With an increasingly ageing population, especially in the mountain areas, regions of the Alpine Space are adopting policies supporting active and healthy ageing (AHA). Ideally, the demographic challenge should be tackled by all public sectors with coordinated support actions and policies that should be tailored to the territorial context (mountain/rural/urban areas). In reality, however, the topic is often managed entirely by healthcare and welfare authorities, which limits the perspective of active ageing to the health and independent living domains and neglects cultural, economic, social aspects which also actively involve the elderly. In addition, there is little vertical and horizontal coordination and collaboration with social business and innovation actors in the regions to assess the quality and efficiency of current initiatives and policies, and to favour the exchange of experiences and opportunities to develop new coordinated actions.
The overall objective of ASTAHG is the development and implementation of policies dedicated to Active and Healthy Ageing in the Alpine Space, by improving capacities and coordinating efforts between different sectors and at different levels, and to respond with tailored initiatives to alpine territorial needs.The strategic objectives of the project are to:
To this aim, the ASTAHG project will:
The transnational dimension will favour lesson learning among geographically similar contexts and enforce international public/private partnerships for AHA innovation.