ASTAHG

Alpine Space Transnational Governance of Active and Healthy Ageing

International conference and TGB

Supporting Older People in Remote Areas in the Time of COVID-19

The National Institute of Public Health in Slovenia (NIJZ) as project partner of the ASTAHG project, co-financed by the European Union via Interreg Alpine Space, organized on 2nd December 2020 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 COVID-19” was held in online form. The conference gathered 92 participants from all over the world, mainly from Slovenia, France, Spain, Austria, India and UK.

The conference contributed attaining the projects’ objectives, 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. Therefore, the conference dedicated to active and healthy ageing was organized, with special consideration on how to support older people in remote areas during COVID-19 pandemic.

The most ˝interactive˝ part of the conference was roundtable with NIJZ stakeholders, moderated by dr. Mojca Gabrijelčič Blenkuš. Aim of the roundtable was to meet with NIJZ ASTAHG stakeholders to share knowledge and discuss the challenges and solutions to improve the quality of life of older people in remote areas. Key topics that were bring into discussion were based on most challenging topics that emerged in stakeholder survey from last year (conducted by NIJZ). Primary goal of the roundtable was to understand stakeholders’ views on proposed topics. To reach this goal, stakeholders were invited from different types of institutions to gain better insight.

The ASTAHG event included also the 3rd meeting of the Transnational Governance Board (TGB), that was moderated by Gian Matteo Apuzzo. TGB session focused on the innovative solutions for AHA in response to COVID-19.

In last session, a special ˝spirit˝ of the conference was given by the invited guests from India and United Kingdom, who gave their views on the situation of COVID-19.

At the end, the participants agreed that ˝no one can win this challenge alone and no one must be left behind˝ and that only ˝together we can do more˝.

A huge “thanks” to the organizers and participants!

Please find here attached, the program astahg_agenda_dec2020.conference-with-invitation_finv_1.pdf

and the minutes2_astahg_report_from-december-s-conference_fin_-koncana.pdf