Impact

The guideline for policy and practice (deliverable of this project) will provide concrete tools for national, regional and local government authorities to start action. The maximum 20 evidence-based interventions for empowerment and health literacy practice can be applied in all European Member States, as they will be selected on evidence and feasibility.

The participation of representatives of the ageing population in the project, local governments, business community and other stakeholders is a guarantee that the feasibility of selected interventions will be high. The extensive network of organisations involved in the project will guarantee that information is indeed available to all stakeholders, who bear responsibility for healthy ageing programmes.

The IROHLA project  feeds directly into the objectives of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP-AHA) aiming to increase the average healthy lifespan in the EU by 2 years by 2020. It pursues improvement of the health and quality of life of Europeans with a focus on older people and long-term sustainability and efficiency of health and social care systems. The IROHLA project makes a clear contribution to these goals. The project actively seeks multi-sector and public-private collaboration, enhancing learning by and from relevant stakeholders. The project  adheres to the key principles of the EIP-AHA to produce research results with a wider societal value. Those research results will be practical, actionable and to be replicated and implemented in other settings across the EU.

Improving health literacy of the ageing population is expected to have an economic impact through reduction of health care costs (better compliance, less readmissions, etc.) and through prolonging active and healthy living.

In the IROHLA project ICT based solutions will be in particular explored. There are wide opportunities for e-health applications in enhancing health literacy. The project will generate more information on using ICT in services for the ageing population in Europe.  Involved ICT companies can create a European network and offer together applications in various languages.

Other opportunities are technological innovations for e.g. medicine dispensing at home, electronic communication between caretakers and people in need, self-management and peer support through internet, etc. Linking and networking in a comprehensive approach will enhance the mainstreaming of such applications.

Institutions for training and education in health can integrate training in the area of health literacy in their programmes and offer (e-learning) training modules for continuing education.

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