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.