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.
The first dialogue workshop was supposed to take place in the Czech Republic on May 12 and 13 May. It however run virtually on Youtube and Zoom, showing how technology can help overcome some obstacles in life. Although interactions and networking were obviously less spontaneous, the event – eventually held on May 12th only – allows more than 80 stakeholders to virtually meet and exchange over four major topics, dear to the SHAPES project in that specific moment:
We at SHAPES want to ensure that you and your family and friends are keeping safe during this time.