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Thematic Network Innovation for age-friendly environments in the European Union (AFE-INNOVNET)
Start date: Feb 1, 2014, End date: Jan 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The overarching goal of AFE-INNOVNET is to set up a large EU wide community of local and regional authorities (LRAs) and other relevant stakeholders who want to work together to find smart and innovative evidence based solutions to support active and healthy ageing and develop age-friendly environments (AFE).Many innovative solutions supporting active and healthy ageing have been developed as pilots across the EU, but they often remain isolated and do not get scaled up. This means that their impact on addressing challenges of demographic change in Europe is limited.The AFE-INNOVNET consortium and supporting partners have joined forces to:• mobilise a wide range of LRAs and other stakeholders – industries, including SMEs, research centre/universities, civil society organizations – to link up, benefit from each other's experience and work together to promote initiatives on AFE across the EU;• develop methodologies to help LRAs assess the socioeconomic impact of AFE and the benefits of involving older people in the co-production of AFE solutions;• develop a repository of notable and replicable practices in innovative ICT and services solutions with associated socio-economic evidence;• facilitate pilot projects clustering to stimulate local/regional investment in ICT and services innovation and thus local/regional economic activity (with a focus on SMEs);• facilitate public access to research/expertise and generic methodologies in the field of AFE;• ensure convergence and strong coordination with WHO Age-Friendly Cities and Healthy Cities initiatives;• facilitate information sharing between all interested stakeholders in the field of AFE;• launch an EU Covenant on Demographic Change to create the necessary political and technical framework to bring together in a more formal and long-term structure.All in all, the thematic network will support and enhance the operational implementation of D4 action plan of the EIP AHA.

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