Steered by an international Committee representing the diversity of the Silver Economy, the AgeingFit conference programme is designed to address the main issues of the healthy ageing and senior care sectors: From the financial and regulatory challenges of the market to the latest innovations in connected health, nutrition and care.

The 2021 programme is organised around 5 tracks addressing the innovation challenges of the fast-paced longevity economy and markets.

All AgeingFit’s attendees will have access to a mix of live and on-demand content during those 4 days. This content will be available for 30 days afterwards. They will also have the opportunity to debate with the speakers via interactive online chats.

DAY 1 – Monday, January 25th

11.00 am – 12.30 pm CET

Panel discussion

Healthy ageing in action: Which strategies can advance well-being across the life course?

Most of the health problems of old age are triggered by declines in physical and mental capacity and are linked to chronic conditions. Many of these can be prevented or delayed by healthy behaviours and by the environments that support them. Improving wellbeing and enabling people to remain active, can also reduce dependency, relieving the burdens on health systems.

How can we intervene earlier to make ageing better? How can we integrate health care systems to better provide care across the lifespan? How can we effectively make use of technology to deliver preventative services and interventions? What are the best and most sustainable investments to foster healthy and active ageing across the life course?

Moderator: Brian O’Connor, Chair, Echalliance United Kingdom

TRACK 1: THE EUROPEAN SENIOR CARE MARKET CHALLENGES

DAY 4 – Thursday, January 28th

11.00 am – 12.00 pm CET

Toolbox session

Key principles in building an entrepreneurial project in the silver economy

This session provides practical guidelines for entrepreneurs on how to identify the right market and how to ensure they are addressing unmet needs. What are the levers, opportunities, and barriers, to entry to the longevity market? What are the financial and investment sources to turn to? How to anticipate the future needs that come with the changing senior population? What about internationalisation?

Moderator: Sergio Ferreira, Senior Innovation Advisor, Norway Health Tech Norway

TRACK 2: CONNECTED ACTIVE AGEING

DAY 2 – Tuesday, January 26th 

11.00 am – 12.00 pm CET

Case studies

Connected platform solution to social isolation and loneliness

Tackling social isolation and loneliness is a key dimension of ageing well. The case studies will review existing solutions offered by connected platforms. How do they work, on which principles do they rely on? How have they proven to make a difference in the COVID-19 health crisis? What are the limits of such solutions and how to overcome user acceptance barriers?

DAY 3 – Wednesday, January 27th

11.00 am – 12.00 pm CET

Panel discussion

What’s new in digital for chronic disease management?

How exactly can digital health contribute to a sustainable transformation in chronic disease management? What are the latest digital solutions and what can we foresee? Is self-management working and how to educate patient, actively involving them in their own care? To what extent has COVID-19 accelerated the development and adoption of digital tools to provide routine chronic disease management care and to identify at-risk patients?

Moderator: Stefan Kroll, Management Board / International Affairs, terzStiftung Swiss

TRACK 3: PROMOTION OF HEALTHY AGEING THROUGH NUTRITION

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DAY 4 – Thursday, January 28th

2.00 pm – 3.00 pm CET Panel discussion

Preventing older adults’ malnutrition: What is the role for innovative products in texturing and flavours?

Ageing is often accompanied by with eating and swallowing problems, dry mouth, taste loss contributing to older adults’ malnutrition. What are the factors that affect food perception?  What are the most recent approaches in the design of innovative foods to prevent malnutrition and to support healthy diet? How are manufacturers adapting to cater for the specific needs of older adults?

DAY 2 – Tuesday, January 26th

2.00 pm – 3.00 pm CET

Case studies

What are the game-changing innovations when it comes to delivering personalised nutrition for older adults?

What are the latest breakthroughs in the field of personalised nutrition and to what extent can they be adapted to healthy ageing?  To what extent can we personalise nutrition for older adults? What are the delivery systems already in place at home and in institutions? These case studies will explore the advances in personalised nutrition targeting older adults, the main logistic barriers, and the working delivery models.

Moderator: Mariette Abrahams, CEO & Founder, Qina Consulting Portugal

TRACK 4: INNOVATION IN RESIDENTIAL CARE SETTINGS

DAY 2 – Tuesday, January 26th

3.00 pm – 4.00 pm CET

Panel discussion

Creating home inside the institution: Reflections on the design of care homes

To what extent is it possible to design buildings in such a way that they are perceived as less institutional and more homelike? How can living environments be built so that they are felt far more as a place to live in than as a place in which to receive care? How to get feedback on the design of the people who live and work there? Following COVID-19 crisis impacts European care systems, how are care institutions rethinking their use of buildings to protect residents? What has already been done and what is planned?

DAY 4 – Thursday, January 28th

3.00 pm – 4.00 pm CET

Panel discussion

Can data collection and personalised monitoring enhance person-centred care among residents?

Making sure that people are involved in and central to their care is critical to the development of quality care. How can we adapt to each resident so that they can exercise choice and control over the services and care they access? How can personalised monitoring help achieve this? What are the tools used to do so and what are their limits?

TRACK 5: INNOVATION FOR AGEING WELL AT HOME

DAY 3 – Wednesday, January 27th

3.00 pm – 4.00 pm CET

Panel discussion

How to control the data collected within smart homes and how to use it to benefit older adults’ well-being?

How is the data produced by smart homes collected? How to securely manage that type of data and what innovative platforms could enable their use to help people be safe? To what extent can the data collected be used for prevention and detection of diseases or potential accidents in the home?

Moderator: Eric Kihlstrom, Head of Industry Collaboration, Longevity International UK United Kingdom

DAY 1 – Monday, January 25th 

3.00 pm – 4.00 pm CET

Case studies

Innovative organisational models for home-based care and services developed in Europe: How scalable and sustainable are these initiatives?

This session intends to provide an overview of the home-based care models in Europe and the best practices that could be scaled up.

Moderator: Diane Whitehouse, Principal eHealth Policy Consultant, EHTEL Belgium

Panel discussion: Moderated roundtable discussion consisting in an exchance of ideas and perspectives by international experts to delve into the latest challenges of the sector.

Ask the experts: Case studies comprise a series of illustrative presentations followed by Q&As from the moderator and the audience.

Toolbox session: A toolbox session is designed to provide practical skills, easy-to-follow guidelines and take-home tools which delegates can put into practice to deal with their current issues.

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