Project introduction ---

Urbanage: Better everyday life for the elderly

Artikkelikuva: Project introduction

What factors make everyday moving in the city difficult? And how could the knowledge of the elderly experiences be utilised in urban planning? The Urbanage project investigates the challenges faced by an aging population in urban space and produces information for the development of urban planning and services.


The goal of the project is to find out and solve the challenges faced by the aging population in the urban space, in the accessibility of services, and to understand how the experience of the elderly could be utilized in the urban planning process.

Duration, partners and funding

  • The project will be carried out during years 2021–2024.
  • The project is funded by Horizon2020. The total budget is 3 711 653 euro, of which 258 125 euro is Forum Virium Helsinki’s share.
  • Project partners are Engineering Ingegneria Informatica, Tecnalia, iMEC, Athens Technology Center, University of Helsinki, 21C, Consulting Informatico, AGE Platform Europe, Informatie Vlaanderen and the City of Santander.

The role of Forum Virium Helsinki

Forum Virium Helsinki is responsible for implementing use cases in Helsinki. The role is both to collect and combine existing information and to try new ways to solve the challenges faced by the elderly.

Forum Virium Helsinki involves elderly people in Helsinki through, among other things, group interviews and new data collection methods. In addition, joint development workshops will also be organised for the city’s experts.

Benefits for Helsinki

More than a 100 000 people from Helsinki are over 65 years old. This proportion of the population is expected to increase in the coming decades.

By finding out from the elderly the bottlenecks and problems they face in urban space, the city gets information and tools to solve the challenges. A better city for seniors is a better city for everyone.

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