Having identified active and healthy ageing as a major societal challenge common to all European countries, and an area which presents considerable potential for Europe to lead the world in providing innovative responses to this challenge, the European Commission initiated the European Innovation Partnership for Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA), as a pilot strategy that aims at putting together the efforts of governments, enterprises and research centres working on the promotion of active and healthy ageing.
The University of Deusto has been member of the EIP on AHA since its creation and an active actor of the Basque Country Reference Site that has been awarded the highest recognition of EIP on AHA Reference Site 4 stars on the 2016 Call for Reference sites 2016. The Reference Site status is granted to organisations who have demonstrated excellence in the development, adoption and scaling up of innovative practices for active and healthy ageing, in line with the strategic objectives of the EIP on AHA and particularly the European Scaling Up Strategy for Innovation in Active and Healthy Ageing.
Furthermore, on April 2016, and together with Biscay Provincial Government, the University of Deusto submitted the new commitment to renew the participation in the EIP on AHA. The commitment called B4All (Biscay, a Territory for All) includes the declaration of intention on the work that both organizations are doing jointly in the context of the established Action Groups. The Provincial Government of Biscay and the University of Deusto are participating in three of the six Action Groups. In particular, in A2- Personalized health management and prevention of falls; A3- Prevention of functional decline and frailty; and D4- Innovation for age friendly buildings, cities and environments.
The University of Deusto is also member of the Covenant of Demographic Change, built on the outcomes of the AFE-INNOVNET Thematic Network, which aims at mobilising an EU-wide community of local and regional authorities and other stakeholders to support the scaling-up of innovative solutions for age-friendly environments across Europe.