INTERNATIONAL INTERDISCIPLINARY NETWORK ON HEALTH AND WELLBEING IN AN AGE-FRIENDLY DIGITAL WORLD, TO PROMOTE SOCIAL INCLUSION, INDEPENDENT LIVING AND ACTIVE AND HEALTHY AGEING IN SOCIETY.
The main aim of NET4Age-Friendly is to establish an international and interdisciplinary network of researchers from all sectors to foster awareness, and to support the creation and implementation of smart, healthy indoor and outdoor environments for present and future generations.
NET4Age-Friendly further aims to overcome fragmentation and critical gaps at both conceptual and pragmatic innovation level on responsive, age-friendly and sustainable environments in order to address the research-policy future requirements of Europe.
The main approach of NET4Age-Friendly is the establishment of new local or regional ecosystems or by expanding existing ones in each European COST country involved, to work on health and wellbeing in an age-friendly digital world.
The ecosystems will consist of citizens, public authorities, businesses/NGOs and research and will be supported by four thematic Working Groups:
- User-centred inclusive design in age-friendly environments and communities
- Integrated health and well-being pathways
- Digital solutions and large-scale sustainable implementation
- Policy development, funding forecast and cost-benefit evaluations
The outcomes of the five thematic Working Groups will be obtained in the work of a 5th one, creating a synergised output – the Reference Framework.
NET4Age-Friendlywill be used as a connector for involving and hosting regular themed sessions with local and regional stakeholders and users’ representatives from various countries and backgrounds, as well as for fostering the knowledge creation and sharing among researchers. Particular attention will be devoted to promoting the involvement of Early Career Investigators, entrepreneurs and participants from COST Inclusiveness Target Countries.
Granted by: EU COST (Cooperation in Science and Technology) Programme
Lead by: Malcolm Fisk