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We have successfully closed the first project phase of “Potentials of the European Silver Economy” with 95 ideas, 698 participants, 119 comments and 273 votes. We'd like to thank all participants for taking the time and contributing to our online ideation!

In a next step we validated these results with participants. These results are archived here. Please also visit our project website.

If you have any questions or feedback, please contact the Silver Economy study team at: silver-economy(at)technopolis-group.com

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Autor: SIDUK Datum: 27 September 2016

By vaccinating either for flu, shingles or pneumonia you are helping the elderly to avoid hospital admissons, living healthier lives independently and avoiding costly unnecessary complications in amy pre-existing morbidities.

The UK has seen a successful roll-out of national vaccination schemes through community pharmacies over the past five years and the outcomes have been so good, the governmenthave renewed the clinical contract.

 

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It definitely creates new roles for pharmacists and their teams and builds on the clinical and public health roles.
Do you have examples where your idea is already used or how it could be used in practice? Please also share links to further information if possible. (optional)
GPs generally oppose it but the public strongly support it, its more cost effective through pharmacies, access is easier because of longer opening times and because no appointments are necessary.
What are the current barriers in implementing your idea? (optional)
UK.
How can your idea create new jobs and businesses? (optional)
take the evidence from the UK. Last year UK pharmacists delivered over 500,000 vaccinations from roughly 8000 premises.
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Autor: Lefteris Bournousouzis Datum: 27 September 2016

Greece has more than 277 islands. 200 small islands don’t have any physiotherapy care coverage. The aim of this proposal is the reduction of inequalities in health status and the principle of equal access to health care based on need.   We should deliver rehabilitation services over telecommunication networks and the internet.

Tele physiotherapy can deliver therapy to people who cannot travel because the patient disability or because of travel time. Physiotherapists will engage clinical consultation at a distance.

The visual nature of rehabilitation limits the types of rehabilitation services that can be provided. It is most widely used for neuro-rehabilitation for children’s and elderly. The program should support research and the development of tele-rehabilitation application motion technology, mobile app and physiotherapists education.

How could policy makers help to scale-up your idea across Europe? (optional)
Physiotherapist will work in this program and many ict programmers will have to create new applications
Do you have examples where your idea is already used or how it could be used in practice? Please also share links to further information if possible. (optional)
Since 2009 Greeks have been experiencing pension and salary reductions, unemployment and profound cuts to public budgets. Health and welfare sectors were subject to severe austerity measures, which have endangered provision of as well as access to services, potentially widening health inequality gap.
What are the current barriers in implementing your idea? (optional)
Telerehabilitation and Physiotherapy https://www.physiotherapy.asn.au/DocumentsFolder/Advocacy_Position_Telerehabilitation_2009.pdf
How can your idea create new jobs and businesses? (optional)
Policy makers have to create a network that will share ideas, investigations and best practices
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Autor: L-F Pau Datum: 27 September 2016

Batteries in cars and trucks, are only recycled to a modest extent (except for the lead and electrode metal). Many elderly people living in rather flat terrain would see their mobility vastly increased if they could get around, but are deterred by the very high cost of electrical scooters. Municipalities give sometimes subsidies, but they are small due to the same high cost reason. The solution is to allow the recycling departments and sites of clusters of municipalities, collect car / truck batteries   to refurbish them ( a simple chemical process with in some cases electrode replacement) , and redistribute the revamped batteries to elederly. These could then buy a new or used electric scooter at 60 % of full commercial costs, and get from the municipality's recycling dept. a free battery (and possibly a spare !). The cost of battery recycling can be born by the income generated by the recycling sites .

