editor's blog

Baluchon Alzheimer: an idea developed in Canada and spreading throughout Europe

Usually families prefer to care for Alzheimer sufferers at home for as long as possible. A range of services giving carers a break, such as day-care centres or a few hours respite care, have been in existence for some years. But when carers need a few days physical and mental rest, the only service on offer is temporary shelter, usually offered by long-term care centres, but this is a very stressful solution for Alzheimer sufferers.

Report from the Barcelona workshopof DAA project

Based on Design Thinking methods, the DAA project partners and local stakeholders tried to develop new services models based on the unmet needs from Alzheimer patients and relatives that were extracted from the research. The obtained ideas for a new and more self-sustainable service model have now been developed and described in detail in the final report that can be downloaded on the following link: http://www.bcd.es/site/unitFiles/4095/DAA_Alzheimer_Report_140207_D%29.pdf

Launch of new Europe-wide network on innovation for age-friendly environments: AFE INNOVNET

To support this approach, the AFE-INNOVNET thematic network on innovation for age-friendly environments (AFE) kicked off today with the support of the European CIP ICT PSP Programme and will run for two years. The consortium is composed of 28 partners from 16 EU countries and includes 12 cities and 5 regions. The project is led by a Steering Group composed of AGE Platform Europe, CEMR (Council of European Municipalities and Regions), TNO (Dutch Research Centre), Polibienestar Research Institute – University of Valencia, PAU Education and the Louth County Council.

DISCOVER Project is organizing a ½ day workshop in Brussels

The format of the workshop will involve introduction and scene setting covering Europe Digital Agenda 2020, meeting the new demands of health and care and the drivers and opportunities for change. It will involve contributions from care organisations, carer associations, training providers and research as well as leading experts addressing some of the key issues facing these sectors and the role of technology and digital skills in care highlighted through exemplar initiatives.

The Region of Central Macedonia organizes on 29th April 2014 the conference is "Digital Innovation for Regional Growth"

On the occasion of the Greek Presidency, the European Commission (DG CNECT) in collaboration with the Smart Specialization (S3) Platform organize on 29/4/2013 an international conference that will be hosted by the Region of Central Macedonia. The title of the conference is "Digital Innovation for Regional Growth" and it will take place at the Science Centre and Technology Museum "NOESIS" in Thessaloniki Greece on 29th April 2014. Please find attached detailed information of the event and the letter of invitation.