Innovation and inclusion highlighted at AgeingFit in Lille

At the latest AgeingFit event in Lille, France, SHINE 2Europe made its mark on the panel with the theme “How to ensure your innovation design is inclusive enough?”. Carina Dantas represented SHINE in the session held on March 12, in an inspiring atmosphere of enriching discussions that highlighted the commitment to innovation and inclusion in the field of active ageing.

In her intervention, Carina Dantas emphasized three key points. The first was the importance of including the quintuple helix of stakeholders, maintaining continuous and stable conversations with them, recognizing the diversity of perspectives and experiences. She highlighted the need to approach innovation from a perspective of active and healthy living, prioritizing solutions that promote well-being and autonomy. She also reinforced the proposal to interconnect disciplines to build smart, healthy, and inclusive environments for all ages, a concept known as SHAFE (Smart Healthy Age-Friendly Environments), exemplified by the work carried out in the SIRENE project.

The panel was masterfully moderated by Stela Shiroka and featured the participation of distinguished experts, including Willeke Van Staalduinen, Federica Calabria, and Lars Kayser, whose contributions further enriched the discussion.

Natália Machado, Director of Projects at SHINE, also participated as a moderator in another panel on the same day, with the theme “What are the new initiatives and solutions for caring for older adults in rural or isolated areas?”.

This event demonstrated the growing commitment of the community to promote inclusive and innovative solutions for active ageing, reinforcing the importance of collaboration and diversity of perspectives in this process.