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Direct jobs in the battery revamping. Indirect jobs by allowing seniors to move around in larger numbers (with all the added social benefits)
Do you have examples where your idea is already used or how it could be used in practice? Please also share links to further information if possible. (optional)
Sellers of electrical scooters or vehicles want to sell new items
How can your idea create new jobs and businesses? (optional)
There are safety policies for disposing of batteries; they should be amended to allow the recycling for environmental and grey economy purposes, and not just favour the recuperation of metals
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Autor: L-F Pau Datum: 27 September 2016

Everywhere megapoles attract active people in their "good years", emptying the country side of young people. Seniors would pay less for housing , and have a better life closer to nature, if tax measures gave incentives to their moving to the country sides in Europe. In this way rural ecosystems would be revitalized. This can be done easily by giving a time limited discount (say 5 years) on property taxes to seniors relocating from towns (>100 000 h) to rural communities . This can be controlled by a change in legal domicile 

How could policy makers help to scale-up your idea across Europe? (optional)
Not only can the seniors take on small local tasks (eg. in support of schools) , but the caretaking and housing they will use fix other jobs and competences.
Do you have examples where your idea is already used or how it could be used in practice? Please also share links to further information if possible. (optional)
In Denmark, seniors moving to their summerhouse (if they have one) get all social rights transferred. But the proposed measure is wider and applies also to those who do not have a second residence.More affluent seniors (e.g. from UK, DE or SE) move abroad to better climates but tend to cluster in densely populated touristic locations .
How can your idea create new jobs and businesses? (optional)
Domestic budgets should give incentives to seniors migrating , and serving as catalysts in regional redevelopment
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Autor: Dr Leonard Anderson Datum: 26 September 2016

We have developed a unique Wellbeing Monitor that is particularly appropriate for those who forget or refuse to wear pendant alarms.  Studies indicate that 8% Always, 60% Usually and 32% Never wear their pendants.  It is designed to indicate the risk of hypothermia, malnutrition and dehydration, as well as help to detect unattended falls.  

It also enables family and careers be more socially involved with the person and identify declining capacity early.

The system consists of three components:

  1. A tamper proof Smart Power Socket that contains various sensors including movement & temperature, along with its own internet connectivity.  This replaces an existing power socket in the kitchen of an elderly person living alone.  A kettle and/or other regularly used item is plugged into the Smart Socket in the usual manner.
  2. Predictive Modelling Software determines if Activities of Daily Living (ADL) are taking place as usual, or not, based on sensor readings from the Smart Socket.
  3. A Smartphone App provides a simple colour coded indication of Wellbeing; the ability to drill down to see details of any changes; and the ability to push notifications to a response centre or other carer.
How could policy makers help to scale-up your idea across Europe? (optional)
Our product will support growth in the carers marketplace. It also helps to reduce the burden on hospital and emergency services related to caring for older people.
Do you have examples where your idea is already used or how it could be used in practice? Please also share links to further information if possible. (optional)
A primary barrier to entry are associated with limit budget limits within the Local Authority and Housing Associations which are our primary target markets. Another is the market dominance and existing contractual relationship of the market leader, Tunstall.
What are the current barriers in implementing your idea? (optional)
Our product is currently being used in a selected number of trials with individual users.
How can your idea create new jobs and businesses? (optional)
Our product promotes wellbeing, which is separate from healthcare. Studies indicate that the average hospital stay is 31.7 days if a patients episode results in admission to a care home, versus an average hospital stay is 12.3 days if the patient is sufficiently well to be discharged into assisted independent living. Policy makers can help scale-up our idea by promoting the value of Wellbeing.
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Autor: Michele Larchez Datum: 26 September 2016
Elderly people have a lot to transmit. They also have a lot of competences Some of them are even good linguists. Baby boomers travelled a lot. They have à strong wish to feel useful. They suffer from a lack of consideration in western countries. Theybenefit from experience and Theuriau are respected by people from eastern countries among emigrants, so are more likely to be listened to Why not create a civil service for elderly people ?
How could policy makers help to scale-up your idea across Europe? (optional)
By coaching or tutoring younger on es. More will fin work
Do you have examples where your idea is already used or how it could be used in practice? Please also share links to further information if possible. (optional)
was incluses in French law projection on silver ecobomy Senate scratched it out
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Autor: Consorzio CoRi Datum: 26 September 2016

TRAVELABILITY – TOURISM FOR ALL. WE TRY TO GO BEYOND.

Holiday tours that overcome all obstacles

Live the dream of an exclusive holiday with the best safety measures and medical care guaranteed. Tell us about the journey you've always wanted and we will take care of the rest.

