T.A.A.F.E. Towards an alpine Age-Friendly Environment
Dear reader, welcome to the last TAAFE newsletter. The project is coming to an end and we want to celebrate it with the final event

On Wednesday 1 June, the final event of the TAAFE project was held at Palazzo Bomben, in Treviso.

Luana Rotari, project manager for Treviso Municipality EU policy department and TAAFE leader together with Elena Scanu, opened the meeting presenting to the public the project’s main objectives. She then introduced the local and regional authorities.

 

Greetings started with the welcoming words of Alessandro Manera, Treviso Municipality councilor for EU policies, followed by Mauro Michielon, ISRAA’s president. The floor then passed to councilor Sonia Brescacin representing Veneto Region and to Cristina Pellegrino, from Lombardy Region Environment and Climate DG as representant of the Alpine Space National Contact point.

The meeting was the occasion for project partners to report to a large and diversified audience the three-year journey during which they tested the TAAFE participatory model capacity to improve the inclusiveness of the local communities towards older adult citizens making them more age-friendly.

 

Marta Grčar (Anton Trstenjak Institute, Slovenia) and Thibauld Moulaert (UGA University, France), responsible for the methodological work package, illustrated the TAAFE model moving from its origin, passing through its key figures, the TRIO and the Local Action Group, and coming then to its core characteristics: its being participative, concrete, systematic- gradual.

(for more information on the TAAFE model, see the motion graphic describing its origin, peculiarities, and main results https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5r8DaediAKE&t=4s)

After this analytical overview, the focus then moved to the experience of implementation in the five pilot sites.

 

Project partners shared the challenges -one of a transversal nature, namely having to come to terms with the spread of Covid-19 and its consequent impact on implementation activities- but, above all, the successes achieved in each pilot site in the form of services and initiatives addressing over 65 population.

Martina Lindorfer, from Felbach Municipality (Austria), described the pathway that led the TRIO and the Local Action Group to the creation of a brochure containing the indications for several hiking routes identified and described by the seniors taking part in the activities.

Sandra Evans reported the numerous initiatives related to the theme of communication and awareness-raising launched in Möessingen Municipality (Germany) such as the exhibition "What about aging?", the several scientific talks, and the creation of the Senior Citizens' Affairs position in the Municipality.

Jean Stéphane Borja and Tine Roth, from Marseille Municipality (France), recounted the Digital Café initiative launched in collaboration with Le Petits Frères des Pauvres to respond to the demand for guidance in accessing digital services expressed from the older people in precarious housing conditions who attend and reside at the association.

Leja Zakelj, from Žiri Municipality (Slovenia), presented the several activities developed to put the basis for the integration of the new home for the seniors into the local community. Among the many, she presented the training directed to volunteers and informal caregivers.

Finally, Luciano Prosdocimo, Marco De Vidi, and Adele De Stefani narrated the Treviso Municipality experience (Italy), where the collaboration between the students from a local high school and the seniors’ clubs brought to the ideation of two guides and a desk support service to guide older adults in accessing and using digital services.

(to learn more about the implementation of the model, watch the videos describing the experiences of the pilot sites: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGUbHbAaPM5rF5rIge92j2Q )

Once the pilot presentation ended, the attention focused on the first results of the project impact assessment, presented by Gian Matteo Apuzzo from Central Europe Initiative. He gave an overview of the “pre and post" analysis carried out to measure the impact of the participatory methodology in each pilot site. He then described the SWOT analysis tool that will be adopted in order to identify and clarify TRIO members' opinions regarding strengths, weaknesses, threats, and opportunities of the pilot action— both concerning the activities carried out and specific conditions impacting participatory processes. He finally illustrated the SROI tool, which will allow measuring the correlation among benefits and costs incurred for a given initiative— with the measure being expressed by a proportion among the invested amount and its social return.

The floor passed then to Stella Wolter, from the Centre for Social Innovation, who presented then the Alpine Space TAAFE Strategy for age-friendly environments. The strategy is focused both on sustainability, intended as ensuring that a model or a social innovation is continued and keeps on being applied even when the work on the pilot or initial model is completed, and up-scaling, intended as making methods and co-created services accessible to a broader community and/or new groups in society.

The morning also included the precious speeches of two international guests, leading experts on the topic of Age-Friendly Environments. Thiago Hérick de Sá, from the Department of the Social Determinants of Health of the World Health Organisation, opened the morning by describing the Age-Friendly Cities and Communities program launched in 2007 and the birth of the concept of "age-friendly environments".

The meeting was then closed by Laura Christ, a gerontologist belonging to the board of the Older Women's Network and a member of Age Platform Europe, who reported on the numerous projects and initiatives to raise awareness and spread information on the topic promoted by the two organizations.

Gloria Tessarolo, Treviso Municipality councilor for Social affairs, took stoke of the morning thanking all project partners for the great effort put into the implementation of the model and complimenting the valuable results achieved. She concluded by expressing the wish that this innovative participatory framework can be acquired in each municipality participating in the project as a tool for dialogue with citizens and diffused and adopted by other public authorities in the Alpine Space Region willing to improve the quality of life of older people and the entire community.

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