Reference Sites are inspirational ecosystems, delivering creative and workable solutions that improve the lives and health of older people. These solutions can now be scaled-up and replicated across the EU.

The Sites are regions, cities, integrated hospitals or care organisations that focus on a comprehensive, innovation-based approach to active and healthy ageing. They offer concrete examples of their positive impact in this field. Reference Sites demonstrate synergies between different actions, breakthrough solutions within a short time frame, and the added value of taking a holistic approach.



General objectives:

  • Increase the impact – from small to large scale of coverage – of health and care delivery innovations for a whole life course approach to active and healthy ageing, that have been tested to benefit a wider target population, foster policy developments and prioritisation.
  • Facilitate peer learning and sharing.
  • Improve accessibility, quality of health and care and financial sustainability and contribute to the reduction of health inequalities.


Specific objectives

  • Identify innovative evidence-based and patient/citizen centric ‘good practices’, innovative elements of a comprehensive approach to a whole life course approach to active and healthy ageing.
  • Exchange and disseminate the ‘good practice’ models across Europe.
  • Support the scalability, transferability and replication of ‘good practice’ models: learning from small-scale initiatives/innovations as a means of fostering larger scale policy and programme development and implementation.



  • Breanndán Casey , Connected Health & Wellbeing Cluster Manager, DkIT. RS Lead Co-ordinator
  • Deirdre Mullholland, Area Director of Public Health, Area A
  • Colette Magnone , HSE, Clinical Nurse Manager 2, Health Protection
  • Suzanne Smith, Netwell CASALA Manager
  • Anne Rizzo , Age Friendly Ireland, International Relations officer
  • Thomas Coleman , Founder, Zendra Health
  • Sinead McVerry, Louth County Council Age Friendly Programme Manager
  • Carl Power; Director, dConnect Digital Health Innovation Hub DkIT
  • Sarah NiLochlainn  Community Manager, dConnect Digital Health Innovation Hub DkIT
  • Grainne Cumiskey , EU SHAFE Project Co-ordinator, Louth County Council
  • Dearbhla Birdy , Operational Lead, Integrated Care Programme Older Persons, County Louth