The Active & Healthy Ageing Decade in Europe

Tuesday, March 1st, 2022
9.00 am – 6.00 pm

[9 – 10.15 a.m. – Round table #1]

Towards a common European strategy on active and healthy aging


Following the EC’s Green Paper on Ageing in 2021 and the announced European strategy for care by the EU Commission President last September, what does this means for active & healthy ageing, a classic national and regional policy domain? Faced with the diversity of populations in the EU, is there ground for a common European strategy? The objective of this round table is to bring up key elements of the EC’s ageing strategy and compare them with the national approaches of two key EU countries. What will an integrated European vision across regions and countries look like? Where do you start and in which direction do you go together? Which positive impact will it have on Europe’s ageing population and in their daily lives?


  • Mrs. Astrid DENTLER, Member of Cabinet of Mrs. Dubravka SUICA, Vice-President of EU Commission, responsible for Democracy and Demography
  • Mr. Sébastien PODEVYN, Secretary General of the Silver economy sector, Director General of France Silver Eco


[10.15 – 10.45 a.m. – Collaborative innovation #1]

Horizon 2020 Project – ‘PHARAON’:

Open platform with integrated digital tools (AI, robotics) for maintaining autonomy and dignity of older adults

  • Mrs. Isabelle LESTERPT – Gérontopôle Nouvelle-Aquitaine


 [10h45-11h – Break]


[11.00 – 12.30 a.m. – Plenary Session AgeingFit]

Optimising innovation strategies in the silver economy: How to meet the needs of older adults of different age groups 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 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 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?

Moderator: Fereshteh Barei, University Lecturer, Université Catholique de Lyon

  • Dominique Boulbès, President, Indépendance Royale
  • Jean-Jacques Temprado, Full Professor,Aix-Marseille University
  • Eric Kihlstrom, UK Ambassador, Aging2.0


[1 – 2 p.m. – Lunch break]


[1.30 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Collaborative innovation #2]

Euro-Region project VASADIN:

Cross-border project between Nouvelle Aquitaine region (France) and the Basque and Navarra Regions (Spain) on how to
improve the health and care pathways of older adults in each region : “creation of value around the health path of the elderly”.

  • Mrs. Lucie VAAMONDE – Gérontopôle Nouvelle-Aquitaine


[2 – 3.15 p.m. – Round Table #2]

B – The ageing population: economic challenges and opportunities


The emergence of the silver economy has highlighted the economic potential of an ageing population. At the same time, active & healthy ageing is about people first – their needs and aspirations to live an autonomous and self-determined life. The objective of this round table is to present local, national and international examples of how to reconcile the economic and social objectives and how such initiatives can be best supported.


  • Mr. Victor HAZE, International Ecosystem Director, Health Valley (Netherlands)
  • Mr. Benoit COLINOT, Director – Healthcare Strategic Projects, Business France
  • Mr. Guillaume RICHARD, President, Oui care group


[3.15 – 3.45 p.m.  – Collaborative innovation #3]

AAL project: Anne4Care by Virtask:

Anne is an Avatar that can speak and listen and more importantly takes care of an older person by making technology available in a simple and intuitive manner


[3.45 – 4.00 p.m – Break]


[4.00 – 5.15 p.m. – Round table #3]

A – Rethinking aging at national and European level


How to realise ageing as a “life-long” management approach eliminating the artificial « life course breaks » ? The aim of this roundtable is put ageing into a life-course approach, focusing on prevention and integrated care pathways. A few country examples will be provided including recommendations at European level. The exchange will look into the necessity for revisiting education and a decisive move towards lifelong learning.


  • Mr. Stéphane CORBIN, Deputy Director of National Solidarity Fund for Autonomy (CNSA), Ministry of Solidarity and Health, France
  • Mrs. Elena CURTOPASSI, Social Policy Officer, VALUECARE Project Advisor
  • Mrs. Alexia Zurkuhlen, NdGR (German Health Regions), Germany


[5.15 – 6 p.m. – Conclusions]

Lessons learned, challenges ahead and actions to take

  • Mr. Sébastien PODEVYN, France Silver Eco General manager

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