The National Institute of Public Health in Slovenia (NIJZ) as project partner of The Alpine Space Transnational Governance of Active and Healthy Ageing (ASTAHG) project, co-financed by the European Union via Interreg Alpine Space, organized an international conference, bringing together key stakeholders to share knowledge and discuss the challenges and solutions to improve the quality of life of older people in remote areas.

Conference entitled: “SUPPORTING OLDER PEOPLE IN REMOTE AREAS IN THE TIME OF COVID19” was held on 2nd December 2020 in online form. The conference was attended by stakeholders from different fields such as health, research, social services, education, and NGOs, among others. Participants came from all over the world, mainly from Slovenia, France, Spain, Austria, India and UK.

Main goal of the meeting was to came closer to aims of the projects, which are: (1) better governance capacities of regional AHA policies, coordinating actions in different sectors with a strong geographic focus, (2) easing the transferring of innovation and initiatives for AHA across the AS and (3) enabling social innovation framework for generating and adopting innovation for AHA involving public and private actors. In the past year of the ASTAHG project, the project partners pointed out the urgent need to respond to the situation in remote areas in the Alpine space, especially in the field of population aging. Organizers, together with project partners and guests, created a day dedicated to active and healthy ageing, with special consideration on how to support older people in remote areas during COVID-19 pandemic.

The ASTAHG event included also the 3rd meeting of the Transnational Governance Board (TGB), that was moderated by Gian Matteo Apuzzo. TGB sesssion focused on the innovative solutions for AHA in response to COVID19.

NIJZ ASTAHG working group (Andreja Mezinec, Monika Robnik Levart, Ria Jagodic, Lucija Benko and Mojca Gabrijelčič Blenkuš) would therefore like to thank all the co-creators and participants of the conference.


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