The AgeingWell website is a reference point for key stakeholders in the ICT & Ageing Sector. It aims at creating a Community of Actors interested in improving the life of older persons by promoting the market uptake of ICT solutions for Ageing Well. To achieve its aim, the following five main objectives of the AgeingWell project are to develop Guidelines for deployment and sharing of best practice between key competence centres; build an ICT for Ageing Knowledge Centre with the aim to share relevant information and results with the AgeingWell Community; develop an ICT for Ageing Society Strategic Agenda, with the aim of providing a study on options for future structure and implementation of EU innovation funding; promote the European innovation reinforcement between innovative ICT & Ageing enterprises (in particular SMEs) and the Investment Community and raise awareness within the European community of ICT & Ageing stakeholders.
Started: May 2012.
Based on this automatic detection of activities of daily living (ADL), the AMACS project aims to detect changes in the behavior, i.e. changes in these ADL patterns. These changes include both acute and gradual changes. The information about these activities and changes in behavior can then be presented to the caregivers (including family members) to adapt older people’s care plans, and as a consequence, increase their quality of care and quality of life. Hence allowing them to stay longer at their homes.
Started: October 2010.
FARSEEING aims to promote better prediction, prevention and support of older persons, by long-term analysis of behavioural and physiological data collected using Smartphones, wearable and environmental sensors: leading to self-adaptive responses. FARSEEING aims to build the world’s largest fall repository of real life falls data.
Started: January 2012.
The ultimate goal of FATE – FAll DeTector for the Elderly project is to widely validate an innovative and efficient ICT-based solution focused on improving the elder’s quality of life by an accurate detection of falls in ageing people, both at home and outdoors. This will be done by implementing an accurate, portable and usable fall detector that runs a complex and specific algorithm to accurately detect falls, and a robust and reliable telecommunications layer based in ZigBee and Bluetooth technologies, capable of sending alarms when the user is both inside and outside the home.
Started: March 2012
The Giraff+ project is developing a system consisting of a network of home sensors that measure (e.g. blood pressure, temperature) or detect (e.g. falls or movement inside a room) mobility in older people. The data from these sensors are interpreted by an intelligent system in terms of activities (e.g. the person is going to bed, the person is tired or well rested). These activities can then trigger alarms or reminders to the person or his/her caregivers, or be analysed over time by a health professional. There is also a telepresence robot, the Giraff, which can be moved around in the home by somebody connected to it over internet.
Started: January 2012
The main goal of the I-DONT-FALL project is to deploy, pilot and evaluate a range of innovative technological solutions for fall detection and prevention management. The project will develop and evaluate a platform, which enables the prevention and detection of falls. Technological partners will provide their innovative solutions for fall detection and prevention that will be integrated into the platform. The effectiveness of these technological solutions will be evaluated by several health care organizations across Europe.
Started: April 2012.
The iStoppFalls consortium and project will develop an embedded AAL system that can predict and prevent falls by monitoring mobility-related activities and other risk factors of falls in real-life. Beyond continuous fall risk monitoring, this enables tailoring individualized exercise programs coached by iStoppFalls. The Senior Mobility Monitor, as a component of the system, will unobtrusively and continuously monitor mobility in daily life.
Started: October 2011
The USEFIL project aims to address the gap between technological research advances and the practical needs of elderly people by developing advanced but affordable in-home unobtrusive monitoring and web communication solutions. USEFIL intends to use low cost “off-the-shelf” technology to develop immediately applicable services that will assist the elderly in maintaining their independence and daily activities. USEFIL intends to provide guidelines for the community of technology developers to optimize future generation of applications for an ageing population.
Started: November 2011
The main goal of WIISEL is to develop an insole for elderly, placed in the shoe, monitoring the way of walking. The system is expected to detect changes in gait and balance in daily elderly environment in order to prevent the risk of falls. Moreover, the system will provide security to the elderly directly affecting their quality of life.
Started: November 2011
The Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination (ProFouND) is an EU funded Thematic Network dedicated to bring about the dissemination and implementation of best practice in falls prevention across Europe.
ProFouND comprises 21 partners from 12 countries, associate members from a further 10 countries. ProFouND aims to influence policy to increase awareness of falls and innovative prevention programmes amongst health and social care authorities, the commercial sector, NGOs and the general public so as to facilitate communities of interest and disseminate the work of the network to target groups across the EU. It has three main objectives: to encourage National Falls Awareness yearly events; to roll out evidence based strength and balance exercise to prevent falls by training a cadre of cascade trainers; and to produce a simple online application that allows a tailored and individualised to be printed for an older person after a falls risk assessment (PFPApp).
There is a full list of EC Stakeholders to promote these activities and a growing resource of patient leaflets, best practice implementation guidelines and National Policies in a variety of European Languages.