On January 21st 2016 Consorzio CoRi organized at Florence the meeting "Tourism for All. We try to go beyond”, which showed that just in Europe, over 100 million people might be interested in non-traditional forms of tourism.

Particularly, elderly and people with disabilities frequently give up to organize a travel due to the fear of not finding the assistance which they need; for these reasons they usually do not use the traditional tourism forms and seek new solutions to travel and to live out their holiday moments with complete serenity.

Ignoring their needs and the answers that can be given to their demands would mean removing a significant portion of the population that has the right to fully enjoy their holiday dream – said Riccardo Romano, Chairman of Consorzio CoRi.

The United Nations have announced 2017 as the "International Year of Sustainable Tourism" and Consorzio CoRi, in view of this deadline, has launched an innovative service in partnership with Beyond and CapViaggi: Travelability.

The primary goal is to offer travelers with special needs a safe and memorable holiday. For the duration of their stay, guests will be looked after by specialized care assistants and a knowledgeable tour guide. In order to provide a service of personalized healthcare, a team of experts will be available for the duration of trip. Assistance, diagnostic tests, checkups and medical care are guaranteed 24 hours a day so health issues are no longer an obstacle to an unforgettable holiday in Italy, and in particular in Tuscany.

Thanks to this service, we are able to guarantee in a hotel room in Tuscany the same healthcare that the elderly or people with disabilities would have at home. Looking at their medical records, we can plan the best kind of assistance and tourist routes to enable them to fully live their dream. Everything is organized to provide an unforgettable stay, making the experience original, all in complete safety – said Fabio Cacioli, Senior manager of Beyond.

Travelability intends to respond to the issue of accessibility and, at the same time, a similar service is also reflected in terms of positive impact on the entire economic system and cultural territory: the arrival in our country of a new flow of tourists allows to increase new opportunity of jobs.

Come and visit us!

Website: www.travel-ability.com/en/

Facebook: TravelAbility/Turismo Assitito

Twitter: TravelAbility #ProviamoAdAndareOltre

LinkedIn: Travel-Ability Turismo Assistito

 

 

 

How could policy makers help to scale-up your idea across Europe? (optional)
An non-traditional form of tourism allows the arrival in Italy, and in particular in Tuscany, of a new flow of tourists (elderly and people with disabilities) during all the year and allows new opportunity of jobs in the field of healthcare and tourism.
What are the current barriers in implementing your idea? (optional)
In order to achieve her mission, Consorzio CoRi has established a strong collaboration with important partners, working in the field of tourism and healthcare and helpful services
Kategorie: Entertainment, Culture & Tourism
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Autor: JMK Carsat LR Datum: 26 September 2016

Purpose This project over €1,5M is part of the French Retirement and Occupational Health Insurance Agency of Languedoc Roussillon (Carsat LR) ageing risk prevention policy. It aims to support, through the Regional Institute of Ageing, pre-retirees and retirees who live independently and have been identified at risk of frailty on a social or health level. The purpose is to increase legibility as well as technical and financial access to innovations for vulnerable people who are remote from the digital era, through a multiservice user-friendly platform. It intends to provide information and digital service at the right time to the right person. Method Launched at the end of 2015 and renewed in 2016, the project already rallies over 16 actors of the Silver Economy currently developing personalised ICT tools to improve the safety and comfort of seniors as well as the coordination between health and social care. The objective is threefold: developing new adapted technologies (liaising digital notebook, home sensors, and interconnected objects), having them evaluated by retirees and professionals and making them accessible to the ICT web platform which will provide tutorials, prices and collect opinions from users and professionals. Results & Discussion 500 Carsat LR retirees will be testing these new devices and solutions which will be provided to them without charge for two years. This will foster users' access to digital social innovation, appreciation of profit made in accessing comprehensive and appropriate information, coordination of caregivers and professionals as well as enjoying the use of those products (access to games, social links, customer confidence, sense of safety). It’s a unique opportunity to mobilise solutions in a structured manner, bringing together competing businesses under a consortium agreement. Advantages for these businesses include acceleration of the development and the availability of their adapted solutions as well as the possibility to test their products on the field, on a significant panel of people. Professional caregiver’s data analysis will identify seniors at risk of frailty, proposing preventive actions, local service offerings tailored to their needs.

