[email protected] is focused on defining strategies and pursuing actions towards the implementation of innovative successful practices on AHA.
[email protected] emerged, in 2014, as an additional resource to reinforce the Centro Region of Portugal’ capacity to respond to SHAFE demands in the territory in the city of Coimbra, also aiming at better organizing, streightening and aligning universities, regional authorities, business companies and civil society into a quadruple helix-based approach on AHA.

It is a now a stable self-regulated consortium that works based on a set of principles shared by all members. It is OPEN to regional members with successful practices; INFORMAL because it is based on the free and voluntary membership; it is HOLISTIC because accepts an ageing concept without thematic barriers; and it is a PARTNERSHIP where members share a common goal and strategies, respecting each organisation’s individuality.

How does the practice reach its objectives and how it is implemented?
[email protected] is a factor of modernization and transformation of the care system at regional level, contributing to innovation and creating added value, as it integrates the full quadruple-helix stakeholders: organisations that represent knowledge, health and social care, innovation and civil society.

Who are the main stakeholders and beneficiaries of the practice?
The main stakeholders in [email protected] are the consortium core members and also its associated partners, to a total of 84.

Ultimately, the main beneficiaries of [email protected] are all ageing people in Centro Region of Portugal.

Resources needed

[email protected] is functioning since the beginning without funding. The
organisations of its core group ensure the mobilisation of resources for its
main initiatives and for the ongoing management.

Evidence of success

The most valuable benefits are those related to:
• The stakeholders in the Region around Active and Healthy Ageing plan their activities in an integrated manner
• A higher appreciation of the role of the older adults in society.
• The use of good practices for active and healthy aging.
• The improvement of the quality of life of older citizens through social services and health care, the creation of innovative products and services, and the development of new means of diagnosis and therapy.

Potential for learning or transfer

Has this good practice been adopted in other regions around the country or beyond?
Yes, [email protected] concept, structure and mission have already been used to inspire other Reference Site such as candidates: Lodz in Poland, Asturias in Spain, Porto and Algarve in Portugal, which were recognised as reference sites in the most recent calls of the

Has this good practice implemented as a pilot programme or as an extended programme? In case it is a pilot programme, is there any plan for a wider implementation?
No, it was not implemented as a pilot programme, nor as an extended programme.

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Main institution
Commission for Regional Development and Coordination of Centro
Centro (PT), Portugal
Start Date
January 2013
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Laura Gascón Herrero

Provincial Government of Teruel