The EU-funded SHAPES project aims to create the first European open Ecosystem enabling the large-scale deployment of a broad range of digital solutions for supporting and extending healthy and independent living for such older individuals.

The Smart & Healthy Ageing through People Engaging in Supportive Systems (SHAPES) Innovation Action intends to build, pilot and deploy a large-scale, EU-standardised open platform. The integration of a broad range of technological, organisational, clinical, educational and societal solutions seeks to facilitate long-term healthy and active ageing and the maintenance of a high-quality standard of life. Mediated by technology, in-home and local community environments interact with health and care (H&C) networks contributing to the reduction of H&C costs, hospitalisations and institutional care.

SHAPES Large-scale Piloting campaign engages more than 2000 older individuals in 15 pilot sites in 10 EU Member States, including 6 Reference Sites of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA), and involves hundreds of key stakeholders to bring forth solutions to improve the health, wellbeing, independence and autonomy of older individuals, while enhancing the long-term sustainability of health and care systems in Europe.

– This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 857159

The SHAPES project is structured in 10 thematic work packages (WPs), each subdivided into specific Tasks. Find out more by exploring a graphical summary of the structure of the project and of the relevant topics addressed by the different WPs and by the whole project.

The SHAPES consortium is formed by 36 partners from 14 European countries.

Current 25% of the population is represented by older people, according to the United Nations (UN). That’s why SHAPES project works on long-term sustainability of health and care systems in Europe,

SHAPES is a broad initiative to encompass the needs and expectations of older adults, a population group that, according to the United Nations,grows 3% on average per year

The project will span 48 months (from November 2019 to October 2023). These solutions will be tested by more than 2,000 older adults involved in SHAPES, to ensure that they are meaningful and suitable forusers from different countries and cultures.

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