AHA stands for Active and Healthy Ageing

Styria is European Reference Site

"An 'ageing society' brings challenges - but also opens opportunities for value chain and jobs. Companies develop products and technologies in close collaboration with universities, universities of applied sciences and non-university research institutions that enable us meeting the challenges of demographic change well prepared."

Styria is the first and only Austrian reference site for active and healthy ageing within the "European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA)" with 74 reference regions. As active and healthy ageing combined with a long and smoothly lifespan is a wish of all of us, Styria aims to make this wish true using various approaches. 

The mission's objective is to increase the number of healthy years of life for at least two. Currently, Austrians are living 58 years in a quite healthy way while Swedens can expect 70 healthy years of life. So there is much work to do.

AHA projects

Innovative business

The cluster association wants to develop new ideas, new products, and services that help us to facilitate the elderly life. Finally, we hope to be able to use our resources more economically and efficiently, says Johan Harer, cluster manager at Human.technology Styria. That will be achieved through an optimized collaboration of the main players from the government (regional government, communities, hospitals, social insurance), research institutions, as well as companies active in health economics, medical technologies, pharma, and biotech.
The Styrian reference region currently comprises 27 partners.

From Deficiency to Opportunity

 “In public opinion, demographic change has very negative connotations  and  is  most  often  associated with  exploding  healthcare  costs  and  a  care  crisis.  But  at  the  same  time,  the ageing of the population is generating growing demand for age-appropriate products and services, which opens up chances for innovative companies. As a region we have to try to pick up on these chances” – thus Johann Harer, head of the Human Technology cluster, explains why his organization took on the role of coordinator of the ‘AHA reference region’. “For me it was fascinating to see how many actors from the most diverse areas of research and business were already working in this area. So the future task of our cluster will not only be to initiate new projects, but also to boost the visibility of projects that are already running and to promote cross-sectoral cooperation in the AHA area.”


What already happened ...

A series of projects already showed the potential of the region in 2016 and 2017.Here are some examples:

  • The ‘Platform for Health Business’: Together with the Styrian Wirtschaftskammer (Chamber of Economy) and the Government of Styria (departments of economy and health) the essential playersare brought together to analyse and activate the business potentials. www.gesundheitswirtschaft-stmk.at
  • ‘Musical Interaction with Seniors’:Project of the University of Music and Performing Arts (KUG) with two old people’s homes in Graz (see report on page XX).
  • ‘I-SHARE – Integrative Strategies for Healthy Ageing Regions’: In this project, indicators for the successful development of a ‘Healthy Aging Region’ will be identified with focus on the areas of ‘Active and Assisted Living solutions (AAL)’ and ‘Smart Home and Smart City Components’. The selected indicators will be used to generate recommendations for implementation of healthy aging measures in Styria as a reference region.
  • ‘Active Living’: assistance systems in the home – from fall sensors to safety devices that switch off cookers – the keyword is ‘smart homes’. When new residential projects such as the ‘Smart City Graz West’ are being planned, special concepts for older people should be considered from the beginning.
  • Market exploration excursion ‘Future of Aging’ to Sweden: The goal of this trip by the cluster was to exchange know-how between Austrian and Swedish providers and to initiate further cooperations in the area of digitalization in the care and healthcare sector.
  • Conference ‘AgingGraz2017 – Cultural Narratives, Processes and Strategies in Representations of Age and Aging’ at the University of Graz. An interdisciplinary conference, at which around 300 researchers discussed questions of demographic change and aging-related science.
  • ‘Executive lounge’ of the cluster on the topic of ‘Nutrition in Old Age’ at FH Joanneum: This executive lounge dealt with the relationships between nutrition, taste and age

Our partners

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH

Medtech

Gesundheitswirtschaft

Albert Schweitzer Institut für Geriatrie und Gerontologie

Gesundheitswirtschaft

Berger Medizintechnik GmbH

Medtech

Caritas - Graz
CBmed - Center for Biomarker Research in Medicine

Pharma

Medtech

Gesundheitswirtschaft

Energie Steiermark AG

Gesundheitswirtschaft

exthex GmbH - Explore the Excellence

Medtech

Gesundheitswirtschaft

FH JOANNEUM Gesellschaft mbH

Medtech

Gesundheitswirtschaft

Gesundheitsfonds Steiermark

Gesundheitswirtschaft

Human Research Institut für Gesundheitstechnologie und Präventionsforschung GmbH

Medtech

Gesundheitswirtschaft

Human.technology Styria GmbH
Institut Allergosan Pharmazeutische Produkte, Forschungs- und VertriebsGmbH

Medtech

Gesundheitswirtschaft

JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH

Pharma

Medtech

Gesundheitswirtschaft

Joysys GmbH

Medtech

Gesundheitswirtschaft

Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz

Pharma

Medtech

Gesundheitswirtschaft

Know-Center GmbH

Pharma

Medtech

Gesundheitswirtschaft

MechaMed GmbH

Medtech

Gesundheitswirtschaft

Medizinische Universität Graz

Pharma

Medtech

Gesundheitswirtschaft

Parsek Information Technologies GmbH

Pharma

Medtech

Gesundheitswirtschaft

Sanlas Holding GmbH

Gesundheitswirtschaft

Spar Österreichische Warenhandels-AG
Stadtgemeinde Bad Radkersburg
Steiermärkische Krankenanstaltengesellschaft m.b.H.

Pharma

Medtech

Gesundheitswirtschaft

telbiomed Medizintechnik und IT Service GmbH

Medtech

TLL The Longevity Labs GmbH

Gesundheitswirtschaft

Versicherungsanstalt für Eisenbahnen und Bergbau
Wirtschaftskammer Steiermark

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