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TAAFE - "Towards an Alpine Age - Friendly Environment"

The Taafe project is supported by the European Union within the framework of the Community Initiative "Interreg" of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). TAAFE stands for "Towards an Alpine Age - Friendly Environment", which to a certain extent already indicates the general objective, namely the strengthening of the local administrative level in the age-friendly restructuring of municipalities. More concretely, this means the further development of the capacities of local authorities, for example in local health care, public transport, buildings and living environments, communication and information, but also in participation in decision-making processes at the municipal level and in social participation and inclusion. In this way, the project actively contributes to finding and testing solutions for dealing with demographic change.
To this end, a so-called trio is to be established at the local level, consisting of representatives of the senior citizens, the participating municipality (the municipality of Mössingen supported by the District Office of Tübingen, which is also a project partner) and a process facilitator (in this case the University of Tübingen in the form of the LebensPhasenHaus team). This TRIO will then develop a World Health Organisation concept on "age-friendly communities/cities" and implement it within the municipality, with the focus on ensuring the sustainable participation of older people in the planning and implementation of measures in the areas mentioned.

A particular added value of this approach is now that several partner regions across Europe are implementing the same concept of "age-friendly environments" within their regions. Special attention is paid to the regional characteristics (social structures, different state structure and organisation, different starting conditions, etc.) of the respective regions. In international workshops the trios from the regions network with partners from all over Europe and discuss their respective measures and solutions. In this way, the project enables European, transnational exchange of knowledge and thus contributes to the identification of good practices against the background of the question of how demographic change can be better managed.



European Regional Development Fund grant: 1,623,251.37 €

Total project volume: 2,168,317 EUR



Start date: 01/10/2019

End date: 30/06/2022



  • Anton Trstenjak Institute for Gerontology and Intergenerational Relations (Lubiljana, Slovenia)
  • Central European Initiative (Trieste, Italy)
  • Communal Center of Social Action of Marseille (France)
  • Institute for Seniors Care and Retirement (Treviso, Italy)
  • Municipality of Feldbach (Austria)
  • Municipality of Žiri (Slovenia)
  • Université Grenoble Alpes (France)
  • Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen (Germany)
  • Municipality of Treviso (Coordinator, Italien)
  • District Office of Tuebingen (Germany)


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