How could policy makers help to scale-up your idea across Europe? (optional)
By supporting ICT businesses (acceleration of the development and the availability of their adapted solutions as well as the possibility to test their products on the field, on a significant panel of people).
Do you have examples where your idea is already used or how it could be used in practice? Please also share links to further information if possible. (optional)
Recruiting retirees volunteers to test the ICT devices.
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Autor: Willeke van Staalduinen Datum: 26 September 2016

Already many ICT solutions exist to support independent living and comfort at home. These solutions are available in a lot of ways: f.e. free of charge, premium packages, smart home systems. A lot of older people use or would like to use these solutions to connect with family and friends, follow the news, to have their health monitored, to play games or look films. When frailty occurs they want to be monitored for safety and want to have an alarm set if necessary. But, how do they manage to set up such a safe (home) system? Developments in ICT go very fast and only a few are able to catch up fully. For others who buy a new smartphone or tablet once in three years it is very difficult to know what is available, how they can get it and especially how internet/user safety is guaranteed. Also a lot of these solutions are available in English only and that is a barrier to many too. For newcomers on the ICT market it is even harder to understand how to prepare and use ICT and how your privacy and money are secured.

With the growing number of older people in Europe who want to (continue to) use ICT, many job growth chances are there. That is to have technically trained, independent and socially capable people to be hired by older people (or family) themselves or assigned by local communities or public health to install, maintain and guide older people the use of safe ICT solutions. Also job growth opportunities occur to work on internet safety and cyber security in Europe.

How could policy makers help to scale-up your idea across Europe? (optional)
There is a gap between the development of new ICT solutions and to bring these solutions to the market. A lot of (older) people are not familiar with ICT nor the safe use of ICT and because of that, they don't buy or use it. To have trained people to help older people at home with the installation and use of ICT creates jobs. Also an opportunity is to work on internet safety and cyber security in Europe.
Do you have examples where your idea is already used or how it could be used in practice? Please also share links to further information if possible. (optional)
A lot of money is spend on the development of innovative solutions and less attention is there for how people safely can use it by themselves. Big international players (Microsoft, Google, Apple) are able to cross the gap, but Europe isn't.
What are the current barriers in implementing your idea? (optional)
In my hometown the local computershop offers help (€ 25 per half an hour) at home to install, improve and guide people with the usage of ICT. They are continuously fully overbooked.
How can your idea create new jobs and businesses? (optional)
To pay a bit more attention to the implementation of innovative solutions instead of the development of innovative solutions itself.
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Autor: DESPINA Datum: 25 September 2016

Elder people who are living alone have the need for somebody to remind them to do their daily duties. For example to remind their appointment with the doctor, to take their medicine at the proper time, to pay the utility bills, to visit the bank, to go to the theater on time, even to close the oven etc.

Most of them they are not very familiar with the computers to organize their daily duties, but they can use a classic mobile phone which can remind them their duties.

This mobile phone should be very easy and simple to operate and to put different tasks and reminders.

This “phones” could also support some basic health monitoring functions such as measurement of oxygen in the blood,  blood pressure, blood glucose etc., and in case of abnormal measurements, the phone could automatically dial up a favorite number (doctor, family members, neighbor etc) , for help.

How could policy makers help to scale-up your idea across Europe? (optional)
new business service for supporting elders in a case of emergency new "phones" in the market for special use by elder people
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Autor: Jean Roberts Datum: 23 September 2016

Those of us who did not grow up in the Digital Age still have considerable life (and professional) experience to input to upcoming research and project activities in relation to empowering the next generation through current research. However we do not necessarily have a good grasp of the technologies per se. My wish would be for any potential development (particularly eHealth / mHealth / telemedicine - my particular area of experience and interest) to have both a non-specialist description and hypertext links to new technologies, expresssed in similar levels of lanuage. As potential end-users we will be able to interpret and then offer functional observations /views of the proposed (emerging or near-market) solutions to be offerred to our community.  

