Supported by a prestigious Steering Committee, AgeingFit offers a conference programme focusing on innovation in the healthy ageing and eldercare sector.

The conferences will address cross-cutting challenges such as the financial and regulatory issues of the senior care market and will highlight the growing segments of this economy at the European scale.

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DAY ONE - Tuesday, January 29th
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Which roles should public health payers and private insurers play to address the consequences of the ageing demographic trend in Europe?

As longevity rises, a growing population is likely to experience a decline in capability and independence, with increased demands for health and social care services. The consequences of ageing demographic trends in Europe appear to create societal as well as financial challenges and raises several issues. How to manage the necessary formal and informal care, services and health care costs to assist older and dependent people? Which part to be played by public health payers and private insurers?

Through feedback and discussions from different countries, this plenary session will review the ongoing experimentations and systems developed in Europe to manage the implications of the old-age dependency ratio.

Spain Emmanuel Djengue
Innovation Director
RGAX Europe
United Kingdom Hazel Harper
Senior Innovation Lead, Ageing Society, Health and Nutrition Directorate
Innovate UK
Japan Naomi Marie Yamagishi
Portugal Carina Dantas
Innovation Director
Cáritas Coimbra
United Kingdom Christine Asbury
Chief Executive
WCS Care
The Netherlands Conny Helder

Track 1: The European senior care market challenges

DAY ONE - Tuesday, January 29th
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Financing innovation in the senior care market: What are the recent trends and who are the new players to finance innovative companies?

Senior care sector is a fast-growing and innovative market offering value creation and investment opportunities. Are we witnessing the emergence of dedicated funds? Are some VCs affirming their focus on the senior care market and why are they making this choice? Which role do insurers play in financing innovative businesses? What can we learn from different national models at European level?

Israel Yael Benvenisti
CEO / Chairman
Mediterranean tower ventures, Chairman of technologies for ageing well group, Society of electronic and electrical engineers
France Jérome Arnaud
Silverage Consult
United Kingdom Martin Clark
Deputy CEO and Director of Impact Innovation
United Kingdom Elodie Draperi

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Which impact have European funding programs had so far on the innovation projects of the senior health economy actors?

The EU has launched a series of measures and funding programs to stimulate the Silver economy and help the European industry to be at the cutting edge of the sector. How many innovative projects have been financed? Which impact had these funding programs had on their development and international scaling? The session includes feedback from companies and projects which benefited from such funding.

The Netherlands Laura Klaming
Senior Scientist
Philips Research Europe
United Kingdom Lorraine Morley
AgeTech Accelerator
Belgium Estelle Huchet
Campaign and Project Officer
AGE Platform Europe
Switzerland Stefan T. Kroll
Deputy Managing Director, Head of International Affairs
Belgium Vasileios Tsanidis
DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology
European Commission

DAY TWO - Wednesday, January 30th
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Advancing interoperability between healthcare systems to enhance elder care coordination: Case studies of European developments

ICTs provide a major opportunity for patient care improvement by facilitating the exchange of information among healthcare professionals. However, the systems used within the healthcare organizations have often been developed independently with heterogeneous tools and processes, putting the brakes on a seamless exchange of patients’ information. Which models to improve older patient information exchange between the home, the practitioner, the hospital and the nursing home? Which recent innovations and standards are developed in different countries of Europe to achieve interoperability? What ground for collaborative actions from the key players in the patient journey?

France Nadia Frontigny
Director or Public Affairs
Orange Healthcare
Denmark Jacob Boye Hansen
CEO and founder
CareCom A/S
France Jean-Christophe Klein
United Kingdom Leo Lewis
Senior Fellow and Head of Research and Development
International Foundation for Integrated Care

Track 2: Connected healthy ageing

DAY ONE - Tuesday, January 29th
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

How are the data generated by IoT in the ageing context accelerating knowledge, quality of care and innovation?

The Internet of Things is expected to enable a more personalised, preventive and collaborative form of care as it allows health and activity data collection through wearables, sensors devices, remote monitoring systems and health apps. What are these data used for and by whom? How can they benefit the health of older adults? What about data security and protection?

Switzerland Moïse Gerson
Hopital Numérique
Belgium Philippe Kaplan
France Lucas Perez
Ireland Seamus Small
Kinesis Health Technologies
United Kingdom Gabriel Voisin
Privacy & Data Protection Partner
Bird & Bird

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Case studies of the internationalization process from the sector of ICT & dependency: What are the main drivers and constraints senior care entrepreneurs face today to scale up through internationalization?

Based on short pitches and entrepreneurs’ roundtable discussion, this session will feature several case studies of scale up strategies for companies developing connected devices targeting dependency. How did they build their company? How long did it take them to develop the product and market it? How did they find investment and which challenges did they encounter?  Which partners did they collaborate with? Which methods did they use in scaling up their business and which are the key strategies to sell abroad?

Ireland Anne Connolly
Smart Ageing Living Labs of Ireland
Belgium Roel Smolders
Memoride – Activ84health
United Kingdom Lise Pape
Founder & CEO
Walk with Path
France Jérome Arnaud
Silverage Consult

DAY TWO - Wednesday, January 30th
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Telecoaching as a preventive approach for elderly people: How is it disrupting the landscape of telehealth?

Telecoaching uses audio, visual and interactive communications to support healthcare through dedicated programs, encouraging the prevention and management of chronic diseases, inactivity and loneliness for elderly people. Who is using telecoaching and why? Which experimentations and innovative solutions can be found on the market? Which roles are there for the patient and the clinicians?

