10 online talks on healthy ageing not to miss this week

Anyone interested in the field of healthy ageing is in for a treat this week, with the European Week of Regions and Cities coinciding with the World Congress on Public Health to provide a fantastic array of talks over the next five days. Take a look at our picks below.

Tackling demographic change

Tue 13, October 2020
11:30 – 12:00 CET

The European Union is experiencing severe demographic challenges that are characterised in many places in the EU by a combination of three trends: a shrinking population, an ageing population (with an increase in the dependency ratio) and a low birth rate. Cohesion Policy is and remains the main EU instrument to tackle demographic decline in many regions of Europe. The MEP Cristina Maestre has been appointed shadow rapporteur for the REGI Committee on this matter. In cooperation with the Committee of the Regions, she will also discuss this topic from her personal experience coming from the Spanish region of Castilla-La Mancha, which has been suffering from demographic decline over the last few years.

Innovative solutions for home care

Tue 13, October 2020
11:30 – 13:00 CET

The fact that by 2060 every third European will be older than 65 makes the “Silver Economy” one of the fastest-growing economic domains. 

Many solutions for the elderly are digital-based but not well accepted by care recipients. Thus, there is a growing need to involve them in the product design process. 

The mission of the HOCare2.0. partnership is to provide customer-centered home care by co-creation.



Demographic change in Europe: ESPON evidence on sparsely populated areas and territorial organisation of mobility

Tue 13, October 2020
14:30 – 16:00 CET

The impact of demographic change on different groups in society is not homogenous and regions are unequally affected. Most European initiatives addressing demographic change therefore primarily address ageing and there are only a limited number of initiatives focused on challenges linked to access to services of general interest (SGIs), with a specific focus on social innovation in the provision of SGIs, as well as looking at areas at risk of becoming sparsely populated. 

ESPON has recently filled this gap and produced new evidence on this topic aimed at informing stakeholders and supporting regional and national actors dealing with service provision.

Among these services essential to the life of a territory is mobility. Mobility in sparsely populated areas is a major issue in terms of access to employment, access to other services, culture, and a fulfilling economic and social life. However, mobility in low density areas has received much less attention from policy makers (national or European) than urban mobility (Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, smart cities, low emission zones, White Paper on Urban Transport, Intelligent Transport Systems,..). There is a lack of transport solutions and shared mobility options that are nevertheless deployed in many urban areas. Better organisation of mobility at the local level can be achieved to provide alternative solutions to individual cars, embracing all the issues of access to a service of general interest.

In addition, it is also important to discuss the evidence and projects presented in this workshop in the process of designing and implementing future cohesion policy programmes in regions confronted by current or emerging patterns of demographic sparsity. The main objective of this session is to reflect on how to improve the evidence base in order to best support regions most in need.


More healthy years along the Northern Dutch-German border: Creating a blueprint for sustainable and resilient health systems in European border regions.


Tue 13, October 2020
15:30 – 16:00 CET

The aim of this session is to present a cross-border healthcare research initiative. The Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health (AJSPH) in Groningen, the Netherlands, and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Oldenburg, Germany, joined efforts to create the Cross-border Institute of Healthcare Systems and Prevention (CBI). The AJSPH is a collaboration between the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), University of Groningen (RUG), and Hanze University of Applied Sciences.

During this EU Regions Talk the following topics will be discussed with the audience:

– the Northern Dutch-German border context in terms of healthcare and its socioeconomic aspects.

– vision, mission, goals of the CBI

– strategies adopted to facilitate the connection and cooperation of healthcare professionals and researchers in a region where cross-border cooperation in healthcare is not widespread.

– implications of our approach to overcome the barriers hampering the cohesion and pooling of healthcare facilities and the full implementation of Directive 2011/24/EU, in rural and low populated cross-border regions.

How can digital health drive cohesion in Europe?

Wed 14, October 2020
09:30 – 11:00 CET

The end of the year 2020 marks the transition from the current EU budget to the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), for the period 2021-2027. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges which have a multi-faceted impact on us all. Given this context, the European Week of Regions and Cities 2020 provides a great opportunity to discuss how we can improve healthcare and strengthen the resilience and sustainability of healthcare systems across all regions in the European Union by leveraging European funds over the course of the next seven years.

