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PRESENTATION OF THE NETWORK. Ageing Well Fiche. Call : ICT PSP/2010 Objective : 3.1 ICT and Ageing Network Funding scheme : Thematic Network Project full title : Network for the Market Uptake of ICT for Ageing Well Starting date : 1st of January 2012 Duration : 36 months

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AgeingWell Fiche

Call: ICT PSP/2010

Objective: 3.1 ICT andAgeing Network

Funding scheme: Thematic Network

Project fulltitle: Network for theMarketUptakeof ICT for AgeingWell

Starting date: 1st of January 2012

Duration: 36 months

Total Budget: 501.000 €

16 partnerscovering 11 EU countries



CIP-PSP Objective 3.1 ICT and Ageing Network

Challenge 1: There are major initiatives underway at European and national level, but they are currently still largely working in isolation–Integration;

Challenge 2: The objective is to bring together the key national or regional initiatives in the field of ICT for Ageing Well in order to develop guidelines for deployment of such ICT & Ageing Well solutions, share good practice and disseminate information to all the stakeholders across Europe – Networking;

Challenge 3: A strengthened dialogue with the investment community can be ensured by consolidating and sharing information as well as developing common approaches on measurements of socio-economic impact and combined evidence of impact from "Ageing Well" solutions– Linking;

Challenge 4: The network shall ensure that a reliable information base is established, which can offer access to relevant information about current activities and results emerging from across Europe– Sharing.


CIP-PSP Thematic Network - Rationale

  • The goal of Thematic networks is to bring together relevant stakeholders, expertise and facilities to support the implementation of Information Society policies using ICT.
  • The work of the Thematic Networks should be focused on develop new policy implementation schemesthrough working groups, workshops and exchanges of good practices.
  • Examples: preparation of future pilot activities, replication of innovative solutions, development of common cross border strategies, etc.
  • The expected outcomes of Thematic Networks must be clearly defined and measurable, and the results shall be in the public domain.
  • Proposals will be evaluated against the published evaluation criteria. One or more proposalswill be selected on quality for each Thematic Network defined in the work programme.
  • Itis expected that after this period the network is sustainable and continues to operate without Union funding.

Ageing & HealthContext

By 2050, the number of people in the EU aged 65 and above is expected to grow by 70% and the number of people aged over 80 by 170%. This raises important challenges for the 21st century: meet the higher demand for healthcare; adapt health systems to the needs of an ageing population while keeping them sustainable in societies with smaller workforce.

The European population is ageing rapidly, but living longer does not necessarily mean living a healthier, more active and independent life.

Life expectancy (LE) 2008-2060

Life expectancy vs . Healthy Life years (2010)


ICT is the trigger for the ‘Positive Ageing’ approach to strategy development seeks to ensure that the focus is on the positive aspects of ageing rather than presenting longevity increases as a burden and a threat.

  • ICT Solutions address daily and independent living such as:
  • Social communication: easy access to phone and video conversation, etc.;
  • Daily shopping, travel, social life, public services: easy access over the internet to order goods and services online;
  • Safety: making sure entrance doors and windows are locked/closed when leaving the house or sleeping; checking for water or gas leaks; lighting systems, etc,;
  • Reminders: Taking medication, fulfulling household tasks;
  • User-friendly interfaces (for all sorts of equipment in the home and outside, taking into account that many elderly people have impairments in vision, hearing, mobility, etc.
  • Telecare and telemedicine with new opportunities for providing medical care at home
  • Personal health systems include wearable and portable systems for monitoring and diagnosis, fall prevention, therapy, among others;
  • Support for people with cognitive problems and their carers to stay at home for longer and remain active for as long as possible.


“to build and animate a European network focus on improving the quality of life of Elderly People by promoting the market uptake of ICT solutions for Ageing Well”


The Network



Ageingwell (16 partners covering 11 countries)



  • The eight areas covered by the AgeingWell project are:
  • Respect and social inclusion
  • Civic participation and employment,
  • Housing,
  • Community support and health services,
  • Communication and information,
  • Outdoor spaces and buildings,
  • Transportation
  • Social participation

AgeingWell Target Strategy

  • The AgeingWell partners have set out the following strategy in order to ensure the success of the network:

1styear – Network Establishment– definition of the network Code of Ethics, definition of the communication rules, sharing information, knowing the network members, homogenise the network knowledge and raise visibility.

2nd year – Raising Visibility – establish AgeingWell as the hub for those who want to be aware of ICT for Ageing latest news and find the most relevant information.

3rd year – Sustainability – A project can be considered as sustainable if its outcomes continue after the end of EU funding. However, since the sustainability of project outcomes may be difficult to anticipate and to describe – most are not tangible and are difficult to see, the 3rd year goal focuses on the sustainability of activities and/or outputs.



  • Objective 1
  • Develop guidelines for deployment and sharing of best practice between key competence centres.
  • Goal: Build a practical guide that can be used by all kind of organizations from ICT & Ageing field, that can contribute to minimize market uptake risks integrating the following components:
    • Member States Context: policies statements, legislation, performance indicators , etc);
    • Market Barriers: Technical, legal, commercial, financial, behavioural, etc.;
    • Mapping of Public and Private funds: identify EU and national level public funds and identify national business angels, venture companies, investors networks, etc.


Objective 2

Build an ICT for Ageing knowledge Centre with a view to share the results with the AgeingWell Community.

