1600 subscriptions. PP6 (Norfolk County Council) has expanded the number of dementia friendly walks to nine, producing leaflets which have been spread far and wide. PP9 (AFEJI) has set up another partnership (besides the one with Decathlon) with Newfeel, a sports brand, included two more AFEJI establishments, and organized a large walking event. PP10 (City of Ostend) has been contacted by the cities of Ghent, Bruges, Kortrijk, Lommel and Mechelen wishing to adopt their Silver Routes and Silver Sessions.



    NV Economische Impuls Zeeland

    GGD Zeeland



    Norfolk County Council

    Bournemouth University Higher Education Corporation


    Stadsbestuur Oostende

    Université de Picardie Jules Verne


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    Feasibility study to determine the effectiveness & sustainability of the SAIL process and applications to pave the way for wide-scale implementation

    Thème: Innovation - Silver economy
    Type: Feasibility study
    Target: Local, regional and national authorities - Regional development agencies, Chamber of Commerce - Universities and research centres