THE ACTIVE AND ASSISTED LIVING PROGRAMME
The Active and Assisted Living (AAL) Programme is a European initiative that aims to support a better life for older people and strengthens opportunities that can contribute to the sustainability of health systems. The AAL programme promotes innovative ideas and services in the field of work and healthy ageing. It helps innovators to launch their products into the market. This is done by funding active projects that create ready-to-market solutions, products, and services for older people.
The AAL programme works on a wide range of issues, including the management of chronic conditions, social inclusion, access to online services, mobility, day-to-day management, and support for informal caregivers. The innovative solutions are presented in European events (such as the AAL Annual Conference). This event is an exceptional networking opportunity within the AAL community and used to discuss issues around the AAL and other ageing initiatives. The AAL Forum is an annual event for the community of healthy seniors who come together to discuss the opportunities available in health technology and reflect on the future of healthy ageing in the digital world. The AAL Forum works in parallel with the Decade of Healthy Ageing launched by the WHO in 2020 and discusses and exchanges on key active and healthy ageing priorities for a cooperative approach throughout Europe.
The AAL Programme, the EIP on AHA community, and the Joint Programming Initiative More Years, Better Lives (JPI MYBL) jointly organize the annual European Week of Active & Healthy Ageing. The three supporting initiatives started working together in 2019. The online event entails webinars, debates and panel discussions and attracts many high-profile policy-makers and experts in the field of healthcare and ageing. The first edition of the European Week of Active and Healthy Ageing gathered 800 global and multi-sectoral participants.