SHAPES supports policies and practices improving the environments in which we age. Housing is a relevant part of our environment and it should be adapted to our changing needs.
A virtual workshop of the Homes4Life project (http://www.homes4life.eu/) gives the opportunity to futher dig into the subject: the “Cities and regions building homes for life” workshop will present how the project developed a European Certification Scheme for Ageing in Place, a useful tool to foster the “homes for all life” approach in collaboration with different key stakeholders (e.g. architects, construction sector, decision makers, tenants, and social housing organisations).
Ahead of the next SHAPES Dialogue Workshop, the consortium shares the report of the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, examining the significance of data for the realization of the human rights of older persons, as a prerequisite for evidence-based and informed decision-making and normative action. In the document, the Independent Expert analyses the current data gap on older persons, its causes, and its impact on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, as well as the prospects and risks associated with the data revolution in this context.
Continue Reading United Nations HRC Report on Human rights of older persons: the data gap
Introduction: Health is considered to be a major determinant of quality of life, well-being, social participation and accessibility to healthcare . Assistive technology (AT) is promoted as a means of retaining autonomy and quality of life for older adults . Thus, the evolution of digitisation of services and eHealth technologies will be key to the restructuring of care delivery and help to personalise and customise individual care . In this context, the SHAPES project  aims to create the first European open Ecosystem enabling the large-scale deployment of a broad range of digital solutions for supporting and extending healthy and independent living for older adults who are facing permanently or temporarily reduced functionality and capabilities.
“A lack of co-ordination at the local, national and international level on numerous initiatives launched rapidly to combat COVID-19 could result in notably reduced co-operation and exchanges of data and results between funded projects.”
Issued by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), this warning claims that “Involving multi-sector and multi-partner co-ordination mechanisms is key to help countries better prepare for the world of tomorrow.”
Given the likelihood that we will be living with the threat of pandemics for the foreseeable future, working cooperatively and pooling resources will help safeguard the long-term sustainability of our health and social care sectors, and ensure public space remains a safe and habitable communal meeting point for all.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has launched an online survey to better understand the consequences of the pandemic for civil society organisations and how they responded to the new COVID-19 challenges. The information collected during that survey will allow the EESC to define policy recommendations that may help you better prosecute your mission in the coming period.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected older people disproportionately, especially those living in long-term care facilities. In many countries, evidence shows that more than 40% of COVID-19 related deaths have been linked to long-term care facilities, with figures being as high as 80% in some high-income countries. Concerted action is needed to mitigate the impact across all aspects of long-term care, including home- and community-based care, given that most users and providers of care are those who are vulnerable to severe COVID-19.
The European Week of Active & Healthy Ageing (EWAHA) that will take place from 2-6 November, 2020. The program will not only look into the most pressing and emerging consequences of COVID-19 on the older population in Europe. It will also act as a warm up for the Forum in Trieste Italy in May 2021.
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Designed to support the 1st Dialogue Workshop organised by SHAPES, the project’s consortium got engaged into an online campaign, running in April and May 2020. However, that was no easy period to deal with not-strictly COVID-19 related content, both in traditional media and social media. With the Coronavirus locking the whole European continent down and monopolising both the virtual debate and impacting on the real life, it was hard to focus on something else.