VMP - Age Friendly Cities: Participation and Well-being of Older People

University of Liege, Koc University, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Ruhr University Bochum are organizing a UNIC CityLabs Virtual Meeting Platform aiming to gather the university community and the city to share different views on this important social challenge and to learn about inspiring practices implemented in Istanbul, Liège, Rotterdam and Bochum for the co-creation of solutions to this common challenge.

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Start: 08.12.2022
End: 08.12.2022


Programme of the Panel

10:00-10:10 Welcome and Introduction

10.10-10:50 A sustainable care model for older individuals

Questions: How can we have a better care model which is more democratic and inclusive? A care model involves access, ability, opportunity, capacity and referral to existing care practices and facilities, both in terms of health care and social care. In addition, to what extent do we prioritize ethics of care?

• Dr. Başak Akkan, Bilgi University • Zelal Yalçın, İPA Social Policy Center Coordinator (TBC)

10:50-11:30 Digital competency, inclusivity in public space and use of technology

What can we do to enhance digital competency of older individuals? How can we combat digital inequalities? How can we increase digital inclusion of older persons?

• Prof. Dr. Sebastian Merkel, Ruhr University Bochum • Dr. Gülüstü Salur, 65+ Elder Rights Association, Founder and Member of Board of Directors

11:30-12:10 Age inclusive public spaces: best practices from post-industrial cities

Questions: From gathering spaces to public parks, buildings they enter in their everyday life, how cities evolve and adapt to aging populations? Research, data, best practices, city examples and experiences are welcome.

• Prof. Dr. Catherine Elsen, University of Liège • Warsha Jagroep, PhD Researcher, Erasmus University Rotterdam

12:10-12:20 Wrap up from post-industrial cities

Get the chance to participate in future international UNIC activities in 2023 in UNIC cities (Rotterdam, Zagreb, Bochum, Cork, Deusto, Liège, Oulu, Łódź, Malmö) with your participation certificate.


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Ageing well

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