Ageing populations are a key concern within European countries; the proportion of senior citizens, compared to younger age groups, is expected to increase further in the coming years. This, in turn, could influence the number of people living with dependencies such as long-term health conditions or mobility needs.
This will intensify the current concerns to care for citizens, demanding more funding and facilities than governments can currently provide. Therefore, enabling future generations an affordable but efficient healthcare sector requires a new wave of innovation in social care.
Robots as assistive technologies form an emerging market with increasing impact; from supporting patients' cognitive abilities to providing remote monitoring of their health status and support in activities of daily living (ADL), assistive robots have the potential to change the way we perceive and treat a range of impairments and conditions, and how we actively support those in need.
That said, to bring innovations into social care, research needs to be thoroughly grounded in an understanding of user needs. The AGE’IN project is developing solutions to enable older people to improve their quality of life and stay at home longer.