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“Impronte” and “Salute+” initiatives have been published on the WHO global database of age-friendly practices

07/01/2021 By

A few days after the declaration of the United Nations General Assembly of last December 14, 2020 which proclaims “The 2021-2030 decade of healthy ageing“, two TrentinoSalute4.0 projects have been selected and highlighted on the website of the WHO – World Health Organization, born with the aim of supporting the global community, people and organizations committed to a “world fit for the elderly“.

And so, our age-friendly practices have been published on the international archive Global Database of Age-friendly Practices, unique among the Italian ones. They are: “Impronte“, which aims to promote active and healthy aging. health through the use of geocaching maps and pedometers for monitoring average steps taken, and “Trentino Salute+“, a free app in which a virtual coach interacts with the user by proposing a series of “health challenges”, encouraging and involving people to be active in their daily lives.

“Age-friendly environments (such as in the home, community) foster healthy and active ageing by building and maintaining intrinsic capacity across the life course and enabling greater functional ability in someone with a given level of capacity”  the WHO website reports.

In practical terms, age-friendly environments are free from physical and social barriers and supported by policies, systems, services, products and technologies that:

  • promote health and build and maintain physical and mental capacity across the life course; and
  • enable people, even when experiencing capacity loss, to continue to do the things they value.

Age-friendly practices help build older peoples abilities to:

  • meet their basic needs;
  • learn, grow and make decisions;
  • be mobile;
  • build and maintain relationships; and
  • contribute.

In doing so, age-friendly practices:

  • recognise the wide range of capacities and resources among older people;
  • anticipate and respond flexibly to ageing-related needs and preferences;
  • respect older people’s decisions and lifestyle choices;
  • reduce inequities;
  • protect those who are most vulnerable; and
  • promote older people’s inclusion in and contribute to all areas of community life.

TrentinoSalute4.0, through these initiatives now internationally recognized, keeps on for being a part of the journey towards an “Age-friendly World”, promoting healthy and active ageing that allows the development and maintenance of functional and mental skills in old age.


The “Impronte” initiative is intended to enhance the physical, mental and social potential of older people. Furthermore, geocaching allows to share and strengthen the interest in the historical and artistic heritage of the city.

A social cooperative with specific expertise in AHA initiatives (Active and Healthy Ageing) was involved to help implement “Impronte”. The cooperative holds weekly courses on digital literacy for older adults. These courses aim to get people familiar with new technologies and laid the foundation for active participation in the “Impronte” initiative.

Project Website: https://progettoimpronte.wordpress.com/

WHO website: https://extranet.who.int/agefriendlyworld/afp/impronte/


Salute+ is helping older people follow a healthy lifestyle on a daily basis aided by both the app and the virtual coach. It also encourages the use of technology helping to increase digital literacy. Our age-friendly practice is available to all the citizens in Trentino. We are continuously working on the development of the app including content and communication features.

Website: https://www.trentinosalute.net/Temi/Innovazione-e-ricerca/Trentinosalute/Kit-comunicazione

WHO website: https://extranet.who.int/agefriendlyworld/afp/salute/


 



About the Author

Marzia Lucianer: Marzia Lucianer, giornalista scientifica, responsabile Press Office and Digital Communication di TrentinoSalute4.0