Elderly Projects


TRIADE 2.0: TRaining for Inclusion of Ageing People with Disabilities through Exchange 2.0 –
Erasmus+ programme – Call 2018 KA2

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One of the greatest social hurdles the EU will face in the next few years is population ageing. As the World Health Organization highlights, the vulnerability to which elderly people are exposed will increase if age-related conditions are coupled with intellectual disabilities.

However, since national health and social service provision in the EU is not always adequate to respond to the specific needs of adults with intellectual disabilities as they age, it is necessary intervene in order to cope with them in order to improve their quality of life and wellbeing.

TRIADE 2.0 project aims at  promoting and enhancing the social inclusion of a new target group within society:  ageing adults with intellectual disabilities (AAWID). Dealing with the double problem of “ageing” and “intellectual disability “ is what makes the project innovative  as the development of new solutions in the ageing and disability field is as necessary as difficult to achieve.

Therefore, partnership commits itself to provide training on new competences to face the ageing process of AAWID in an active and healthy way and to work together with both public and private funds. Its transnational approach offers an added value because it deals with a common problem in the EU which demands global methodologies and solutions.


  • Instituto Valenciano de Atencion Social-Sanitaria (IVASS) – Spain
  • Den Achtanter vzw – Belgium
  • National Association of Professionals Working with Disable People (NAHRU) – Bulgaria
  • HOGESCHOOL Gent – Belgium
  • Sin Vincentius Kortrijk – Belgium
  • Familiehulp vzw – Belgium
  • International Association for Research and Development of Vocational Education and Training (REDVET) – Turkey
  • Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (UPV) – Spain
  • European Network of Social Authorities (ENSA) – Italy




APPCARE: Appropriate Care Pathway
- co-funded by the Health Programme of the European Union

cid:image006.jpg@01D37A64.7DDBEE40The progressively ageing population is completely changing the systems of care, determining very critical situations both for the subjects taking advantage from the treatments and those who provide adequate responses.

For this reason, in this period, a trustworthy cultural commitment is needed, in order to propose new organized systems which are able to adequately comply with the needs determined by demography and epistemology. At the same time it is necessary to promote accurate tests which could confirm the utility (or not) of the supposed projects for the health of elderly people, in regard both the local support and the hospital.

 The APPCARE project involves Italy, Spain and The Netherlands, and seeks to analyse the ways to reduce hospital admissions, in particular the recurring ones. This can be done through a process of selection of the patients the very moment they enter the emergency room and through adequate local interventions, which could allow to face many health problems without hospitalising, that always represents a stressful and risky situation for the elderly.

One of the innovative aspects of the project is the analysis of the efficacy of the insertion of a Brief Intensive Observation in the services network, working as a filter for the hospital admission and as a link with the territory. 



  • Azienda ULSS n.2 Marca Trevigiana – Italy
  • Polibienestar, University of Valencia – Spain
  • Erasmus University Medical Center, Department of Public Health (EMC) – The Netherlands
  • The Geriatric Research Group (GRG) - Italy



T.A.A.F.E. Towards an Alpine Age-Friendly Environment
– co-financed by the European Union via Interreg Alpine Space

cid:image006.jpg@01D37A64.7DDBEE40A growing ageing population and increasing number of isolated older people demand new approaches and political commitment. Therefore, the WHO developed the concept of sustainable age-friendly environments (AFE), using an integrative approach to optimize the social and physical environments and promote active, healthy ageing and participation in society.

The T.A.A.F.E. project uses this concept to build a participatory framework - T.A.A.F.E. model - for developing an age-friendly environment and an improved delivery of services in the Alpine Space (AS).

The center of the project is the so-called TRIO.
It is a team composed of at least:

  • one SENIOR representing the  voice of the elderly;
  • one FACILITATOR which facilitates the work in the field and acts as multiplier into the society;
  • one POLICY MAKER / REPRESENTATIVE OF THE LOCAL ADMINISTRATION to anchor the understanding of age-friendly environments in long-term.

The project is articulated in 4 phases:

Phase 1
During the first phase of the project we do improve the understanding of age-friendly environments (AFE).

Phase 2
In the second phase of the project we develop and roll-out a toolkit to enable the trios on national level to manage one project in one domain of AFE in co-creation.

Phase 3
In the third phase of the project the TRIOs run projects on national level to improve the quality of life of elderlies in the alpine space.

Phase 4
We plan to anchor both the co-creation approach and the understanding of AFE in the long-term. We elaborate a manual based on the AFE methodology implemented in the 6 pilot areas to be used by other public institutions and a T.A.A.F.E strategy for an age-friendly alpine space with concrete recommendations on age friendliness.



  • City of Treviso – Italy (Leader partner)
  • Institue for Seniors Care and Retirement – Italy
  • Central European Initiative – Italy
  • University of Grenoble Alpes – France
  • Pôle Services à la Personne Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur – France
  • District Office of Tübingen County – Germany
  • Anton Trstenjak Institute – Slovenia
  • Municipality of Žiri – Slovenia
  • Centre for Social Innovation GmbH – Austria
  • Generation 65 Plus GmbH – Switzerland
  • University of Tübingen – Germania
  • Municipality of Feldbach – Austria
  • Association of housing 65+ of Zurich – Switzerland



FILO: Fighting loneliness – Erasmus+ programme
Call 2017- KA2

cid:image006.jpg@01D37A64.7DDBEE40Society is challenged by a growing number of ageing people that live longer and age in place. A growing group of elderly is living alone and not receiving support. The lack of  relationships combined with an increasing need of support leads not only to a decrease in empowerment, but also to  loneliness.

