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PLACE-EE: Platforms for Ageing Community Engagement – Exchange and Enterprise

Research project PLACE-EE is a transnational partnership of public health agencies, local authorities, academics and ICT experts dedicated to improving the quality of life for older people. Our aim is to develop and implement locally derived sustainable solutions to encourage internet use and person-centred e-health.

The key objectives are as follows: • Develop a participatory model of engagement with older people in remote and rural areas, using creative arts to assess health and social needs and use of public services. • Exchange between older and younger citizens. • Build flourishing social and cultural capital among older people through active involvement in creative and cultural activities. These activities and products will be documented and archived. • Establish a transnational forum for cultural exchange for older citizens (and younger counterparts) across the NPA • Document and evaluate a model of transferable, sustainable best practice and learning for connected ageing across all regions in the NPA. • Disseminate the PLACE-EE Model across NPA regions, health and social care organisations and demonstrate opportunities for ICT services and App development.

Head of project

John Waterworth
Professor emeritus

Project overview

Project period:

2017-09-01 2020-08-31


Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Informatics

Research area

  • Project members
    Åke Holmlund
    Systems administrator

    External project members

    Partners: Ulster University (UK), Limerick City and County Council (Ireland), Fermanagh and Omagh District Council (UK), Regional Agency for Public Health and Social Wellbeing (UK), Skelleftea Kommun (Sweden), Fjardabyggd (Iceland)

    Associate Partners: Microelectronic Application Centre (Ireland), The Institute of Public Health in Ireland (Ireland), Åsele Kommun Social Welfare Office (Sweden), The Health Care Institution of East Iceland (Iceland), AN Solutions (Iceland), CheckUp AB (Sweden), Verkmenntaskoli Austurlands (Iceland), Oulu Arc (Finland)

Project description

Older people will engage with our transnational partnership of municipal bodies, public health, universities and enterprises in a programme of community engagement and intergenerational exchange between younger and older citizens using an assets-based approach to build capacity among older people to address barriers to service access. In doing so, we will identify, promote and connect local, cultural knowledge and other heritage resources with innovative ICT approaches that enable greater social inclusion, and access to timely and efficient advice, support and care. The PLACE-EE project will provide opportunities for the transfer of knowledge, skills, products in health care for the benefit of older people and their communities.

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Latest update: 2018-11-14