Age Platform Europe (AGE)

AGE Platform Europe is a European network of around 150 organisations of and for people aged 50+ representing directly over 40 million older people in the EU28. Its work focuses on a wide range of policy areas that impact on older and retired people. These include issues of anti-discrimination, employment of older workers and active ageing, social protection, pension reforms, social inclusion, health, elder abuse, intergenerational solidarity, research, accessibility of public transport and of the built environment, and new technologies (ICT).

The Platform also takes an active part in several EU projects, mainly funded by the 7th Framework Programme and the CIP PSP Programme. The purpose of AGE’s work is to voice and promote the interests of the 190 millionm inhabitants aged 50+ in the European Union and to raise awareness of the issues that concern them most. AGE seeks to give a voice to older and retired people in the EU policy debates, through the active participation of their representative organisations at EU, national, regional and local levels, and provides a European platform for the exchange of experience and best practices. It also aims to inform older people on their rights as EU citizens or residents and on EU policy making processes and recent EU policy development.

Team members


Maude Luherne Policy and projects officer responsible for long-term care and elder abuse

Maude is responsible for AGE’s work on long-term care and elder abuse. She is involved in a number of care and new technologies-related projects, voicing the needs and expectations of older people and working to improve older persons’ involvement in research projects and in policies. She previously coordinated the EUSTACEA and WeDO projects ( and the Active Senior Citizens for Europe project which aimed to train groups of older people in several EU countries on the European Union and how they can influence decision making processes.


Ilenia Gheno Research projects Manager
Ilenia Gheno is in charge of the overall coordination of AGE EU Research Projects. She is responsible for the elaboration of projects’ activity plans, budget expenditure, financial reporting and accounting. Ilenia manages AGE participation in tenders and call for proposals, and the engagement of AGE experts on European projects related to Universal Design, Health and eHealth, Accessibility and ICT. She contributes to monitoring of user involvement in projects, she ensures a wide dissemination of project results, and she works on the ethical dimensions of ageing.

Contact details

AGE Platform Europe:

0032 2 280 14 70


AGE Platform Europe