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Our report on good practices of age- and eco-friendly principles is out! 

Based on the project partners’ country reports covering good practices in Poland, Germany, Italy, Greece, Portugal and The Netherlands, we highlight five age-friendly and three eco-friendly practices.  On the age-friendly side, we found examples of counselling services to help with housing conversions and adaptations, and housing adaptations provided by local authorities and other local stakeholders. The latter fosters the capacity of recipients to remain autonomously in their respective homes, reducing functional risks and adapting spaces in terms of comfort, safety and accessibility.   We also identified cases of adaptations of public spaces, e.g. pavements, pedestrian crossings, and bus stops for the needs of those aged 65+. There are also open university-type courses specifically designed for older adults to provide them with greater autonomy and help to keep up with the world’s changes. In addition, we found an example of a comprehensive policy framework at the municipal level specifically focusing on the Third Age.   As for the eco-friendly solutions, the reported good practices included solar power generation (and investing in more sustainable buildings more generally), community gardening, and greening initiatives (e.g. removing tiles in private gardens and public spaces).   This inspiring inventory of good practices will support the development of the AFECO e-learning curriculum.   Please get in touch if you would like to contribute a best practice from in Europe!

Our AFECO leaflet is out

This first leaflet was designed to engage older people, caregivers, social workers, and experts in age- and eco-friendly principles for our interview process. The leaflet is now available for your exploration on the “Resources” page of our website or below: 

AFECO Launch in Gouda

Launch of AFECO project in Gouda, The Netherlands

AFECO, an Erasmus+ project, commenced with a hybrid kick-off meeting held on January 18-19, 2023, in Gouda, The Netherlands. The project’s primary objective is to empower older adults by promoting affordable age-friendly and eco-friendly solutions within their living environments. Taking inspiration from SHAFE (Smart Healthy Age-Friendly Environments), AFECO addresses the concerns of older adults regarding climate change, financial matters, and the future of their families. Additionally, it contributes to the European Green Deal’s objective of transforming the EU into a modern, resource-efficient, and competitive economy. The project aims to raise awareness and provide education to older individuals, formal and informal caregivers, and social workers about the significance of age-friendly and eco-friendly environments within homes and communities. These environments play a vital role in supporting active ageing and enabling older adults to age in place, particularly in caregiving contexts where they may experience biological decline or require care due to frailty or illness. From December 2022 until May 2025 seven organizations across six countries will be collaborating: – AFEdemy, Academy on Age-Friendly Environments in Europe (Netherlands) – International Coordinator – FRODIZO, Corporation for Succor and Care of Elderly and Disabled (Greece) – ISRAA, Istituto per Servizi di Ricovero e Assistenza Agli Anziani (Italy) – ISIS Institut für Soziale Infrastruktur gGmbH (Germany) – SHINE 2Europe (Portugal) – The Hague University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands) – UPWr, Uniwersytet Przyrodniczy we Wroclawiu (Poland)

Press Release #1

Find out more in our 1st press release

AFECO is a new Erasmus+ project that kicked off in a hybrid meeting on 18 – 19 January 2023, in Gouda, The Netherlands. Its main goal is the empowerment of older adults to apply affordable age-friendly and eco-friendly solutions in their own living environments.

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