The Community of Regions for Assisted Living (Coral) is an informal community of regions, aiming to improve regional policies for Active and Healthy Ageing. Above all Coral is a learning community working on the implementation and upscaling of innovative solutions for Active and Healthy Ageing. It is a network of mutual learning and co-creation in a process of open innovation. The strength of Coral is the trust between partners that invest energy and creativity in this valuable collaboration.
Coral is about strengthening connectivity between the regions and their innovation clusters in Europe. The member regions of Coral consist of – quadruple helix – clusters of stakeholders in the sectors of research, entrepreneurship, government and civil society. Coral also connects the regions to other European counterparts and networks. It gives the regions a position in the fast growing European community of innovators in the field of Active and Healthy Ageing.
The added value of Coral for the European Commission is that it makes a connection between the supply and the demand side. This is among others because innovative companies, service providers and buyers – users and care institutions – are part of the regional clusters.
Most regions in Coral developed integral regional policies in which all aspects – such as economical, social and spatial – are included. In line with the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA), Coral contributes towards the following goals:
- Enabling EU citizens to lead healthy, active and independent lives while ageing, through the promotion of inclusion and independent life for elderly and chronically diseased people.
- Improving the sustainability and efficiency of social and health care systems, through shifting from pilot projects to rooted services and scaling up projects.
- Boosting and improving the competitiveness of the markets for innovative products and services and creating new opportunities for businesses, through solving barriers for the deployment of assisted living solutions on a large scale.