Contact Person
First Name: 
Family Name: 
Van Opstal
coördinator Ageing in Place Aalst (AIPA)
E-mail address: 
Phone number (Numbers only, please include your country international dialling code after the +): 
General Information
Complete name of the applicant institution/organisation in original language: 
stad Aalst
Translation of the complete name of the applicant institution/organisation in English: 
City of Aalst
Official address of the institution/organisation: 
Street, number: 
Post Code: 
Current affiliation
The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy aging: 
The WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities: 
An affiliated member of the WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities: 
The WHO European Healthy Cities Network: 
The signatories of the 2013 Dublin Declaration on Age-Friendly Cities and Communities in Europe: 
Type of organisation
Type of organisation: 
Local authority (e.g. community, municipality, town, city, county) » Full member
Additional information
size of our total population: 
84760 inhabitants
Percentage of residents above the age of 60: 
25 %
We are already working on: 
HousingSocial participationCivic participation and employmentOutdoor spaces and buildings
We would like to start working on: 
TransportationHousingSocial participationRespect and social inclusionCommunication and informationCommunity support and health servicesOutdoor spaces and buildings
Building on the previous information, please provide a brief summary (250-300 words) of your city or community's policies, programmes and services targeted at older people and how you are planning to make your community more age-friendly. If your application is successful, this summary will be published on the Covenant's website: 

The city of Aalst wants to evolve to an Age-friendly city, a city where young and old feels good. Together with citizens, volunteers and (in)formal caregivers, the city works on age-friendly solutions that make living in the city easier and that support a healthy life, within our living lab AIPA...

If you have already conducted an age-friendly baseline assessment of your city or community, please upload it (in original language if not available in English): 
PDF icon DraaiboekAalst-HR (1)-min.pdf
If you have already developed a strategy or action plan to make your city or community more age-friendly, please upload it (in original language if not available in English): 
PDF icon Leeftijdsvriendelijk Aalst_strategie_stappenplan.pdf
Engagement of older people: how are you engaging and involving older people in the process of becoming a more age-friendly city or community? (E.g. Seniors Council, focus group, open consultation, etc.): 

The city of Aalst has an open living lab of citizens (mainly elderly) to work together on age-friendly solutions. The citizens who want to cooperate become 'member of the AIPA test panel'. 

Once engaged:

  • We conduct a personal interview and gather information about the people
  • ...
Cross-sectoral collaboration: What mechanisms have you/are you planning to put in place to facilitate collaborative planning and implementation between different departments of the local administration and across sectors?: 

Within the living lab AIPA, the City of Aalst is used to interact with different Stakeholders in care. In this regard we are planning city laboratories on Age-friendly Aalst, where different departments are actively involved in workshops to define actions (Facility, housing, mobility and public...