Connecting Networks on Active and Healthy Living


Many projects, organizations, and networks are working on the various adjacent fields to Active and Healthy Ageing – health literacy, digital health, age-friendly environments, integrated care, falls prevention, and therapy adherence, among many others. Nevertheless, there has been a shift towards interpreting ageing as another step in an individual’s lifecycle, meaning a shift in objectives: to develop health interventions that target individuals at younger ages for better health outcomes in later years.

Hence, the concept of Active and Healthy Living (AHL) has become more relevant. Reflecting on the underlying meaning of AHL and especially on how the individual networks are working towards implementing initiatives in the field is the main objective of this upcoming IN-4-AHA workshop. Experts from some of the most relevant networks working on AHL were invited to present the achievements of their organizations and discuss their plans for the upcoming years, including the development of an organization capable of bringing all the networks together into a coalition of the willing.


11:00 – 11:05 Welcome
Elisio Costa, Porto4Ageing (University of Porto)

11:05 – 11:40 Networks operating in the Active and Healthy Living
Michele Calabrò, European Regional and Local Health Authorities (EUREGHA)
John Farrell, Reference Sites Collaborative Network (RSCN)
Karolina Mackiewicz, European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance)
Willeke van Staalduinen and Carina Dantas, thematic network for Smart Healthy Age-Friendly Environments (SHAFE) & NET4Age-Friendly
Marc Lange, European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL)

11:40 – 12:00 Discussion and Q&A: gaps, synergies, and future tendencies
Moderated by Elisio Costa, Porto4Ageing (University of Porto) and Maddalena Illario, Reference Sites Collaborative Network (RSCN)

White text on blue background stating the title, date, and time of the workshop, and acknowledging EU funding under horizon2020 - on the right hand side is a photo of a girl placing a plastic crown on top of an older man's head, in a cosy looking living room
IN-4-AHA IN4AHA Active and Healthy Living Active and Healthy Ageing networking coalition