How could policy makers help to scale-up your idea across Europe? (optional)
This will add to the evaluation of 'fitness for purpose' before huge investments are made in prototypes or scarce resources are deployed to bring something to market that many silver potentially enabled users / customers do not want / cannot understand the rationale for
Do you have examples where your idea is already used or how it could be used in practice? Please also share links to further information if possible. (optional)
The silver generation cannot continue to keep up to date with technological developments - our capacity for absorbing new ideas is more limited, but our time to give considered (constructive critical) observations is increased once we are not in full-time occupation.
What are the current barriers in implementing your idea? (optional)
not directly
How can your idea create new jobs and businesses? (optional)
Add a requirement for the types of helpful (lay) descriptions for the Silver community as a mandate to all future research bids and websites showing funded project progress
Kategorie: Connectivity & Social participation
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Autor: Harry Fulgencio Datum: 23 September 2016

Seniors have specialized and well honed skills that have been perfected and have sustained their career. You have youth that are looking for guidance and guidance when it comes to what they want in life... for the ones that have already figured out what they want... they are probably  looking for a figure to gain knowledge and learn from.

Knowing this, some knowledge intensive area (law, education, etc) can be identified and can be a target group for the initial phase.

How could policy makers help to scale-up your idea across Europe? (optional)
First of all you utilise the available resources (seniors with experience ) by connecting them to youth who are serious in their career.
Do you have examples where your idea is already used or how it could be used in practice? Please also share links to further information if possible. (optional)
Lack of collaboration with big companies and government to take care of their retired employees....Willing retirees especially government and big companies should be connected via the platform so they can offer their services to the youth or current employees.
How can your idea create new jobs and businesses? (optional)
Encourage development of online social platforms for the youth and the old. Connecting is the idea here... now incentive or fund research that enable this bridging.
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Autor: silviagri Datum: 22 September 2016

dear webside my name is silvia and i am a social economist..i come from italy...in the past i have taken part to some epso competitions....i appreciate an internaitonal context but i think it is important also to have a kind enviroment..and i know it is not easy actually...i am 39 years old..probably i leave with old people and i can understand the needs of old people...in my opinion it should be great to have a good welfare system...money is important but also kind and philantropic enviroment

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i do not know..this is just an expression of interest ...i appreciate european union..probably in my life i have found some kind people in behaviours but also violent people...really terrible scenarios
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i do not know..this is just an expression of interest towards your proposal
What are the current barriers in implementing your idea? (optional)
i do not know..this is just an expression of interest towards your proposal
How can your idea create new jobs and businesses? (optional)
i do not know
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Autor: Sofoklis Kyriazakos Datum: 22 September 2016

The evolution of ICT systems and the large number of R&D activities around the are of Silver Economy resulted in various solid solutions that can support the independent living of senior citizens. However, most of the products are not financially sustainable, given the high costs and the difficulty to get them subsidized by the National Health System. Due to the lack of an integrated ecosystem that can support -or even finance- deployment of such solutions, entrepreneurs are seeking for disruptive business models to address this market. Such ecosystem could consist of the public sector, local authorities, insurance companies, pharmaceuticals, etc, that will have direct or indirect benefits from the use of such solutions.

This should be considered as an opportunity to bring the above stakeholders closer and create policies that will enable the deployment of solid solutions for the Silver Economy.

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Autor: Kristine Datum: 22 September 2016

Most of Europe's current housing stock is designed for a particular type of household - single person, couples without children, families, etc - and we rely on markets to match supply with need. Homes are not designed to be adapted over our life-course. But markets don't always work well and with an ageing population, we can expect to see far more older people wanting to stay in their family homes despite the fact they are too large and costly to run and not well suited to the needs of later life. Building new homes that are designed to allow spaces to be reconfigured (e.g. downsized) and re-equipped (e.g. smart home technologies, assisted living) would be a great development. It would also potentially help unlock massive underutilised capacity in the housing stock, where a growing number of large family homes are occupied by single people while there is a general shortage of homes for younger people.

