stad Aalst

Contact Person

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Van Opstal
coördinator Ageing in Place Aalst (AIPA)

General Information

Complete name of the applicant institution/organisation in original language: 
stad Aalst
Translation of the complete name of the applicant institution/organisation in English: 
City of Aalst
Official address of the institution/organisation: 
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Current affiliation

The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy aging: 
The WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities: 
An affiliated member of the WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities: 
The WHO European Healthy Cities Network: 
The signatories of the 2013 Dublin Declaration on Age-Friendly Cities and Communities in Europe: 

Type of organisation

Local authority (e.g. community, municipality, town, city, county) » Full member

Additional information

size of our total population: 
84 760 inhabitants
Percentage of residents above the age of 60: 
25 %
We are already working on: 
Social participation
Civic participation and employment
Outdoor spaces and buildings
We would like to start working on: 
Social participation
Respect and social inclusion
Communication and information
Community support and health services
Outdoor spaces and buildings
Building on the previous information, please provide a brief summary (250-300 words) of your city or community's policies, programmes and services targeted at older people and how you are planning to make your community more age-friendly. If your application is successful, this summary will be published on the Covenant's website: 

The city of Aalst wants to evolve to an Age-friendly city, a city where young and old feels good. Together with citizens, volunteers and (in)formal caregivers, the city works on age-friendly solutions that make living in the city easier and that support a healthy life, within our living lab AIPA (Ageing In Place Aalst). Citizens are involved in searching for new solutions in their home and environment. In That way, we all together build together towards a city that takes care of its citizens. 

Programmes and services

We strive to

  • Work together with Inter, to make public spaces, buildings and houses more accessible and developed a methodology to work on more age-friendly solutions (integrale leeftijdsvriendelijke toets)
  • Create guidelines for adaptable and age-friendly housing and new neighbourhoods
  • Encourage the cooperation of the ‘Living lab’ and our citizens to get more ideas/to help create on age-friendly solutions (AIPA)
  • Work together with care institutions, researchers (such as the Expertise centre on elderly care) and enterprises on the territory to make Ageing-in-place possible
  • Work on an Interreg project 'In for Care: Informal care and volunteering - innovation in the public service delivery'
  • Do research on supplementary mobility services
If you have already conducted an age-friendly baseline assessment of your city or community, please upload it (in original language if not available in English): 
If you have already developed a strategy or action plan to make your city or community more age-friendly, please upload it (in original language if not available in English): 
Engagement of older people: how are you engaging and involving older people in the process of becoming a more age-friendly city or community? (E.g. Seniors Council, focus group, open consultation, etc.): 

The city of Aalst has an open living lab of citizens (mainly elderly) to work together on age-friendly solutions. The citizens who want to cooperate become 'member of the AIPA test panel'. 

Once engaged:

  • We conduct a personal interview and gather information about the people and how they live, with attention to the privacy of this information.
  • We contact the people to collaborate in an activity regarding a specific subject, a new project of the city, care organisation or enterprise. Through focus groups, interviews, co-creation and testing, people can interact and give their opinion.
  • Citizens become active member of the AIPA citizens: They are involved at the start of new developments in Age-friendly solutions in the city and are actively engaged. They can test and products and services (in development) regarding active ageing and age-friendliness. 
  • Citizens are connected to new people, get access to useful information on Age-friendly solutions and to the services provided by the city.
Cross-sectoral collaboration: What mechanisms have you/are you planning to put in place to facilitate collaborative planning and implementation between different departments of the local administration and across sectors?: 

Within the living lab AIPA, the City of Aalst is used to interact with different Stakeholders in care. In this regard we are planning city laboratories on Age-friendly Aalst, where different departments are actively involved in workshops to define actions (Facility, housing, mobility and public domain, welfare, free time,...). 

These city laboratories will be supported and supervised by the Expertise centre on elderly care (Exp-O) and Inter (expertise centre in accessibility and universal design). 

The city of Aalst has a project management structure, that will be developed for the programme of Age-friendly Aalst. It is the intention to develop an action plan with deadlines and a clear set of responsibilities, under the coordination of the living lab, and the installation of a steering committee with a delegation of the management team and policy to monitor the progress.