iAge partners meet in Kiel

On 12th and 13th of March the iAge partners joined forces once again to share their experiences and updates on the current project status. The participants were warmly welcomed in Kiel (Germany) by our hosts at the Academy of Economics Schleswig-Holstein (WAK).

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Following a number of presentations of innovative applications by WAK students, the project team members of Work Package 3 presented, in turn, their approach and progress to date. The focus of WP3 is on training, mentoring, coaching and research with the use of technology. To increase participation of
the elderly on the labour market (incl. voluntary work and self-employment) through ICT, iAge aims to introduce new technologies, stimulate entrepreneurship, include senior citizens in the local economy and experiment with gradual retirement and intergenerational approaches. Testing and exchanging ICT tools and portals for the elderly, personnel and informal caregivers is well underway. By comparing data, finding and linking common factors - in other words, learning and sharing - the partners are developing a
transnational methodology.

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Following a series of presentations and discussions it's always good to have a change of setting. The WAK had kindly organized a short visit to ABK - a local waste management company- where the partners
learned about the company's SALA project which deals with occupational health management.

On the second day of our partner meeting in sunny Kiel it was time to for a Work Package 4 update. Themes in this part of the project deal with improving accessibility and promoting the use of ICT in relation to lifelong living.

Lifelong living refers to facing the new reality of increasing life expectancies, varying levels of abilities and the needs of all ages. iAge partners cooperate to increase the ICT competence among the elderly and the use of self-management tools so that they can live independently for longer. A joint analysis and
evaluation of the needs of the elderly in relation to the use of ICT by the participating partners was summarized and several interesting issues passed the revue during the course of the morning: relevant aspects, the ‘don'ts' of user friendliness, changing the mindset of potential users (the elderly) regarding
ICT.

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As the project now enters its final phase, showcasing the iAge results (i.e. Guidebook, Fact Sheets and an ICT toolbox) was also on the agenda. For a more detailed update on progress and achievements check this
website regularly.

The iAge project will present at the NSR Interreg IVB Annual Conference in Aberdeen
(25th-26th June 2014) and preparations are currently underway for the iAge Final Conference (20th November 2014), so save the dates!

Laatst bijgewerkt op 20 March 2014.