How could policy makers help to scale-up your idea across Europe? (optional)
Europe is building several million new homes every year and very few have adaptable, universal designs. The potential market within the refurbishment sector is likely to be larger still. The move to adaptable housing would provide a boost to the European economy, with designers, house-builders and building services benefiting from slightly more intensive activity within the new build sector and an upswing in major refurbishment work. Most of the additional work and income would occur locally, within the EU, albeit there may be some increased demand for smart home technologies from other international technology suppliers
Do you have examples where your idea is already used or how it could be used in practice? Please also share links to further information if possible. (optional)
The main sticking points are the absence of common standards and a wariness on the part of individual or collective buyers around paying a small premium and making use of the adaptability.
What are the current barriers in implementing your idea? (optional)
In the UK, the Lifetime Homes project implements the concept of adaptable housing (http://www.lifetimehomes.org.uk). They provide a design guide, case studies of existing homes and advice for professionals.
How can your idea create new jobs and businesses? (optional)
Adaptable Housing would be a more attractive proposition for the private sector if markets were somewhat larger, extending beyond individual regions or member states, on to a European level. The market would also be facilitated by the creation of European or international standards and accreditation systems.
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Autor: Kristine Datum: 22 September 2016

There exist travel and mobility schemes for older and disabled people such as mobility passes for older people, shared taxis, door-to-door services, concessionary transport rates, etc. Such schemes are designed to overcome the barriers to mobility. There are no dedicated EU-wide schemes that improve the mobility of older people and support cross border movements. Such scheme would particular benefit residents that live close to a country border, including older cross border workers.

How could policy makers help to scale-up your idea across Europe? (optional)
The mobility of the older adult is sometimes impaired, leading to isolation and deprivation. It is possible to encourage cross-border mobility, of residents living in border regions via an EU-wide mobility scheme. Such scheme should also facilitate cross-border working, allowing the older adult to contribute to the job market for a longer period of time. The scheme may also contribute to tourism in border regions. Also, an EU wide scheme could be endorsed by best practices and the design of new and creative solutions to support the mobility of older people.
Do you have examples where your idea is already used or how it could be used in practice? Please also share links to further information if possible. (optional)
There is a lack of integration of travel and mobility services that have a cross-border function. Much of existing services are local and highly dependent on volunteers.
How can your idea create new jobs and businesses? (optional)
Support the design and integration of local travel and mobility schemes, pilot a cross-border travel and mobility scheme in key hubs, develop EU-wide standards and share best practices.
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Autor: fortunati.deluca@tin.it Datum: 22 September 2016

This is not a new idea, but it is a good idea that I would like to pick up again. In certain countries, like France, there have been some experiments in this direction, but these experiements are too few and have not become a constant social practice. The rationale is very simple. Many people who arrive to the pension moment, have still many precious energies to dedicate to work, for accompany the new employees in place and generally younger people in their workplace. Assist them in their new responsibilities, share with them their experience, give advice, if requested, on how to address the various problems and face the new challenges.
A society is impoverished if it is not able to build this process. A certain amount of money could be dedicated to stimulate the pensioners who are disposable and that the company think would be very useful.

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It does not create new jobs and businesses but it is able to increase the productivity in work places without spending money or few money.
Do you have examples where your idea is already used or how it could be used in practice? Please also share links to further information if possible. (optional)
Lack of a strategic thought about the functioning of society
What are the current barriers in implementing your idea? (optional)
France
How can your idea create new jobs and businesses? (optional)
Tune the mechanism and solicit the single member states to apply it. Maybe at the beginning it would be worth to put in place some experiments.
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Autor: learnnewskills Datum: 21 September 2016

Europe’s Silver Economy just like the older global population should be able to gain training to allow them to utilise digital technology available. Unfortunately, with an ageing society and funding cuts in adult education a bigger and bigger gaps are appearing annually in elder learners gaining the skills they need to contribute to the economy more effectively.

How could policy makers help to scale-up your idea across Europe? (optional)
Older individuals may have more resources to set-up a businesses and could just need the opportunity to gain the skills they require to succeed in the modern world.
Kategorie: Work & Training
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Autor: Ferran Cabrer i Vilagut Datum: 21 September 2016

Time ago 2007 we presented the proposal CAST Cooperative ActivAge Support Trust. Gazelle speed plus Elephant experience. The aim was to provide young legs to expert elder people for carrying out entrepreneurial projects. It was not approved, maybe to be advanced to available IT technologies. Nowadays, the massive and easy IT use can provide the link of young-elder pairs, creating synergies when they work together.

