Empowering older adults to apply affordable eco- and age-friendly solutions to age in place (AFECO)

The AFECO project (Erasmus+ 2022-2025, coordinator AFEdemy) aims to promote older adults’ skills and competences that allow them to analyse and use affordable age-friendly and eco-friendly principles in their physical environment (at home or in the neighbourhood). Age-friendly and eco-friendly principles should work complementarily and supportively to create the right conditions for social inclusion, active ageing and ageing in place through an environmentally responsible way of living.

What are age-friendly principles?

Age-friendly principles are practical solutions that enhance health, participation, and security opportunities, enabling older adults to age actively and improve their quality of life. These solutions are linked to the eight domains of the age-friendly cities framework developed by the World Health Organization, which includes outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, and community support and health services.

What are eco-friendly principles?

Eco-friendly principles are practical solutions that help older adults act more sustainably and reduce their impact on the environment. These solutions can be implemented in their own homes or community with support from others. Environmentally friendly solutions aim to reduce, minimise the impact on, or do no harm to ecosystems or the environment.


AFECO delivered six national reports on the existence of age- and eco-friendly principles and the combination of them in the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Germany, Italy and Greece. Interviews with older adults took place and focus group meetings of caregivers were held to identify the learning needs of each target group. These publications are accessible on the website.

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