3
Jul

The application for AAL Forum 2021 workshops is closed!

The application process for submitting AAL Forum 2021 workshop proposals has been closed.  We are happy to see the highest number of workshop applications ever received! The AAL Programme would like to thank all of the applicants and we look forward to seeing you in Trieste, Italy, for great discussions and exchange of ideas. The AAL Forum will take inspiration from the Decade of Healthy Ageing launched by the WHO in 2020, in order to discuss and exchange on key active & healthy ageing priorities for a collective and collaborative approach in Europe in a series of speeches, workshops and other activities. The Forum will touch upon some of the main topics put forward by WHO, such as: Driving a...
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16
Jun

Introducing the WHO Decade of Healthy Ageing and the AAL Forum 2021

While most people are becoming aware of the demographic shift that is taking place and the accelerated ageing within our society, not all are well informed about the inequities related to healthy ageing or the disparities that exist within and between populations. To demonstrate that good health in older age is not evenly distributed it is sufficient to note the staggering 31 years difference in healthy life expectancy at birth between countries To address this challenge the World health Organisation (WHO) recently published its plan for the Decade of Healthy Ageing to improve the lives of older people, their families and their communities worldwide. Focusing on the second half of life, the plan outlines key principles, strategies and actions that...
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9
Jun

Trieste, a city where people age well and healthy

TRIESTE, is the capital of Friuli Venezia Giulia, a region in the heart of Europe, easy to reach by any means. With a striking and varied landscape that transforms multiple times within a radius of a hundred kilometers. The city of Trieste stands out over the blue sea and sky on the furthest patch of the Italian Adriatic and appears like a last Mediterranean mirage for those following this northern stretch of the coast; Trieste’s originality and diversity are brought together in street after street, squares and palaces which almost entirely retain their testimony to Roman, Venetian and above all Austro-Hungarian architecture. The crossroads of culture that animate this Julian regional capital are expressed through a rich and extremely varied...
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13
May

Call for AAL Forum 2021 Workshops is open

  We invite you to submit your workshop proposal to create discussions and promote new ways of approaching either of the four tracks of the upcoming AAL Forum in Trieste. Workshops should be interactive and motivational sessions and follow the below described thematic areas dedicated to the upcoming Decade of Healthy Ageing. The AAL Forum will take inspiration from the Decade of Healthy Ageing launched by the WHO in 2020, in order to discuss and exchange on key active & healthy ageing priorities for a collective and collaborative approach in Europe. The Forum will touch upon some of the main topics put forward by WHO, such as: Driving a platform for innovation and change; Adapting health and care systems to...
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7
May

AAL Forum 2021 to be hosted in Trieste, Italy

We are delighted to announce that the next AAL Forum will be held in Trieste, Italy during 10-12 May 2021 in collaboration with its member Friuli Venezia Giulia Region and the Fondazione Internazionale. In the midst of the global outbreak of COVID-19, especially affecting our older populations in Europe, the AAL Programme is proud to announce its annual event to take place in the north of Italy. The AAL Forum is the annual flagship event of the AAL Programme, which presents and shares knowledge in the field of active and healthy ageing and to be a major networking place for researchers, care professionals, companies active in the silver economy and policy experts. The AAL Programme will join forces again with...
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19
Sep

Forum Programme Publication is online

The AAL Forum 2019 is just around the corner, and we are happy to announce that the onsite programme publication is now available online. Among other things, the publication contains interviews with keynote speakers Julie Arts and Bengt Andersson, a welcome from AAL Programme President Peter Saraga, and a complete overview of programme sessions and exhibitors. Read the publication by clicking here or on the icon below.
18
Sep

Julie Arts: An ecosystem approach

AAL is developing a proposal for a future European partnership programme that introduces an ecosystem approach for ageing well. But what does that approach actually mean? Julie Arts works for the renowned Presencing Institute, providing action research for societal transformation and she will provide valuable insight into this approach during her keynote address and a workshop on Tuesday morning. Can you explain what an ecosystem approach is? An ecosystem is an interconnected collaboration within an ecosystem itself, which could be geographic or sector wide, for example. It’s a community of organisms – individuals, institutions, organisations – who start to work with each other and interact with each other in order to evolve and adapt to external influences. In an ecosystem...
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11
Sep

Meet our Moderator: Fernanda Freitas

Fernanda Freitas is a journalist with a keen interest in the topic of ageing. For those of you who have attended the AAL Forum before, you may well remember her as the host of the 2017 edition in Coimbra, Portugal, and this year she is returning to moderate the plenary sessions. We caught up with her to find out more about why she considers the world of active ageing to be such an important matter, and why she thinks it is essential that we should all start thinking about how we age as soon as possible. Tell us about your interest in the field of active ageing. I was the National Ambassador for the European Year of Active Ageing and...
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6
Sep

Elevator pitch – sell your idea in six minutes

This year, the AAL Forum is bringing you a brand new format – the elevator pitches. We are going to give the stage to six different groups for six minutes each, giving them the opportunity to pitch their ideas in a short, snappy and engaging way to the audience. The intention is to spark interest across the audience and create further debate and discussion with other interested participants. Here we will provide you with a short taste of what each pitch will be about. Person-centred involvement of dementia patients and family carers in enabling technology design In the WHO European Region, dementia is the leading cause of dependency and disability. Dementia currently affects around 10 million people in the region,...
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30
Aug

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS AT THE FORUM: THEMES 5 + 6

The AAL Forum 2019 is now just one month away, and today we will be giving you another taster of some of the interactive workshops that will be taking place over the course of the event. As the format of the AAL Forum has evolved over the last decade, its emphasis on interactivity has increased. The workshops that are held each year represent the pinnacle of this focus on sharing knowledge, best practice and experiences, and this year’s selection of sessions promises to be one of the best we’ve ever put together. Over the past few weeks, we have been introducing you to some of the workshops that we have organised for the AAL Forum 2019, which have been grouped...
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