Styria Is a European Reference Region for Active & Healthy Aging

In July 2016 Styria has been awarded the first Austrian reference region for active and healthy aging within the "European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Active and Healthy Ageing" that comprises 75 European areas. The final aim of this international partnership is to increase the number of healthy years of age for at least two in the medium turn.

Active & Healthy Aging

Styria is the first and only Austrian reference area for active and healthy aging within the "European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA)" with 74 reference regions. As active and healthy aging combined with a long and smoothly lifespan is a wish of all of us, the Styrian government aims to make this wish true using various approaches. The distinction as a European reference region has been awarded in the end of 2016 at the „Second European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing“ in Brussels through Günther Öttinger, EU-commissioner for digital economy and society, and Markku Markkula, head of the region's panel of the European Union. 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.

Human.technology Styria as Innovation Hot Spot

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.