Age-friendlier public spaces
Five nations from the Baltic Sea region are among ten oldest in the world. All in all, 18% of the EU population is now 60+, and the ratio of seniors in societies is continuously growing. The progressing age of societies in the Baltic Sea region poses a societal and economic challenge in adjusting market offers to the needs of the elderly. As the number of seniors rises, public spaces need transformation to reduce ageism and be friendly to all.
The BaltSe@nioR 2.0 project brought together municipalities, universities, businesses, and NGOs to create new business models as well as demo spaces in public locations furnished with smart furniture. This way the project triggered public institutions and manufacturing companies in the region to start a transformation of museums, theatres, city halls, restaurants, and other public spaces into friendlier places for seniors.
The needs of the seniors and the ways to meet them were thoroughly explored by public institutions, manufacturing companies, designers and experts together. This helped to properly test and provide senior-friendly smart furniture in various public spaces, as well as develop prototypes to promote further innovative manufacturing considering the needs of the seniors.
0.10MillionEni + Russia
Cross-national needs’ assessment
The partners conducted a cross-national survey on the needs of seniors and public institutions in all Baltic Sea region countries. 562 public institutions and 2088 seniors from the whole region took part.
Senior-friendly smart furniture prototypes
To demonstrate the possibilities of implementing ICT solutions into furniture and focus the attention of manufacturers on a senior-friendly design, the project partners developed prototypes of smart furniture addressing seniors’ needs, e.g. three designs of smart tablecloths, a table facilitating VR/AR usage, a medical smart bed, a smart cushion, automated robotic support for seniors to stand up. In addition, 20 concepts for new senior-friendly products were created, including a swinging bench for outdoor use, a chest for multigenerational planting, and a rotating board game cube.
Senior-friendly model public spaces
The project partners created four permanent and one pop-up senior-friendly model public spaces in five BSR countries (Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Sweden, and Finland) using the prototype products and concepts developed during the project. The project rearranged various spaces: outdoor spaces and indoor spaces being a relaxation zone, a co-working zone, an educational zone, assisted ambient living facility, medical training and simulation rooms, physiotherapy, and social rooms to demonstrate how public spaces can be made more senior-friendly. These model spaces showcase a change that can be implemented in the Baltic Sea region and act as good practice examples of how to create a public space that everyone can easily enter and use, including seniors or people with disabilities.
From words to actions. A guide to senior-friendly public space
Knowledge database on senior-friendly public spaces
Accessibility VR Game
Social Business Model
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Poznan University of Life Sciences
- RegionMiasto Poznań
- RepresentativeBeata Fabisiak
Development Centre UMT
- RepresentativeJoan Knudsen
Satakunta University of Applied Sciences
- RepresentativeAnja Poberznik
Ukmergė District Municipality Administration
- RegionVilniaus apskritis
- RepresentativeLinas Rugienius
Võru County Vocational Training Center
- RepresentativeAstrid Org
Technical University of Munich
- RegionMünchen, Kreisfreie Stadt
- RepresentativeThomas Bock
- TownSt. Petersburg
- RegionCity of St. Petersburg
- CountryRussian Federation
- RepresentativeIgor Kuprienko
Art Academy of Latvia
- RepresentativeVineta Kreigere
- RepresentativeMax Hogeforster
- RepresentativeKadri Tillemann
University of Skövde
- RegionVästra Götalands län
- RepresentativeCatharina Gillsjö
Project managerBeata FabisiakPoznan University of Life Sciences
Legal representativeKrzysztof SzoszkiewiczPoznan University of Life Sciences
Financial managerMałgorzata NeumannPoznan University of Life Sciences
Communication managerBeata FabisiakPoznan University of Life Sciences