A better life for elderly people?
Find out at the Ambient Assisted Living Forum 2011
how digital technology helps
The EU's 60-plus population is increasing by about two millions a year and our 80-plus population is expected to double by 2020. Europe has decided to find effective solutions to support the growing number of elderly people to 'age well'. At the same time, the ambition is to increase the efficiency of the care systems and to promote a flourishing EU industry for independent living and active and healthy "ageing" products and services.
How are we progressing in this ambition? Are results from investments over the past years getting in the hands of users? How can we best strengthen Europe's research and innovation for active and healthy ageing?
These issues will be discussed at the Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) Forum, which will take place in Lecce, Italy, on 26-28 September 2011.
The objective of the Forum – which will gather industry stakeholders, researchers, entrepreneurs, end-users and policy makers – is three-fold: assess progress and show concrete results of the AAL Joint Programme projects; focus on possible ways to bring AAL innovative solutions to the market; discuss relevant EU initiatives in the field, particularly the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.
The event is co-organized by the AAL Joint Program for applied research with the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, the Puglia Region, the Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystem of the Italian National Research Council, the Italian Ambient Assisted Living Association (AitAAL), the Province of Lecce, the Municipality of Lecce and Roma Multiservizi. The AAL Joint Programme is supported by 23 European countries and by the European Commission to develop ICT-based solutions for elderly people.
Contact for the press:
Juliette Legros – European Commission, eInclusion Unit
Juliette.firstname.lastname@example.org – tel. + 32 2 2991111
For additional information:
AAL Forum (2011 programme and info upcoming): www.aalforum.eu
AAL Joint Programme: www.aal-europe.eu
Ambient Assisted Living - European Commission: http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/einclusion/research/aal/index_en.htm
European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing:
The AAL Joint Programme - launched in 2008 – aims at improving the quality of life of elderly people and strengthening the competitiveness of European industry in the AAL field through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The Programme involves 23 European countries and has a total budget of €700M over six years – 50% from the AAL partner countries and the European Commission and 50% from participating private organisations.
The Ambient Assisted Living concept refers to:
Better possibilities to continue living at home while ageing;
Support to health and functional capability of elderly people;
Promotion of a better and healthier lifestyle for elderly;
Prevention of social isolation and support to social life;
Support to carers, families and care organisations;
Increased efficiency and productivity in ageing societies.
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