Age Friendly Innovation – LiCalab, Belgium

LiCalab wants to let older people live at home longer, either independently or assisted, by means of care innovations. To this end, LiCalab opts for an integral approach to elderly people, with 5 central themes in which innovative projects are supported. For instance, LiCalab supports projects that reinforce the autonomy and self-reliance of the elderly.

Additionally, they wish to improve the home environment of the elderly through innovations that create a safe, comfortable and accessible living environment. LiCalab are also searching for solutions to let people grow older actively and to keep them involved in society. Another objective is to strengthen integrated care, tailored to the user. Furthermore, LiCalab is committed to the development of caring neighborhoods.

Fostering Age Friendly Innovation and Co-Creation

LiCalab is an experimental space for companies and organizations for healthcare products, services or innovative process testing. LiCalab supports businesses and organisations in the health and care sector by testing and validating innovations with end users, in their own living environment. LiCalab has a panel of about 1000 patients and elderly and many care professionals share their user feedback on a wide range of products and services, spanning technological innovations, nutritional concepts, exercise and revalidation, mental health and informal care.

LiCalab positions the end user at the center of the development path and can offer assistance by means of co-creation sessions and by conducting real-life tests in the end users’ actual living or working environment.

Co-creation with end users
In co-creation sessions, end users or care specialists will innovate together with developers and search for solutions to their problematic.

Real-life tests
In the real-life tests, end users will actually work with the new product or service in their home or working environment and will give constant feedback that can be used to adjust the development. LiCalab has a user-friendly communication platform that allows them to capture the use and experiences of the users.

“Thanks to LiCalab’s large care network we were able to test Topshake with 85 patients in 12 residential care centres. This enabled us to adapt Topshake entirely to the needs of the patient, and measure the time spent as well as satisfaction among health care providers. Developing Topshake opened the door to the new market segment of the health care sector.” Michel Tops, CEO Tops Foods

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Age Friendly Economy News and Views – Issue 1

Issue 1 of our Age Friendly Economy News and Views is now online. Check out our updates from Spain and Northern Ireland/UK. You can also learn more about how you can engage and connect with other education providers, sme owners, business advisors or silver surfers.

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The Age Friendly Economy in Ireland

Age Friendly Ireland tells us that the ageing Irish population offers opportunities for businesses to tap a growing marking valued at over €10 billion.

In Ireland, we know our population is ageing and we believe this represents a considerable demographic bounty for Irish businesses. Businesses who become more age friendly will be poised to attract and retain customers within this large, and expanding demographic.

With a spending power of €10 billion in Ireland it is crucial that business make necessary changes to attract this growing spend.

Check out Age Friendly Economy for more information and insights into this growing demographic and business opportunity.

Silver Economy Infographic

The Silver Economy (source: link)

Healthy Ageing Infographic

Healthy Ageing Infographic by the WHO (source: link)


Some issues concerning Ageing Populations

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one of the most concerning issues with regard to populations around the world is that they are rapidly ageing and this brings a number of concerns. Here you have a summary of some of them, for more info click here!

  • Good ageing depends on many factors
  • Even in poor countries, most older people die of noncommunicable diseases
  • Globally, older people are at risk of maltreatment
  • The need for long-term care is rising
  • As people live longer, worldwide, there will be a increase in the number of people with diseases
  • In emergency situations, older people can be especially vulnerable

However, ageing presents both challenges and opportunities. It will give the people the possibility of becoming more age friendly in all aspects of life.

But, what means to be an Age-Friendly City or society? Here you have an extract from a suitable brochure taken from the WHO web page. Click here to get more information!