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Design led Innovations for Active Ageing

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Design led Innovations for Active Ageing

The Design-led Innovations for Active Ageing international project (DAA) brings together eight cities that are determined to come up with new and sustainable solutions for demographic ageing.

Launched in 2012, the project’s ultimate goal is to contribute to social innovation and public sector transformation in the area of senior care, and it wants to do this by combining the experience of senior care specialists with the expertise of service designers.

The project will adopt a holistic, systemic and integrated approach to tackle the wicked problem of an ageing demographic. Organizations from Antwerp, Barcelona, Berlin, Helsinki, Oslo, Sofia, Stockholm and Warsaw will provide a systems analysis of senior care in their respective cities, thereby placing best practices and existing policies in their proper context.

Field visits and intensive workshops (see calendar for 2013 here) will help to define and understand the local complexities and challenges, but also to uncover opportunities with the aim of improving the quality of life of the elderly through design.

This initiative adheres itself with the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012. The final objective of the project is to produce a set of recommendations directed to the public administrations, offering sustainable solutions for an innovative active ageing model where design must play a key role.

Each of the ten partners will gather the best practices in their country and will present a series of recommendations directed to their administrations so that they may help adapting the present policies in elderly care through the application of design.

The project, part of Helsinki World Design Capital 2012, will extend until June 2014.

DAA sets out to:

  • Rethink and redefine senior care by using innovative processes and design methods.
  • Find feasible and sustainable solutions that keep senior citizens physically and socially active and that provide them with the care they need.
  • Improve the effectiveness of local policies by learning from best practices elsewhere and assessing their transferability.
  • Use design to build the innovation capacity of cities, to enhance their service development, and to improve their policy making.
  • Adopt a 360—degree approach by searching for systemic solutions in different areas and by involving all kinds of stakeholders.
  • Find strategic and service design competencies to support their policy making.
  • Increase awareness of the complex issues that arise from demographic ageing and the many challenges that senior care poses.
  • Jointly develop action plans, design briefs, best practice descriptions, field visits, thematic workshops, and guidelines for policy makers and public organization.
Rīkotājs: City of Helsinki

The City of Helsinki seeks to be a model for promoting an age-diverse workforce by getting everyone involved: from local sports centres, to health care providers and occupational services.

Sponsor (s): INTERREG IVC (Innovation & Environment Regions of Europe Sharing Solutions)
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