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European Innovation Partnership for Active and Healthy Ageing

Population ageing is a global trend affecting many countries around the world (WHO, 2012). The number of people aged 85 years and older is projected to rise from 14 million to 19 million by 2020 and to 40 million by 2050.  In 2012, the estimated average life expectancy for females was 79 years, and for males it was 71 years.

The result of increased life expectancy offers opportunities and challenges as people who live longer are at risk of developing health conditions related to the ageing process which are likely to have a significant impact on individuals, their families and society.  Consequently this is putting pressure on our health and social care systems, leading to the challenges we are experiencing today.

About the European Innovation Partnership for Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA)

The European Innovation Partnership for Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA) is a European Union 2020 initiative that aims to pursue a triple win for Europe:

  1. Enabling EU citizens to lead healthy, active and independent lives while ageing;
  2. Improving the sustainability and efficiency of social and health care systems;
  3. Boosting and improving the competitiveness of the markets for innovative products and services, responding to the ageing challenge at both EU and global level, thus creating new opportunities for businesses.

The Greater Manchester Bid

In March 2016, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority established the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub to develop and deliver an agenda around ageing for the whole of the conurbation.  The Ageing Hub - a key initiative for the Greater Manchester Active and Healthy Ageing Coalition – will hold its first conference in February 2017. For more information click here.

Also in 2016, Greater Manchester AHSN successfully supported the region to achieve 3* Reference Site status for positive practice. Only 74 regions across Europe were awarded Reference Site status.  In addition to securing our own region’s Reference Site status, the three other northern geographies, represented by three Academic Health Science Networks, were awarded Reference Site status.  The work undertaken by the Northern Academic Health Science Networks was acknowledged by the Department of Health in Northern Ireland.

The application for Reference Site status was undertaken on behalf of members attending a newly formed Greater Manchester Active and Healthy Ageing Coalition, chaired by Dr Mike Burrows, Managing Director at GM AHSN. It required the AHSN to submit examples of positive practice and demonstrate how the NHS, public and private sectors, academics and voluntary/community partners have successfully implemented innovative approaches to improve the health and wellbeing of older people.

The Reference Site application included a commitment to invest in innovative solutions that will lead to improvements in the quality of life of the ageing population, support efficiencies and sustainability of health and social care delivery and finally, stimulate economic growth and competitiveness.  To honour these commitments we will work with local and regional partners to develop and support implementation of improvement plans over the next three years.


Benefits/Impact of joining the EIP AHA network

The overarching target of this partnership will be to increase the average healthy lifespan by two years by 2020. Benefits of EIP AHA Reference Site status include:

  • A catalyst for testing innovative ideas
  • Contribute to accelerating the development of regional strategies
  • Accelerating the implementation of positive interventions through the sharing of knowledge and expertise with other Reference Sites
  • Ensuring consistent standards when scaling up the implementation of pan regional and pan European service delivery models
  • Forming partnerships for funding calls
  • Enhancing research opportunities.


Further Information/Resources:


For more information contact:

Paul McGarry, Strategic Lead, GM Ageing Hub and Age-Friendly Manchester: p.mcgarry@manchester.gov.uk 

Isabelle Masters, Communications, GM AHSN: isabelle.masters@gmahsn.org

Or follow us on Twitter: @GMAgeingHub


The GM Ageing Hub will be holding its first conference on 16 February 2017. Find out more here.

Our quadruple helix partnership:

Our specific commitments:

  • To promote active and healthy habits by increased participation of older people in leisure activities linked to age-friendly tourism
  • To connect with the Smart Cities initiative (EIP-SCC) and the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI) to make sure that the principles of AFE are embedded in concepts, theory and practice.
  • Continued commitment as key members of ProFouND e.g. the ProFouND Falls Prevention Application (PFNApp) toolkit, falls prevention intervention factsheets, the EU Falls Festival and later life training.

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