Age-Friendly Environments

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Dreamlike Neighbourhood

> Theme: Social inclusion

> Timeline: January 2021 – Dec 2023 (24 months)

> Keywords: supportive neighbourhood, local communities, social inclusion, participation, volunteering, civic engagement, life-long learning


Research shows that people with strong social connections live longer, have better mental health, improved physical health and are happier. Therefore, to support the increasing number of older people living alone to age in an active and healthy way and remain part of their community, the project will establish and test neighbourhood training groups. 8 to 12 neighbourhood training groups will be established, involving up to 180 older people in Austria, Slovenia, Czech Republic, and the Netherlands.

Older and very old people will meet regularly and support each other in (re-)identifying and bringing in their talents, fulfilling their dreams, sharing challenges of everyday life and finding ways to actively contribute to their communities.

The project will encourage face-to-face contacts with people who live within 5 to 10 minutes’ walk from each other to (i) build mutual supportive networks; (ii) take control of their own life and find solutions for everyday challenges (in the sense of entrepreneurship); (iii) extend their individual networks; and (iv) find creative ways of expressing their perspectives and ideas.

AGE involvement

In the research phase of the project, AGE will support the partners in providing EU good practice examples that promote the participation of very old people, valuing their talents and a reflection on (necessary) supportive structures and frameworks in organizations, institutions and services.

Taking advantage of its broad network, AGE will also disseminate any relevant results about the dreamlike neighbourhood project. Finally, AGE will organise the final event back to back with a statutory meeting where AGE members’ representatives will be invited to learn more about the results.

Involved AGE staff

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> Theme: ageing at home

> Timeline: 01 December 2018 – 28 February 2021

> Key Words: #housing #age-friendly #certification



Our living environments have a tremendous impact on our health and wellbeing. Ensuring their suitability and adaptability to people’s needs and preferences – including when these needs and preferences evolve over time – is one of the most effective approaches to respond to challenges brought to us by Europe’s ageing demographics. However, a huge share of the building stock is not adapted to permit to older persons to age in place.


Homes4Life addresses this challenge by contributing to the development of a new European certification scheme. The scheme will be based on an inspirational and realistic long-term vision of people’s needs and requirements in a holistic life-course approach and help develop better living environments integrating construction and digital solutions where this is beneficial.

AGE involvement

AGE will produce a report on how age-friendly housing in Europe currently looks like and how it will evolve until 2040. This prospective exercise will aim at mapping what could be the future living environments and how they could best help ageing at home. This research report will build on consultations of a wide range of stakeholders including AGE members and the European Covenant on Demographic Change.

AGE will participate in the vast majority of project activities to ensure older persons’ views are taken on board and will be actively contributing to the establishment and management of the Homes4Life stakeholder’s community of interest. 


The project is run by a multidisciplinary group of nine partners from five EU countries under the coordination of TECNALIA (Spain). The consortium grasps expertise from:

  • Four research centers and universities: TECNALIA (Spain), TNO (Netherlands), Utrecht University (Netherlands), Universita Politecnica Delle Marche (Italy)
  • A certification body: Certivéa (France) and its subsidiary Cerway, operator of the HQE1 certification in Europe
  • An SME focused on innovation and technology transfer: R2M Solution (France)
  • Three European associations representative of key stakeholders (Belgium): ECTP – the European Construction, built environment and energy efficient buildings Technology Platform, AGE Platform Europe – the voice of older persons in Europe, EUROCARERS – the European Association working for informal carers. 

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