10 things to know about Interreg

4. Transnational cooperation delivers territorial cohesion: Our most important results are new knowledge, shared experiences and enhanced capacities

Transnational partnerships typically explore new terrain and test new approaches to common, complex, and deep-seated problems, creating new ideas and building capacities as they unfold. Participants in transnational projects develop a habit of cooperation and a strong sense of shared interests, which often results in framing problems in a territorial perspective.

We help the furniture industry improve the comfort of life of seniors

Photo by Jakub Wittchen
A young man bends to sweep the floor in an enironment of a professional fair

Although one fifth of the EU population is 65 years old or more, the furniture industry has not yet exploited the specific needs of ageing customers to the extent possible.

The Interreg project BaltSe@nior involved furniture manufacturers, researchers, designers, ICT specialists and 90 companies from 12 countries to compile knowledge of seniors in the Baltic Sea region. The enterprises gained access to design tools, prototypes of smart furniture tailored to the needs of seniors and a 3D printable age simulator, which replicates physical limitations of an aging body. In this way, Interreg enhances the capacities of enterprises to customise their products to offer more independence and cohesion in the standard of life for seniors across the region. With BaltSe@nior 2.0, public spaces, such as museums and parks, change into friendlier places for seniors as well.

Project stories:

Let’s make the Baltic Sea region a better place for seniors
A 3D printed age simulator (Video)
Baltic Sea region as a design comfort zone for seniors

More information about the projects BaltSe@nior and BaltSe@nior 2.0