The Apulia Region, whose territory is inhabited by about four million citizens, has been awarded the AHA Reference Site award for the fourth time: with its partner from the quadruple helix it has focused on a comprehensive and innovation-based approach to active and healthy ageing.
At the local level, some of the main organizations from industry, civil society, academia and governmental authorities involved by the Apulia Region in activities on active and healthy ageing, are A.Re.S.S. (Regional Agency for Health and Social Assistance of Apuglia), ICT Industrial District of Apulia; Polo of Digital Innovation Puglia; INNOVAAL (Limited Liability Consortium Company Public-Private Aggregation for Active and Assisted Life), Confindustria Puglia (main representative organization of manufacturing and service companies), the various Apulian and non-Apulian universities, CNR, IRCCS, University of the Third Age, FederUni (Italian Federation of Third Age Universities).
Some of the completed and/or ongoing projects in which the Reference Site is involved are:
GATEKEEPER Project, a flagship research project (H2020) for monitoring on a large scale of correct lifestyles through devices and for the experimentation of the use of artificial intelligence for active and healthy aging in the elderly population – https://www.gatekeeper-project.eu/
SCIROCCO Exchange with the main aim of refine the online tool for self-assessment of maturity levels integrated care, improving its functionality and making it usable through practice in different people health care contexts through a path that has seen its use in more than 60 regions around the world – https://www.sciroccoexchange.com/
TALIsMAn project for research and define new models and technologies to support fragile subjects, associations and social and health service operators – https://www.progettotalisman.it/
AReSS Puglia coordinated five Italian regions in the implementation of the FooDia-Net project, intervention which defined and tested an innovative and sustainable operational model of task shifting aimed at promoting food literacy and engagement (the motivational and emotional predisposition of patient to take personal care of his health and lifestyle) in the prevention of diabetes mellitus and its complications – https://engagemindshub.com/project/foodia_net/
Currently on the basis of the funding put in place by the regional law on Healthy and Active Aging (Regional Law no. 16/2019), Apulia Region and A.Re.S.S. are proceeding to finance projects useful for reducing the Digital Divide in the elderly to facilitate access to the Care System through IT/technological tools – https://www.regione.puglia.it/web/welfare-diritti-e-cittadinanza/-/invecchiamento-attivo-aperti-dal-1-al-30-luglio-2022-i-termini-per-presentare-progetti-di-alfabetizzazione-informatica-destinati-alle-persone-anziane
Areas of Good Practice
The Apulia Region intends to promote the following areas of good practice for the future:
- Independent Living (also through Social Housing) – Promote social inclusion and autonomy of people with disabilities who have the functional skills to undertake courses of study, work, participation in the social life of the local community, supporting the “Independent Life”;
- Integrated Care, Polypharmacy and Medicines Management – The existing systems of care need to be re-designed to provide a more integrated set of services building on existing digital care infrastructure to support integration and new capabilities such as enhanced security and mobility.
Website, and other social media links to the AHA Reference Site
Regione Puglia -Welfare: https://www.regione.puglia.it/web/welfare-diritti-e-cittadinanza
Puglia Sociale: https://www.sistema.puglia.it/portal/page/portal/SolidarietaSociale https://www.sistema.puglia.it/portal/page/portal/SolidarietaSociale
A.Re.S.S. Puglia: https://www.sanita.puglia.it/web/aress