AGE Platform Europe
AGE Platform Europe is a European network of 150 organisations of and for people aged 50+ representing directly over 40 million older people in Europe in the EU28. AGE works on a wide range of policy areas and research projects that impact on older and retired people, which include anti-discrimination, employment of older workers and active ageing, social protection, pension reforms, social inclusion, health, elder abuse, intergenerational solidarity, research, senior tourism, accessibility of public transport and of the build environment, and new technologies (ICT). The purpose of AGE work is to voice and promote the interests of the 190 million inhabitants aged 50+ in the European Union and to raise awareness of the issues that concern them most. AGE seeks to give a voice to older and retired people in the EU policy debates, through the active participation of their representative organisations at EU, national, regional and local levels, and provides a European platform for the exchange of experience and best practices. It also aims to inform older people on their rights as EU citizen or resident and on EU policy making processes and recent EU policy development. AGE is involved in key European initiatives such as the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA), the Financial Services Users Group (FSUG) and in several EU wide networks such as the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA). AGE Platform is also involved in the SAGA – Strategic Advisory Group on Accessibility and cooperates with CEN-CENELEC, European Standardization Organizations, to ensure older people’ views are embedded into the implementation of the European mandates in support of accessibility (M/376 accessibility requirements for public procurement of products and services in the ICT domain; M/420 in support of European accessibility requirements for public procurement in the built environment; M/473 to include ‘Design for All’ in relevant standardization initiatives). Moreover AGE cooperates within the ICT Standardisation Platform, a European Advisory Expert Group on all matters related to European ICT Standardisation and its effective implementation. Besides, AGE is involved in a growing number of European projects, whose field of activities varies from age-friendly environments to senior tourism, from new technologies and accessibility to mobility, health, ehealth and care. AGE has led the AFE-INNOVNET thematic network project which has recently launched the Covenant on Demographic Change, a formal network which gathers local, regional and national authorities, and other stakeholders, that commit to cooperate and implement evidence- based solutions to support active and healthy ageing as a comprehensive answer to Europe’s demographic challenge.
Ilenia Gheno is Research Project Manager at AGE Platform Europe. Since 2009 she assures the coordination of the Research Projects in which AGE participates. She is responsible for the elaboration of projects' activity plans, budget expenditure, financial reporting and accounting, mainly related to 7FP and CIP PSP European Projects. She is moreover directly involved in specific projects, especially within the realm of the new technologies and health care. She manages the participation of AGE in tenders and call for proposals, and the engagement of AGE experts on European projects in particular related to Universal Design, Health and eHealth, Accessibility and ICT. Her expertise is related to accessibility, acceptance of technology, access to services, safety and security, independent living and ethical issues. Together with the project team, she contributes to the monitoring of user involvement in projects and ensures a wide dissemination of project results.
Julia Wadoux coordinates AGE policy work in the areas of health, long-term care, new technologies in support of active and healthy ageing and accessibility. She represents AGE in the European Public Health Alliance, the European Health Policy Forum and coordinates AGE input in European Medicine Agency. She is responsible for AGE Task Forces on Healthy Ageing and on Accessibility, mobility and new technologies She also coordinated the Thematic Network on Innovation for Age-Friendly Environments (AFE-INNOVNET) and closely works with WHO on age-friendly environments, as well as with the Action Group D4 of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing on age-friendly environments (EIP AHA). Furthermore she has been nominated as EU Jury member in the European Access City award since its establishment by the European Commission.