Presentations from the successful “Homes4Life” Stakeholder Workshop, held on 24 June in Brussels, have been available here. The workshop consisted of 3 sessions and roundtables to gather external stakeholders’ feedback on key issues for developing a strategy and vision of age-friendly housing in 2040.
Housing is one of the 8 areas recommended by the WHO to implement age-friendly environments, however, a huge share of the existing housing stock is not adapted to the needs of older people. Homes4Life, a 2-year EU-funded Horizon 2020 Coordination and Support Action, is now in process of developing a first technical framework and indicators that will match solutions to changing needs of the population and enabling “ageing in place” whilst fostering active and healthy ageing and accessibility to all areas of community life.
In the next steps, this technical framework will be tested and assessed in various use-case scenarios in selected European countries, to form the basis for a certification scheme on the age-friendliness of housing. The ultimate aim of the Homes4Life certification scheme is scale-up innovations and increased investments towards a more appropriate housing offer that responds to the changing needs across the life-course.
Homes4Life builds upon and aligns itself with the definition of age-friendly environments as applied by the World Health Organisation, characterised by a home environment that fosters active and healthy ageing and autonomy. Age-friendly housing enables accessibility to all areas of community life, thereby promoting inclusion and engagement.
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