WPT1 - Building TAAFE model, delivering TAAFE toolkit

The TAAFE model was inspired by World Health Organization’s (WHO) program Agefriendly communities, which began in 2005 in order to address demographic challenges of an ageing population. Population is ageing everywhere: in local communities, Europe and the rest of the word; there are less young and adult people and more old people. Till 2050 the number of people aged over 60 years will double. In 2100 the number of people aged over 80 years will be seven times bigger than in 2017.

While there is abundance of theoretical knowledge on the topic of age friendly environment, participatory methods and novel tools are being constantly developed on the national and international level, their practical use at political and administration level is still severely lacking. Therefore, the model aims to help to translate theoretical knowledge and tools into practical skills at local level.

Why TAAFE model is particular?

1. Alpine space as an opportunity to compare international variation of coproduction methods with older people (the socio-cultural aspect) in international areas with different historical background about taking care of older people.

2. It is focused on the whole process (recruitment of people, “co-assessment”, “codecision”, “co-planning” and “co-implementation”), not only on the need assessment, what many times happens. Furthermore, already within the project another circle of all these four phases will began in order to become a regular practice in local community.

3. Constraint of time make it more focussed – only one realistic priority task is chosen to be implemented in one-year time, giving place to multi-sectoral perspective and small but real achievements in community.

4.  Figure of methodological facilitator and structure called TAAFE trio are two innovations, that help to overbridge current lacking of knowledge and skills in local environments.

5.  Since the start, a special attention is given to the “hard to reach older people” with help of older people and formal/informal carers.

TAAFE Methodology booklets

The 8 booklets contains methodological guidelines and practical tricks and tips on implementing different steps of TAAFE Model at local level.

The 5 booklets for the TRIO have been given to TRIOs at every transnational workshop in order to help them implement what they will learn during the training. 

The 3 booklets for stakeholders were elaborated to help them to involve actively in co-creation process

The 3 booklets for stakeholders and the first 2 booklets for TRIO were merged and printed together in one "guide for older citizens and for local action group for Age-friendly Community", translated in each local language.

Methodology booklets

Analytic report

The report is the result of 5 international workshops, 40 meetings with methodological facilitators and a site visit in each pilot site done by University of Grenoble and IAR, leader and co-leader of the WPT1 . It contains impressions and analyses on the implementation of the TAAFE model both at the pilot site level and at the project level

TAAFE Toolkit - Output

TAAFE toolkit is primarily addressed to Alpine Space local communities and stakeholders who wish to explore new models to make their environments and communities more age friendly using participatory approach, but it also hopes to be of use and source of inspiration to wider Age Friendly community.

The toolkit contains 4 mains parts:

  1. The TAAFE model: its inspiration, its adaption to the Alpine Space , its structures and core elements
  2. The deployment of the model at local level : elements and steps of work at  local level are presented together with practical tips & tricks and a list of materials that can be used ( chapter 5)
  3. The training needed to implement the model:  Methodological facilitators meetings, methodological workshops; tips & tricks and a list of materials that can be used ( chapter 6)
  4. The use of technology and the adaption of the model to the Covid 19 pandemic: specificities and  tips & tricks to work long distance (chapter 7), the  adaptation of the model in time of crisis with the example from the time of covid-19 pandemic (chapter 8).
TAAFE Toolkit - Output