The project addresses the challenges of an ageing population in the Baltic Sea region. The goal is to boost cooperation across the borders, and to learn from each other.
Increased life expectancy is a general trend in the region. Yet, healthy life-years are not increasing at the same pace as life expectancy. The knowledge about unmet health needs is not sufficient and there is a lack of consensus on priorities for ageing populations. The project wants to enhance cooperation over the borders, and to promote learning from others. The partners will arrange national workshops in Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Russia and Finland. The results of the workshops will be summarized into a needs assessment report, that lists national priorities and initiatives for ageing populations. The project will also produce a national report from each country. In total, 100-120 persons are expected to participate in the workshops. The participants include national decision makers, scholars, NGOs and end-user representatives.
Furthermore, the project will prepare for a future Flagship, within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), and for this purpose a so-called Taskforce will be established. The concrete, grass root implementation of the EUSBSR takes place in joint transnational projects and processes. The processes demonstrating the progress of the EUSBSR especially well are called Flagships. The Flagship on Ageing is a long-term ambition with the aim to improve the health and well-being of ageing populations in the Baltic region.