France Olivier Krys
Doctor in Geriatrics and Medical Director
Sharecare Europe
Spain Jofre Tenorio Laranga
Project Manager
Empathic Project - Osatek
Greece Elizabeth Mestheneos
Board Member

Track 3: Innovative nutrition for healthy ageing

DAY ONE - Tuesday, January 29th
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Which opportunities for value creation do nutrition companies have on the senior market?

Nutrition is a key area where innovative products are needed to bring concrete benefits to older people and boost healthy ageing of the population. The evolution of the elderly nutritional needs, of their sensory food perception and appetite, offers an increased market potential for food manufacturers. How are they seizing these opportunities? Which innovative products are they bringing to the market? How should they market these products?

France Ombeline de Pemille
Senior consultant
Germany Mathias Kück
The Netherlands Neus Bonavida
Segment manager for Active nutrition and Healthy Ageing
FrieslandCampina Ingredients
France Georges Devesa
United Kingdom Sian Robinson
Nutrional Epidemiologist
Age Research Group, Newcastle University

DAY TWO - Wednesday, January 30th
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Going back to the plain meaning of nutrition: Which innovative services combining diet and physical activity for healthy ageing?

Diet and exercise are often to be considered together in the overall wellbeing of an individual, especially for the older adult. Despite usual beliefs, physiological decline is not only caused by the ageing process and is closely linked to reduced physical activity and inadequate sustenance. Which services are available on the market to answer both the needs of diet balance and physical activity for the elderly?

France Pierre Lafargue
Co-Founder & CEO
Belgium Loek Pijls
 Founder & Owner
Finland Essi Sarkkinen
Senior Expert, Food&Nutrition
Sweden Al Saad Chowdhury
International Sales Manager
Camanio Care

Track 4: Innovation in nursing home equipment and services

DAY ONE - Tuesday, January 29th
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

How to improve elderly patient care in nursing homes with teleconsultation and telemedicine?

An increasing number of telemedicine programs are designed to help healthcare professionals provide the best quality care for their patients. Telehealth adoption in nursing homes has proven to contribute to the decrease of patient re-admission rates and significant financial outcomes for the nursing facilities. Through feedback from the users and providers of telemedicine, we will review how is this innovation adopted and how it can improve long-term care.

Belgium Frederic Lievens
Vice Executive Director
International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth
United Kingdom Rachel Binks
Nurse Consultant, Digital & Acute Care
Airedale NHS Foundation Trust
France Loïc Rumeau
Innovation and Partnership Director
Groupe SOS Seniors
The Netherlands Stephanie Jansen-Kosterink
Researcher, Telemedicine group
Roessingh Research and Development

DAY TWO - Wednesday, January 30th
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

How are nursing homes purchasing capacities dedicated to innovative equipment evolving in different European regions?

Innovative equipment can contribute to better treatment and quality service, for the benefit of residents, patients, their families and nursing homes employees. How are these innovations financed? Is the nursing homes equipment sector more dynamic in certain European regions? And why?

United Kingdom Jackie Marshall-Cyrus
Jackie Marshall-Cyrus & Associates Ltd
France Aurore Brion
International and Innovation Marketing Manager
Italy Francesca Brescia
Open Innovation Manager
Korian Italia
The Netherlands Chantal van Spaendonck
Care Innovation Center West-Brabant

Track 5: Innovation in home care

DAY ONE - Tuesday, January 29th
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

How to involve family caregivers and the elderly people in order to ease acceptancy and effective use of the technology?

Increasing health care access and autonomy for patients in the home, older adults and caregivers themselves may be challenged to use new technologies. How to ensure their acceptance of smart home services? Which role for patient organizations to facilitate the implementation of technologies and their use by the family caregivers?

Belgium Ingrid Adriaensen
Business developer
Belgium Claire Champeix
Policy Officer
The Netherlands Conny Helder

DAY TWO - Wednesday, January 30th
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Smart cities and Neighbourhoods of the Future: What are the challenges and opportunities in designing age-friendly solutions?

As life expectancy is increasing, major challenges are emerging in the areas of housing, transport, urban planning, healthcare and social services. How can we ensure to meet the needs of an ageing society in the creation process of the cities of the future – applying new technologies to urban logistics, to the improvement of the mobility and of the active engagement of the older citizens? Which innovative public services and solutions to promote healthy behaviours, physical activity and urban mobility for ageing well in the smart city?

Sweden Bengt Andersson
Senior advisor welfare technology
Nordic Welfare Centre
Sweden Ann Jönsson
Working towards age-friendly cities in the Nordic region
France Olivier Horbowy
Strategic Marketing Advanced Projects
ST Microelectronics
United Kingdom Ian Spero
Agile Ageing Alliance
Italy Alberto Sanna
eServices for Life and Health Director
Scientific Institute San Raffaele

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Hundreds of living labs but how many adapted homes really available?

Living Lab models are based on open innovation and cross-sector collaborations in order to test and develop user-driven products for elderly people. A significant number of these experimentations are focusing on ageing well at home and develop innovative and adaptable housing for seniors. However, they have not really been available on the market until now.  How to bring an experimental and subsidised product to market? Which financing sources are there for home adaptation for seniors and who should pay for it?

France Philippe Metzenthin
Administrator / Chairman of the Autonomy and Disability Commission
French Home Automation Federation / Smart Building Alliance
United Kingdom Carolyn Hassan
Knowle Media Center
The Netherlands Ad van Berlo
Manager R&D
Smart Homes
France Emilie Gazo