Smart Healthy Age-Friendly Environments Thematic Network now open to new comers and contributions

05/08/2018 - 10:17

The Covenant on Demographic Change is now a partner in Smart Healthy Age-Friendly Environments (SHAFE), the new Thematic Network led by Caritas Coimbra and AFEdemy Ltd. The SHAFE Network will aim to discuss and facilitate the creation of healthy and friendly environments for all ages through the use of quality and accessible digital solutions for eHealth and mHealth, with quality but still accessible to all.

This Thematic Network aims at creating a high-level political alignment of various networks and initiatives for age-related issues, under the framework of EU’s Health Priorities. Smart environments need to align technological development with the building industry in terms of policy and funding, in order to make solutions available, affordable and large-scaled in Europe. This broad adoption may be the keystone to a more efficient health care system that adds better quality for less investment. To support this, a Joint Statement will be issued. The first draft of the document will circulate through the partners in June for discussion and contributions. The final version must be delivered by October 25th and in November it will be officially launched during the Health Policy Platform Annual Meeting. In December, it is intended to go further and launch a White Paper for 2019, built on the existing network and conclusions of the Joint Statement.

More than 30 partners active in the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP-AHA), the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC), the Covenant on Demographic Change, Eurocities, the European Framework for Age-Friendly Housing, the European Centre Social Welfare Policy, the Reference Sites Collaborative Network, European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL) and ECHAlliance are engaged in these activities.

Broader contributions and endorsement will make a real difference in the strength of the Joint Statement's recommendations to the European Commission and Member States.

If you wish to provide your inputs and share your opinion, join the network in https://www.caritascoimbra.pt/en/shafe/i-want-to-join/