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Report of the European Parliament Session organised by SIforAGE now in Open Access

26 July / 2016
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SIforAGE publishes the report of the session held at European Parliament on April 18th. According to the SIforAGE aim of spreading the word of an active and healthy ageing from an evidenced-based perspective, this report will be available to the general public in open access.

The session, organised by SIforAGE at the European Parliament, count with renowned experts in active and healthy ageing. One of the main ideas commented at the discussion was the necessity of a life course perspective to face ageing not as a challenge, but as an opportunity for the European society.

The reports gathers the main ideas presented at the session. Briefly, this document reports the presentations made by: D. Jarré, president of EURAG (the European Federation of Older Persons), Professor Javer Tejada, GISME Director and Full Professor of Physics at the Unviersity of Barcelona, Elena Urdaneta, SIfroAGE Project Scientific Coordinator, Research and Development Director at the Basque Culinary Centre, Professor Josef Weidenholzer, member of the European Parliament, Intergroup on Active Ageing, Intergenerational Solidarity and Family Issues, Professor Parminder Rania, Professor at the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, at McMaster University, Dr. Andrey Girenko, member of Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI), AAL Competence Centre, Professor Joan Guardia, member of GISME and full Professor of Psychology and Methodology of Behavioural Science, University of Barcelona, and Dr Uffe Bundgaard-Jørgensen, CEO & Founder of InvestorNet- Gate2Growth, PhD in economics and operations research from University of Copenhagen and Danish Technical University. 

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A Full Life Photography Exhibition: When and Where?

13 July / 2016
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The photography exhibition A full life by Ana Portnoy is still on tour, and so the dates for the next expositions have been announced.

Starting on the 1st of September, the photographs will be held in the Basque Culinary Center until the 15th of September. Immediately after that, the pictures will travel back to Catalonia, and will be exhibited at the Universitat de Lleida for viewers to enjoy them from the 19th of September until the 7th of October. It will be just in time for the next one in the Universitat of Barcelona, where the exposition will be from the 10th until the 20th of October as part of the opening of the SIforAGE International Conference 2016 on the 19th of the same month.

Finally, during the End-of-Project symposium held on the CaixaForum Barcelona, the photographs will be exposed during the day for the participants to appreciate them during the breaks and between activities. You have plenty of options to come and be pleased with the magic of Ana Portnoy’s A full life, so do not lose your opportunity!

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SIforAGE releases its second promotional spot

01 June / 2016
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On the 1st of June 2016, SIforAGE has released its new spot. Unlike the first spot, centered just on one story, this new promotional short shows a mosaic of different older people around Europe who live their lives fully, healthily and actively.

The one minute and a half spot, the slogan of which is “Active ageing is the road towards a fulfilling life”, shows five different older persons who enjoy their lives at their fullest, doing what they love the most. Enjoying manifold activities, learning mutually between young and older citizens, and having healthy habits are just some examples of what is seen to lead to a happier and fuller life.

With this, SIforAGE expects to spread its message of the importance of an active and healthy ageing, and the idea that older persons are still capable of everything they want. You can find this new spot on the SIforAGE YouTube channel, the SIforAGE official website and the social networks. Or you can watch it below:

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SIforAGE in the European Parliament’s Magazine

31 May / 2016
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Past 4th of April, it was published the issue number 431 of the European Parliament’s magazine (The Parliament Magazine). In it there is an interview to Chrystia Freeland, and topics as the EU-Canada trade agreement, Labour Mobility or the EU-US relationship, are treated, among others.

Also, a whole page is devoted to an article written by Prof. Javier Tejada and Dr. Elena Urdaneta about the SIforAGE project. The text, entitled “Working for a better tomorrow… Starting today”, explains the three main pillars of the project: the challenge of the demographic change that needs to be treated, the innovation that SIforAGE implies in order to deal with it, and the outcomes as proposals for social innovation that the SIforAGE project has been developing for the last almost four years.

“The project Social Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing for Sustainable Economic Growth (SIforAGE) strives for these changes to be perceived not as a problem, but rather as an opportunity” reads the article, and adds that “under the paradigm of AHA, our project aims at bringing the young and the elderly together to work for a common objective: a ‘Society for All Ages’”.  

Finally, the article informs about the SIforAGE International Conference (19th-20th-21st October 2016, Barcelona), and invites for contributions and attendance. You can read the full article on the following link:

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SIforAGE organizes the event “Towards A Europe for All Ages” at the European Parliament

30 May / 2016
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SIforAGE project organized an event that took place on the 18th of April, 2016 on the premises of the European Parliament (Brussels, Belgium). SIforAGE organized an international one-day event entitled “Towards ‘A Europe for All Ages’” together with the European Parliament’s “Intergroup on Active Ageing, Intergenerational Solidarity and Families Policies” to discuss social innovation strategies and policy recommendations for active and healthy ageing policies at the European Union. The aim was to make a contribution on this debate by bringing together policy-makers from the European Parliament, some of the most relevant civil society representatives, as well as some of the most prominent international scholars researching on the field of ageing.

The main topics addressed in the event concerned the life-course perspective through the lens of the Active and Healthy Ageing paradigm by raising questions such as: what are the core concepts of the Life-Course Perspective paradigm in which policy-making should be framed in order to grant Active and Healthy Ageing for European Citizens? How do views from the Life-Course Perspective help to ensure that EU policies overcome the current understanding of ageing and demographic change as a problem to be solved? How to create effective strategies on how to bring about a positive economic impact?

SIforAGE project recommendation is to answer to the ageing challenge with one word, innovation. The Social Innovation Incubator developed by SIforAGE brings together a large number of stakeholders whose work is involved with AHA and provides them with opportunities to exchange ideas, to benefit from mutual collaboration across Europe, and to disseminate their results through five Knowledge Management Units (KMUs). The Social Innovation Incubator provides added value to research by drawing together well-established innovative experiences. 

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