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Development of a Binational Framework for Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA) Bridging Austria and Slovenia in a Thermal Spa Region

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Department of Internal Medicine, Medical University of Graz, 8036 Graz, Austria
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Faculty of Health Management in Tourism, University of Applied Sciences FH JOANNEUM, 8344 Bad Gleichenberg, Austria
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Austrian Thermal Spas and Health Resorts Association, 1140 Vienna, Austria
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RU Murska Sobota, National Institute of Public Health, 9000 Murska Sobota, Slovenia
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Human Technology Styria GmbH, 8010 Graz, Austria
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ÖVP Bad Radkersburg, Municipality of Bad Radkersburg, 8490 Bad Radkersburg, Austria
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Directorate of Dosor Home for the Elderly, Tečni&Srečni, 9252 Radenci, Slovenia
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General Hospital Murska Sobota, 9000 Murska Sobota, Slovenia
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Styrian Hospitals Limited Liability Company KAGes, 8160 Federal Hospital Wei, Austria
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Parktherme Bad Radkersburg Thermal Spa, 8490 Bad Radkersbur, Austria
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Radkersburger Hof Center for Rehabilitation, 8490 Bad Radkersburg, Austria
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Department of Internal Medicine, Federal Hospital Wagna, 8435 Wagna, Austria
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Department of Internal Medicine, Federal Hospital Bad Radkersburg, 8490 Bad Radkersburg, Austria
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(2), 639; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020639
Received: 2 December 2020 / Revised: 7 January 2021 / Accepted: 9 January 2021 / Published: 13 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Lifestyle and Environmental Interventions to Promote a Healthy Ageing)
In view of ongoing demographic developments resulting in a longer life expectancy of the European population, the creation of “age-friendly” environments represents an initiative picked up by the European Union and its Member States to enable active and healthy ageing. The present study aims at the co-creation of a cross-border framework model to deploy a healthy ageing region linking Austria and Slovenia, building on previous work dealing with the development of an integrated regional ecosystem for active and healthy ageing. A qualitative, community-based action research method based on focus group discussions allowed the development of an exemplary framework model for active and healthy ageing building on cross-border collaboration in the region of Promura. Within the project group, twelve cross-border regional key assets were identified. In the course of further open discussions, an exemplary model for the deployment of a cross-border healthy ageing region was developed, comprising underlying fundamental environmental aspects, regional structures in the field of health and care as well as crosscutting features spreading across all levels. This article presents a promising, strategic co-creation approach on how to span a model on active and healthy ageing across two cross-border regions with similar characteristics and assets. View Full-Text
Keywords: active and healthy ageing; cross-border collaboration; community participation; healthy ageing region active and healthy ageing; cross-border collaboration; community participation; healthy ageing region
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Lindner, S.; Illing, K.; Sommer, J.; Krajnc-Nikolić, T.; Harer, J.; Kurre, C.; Lautner, K.; Hauser, M.; Grabar, D.; Graf-Stelzl, R.; Korn, C.; Pilz, K.; Ritter, B.; Roller-Wirnsberger, R. Development of a Binational Framework for Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA) Bridging Austria and Slovenia in a Thermal Spa Region. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 639.

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Lindner S, Illing K, Sommer J, Krajnc-Nikolić T, Harer J, Kurre C, Lautner K, Hauser M, Grabar D, Graf-Stelzl R, Korn C, Pilz K, Ritter B, Roller-Wirnsberger R. Development of a Binational Framework for Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA) Bridging Austria and Slovenia in a Thermal Spa Region. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(2):639.

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Lindner, Sonja; Illing, Kai; Sommer, Josef; Krajnc-Nikolić, Tatjana; Harer, Johann; Kurre, Christoph; Lautner, Karl; Hauser, Mateja; Grabar, Daniel; Graf-Stelzl, Robert; Korn, Christian; Pilz, Klaus; Ritter, Bernhard; Roller-Wirnsberger, Regina. 2021. "Development of a Binational Framework for Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA) Bridging Austria and Slovenia in a Thermal Spa Region" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 18, no. 2: 639.

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