Towards an Alpine Age-Friendly Environment

A growing ageing population and increasing number of isolated older people demand new approaches and political commitment. Therefore, the WHO developed the concept of sustainable age-friendly environments (AFE), using an integrative approach to optimize the social and physical environments and promote active, healthy ageing and participation in society.

The T.A.A.F.E. project uses this concept to build a participatory framework - T.A.A.F.E. model - for developing an age-friendly environment and an improved delivery of services in the Alpine Space (AS).

The center of the project is the so-called TRIO. 
It is a team composed of at least:

  • one SENIOR representing the  voice of the elderly;
  • one FACILITATOR which facilitates the work in the field and acts as multiplier into the society;
  • one POLICY MAKER / REPRESENTATIVE OF THE LOCAL ADMINISTRATION to anchor the understanding of age-friendly environments in long-term.

The project is articulated in 4 phases:

Phase 1
During the first phase of the project we do improve the understanding of age-friendly environments (AFE).

Phase 2
In the second phase of the project we develop and roll-out a toolkit to enable the trios on national level to manage one project in one domain of AFE in co-creation.

Phase 3
In the third phase of the project the TRIOs run projects on national level to improve the quality of life of elderlies in the alpine space.

Phase 4
We plan to anchor both the co-creation approach and the understanding of AFE in the long-term. We elaborate a manual based on the AFE methodology implemented in the 6 pilot areas to be used by other public institutions and a T.A.A.F.E strategy for an age-friendly alpine space with concrete recommendations on age friendliness.



  • City of Treviso – Italy (Leader partner)
  • Institue for Seniors Care and Retirement – Italy
  • Central European Initiative – Italy
  • University of Grenoble Alpes – France
  • Pôle Services à la Personne Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur – France
  • District Office of Tübingen County – Germany
  • Anton Trstenjak Institute – Slovenia
  • Municipality of Žiri – Slovenia
  • Centre for Social Innovation GmbH – Austria
  • Generation 65 Plus GmbH – Switzerland
  • University of Tübingen – Germania
  • Municipality of Feldbach – Austria
  • Association of housing 65+ of Zurich – Switzerland
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