Why we joined? The Polish Institute of Silver Economy

Submitted by AFE INNOVNET on Fri, 05/08/2015 - 17:33.

The Polish Institute of Silver Economy, seated in Warsaw, is a Foundation founded in October 2014. The Institute is formed by an interdisciplinary group of experts acting in the fields of economy, law, urban planning, architecture and social sciences, who joined their forces to change the living environment in Poland into more age friendly. Poland is still a demographically young country with only 15% of population aged over 65, however, the number of the elderly is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years and it is going to reach 25% in year 2035. A lot needs to be done in Poland to prepare for this profound demographic change.

As an Institute we provide consultancy to local authorities to create age friendly municipal and regional policies (we currently work on two such projects). We also provide consultancy to both public and private sectors in the field of real estate, including land use planning and housing, taking into consideration the accessibility issues. At present, we also work on the development of certification system of housing facilities and services for older people.

Moreover, we carry out research studies on the current resources of services dedicated to older people. Our aim is to prepare solutions that will improve the quality of life of older people in Poland and at the same time will launch silver economy and unveil the potential of an ageing population.

The Polish Institute of Silver Economy cooperates with many related institutions in Poland, including those dealing with medical and ICT issues (e.g. Foundation for Healthy Ageing). We want to learn about the experience of other, foreign institutions in making the environment more age friendly and we will be very glad to have the opportunity to present our achievements. This is the reason why we joined the AFE-INNOVNET thematic network.

For further information please visit: http://kigs.org.pl/en/