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ICAT Playdate: Increasing Capacity for Age-Friendly Environments in Europe
April 6, 2018 @ 3:30 am - 4:30 am UTC-5
INNOVATION, IMPLEMENTATION, IMPROVEMENT & TRANSGRESSION
Increasing Capacity for Age-Friendly Environment Development in Europe.
Rodd Bond m.r.i.a.i
Europe is ageing rapidly. People aged 50 and over already represent 37% of the population – close to 190 million citizens. Eurostat population projections foresee that the number of people aged over 60 across Europe will increase by approximately two million persons per annum in the coming decades. The factors that influence successful ageing are multidimensional and the implications for public policy areas as diverse as housing, health, urban and rural planning, transport, policing, employment and the business environment are considerable. Europe’s ambition for a Digital Single Market sees the role of citizen-centric ICT innovation and digital data services as central to approaches that can deliver a triple-win – a better quality of life for all, increased system and service effectiveness, and enhanced economic competitiveness.
Networks of Age Friendly regions, cities and communities across Europe are challenged to scale up what can often be local pockets of good practice into the consistent application of proven age friendly initiatives across a broader, but diverse geography. Many municipalities and city administrations now also face the need to deliver parallel, yet overlapping, programmes addressing age-friendly environments, healthy cities, smart cities, sustainable
communities, child friendly cities, and dementia friendly communities, to name but a few.
In this presentation, Rodd will look at some of these developments through the lenses of co-design innovation for convergence, implementation science for embedding and sustaining improvements, data for continuous improvement to inform decision making and the optimisation of scarce resources, and transgression to tackle the risks and rewards of bridging sectoral and disciplinary silos.