Many interventions have been developed to address loneliness. It is though hard to select a suitable one  in an unique situation and to implement it. In addition the conditions to be able to implement the interventions matter: It depends on the type of loneliness and the motivation to participate socially. Furthermore service providers are expected to make the transition to community-based services.

This has an impact on the different roles professionals must play.
Professionals  need to know which interventions can be implemented, what their role is and what are  the required skills are to carry it out. Hence, we want to exchange good practices for the innovation of approaches of social inclusion, with the aim of improving the skills and competencies of students and professionals in the field of care and welfare.

Results of this project:

  • Overview of interventions for alleviating loneliness, categorized in the typologies of loneliness
  • Analysis and evaluation  good practices
  • Evaluation of  the methods to alleviate loneliness including the required roles of professionals to implement them and their necessary skills
  • Collection of recommendations for organizations working with lonely elderly on potential interventions and the required roles and skills of the professionals
  • Collection of  existing (innovative, experimental) vocational training methods to deal with the challenges of social inclusion of lonely elderly  together with vocational training methods to deal with the challenge of choosing a suitable intervention,
  • Paving the way for first ideas of joint international education programs around loneliness among elderly.


  • University of Applied Sciences – Netherlands
  • The city of  Rotterdam- Netherlands
  • Care Organization Roeselare- Belgium-
  • Region of Crete- Greece
  • Nacka Municipality- Sweden
  • Centre Communal d’Action Social de Marseille- France
  • European Network of Social Authorities- Italy
  • CO.GE.S. Don Lorenzo  Milani,  Società Cooperativa  Sociale-Italy



“SEFAC” Social Engagement Framework for Addressing the Chronic disease challenge - 3rd Health Programme
in collaboration with the ELISAN network

Funded under the European Commission's 3rd Health Programme, SEFAC, the 'Social Engagement Framework for Addressing the Chronic-disease-challenge' takes a community approach to promoting health and reducing the burden of chronic health.

The major chronic diseases  are the main cause of death and disability in Europe and have a huge social and economic impact. 

Although they often strike the elderly, chronic diseases increasingly affect young and middle-ages people too, due mainly to poor lifestyle choices.  Some  40% of the total number of people who died from major chronic diseases in 2012 were under the age of 70, for example, according to the WHO.  Projects like SEFAC are created to help reduce this burden by making people more resilient to chronic disease.

Partners (with logos)

  • Erasmus MC
  • Istituto per Servizi di Ricovero e Assistenza Anziani (I.S.R.A.A.)
  • University of Rijeka, Faculty of Medicine
  • European local inclusion and social action network  (ELISAN)
  • University of Valencia, research institute Polibienestar
  • Age UK Cornwall & Isles of Scilly

For further information:
email: sefac@erasmusmc.nl



Urban Health Centres 2.0- Second Programme of Community Action in the field of Health 2008-2013
in collaboration with the ELISAN network

Urban Health Centres 2.0: Integrated health and social care pathways, early detection of frailty, management of polypharmacy and prevention of falls for active and healthy ageing in European cities

General objective
Urban Health Centres 2.0 (UHC2.0) promote innovative integrated health and social care pathways, early detection of frailty, management of polypharmacy and prevention of falls for active and healthy ageing in European cities.

The general objective is to develop, implement, and evaluate the UHC2.0 in 5 varied European cities that will act as pilot site, in order to produce and disseminate a transferable and easily implementable model for the innovative UHC2.0. The UHC2.0 should be a platform for the realisation of the priorities of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.

In the whole project, a strong communication and optimal dissemination strategy will be realised.

Expected outcome
​We aim for a reach of > 70% of older people invited for preventive care; implementation integrity of >70%; a half standard deviation (SD) improvement in measures of independence and HR-QoL; a decrease of use-of-care and costs after 14 months of follow-up compared to the baseline measurements; and finally, an appreciation by stakeholders >7 on a 1-10 scale. The project will result in a transferable and easily implementable model for UHC2.0 for integrated health and social care pathways, early detection of frailty, management of polypharmacy and prevention of falls for active and healthy ageing in European cities. A tool box with instruments and protocols and a concise policy document will be produced that contributes to the priorities of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP-AHA).

List of partners:




"Living with and despite the Alzheimer disease"

The ENSA group participated with several proposals to the Elisan and Fondation Médéric Alzheimer call for award 2012 "Living with and despite the Alzheimer disease".



"Advancing Integration for a Dignified Aging" - PROGRESS Programme 2007-2013

AIDA Co-funded by the PROGRESS Programme 2007-2013. It has produced the National Guidelines for health and social integration.
Leonardo da Vinci transfer for innovation



"Quality Care for quality Aging" PROGRESS programme 2007-2013

European Indicators for Home Health Care" granted by the PROGRESS programme 2007-2013 within the call of Promoting Quality of Social Services of General Interest. The objectives of the project were to develop comparative analysis of socio-demographic trends and evolutions of elderly health conditions; to collect good practices and guidelines for monitoring and assessment in Home Health Care services; to elaborate a set of efficacy and effectiveness indicators for monitoring quality in Home Health Care.



"Person Centred Training: Age Planning" PERCENTAGE - Leonardo da Vinci programme in 2006

Granted by the Leonardo da Vinci programme in 2006. The objective of this two-year project was to elaborate an e-based training package for staff working in elderly care and health, with focus on person centred care and individually designed care packages.




“Supporting Independent Living citizen" SILC - 5th Framework programme (1998-2002)

Granted by the 5th Framework programme (1998-2002). The objective was ensuring personal safety of the elderly at home. Electronic bracelets and biometric sensors connected with alarm systems involving also disables as target group were developed.