Badalona receives the maximum award from the European Commission as a place of innovation in active and healthy aging

The IGTP is one of the more than 30 bodies that have supported the Badalona Health Services in their bid for the award, which they received yesterday in Aarhus (Denmark)

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Badalona has been recognized as a reference city in terms of innovation for active and healthy aging with the highest award (4 stars) from the European Commission. This recognition is part of the third call of the European Innovation Partnership programme of Innovation in Active and Healthy Aging (EIP on AHA). Reference centres are characterized by having integrated strategies to advance innovation in aging in a model that includes the involvement of many bodies in the area; the health sector, social services, academia, civil society and industry.

The IGTP is one of the participating institutions working to promote this along with other research institutions and also others from academia, business and the third sector.  Badalona Health Services (Badalona Serveis Assistencials, BSA), the municipal health organization promoted the candidature. BSA is part of an ecosystem of over 30 bodies and associations who make the local area eligible for the award.

All these organizations working together have allowed Badalona to form an active network that works on different aspects of active and healthy aging. Badalona is the only city in Spain to have received the award, along with 13 Spanish regions and a total of 77 local and regional organizations in the rest of Europe. This recognition is a renewal of that awarded in 2017, but in this edition, Badalona has doubled the points it obtained in the evaluation.

Representatives from the City Council of Badalona collected the award in a ceremony yesterday evening and they will share it with the people of Badalona in an event on 1 October at 19.00 to coincide with the International Day for the Elderly.