  • Goal: Centralize key information on the project website allowing the community of users to have relevant information, namely:
    • Database of EU funded projects;
    • Database of National and Regional Initiatives;
    • Mapping of Public and Private funds: identify EU and national level public funds and identify national business angels, venture companies, investors networks, etc.
    • Good Practices Handbook with 40 success stories which can inform and inspire ICT SMEs to develop ICT solutions for ageing;
    • Opportunities for investors – information about ICT for Health start-ups will be available;
    • Searching for Smart money – information and links to seed and venture capital investors;
    • Key Documentation at EU, National and Regional level.


Objective 3

Develop an ICT for Ageing Society Strategic Agenda, with the aim of providing a study on options for future structure and implementation of EU innovation funding.

  • Goal: Address the following Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges:
  • Health;
  • Demographic change and wellbeing.


  • Objective 4
  • Promote the European innovation reinforcement between innovative ICT industries & Ageing (in particular SMEs) and Venture Capital firms, Business Angels and other.
  • Objective 5
  • Raise awareness to European community of ICT & Ageing stakeholders:
  • Soft measures: based on web-based communication;
  • Hard measures: 3 international events and 11 national events.

AgeingWell Expected Impact

  • Increase the understanding in all stakeholders about the challenges that ICT & Ageing are facing and will face in the future;
  • Fosterconfidence in the Venture Capital firms, Business Angels and other financial-service sectors to take advantage of the enormous investment opportunity presented by the older consumer;
  • Contributefor future structure and implementation of EU innovation funding, by presenting and comparing the impacts of different options for the post 2014 EU funding programmes for innovation-related activities;
  • Organise3 International events with an expected impact over 300 participants;
  • Organise 11 national events will covering 11 European countries and a wide range of key themes for ICT & Ageing;
  • Contribute directly and indirectly to improve the Quality of Life of the user’s community.

AgeingWell Expected Impact

  • AgeingWell Knowledge Centre offering key information on EU, National, and Regional initiatives, key documents, and opportunities for investors and innovative ICT & Ageing SMEs;
  • Guidelines Handbook which intends to be a working tool to support all ICT & Ageing stakeholders in their decisions to develop solutions aimed at improving the quality of life of older persons;
  • Regular news on the ICT & Ageing sectors through the AgeingWell web portal, newsletters, and social networks;
  • Networking opportunities through the organisation of 3 international events and 11 National events by a network of experienced ICT & Ageing organisations on relevant challenges (Funding opportunities, future policies, Independent Living, etc.).

AgeingWell Web Portal

  • The AgeingWell website is a reference point for key stakeholders in the ICT & Ageing Sector. It aims at creating a Community of actors interested in improving the life of older persons by promoting the market uptake of ICT solutions for Ageing Well. 
  • Project information and latest developments;
  • Knowledge Centre;
  • Newsletters;
  • Events.
  • Etc.


AgeingWell Community

One of the goals of the AgeingWell network is to create a Community of persons and organisations interested in ICT & Ageing initiatives which aim at improving the quality of life of older persons.

Here are three reasons to join our community:



Presence on Social Networks

Promotional Material






  • 3 International events
  • 11 Nationalevents



  • 1st NationalEvent (Porto, Portugal – 19 April 2012)
  • Organised under the scope of the 3rd Edition of HCP´s Meetings with Health Innovation dedicated to the theme“Innovation in the management of health services: opportunities and challenges“;
  • "Showcase - Innovative Solutions for the Management of Health Services and for Ageing“ organised in parallel to the event;
  • Around 150 participants.



  • 2nd NationalEvent (Rome, Italy – 7 June 2012)
  • Organised under the scope of the CapitaleConoscenza conventions and workshops, focusing on “ICT & Active Ageing: New Technologies and Projects for E-Health and Active Ageing”;
  • An exhibition area for SMEs, spin off and start up interested in showing their technological solutions were available in parallel;
  • More than 40 companies and organisations.



  • 1st InternationalEvent (Eindhoven, The Netherlands – 24 -27 September 2012)
  • Event imbedded within the AAL Forum 2012, the annual conference of the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme;
  • Over 2000 participants.



  • 3rd NationalEvent (Marseille, France – 6-7 December 2012)
  • Autonomic Expo is one of the most import events focusing on solutions facing the issues encountered by disabled and ageing people in their live;
  • Invent participated to the event by visiting and contacting professionals exposing in the event and by participating to the conference ‘New technologies, Accessibility and handicap’ organised within this event;
  • Around 200 professional stands.



  • 4th NationalEvent (Madrid, Spain – 11 December 2012)
  • Promoted by APM (AsociaciónPárkinson Madrid) with the collaboration of IMSERSO (the Social Security Administration Body);
  • Focused on Parkison disease, this event presented how technology can help the ageing process, in general, and Parkison’s patients, in particular;
  • Around around 53 participants from public and private organisations.





INOVA+ - Innovation Consulting, Portugal



INVENT - Innovation Ventures, Italy


APM - Asociación Parkinson Madrid, Spain


TECNOPOLO - Technology Park, Italy




AAIF - Ana Aslan International Foundation, Romania


ARTICA - Artica Telemedicine, Spain


TcP - Tecpitch Engineering and Innovation, Portugal


ARC FUND - Applied Research and Communications Fund, Bulgaria




HCP - Health Cluster Portugal, Portugal


COI - Cities on the Internet Association, Poland


OPTIMUS - Optimus Telecommunication, Portugal


HOPE – European Hospital and Healthcare Federation, Belgium




E-UNLIMITED - Europe Unlimited, Belgium


CITARD - Citard Services, Cyprus


DMG - SIA Data Media Group, Latvia


ERCS - Euroconsultants, Greece