With several events having taken place already to shape the European Reference Framework for Age-friendly Housing we thought now was the perfect time to share some of their findings.
We kick-started the programme in Brussels in May and have since staged events in London (at NatWest HQ), Arnhem, Bilbao and most recently in Barcelona in partnership with the UN's Ethical Cities programme.
We're excited to announce further dates for the #AgileAgeingRoadshow as it continues its journey across Europe. You can read more about our mission and future events here.
And if you would like to join the conversations growing out of these events, then why not join our LinkedIn group, where you'll find stories, reflections and other professionals working in this blossoming sector.
To get a brief overview of what the #AgileAgeingRoadshow is all about, then here is a quick summary of the event in Bilbao:
Improving quality of life through #age-friendly innovation
This one day event brought together local craftsmen, industry, healthcare practitioners and social services. There we saw a great example of best practice with Ermua, a small Spanish city near Bilbao, where quality of life is an issue for its ageing population and those with disabilities or chronic diseases.
Ermua's Mayor and his team, in partnership with science park Tecnalia, aim to develop a manual of best practice in housing environments. This manual is to define guidelines and proposals for interventions to improve the quality of life of the inhabitants and their care givers. They also aim to create a 'virtuous circle' of inclusion and innovation where quality of life is improved while creating business opportunities for local firms to deliver it.
If you read Spanish, then you can learn more about the event with these slides from the day, or read this report by the AAA's very own Alexander Peine, Assistant Professor at Utrecht University.
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Image by Alexander Peine, used with permission.