Steered by an international and prestigious committee, the AgeingFit conference programme is designed to address the main issues of the healthy ageing and senior care sectors: from major financial and regulatory aspects to the latest innovations in health, nutrition and care.

The 2022 programme is organised around 5 tracks addressing the challenges of innovation for ageing well, from prevention to care.

Optimising innovation strategies in the silver economy:
How to meet the needs of older adults of different age cohorts and health conditions?

There is no such thing as a “typical” older person. Some people have physical and mental capacities at eighty comparable to those of young adults, while others experience a sharp decline in their physical and mental abilities at a much younger age. When combined with significant differences in wealth and culture, the result is a wide range of older people’s experiences and needs that public health policies and innovators must consider.

How to offer concrete solutions to a diversity of situations and needs? How does this disparity affect older adults’ expectations? What is the current market segmentation of the market for health innovations in the silver economy and according to what criteria? What are the most dynamic sub-sectors? What type of business model is best suited to meet this complex demand? What is the role of experimentation and co-construction with potential users in innovation strategies?

Scaling up innovations in the Silver Economy

This track aims to provide the silver economy players with a fresh look at the innovative healthy ageing policies, funding sources and investments to navigate a changing market, to identify opportunities and to innovate successfully.

A. What are the most recent initiatives to better involve senior citizens in the development of health innovations?

B. Which funding sources to scale sustainable innovations for healthy ageing?

C. To what extent is interoperability a competitive tool for health innovations in the silver economy?

Prevention and nutrition for active ageing

Good nutrition is key to the health of older adults. The challenges of their nutritional needs, of their sensory food perception and appetite, offers an increased potential for innovation for researchers and food manufacturers. This track aims to give insight into the latest innovative products, scientific breakthroughs, and nutrition market opportunities, and to explore the eating behaviours of older adults.

A. How can nutrition be used as a strategic approach to promote ageing well?

B. Practitioners’ perspectives on preventing malnutrition: Dietary practices and needs of older adults

C. The role of nutrition in COVID-19 recovery for older adults

Diagnosing and treating age-related conditions

While ageing itself is not a disease, it is a risk factor for a range of conditions as people age. This track will look at ongoing research projects and developments in understanding the mechanisms behind frailty and age-related conditions, how to diagnose and target a range of common late-life diseases and how such research can lead to better prevention.

A. Biology of ageing and healthy lifespan expansion: Examining what we do and do not know about the ageing process and how it impacts research development

B. Frailty in older adults: Good practices in diagnosis, assessment, management and medication

C. Alzheimer’s disease: Towards new diagnostic and therapeutic leads

Innovations in residential care settings

How are residential care settings responding to the demand of a growing ageing population? What sort of innovation is happening in long-term care?  How are institutions adapting in the way they provide care and in their interactions with their stakeholders?  This track intends to review the most recent initiatives, the new collaborations, and the pioneering organisational models at a European scale.

A. How is virtual reality applied in the care for long-term facilities residents?

B. Towards integrated care services: How are care homes adapting their value proposition by entering the home care market?

C. How can technology enable carers to free up time to the benefit of residents?

Technologies and services for ageing well at home

As most of the ageing population aspires to age in place, this track focuses on the challenges to access care and preserve independence at home. What are the innovation opportunities in building a care system that meets both older adults’ expectations and keeps people safe? To what extent are we reassessing the whole living space and designing age-friendly solutions?

A. How can we make existing houses smarter for ageing and care support?

B. How to adapt existing digital technologies to the older adults needs?

C. What are the keys to creating innovative and integrated solutions for ageing in place?

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