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The FUTURAGE Road Map for European Ageing Research was formally launched yesterday (Tuesday 18th October) at a conference in the European Parliament in Brussels.
FUTURAGE is a two-year project funded by the European Commission, under the Seventh Framework Programme, to create the definitive road map for ageing research in Europe for the next 10-15 years.
Drawing on experts and specialists from Europe and beyond, the road map represents the most extensive consultation ever conducted in this field and identifies the main priorities on ageing and health from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
Through a chain of events, academic and non-academic stakeholders engaged in a state-of-the-art assessment of research priorities, emerging fields and methods to build consensus on the research priorities in ageing until 2025.
The FUTURAGE Road Map for European Ageing Research is now available to download here.

The BRAID Project is developing a holistic roadmap that covers all areas of a person’s life. The roadmap is focused on four different perspectives, the “Life Settings”: Independent Living; Health and Care in Life; Occupation in Life; and Recreation in Life.

These settings correspond to the main areas of life of a person in general, and will need to be supported as we are ageing. The settings stand for priorities in life, and are not location-based or mutually exclusive. In principle, not all elderly citizens may need equal support in all of the above areas. However, the significance of defining these four settings is that they comprehensively cover the main aspects related to active ageing and well being of the elderly.

This booklet presents a collection of illustrative scenarios for the different life settings.

The workshop “Cognitive Support Technology For Older People” is organised jointly by the EU funded projects VitalMind and HERMES.
The older population is growing rapidly throughout the world. Whilst many older people have no substantial health problems, the majority tend to have mild but progressive deterioration in their cognitive abilities. However, a growing body of scientific research indicates that cognitive training and stimulating activities can maintain cognitive function in older people for a longer period of time, helping them remain cognitively healthy.
In this one-day workshop, we will explore the state of the art in cognitive support technology for older people. We will discuss how technology can help the elderly to preserve their quality of life, describing work which several research groups have done and are doing in the area of cognitive training and assisting technologies and outlining some of the challenges that lie ahead. The goal is to share best practice and to generate new conceptual frameworks for how to advance, promote and spread assisting technology research for older people.

The topics that will be covered are:

  • Universal access and assistive technology
  • Inclusive design for older people
  • Benefits of cognitive training systems in older adults
  • Drivers and barriers to the adoption of ICT by older people
  • Exploitation of cognitive support technology for older people

The workshop exhibition will showcase a range of innovative research and applications using interactive technologies.

15th December 2010
From 10 am to 5 pm

Richard Hoggart Building
Lecture Theatre 309
Goldsmiths – University of London
Lewisham Way – SE14 6AF – London, UK

Registration details
The fee is £25 and includes all workshop materials and refreshments.
To register, please contact Andrea Miotto or Arjan Geven.

Download the full announcement.

The Agora Center, University of Jyväskylä, and the CONFIDENCE consortium are pleased to announce the CONFIDENCE 2010 International Conference – Open Doors to ICT for Ageing and eInclusion.
The conference aims at disseminating current research and development activities carried out within the CONFIDENCE project as well as other research within the European Union Framework Programmes, but is not limited to these. The conference also encourages the exchange of ideas and initiatives among participants in the fields of ICT and ageing, eInclusion, and AAL.
Attendees will be able to experience first-hand the ability of the CONFIDENCE prototype to discriminate alarming situations, such as falls, from normal behaviours which allow the system to be silent while the user is confident that help will be summoned when it is urgently needed.
Participation in the conference sessions is free for guests. However, registration for the event is needed in order to facilitate the organisation of the conference.

REMOTE is a pan-European research project concerned with the needs of elderly and physically impaired people. The focus is especially on those living in geographical or social isolation whose independent life is at risk with chronic conditions or lifestyle risk factors. The project will provide support for an independent life at home with the aid of ambient intelligence (“AmI”, a technological approach, which means to enhance a person’s environment with sensors, radio modules, and computer processors in order to make everyday life easier) and tele-healthcare. The elderly’s personal environment will be improved with various kinds of monitoring and automation abilities or tracing activity and health condition, and detecting risks and critical situations.
For this purpose the project will use the scale-up of existing research prototypes and new systems for collecting human- and context-related data. These include sensors attached to a person’s body which measure e.g. body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, human posture, etc. Furthermore sensors and actuators can be installed in houses or cars for providing context information, e.g., air temperature, luminance, humidity, human location and motion, etc. Health care professionals have to be able to identify and react immediately to health risks to their patients, irrespective of time and lace. As a growing number of elderly in urban as well as in rural areas live on their own, monitoring activity and medical data at anytime and from anywhere can close the growing gap between urban and rural areas and thus ensure safety and a better quality of care.
REMOTE attains this goal by introducing an innovative, ontology-driven, open reference architecture and platform that will enable interoperability, seamless connectivity and sharing of content among the different services. The project’s overall concept includes:

  • A user-centred design philosophy and the consistent involvement of its potential end-users.
  • Processes for reaching consensus among all interested parties (stakeholders).
  • Strong commitment to ethical and legal issues (e.g. equal rights, and privacy protection).
  • Measurement of usability, impact and acceptance of the project’s developments by elderly.
  • Close collaboration with research and development institutions and companies in the field of tele-healthcare and ambient intelligence.
  • Significant contribution to the recent developments in tele-healthcare and ambient intelligence.

If interested in the project, please fill in the User Forum Nomination form.
For more information: the project’s leaflet and website.

This Consultation meeting brought together experts from all over Europe. The objective was to provide strategic guidance for future topics for the ICT Policy Support Programme in the field of ICT & Ageing for 2011 and beyond. The outcome will be used as input for the preparation of future calls for proposals. Topics under the ICT Policy Support Programme were discussed, in particular demand driven pilot projects related to independent living of elderly people: Fall prediction, prevention and protection of elderly people; Enhanced mobility of elderly people. The meeting was organised back to back with a consultation meeting on the AAL Joint programme.
More information here.