Cáritas Coimbra awarded by the International Forum

Cáritas Coimbra was recently awarded by the Joint Forum of Civil Society and Scientific Research, thanks to its video “Active ageing and well-being”. This award comes within the scope of the international video competition “Active ageing with joy”, promoted by the Joint Forum, in which dozens of entities from different countries competed, but only 10 were distinguished.

During the month of March, the Joint Forum of Civil Society and Scientific Research launched a video competition to give voice to older people, their organisations, and research organisations involving older persons. Cáritas Coimbra’s Innovation Department competed with the video “Active ageing and well-being”, presenting some of the main international projects managed by the institution.

The projects shown in this video are related to the theme of active and healthy ageing, aimed at improving the well-being of older people. They aim to develop technological solutions that respond to the needs and desires of older users. Overall, the main objective is to bring improvements to the services offered by Cáritas Coimbra, as well as to increase support for the caregiver.

Throughout the video, the following were shown: the DAPAS solution (software and hardware consisting of the EMMA box, Alexa and smart lamp), the buttons and tablet from the KlikKit project and the SmartWork devices to improve the quality of life at work for citizens over 55 years. These projects are funded by the FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology, under the AAL Programme, and the European Horizon 2020 Programme.

The Cáritas Coimbra video will now be shown during the Joint Forum of Civil Society and Scientific Research, taking place between 15 and 17 June, in Rome (Italy). This year the Forum will be titled “A fulfilling life throughout the life-course: A joint effort of civil society and research in policy making”, dealing with issues such as active and healthy ageing throughout life, equal access to long-term care, support to families and carers and age mainstreaming to advance a society for all ages.

In addition to the videos exhibition at the Forum, the competition finalists also have the privilege of seeing their videos published on the AGE Platform Europe website, an entity with over 20 years responsible for promoting cooperation between older people’s organizations at EU level.


Watch the video “Active ageing and well-being” HERE.


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