An old age problem
Ageing populations are a key concern within European
countries. The proportion of senior citizens, compared to younger age groups,
is only expected to increase further in the coming years. This will influence
the number of people living with dependencies such as long-term health
conditions or mobility needs. Intensifying the current concerns to care for
citizens, this will demand more funding and facilities than governments can
Enabling future generations an affordable but efficient healthcare
sector requires a new wave of innovation in social care.
The impact of robots
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.
To bring innovations into social care, research needs to be
thoroughly grounded in an understanding of user needs.
This 2.5 million Euro-funded project, supported by the European
Regional Development Fund’s Interreg 2 Mers programme aims to keep the ageing
population independent for longer in their own or chosen home, increasing the
quality of life, their environment, services, safety and public spaces.
Led by the Boulogne sur mer
Développement Côte d'Opale (BDCO) in France, the project will include
house adaptations and the development of a real local ecosystem centred around
the ageing populations.