Challenges and opportunities raised by the demographic transition in the EU, the silver economy as a driver for economic growth, how to pre-empt risks linked to an ageing population. These were some of the main issues discussed at the symposium Fostering Active & Healthy Ageing: Harnessing the Demographic Transition in the EU which was held on 18th January 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.
The participants, including Nadezhda Miteva, as representative of the Balkan Institute for Labour and Social Policy (BILSP) in Sofia, had the opportunity to assess the current EU framework in the field of active ageing, to develop innovative ideas in the field of age friendly personal health management and to share best practice on innovative projects aimed at promoting active and healthy ageing.
Together with the panelists, the delegates deliberated on how EU can make health and care systems sustainable, how the participation of older people in the society could be increased, and what is the path towards fostering environments for active ageing, especially creating age friendly cities and homes.
The main topic of the symposium - fostering active and healthy ageing, was directly related to the main goal of the SAAM project - to create a virtual assistant for elderly people to help them to live independently in their own homes as long as possible. The participation of a representative of the project coordinator - BILSP, helped to enrich and update the information in the partner consortium on the issues of demographic problems in Europe and the different ways of solving them.
More information about the symposium is available here: https://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/events/IA18-PPE2