COOPEU is an online platform for searching and matching young-older entrepreneurs and startups, and entrepreneurial proposals and projects. A set of local/nationals European network of incubators/accelerators will act - helping, supporting, training, … - as tutors/mentors the young/older entrepreneur to form the team, develop the business plan, scale up and internationalise the startup, reach financing, prototype the idea, etc.    

How could policy makers help to scale-up your idea across Europe? (optional)
Creating works for young and older people, facilitating the creation and grow of startups, reinforcing the European entrepreneurial sector, activating the EU policies and EC programmes, ...
Do you have examples where your idea is already used or how it could be used in practice? Please also share links to further information if possible. (optional)
COOPEU platform and network exist, but they needs to be arranged and re-launched and the up-to-date methods and processes discussed and approved.
What are the current barriers in implementing your idea? (optional)
The H2020-ICT-2014-1 project proposal STARTINNOCOOP, presented by 13 entrepreneurship local-hubs coordinators, created the website http://coopreneur.eu It show the basic ideas for facilitating the entrepreneurial cooperation. The methods, processes and work-plan are defined in the proposal and a presentation was published at http://www.slideshare.net/consen/coopreneureu-platform-presentation-12s31may The restrictive list of partners can easily be extended to one representative local-hub per EU region.
How can your idea create new jobs and businesses? (optional)
Facilitating the European networking and the work meetings, assembling experts and entrepreneurial stakeholders (incubators/accelerators, chamber of commerce, industrial parks, ...), and EU-STARTUP initiatives.
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Autor: Telecentre Europe aisbl Datum: 21 September 2016

Digital solutions (e-health apps and devices, digital platforms, etc. etc.) can indeed contribute to prevent social isolation, improve health and general well-being of older people, especially for those with reduced mobility. 

However, providing the solutions themselves will not be enough, because many older people lack the necessary skills to interact with and through digital technologies. Therefore, any technical solution should be accompanied with related trainings to equip the target group with those skills and make sure that they can take full advantage of the solutions. Telecenters (public enters where people can use computers and Internet) around Europe and similar organisations have done tremendous work in empowering older people to participate in the digital world. Some examples are: Get Online Week https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x08-ans13ek in UK, IT-guide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOvdGtULJ_Y in Sweden, Silver Surfers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv2YHC0Ai3I in Serbia, e-participation day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5dS42j6-HE in Lithuania). These centers are places where older people feel welcome, less intimidated, where trainings are made for them and with them, tailored to their needs.

A particularly successful approach is the intergenerational learning where young people teach the elderly digital skills and they teach them life skills in return. This approach increases mutual understanding and tolerance and puts each individual in both roles at the same time – that of learner and that of mentor. 

 

How could policy makers help to scale-up your idea across Europe? (optional)
The digitally empowered elderly would potentially go on to further explore the opportunities provided by the digital world, engage in further training or economic activities available online. The young trainers-volunteers also improve their skills and gain invaluable experience (as mentors on one hand, and as beneficiaries of the life and professional experience of the elderly people on the other).
Do you have examples where your idea is already used or how it could be used in practice? Please also share links to further information if possible. (optional)
Since those centers are usually NGOs, libraries, community centres, open and accessible for everyone, publicly funded and non-profit, they are dependent on project-based funding and a big part of their efforts goes to ensuring sustainability and funding to run their activities.
What are the current barriers in implementing your idea? (optional)
In addition to the general examples above, the intergenerational approach has been successfully implemented by IT guide in Sweden and Maks vzw in Belgium. The story of Julien really happened and is the result of an intergenerational project in the District of Peterbos in Anderlecht: http://vimeo.com/92866569.
How can your idea create new jobs and businesses? (optional)
There needs to be targeted political and financial support from public institutions at national and European level. But also digital entrepreneurship and companies developing digital solutions should partner with such centers where they can introduce their products and provide trainings tailored to the needs of the elderly. Policy makers should put in place incentives and frameworks for encouraging companies to seek such collaboration with NGOs.
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