Connecting innovators to enrich an ageing society

The Agile Ageing™ Alliance

Our populations are expanding, with advancing age and long-term conditions being defining features of a volatile healthcare landscape.

Digitally enabled health & assistive care is capable of boosting quality of life for an ageing population, without the off-target side-effects traditionally associated with pharmaceutical interventions. This has led to myriad initiatives which aim to enable people to maintain their independence for as long as possible. Most of these projects however have been developed in isolation and could benefit from a more open and collaborative approach to maximise societal and business impact.

This is the driving force behind the Agile Ageing Alliance (AAA), an international network of more than 2,000 cross-sector experts and thought leaders across a budding ageing societies ecosystem.

In a world where social networks are leading to a pandemic of loneliness, AAA is addressing the challenge at the neighbourhood level. Neighbourhoods are the settings where older adults can socialise, realise a degree of social control, and help to define a sense of purpose.

To this end, AAA has established ‘Neighbourhoods of the Future’, a programme of R&D, which began life in 2016 as a European Commission funded outreach initiative, to inform development of a “Reference framework for smart age-friendly housing”. This 2 minute video shot at the European Commission in Brussels sets the scene.

With a view to better understanding the life course of older adults, and their relationship with the built environment, AAA is currently collaborating with 34 academic and private sector partners across 14 countries, as part of SHAPES, a 24 million Euro, 4 year, demonstrator project, funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. SHAPES aims to explore interactions between older adults, technology and the built environment, with partners committed to collaborating, sharing data and informing development of a new ISO standard for multigenerational neighbourhoods and a voluntary code of conduct upon which strategies and solutions can be built.