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To maximise the results of the AFECO project and strengthen its sustainability, it is important to create synergies with projects working in the same field.


Adult education on digital, health and data literacy for citizen empowerment


The TRIO project (Adult education on digital, health and data literacy for citizen empowerment) aims to develop a concerted upskilling pathway to improve health, digital and data literacy of 3 different age-ranges (18-35; 36-50; 51+), promoting adult education through the development of digital readiness, resilience and capacity. 

City & Co

City&Co: Older Adults Co-Creating a Sustainable Age-friendly City


How age-friendly are our cities? The international City&Co project is developing measuring tools and a co-creative approach for this. The project awarded a substantial grant in the international ERA-NET Urban Transformation Capacities (ENUTC) competition, within the framework of the European Commission’s Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe. Together, research partners in the Netherlands Poland and Romania will investigate the age-friendliness of The Hague, Wrocław, Kraków and Bucharest.


Smart Against Ageism


Smart Against Ageism (SAA) is a gaming tool to raise knowledge against ageism. It will contribute to developing more empathy and tolerance with older adults.

Besides an interactive learning platform, we develop a compendium and a toolkit for trainers. Policy recommendations for a more inclusive society will complete the results. SAA will be made available for informal and non-formal learning free of charge.
SAA will contribute to restoring the image of older adults as full citizens with the potential to benefit their communities and remove the barriers to their social participation.


International Interdisciplinary Network on SHAFE

The COST Action International Interdisciplinary Network on Smart Healthy Age-friendly Environments | NET4Age-Friendly seeks to promote social inclusion, independent living and active and healthy living in society, through the establishment of an international and interdisciplinary network of researchers and stakeholders from all sectors.
The main approach of this COST Action is the establishment of local or regional ecosystems in each country involved, to work on health and well-being in an age-friendly digital world.
These ecosystems consist of citizens, public authorities, businesses/NGOs and researchers and they are well represented in the Action which currently gathers a network of around 700 people from 50 countries.

Protecting urban aquatic ecosystems to promote One Health

OneAquaHealth is a Research and Innovation Action funded by the EU under Horizon Europe.
Coordinated by the University of Coimbra, a consortium of 13 partners investigates the interconnection of ecosystem and human health and will identify early warning indicators to enhance environmental monitoring. By filling knowledge gaps and by adopting the One Digital Health (ODH) principles, policy instruments for the management of urban aquatic sites can be improved substantially.
The project will develop AI-assisted digital tools – an Environmental Surveillance System, a Decision & Support System and a CitizenScience App to raise awareness and to engage all relevant stakeholders to jointly achieve thriving ecosystems and healthier communities for the future.

Climate Change and Environmental Literacy for Urban Citizens +55

The GreenerAge project (Erasmus + 2021-1-FI01-KA220-ADU-000033502) aims to create a low-threshold and playful access to an environmental and digital literacy platform for citizens 55+, promoting a self-reflective, positive, and empowering tool for environmental and climatic issues.
Combined with improved digital skills, the GreenerAge project empowers citizens 55+ to adopt healthier behaviours for themselves and the planet, promote a more active citizenship with other citizens in other EU countries and their intergenerational cooperation, influencing their family members, neighbours, and friends towards the adoption of more environmentally friendly habits and behaviours.
A comprehensive Compendium on green literacy, a digital gamification interactive learning platform, a high-quality trainer manual and policy recommendations are made available for informal and non-formal learning free of charge.

Data-driven Residential Energy Carrier-agnostic Demand Response Tools and Multi-value Services


DEDALUS aims to plan, develop and demonstrate the efficiency of an energy supply ecosystem based on a participatory Demand Response (DR) system that can be targeted at micro (homes/apartments) and macro (housing estates and entire neighbourhoods) levels. Demand response is the willingness to reduce or increase energy consumption in response to peaks in demand or supply, and refers to balancing demand on electricity grids by encouraging customers to shift their electricity consumption when electricity is more abundant or request is lower, typically through subsidised prices or economic incentives.

DEDALUS approach will be validated by 5 Front Runners, which will be large-scale pilot sites, and replicated by 2 multipliers in 7 countries.

One of the pilot sites will test DEDALUS solutions in the interaction between energy and the health, ageing and senior housing sectors


Social Innovation Responsive Environments NETwork

SIRENE | Social Innovation Responsive Environments NETwork is a Horizon Europe-funded project (GA 101096077) that started in November 2022 to support the growth of social innovation ecosystems delivering eco-friendly and sustainable community-based services for Smart Healthy Age-Friendly Environments (SHAFE) implementation in Europe.
The project is developing a workable framework for investment and the broad adoption of high-quality smart living solutions, combining the housing sector and ICT infrastructure. The Social Innovation framework of SIRENE is co-created with the Expert Hub – a group of more than 50 experts from the EU-27 and beyond, representing various fields such as health and social care, housing, ICT, policy and funding, and urban transformation. The project also delivers an online repository that compiles relevant resources and an online community platform for knowledge exchange.
SIRENE aims to create an impact by empowering social and private entrepreneurs to improve the well-being and housing conditions of the European population.

Age-friendly City Professional Toolkit


Age-friendly cities are a major challenge for inclusive communities as they commit to listening to the needs of their ageing population, assessing and monitoring their age-friendliness, and working in partnership with older people and all sectors to create inclusive physical and social environments.

Despite the good performance of Europe’s age-friendly cities, their assessment reports on their latest action plans indicate that municipalities are making good progress in becoming more age-friendly.

However, there is still room for improvement on a number of cross-cutting issues:

  • Ageing and human rights
  • Participation
  • Solidarity and intergenerational cooperation
  • An integrated model of health and social care
  • Experiences of dementia-friendly cities
  • Technological and social innovation according to the opportunities of the demographic transition.
  • Management of age-friendly cities

AFC Toolkit develops a curriculum and interactive training facilities for every professional who wants to learn more about the implementation of age-friendly cities.

Centro de Terapias Naturalis in Figueras (OT)

Participatory Approaches with Older Adults (PAAR-net)


There is a significant international commitment to give non-academics a greater role in science to help deliver impactful research and realise the European vision of science for the people, by the people. To support this commitment, the PAAR-net COST Action focuses on knowledge co-production, labelled here as participatory approaches, in research, policymaking and practice.

PAAR-net aims to gather, exchange and advance knowledge on participatory approaches with older adults (including those at risk of social exclusion) by asking the following questions:

  1. How can diverse groups of older adults be meaningfully involved to contribute their perspectives and experience (including those at risk of social exclusion) in participatory approaches to research, policy and practice development?
  2. How do participatory approaches with diverse older adults (including those at risk of social exclusion) impact research process and the quality of data gathered?
  3. How do participatory approaches impact those (academics and non-academics) involved in research (e.g., wellbeing, reciprocal learning, emancipation)?

Through this, PAAR-net will shift the focus from an exclusionary framework to a participatory framework in thinking of older age.

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