IBM

Type

Type 1: Commercial partnership

Sector of the company/organisation

ICT

Name of activity/project (or solution offered)

Smarter Cities Challenge: Active Aging

Relevant urban sustainability topic

lifestyles (sustainable consumption, recreation, leisure,…)

Start year

2013

Brief project summary

During three weeks in April 2013, a team of seven IBM experts worked to deliver recommendations on a key challenge identified by Christine Sagen Helgø, Mayor of Stavanger, and her senior leadership team.

Short activity description

Stavanger is facing the reality of an aging population. It has had the foresight to understand the challenge and begin an active aging strategy to address it. However, it will only begin to see the biggest impact of this demographic shift over the next five years, creating a valuable three- to five-year window of opportunity to be proactive. The city has already made significant efforts through the 2012 launch of its “Leve HELE LIVET” (Lifelong Living) program, which includes a pilot project (Everyday Rehabilitation) based on the successful model introduced in Fredericia, Denmark. The challenge presented to the Stavanger Smarter Cities Challenge team was to develop a roadmap to advance a strategy focused on increasing the empowerment and capacity of elderly citizens to maintain good health and functional capabilities, thereby fostering independence.

Is this project a best practice? Why?

Stavanger is facing the reality of an aging population. It has had the foresight to understand the challenge and begin an active aging strategy to address it. However, it will only begin to see the biggest impact of this demographic shift over the next five years, creating a valuable three- to five-year window of opportunity to be proactive. During this window, the City will advance its strategy significantly by implementing the recommendations set out in this report. As it moves forward with these recommendations, Stavanger will become a leading age-friendly city, not only in Norway, but also in the world.

Title

Communications Assistant