The event, hosted by COCIR in partnership with Siemens Healthineers, will discuss funding in healthcare with a focus on COVID-19 crisis response, digital health and integrated care, as well as training and education for healthcare professionals. COCIR’s in-depth interactive Participatory Lab seeks to spark a lively exchange of views and ideas among stakeholders who consider innovative and digital health solutions to be key aspects in both driving and accessing high-quality patient-centric healthcare.

Bringing together representatives from EU Institutions and Member States, from regions and cities, as well as from patient organisations, healthcare professionals, innovators and industry, we encourage you to actively engage and openly share your expertise and experiences to formulate recommendations on how to unlock EU Cohesion and Structural Funds to provide better healthcare.

Workshop: Healthy ageing and Public Health: a bound fate

Wed 14, October 2020
07.00 – 08:00 CET

The bio-psycho-social frailty: a key to the integrate territorial and hospital care in Europe
Regina Roller-Wirnsberger – Austria

Frailty and social support: the care services response to aging in Russia
Evdokiaya Kholostova – Russia

The challenges of aging in China: is healthy ageing a key for medium-long term sustainability of care?
Yfan Yang – China

Reshuffling community prevention and care: a new model for healthy ageing
Giuseppe Liotta – Italy

Workshop: Mental health of older people

Wed 14, October 2020
07.00 – 08:00 CET

Passive suicidal ideation in older adults from 12 European countries
Sunwoo Lee – Czechia

Prevalence of mild cognitive problems in Flemish Nursing homes
Patricia De Vriendt – Belgium

Monitoring changes in the organization of Dutch long-term care and their effects on the mental health and wellbeing of people with dementia
Henriette van der Roest – Netherlands

The impact of social stress and strain on cognitive function in older people
Jutta Lindert – Germany

Moderate exercise for Active Aging: results of a randomized controlled trial in people over 65 years
Mauro Giovanni Carta – Italy

Workshop: Retirement reforms and health in an ageing society: outputs of a multi-partner collaboration

Wed 14, October 2020
19.45 – 20.45 CET

Pensions reforms: what does policy needs from science
Tiziano Treu – Italy

Life expectancy inequalities and their evolution in Italy. How these impact on the equity of the pension system?
Chiara Ardito – Italy

The impact of retirement on physical, mental health and wellbeing
Vincenza Gianfredi – Italy

Understanding the relationship between alternative pension systems and healthy ageing: cross-national and quasi-natural experimental analyses of 27 EU countries
David Stuckler – Italy

Oral presentations: Elderly health

Thu 15, October 2020
07.00 – 08:00 CET

Interaction between physical activity and polygenic risk score for type-2 diabetes in older Americans
Mika Thompson – United States

Gender-related treatment gap in depression among the elderly: a study on 18 European countries
Luis Roxo – Portugal

The association between secondary care multimorbidity in mid-life and premature mortality
Marjorie Johnston – United Kingdom

Resilience factors associated with physical function in vulnerable older adults from four countries
Catherine Pirkle – United States

Factors associated with short term transitions in frailty status in the population ≥ 50 years of age
Johan Van der Heyden – Belgium

Effects of different types of retirement planning on the wellbeing of retired people in Taiwan
Nuan-Ching Huang – Taiwan

Physical activity benefits the elderly with Parkinson’s disease
Sunwoo Lee – Czechia

Physical activity promotion of elderly people as a complex intervention: supportive toolbox
Judith Tillmann – Germany

The Impact of early retirement, nation-related and personal characteristics on cognitive decline
Aviad Tur-Sinai – Israel

Workshop: How To Evaluate Digital Health: Three Examples Based On The Model Of Continuous eHealth Evaluation.

Fri 16, October 2020
09.45 – 10:45 CET

The acceptance of clinical decision support systems among clinicians in the treatment of neck and/or back pain.
Stephanie Jansen-Kosterink – Netherlands

Evaluation of a digital health gamification platform with older adults: An observational cohort study with a pre-test/post-test design.
Marian Hurmuz – Netherlands

A first long-term evaluation of the Council of Coaches application: An observational cohort study.
Harm Op den Akker – Netherlands

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