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Social and care needs in Veneto


The challenge of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a critical issue for older service users, their relatives and caregivers.
The phenomenon mainly concerns nursing homes but has important impacts in all the transitions of older people between different social and health care services.
ISRAA intends to call together companies, research centres and experts in the phenomenon so that they can devise the best proposals for solutions, also working on that throughout regional, national and EU funding dedicated to health.

The objective of the Treviso Ecosystem regarding housing is to promote capacity-building around the momentum that is pushing senior housing and Age-Friendly Environments at the top of the European agenda in recent years. By gathering support from partners and stakeholders in the Treviso area and around Europe, the Treviso Ecosystem is able to start modelling an approach to senior and “perennial” housing facilities that take into consideration health regulations and needs, digital and social innovation and, finally, aesthetics and functionality. The Treviso Ecosystem can build on the initial experience of Borgo Mazzini Smart Cohousing, which is developed by ISRAA in the historical centre of Treviso following the principles of Universal Design.

Active ageing for longevity
Since 2012 ISRAA has been working for the promotion of healthy lifestyles and the transformation of the ageing process in close collaboration with the University of Padua, of which it is a partner in a Master’s degree in longevity psychology. Several European, national and regional projects in the field of active ageing have been carried out in the course of this perspective.

ICT innovations in care
Technological innovation applied to prevention, treatment and reduction of social isolation is a priority for policies to develop services for the elderly.
ISRAA is open to research and experimentation collaborations aimed at enhancing the adoption and diffusion of ICT in people’s housing contexts for the improvement of their quality and for the efficiency of services and well-being of care workers.

International collaborations with other ecosystems
In order to achieve synergies on all topics of interest, the institute is available for collaborations and exchanges of knowledge with other ecosystems in the ECH Alliance network.

Working group members

ISRAA team:

Oscar Zanutto, psychologist of work and organizations, in ISRAA since 2000, coordinator of Faber, an Innovation Hub dedicated to networking and development of projects at international, European and national level in the area of the innovation services for aging. Innovation broker for public and private bodies and players operating in the social and health sector with particular focus on the introduction of the use of technologies to support active ageing and independent living in residential and home older care. Trainer and consultant in the processes of organizational development of services for the elderly; speaker and chairman in events in the ageing field. Author of “La leadership in RSA”, and “La Bussiness Intelligence in RSA” Maggioli Editore (2013) and articles on the innovation of care services proposed by national journals.

Davide Tuis holds a MSc in Governmental Sciences and Public Policies. He has worked at ISRAA since 2016, where he is involved in the development and implementation of project ideas. Areas of interest are: the application of ICT in elderly care, social innovation, active aging, innovative policies and integrated care.

Stefania Macchione is a Clinical Psychologist specialised in Psychology of Aging and Longevity. After two years of experience in the field of neuroscientific research in Italy and abroad and a job as a psychologist in residence for older people, she currently works at the ISRAA-Treviso Dementia Specialization Center and at FABER-Fabbrica Europa (ISRAA) in the area of ​​European project design and community interventions linked to aging. 

Adele De Stefani is an anthropologist specialized in Medical and Social Anthropology. She holds a PhD in Intercultural Humanities and a Master’s degree in International Cooperation and New Citizenship. Adele works in ISRAA – Faber where she implements and manages a European project that develops innovative approaches for health, care and social inclusion of older people.

Raffaele Catoni graduated in Cognitive and Applied Psychology at the University of Padua, studying topics related to cognitive ergonomics, decision-making processes and the psychology of aging and longevity. He is a junior project officer at FABER – Fabbrica Europa which works on the implementation of European projects in the field of active and healthy aging and ICT. He is also part of the ISRAA communication team.

Nicola Contarin graduated in International and Diplomatic Sciences at the University of Trieste and consequently completed a MSc by Research in Human Geography at the University of Edinburgh (UK). He has lived and worked in several European cities, specialising in the field of urban regeneration, conducting researches on themes such as housing and territorial planning and managing projects of sustainable urban development. He applies an interdisciplinary look on ISRAA’s social purposes by focusing his contribution on the strategic importance of building collaborative networks and highlighting the opportunities of development that may arise from matching diverse social, economic and territorial sectors.

External stakeholders:

ISRAA is in connection with all the local Public Authorities involved in older care:

  • the Local Health and Social Care Unit AULSS2 Marca Trevigiana,
  • the Municipality of Treviso,
  • the Province of Treviso and the Veneto Region Social and European Departments.

Furthermore most of the networking happens with European and International Universities, research centers, care provider organizations and the advocacy associations of olders and their caregivers EU wide having more than 500 connections thanks to the ISRAA’s European Department that is FABER


Because of the Public nature of ISRAA it has been funded by donors that had given the resources to the Institution that is run by a Political board nominated by:

  • the Province of Treviso,
  • the Municipality of Treviso,
  • the Local Health and Social Care Unit AULSS2 Marca Trevigiana.

The annual budget derives partly from the public contribution of the Veneto Region and partly from the private rate given by users.



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