Ageing and Technology, MYBL-COST-AAL joint workshop
Brussels, 9-10 February 2017
The ageing of the European population is creating many new challenges and opportunities for individuals, organisations and governments. Many of these challenges are being addressed by information and communication technologies, which form an integral part of everyday life for everyone. Sometimes technologies are targeted at particular needs or age groups, but often they are generic, addressing many issues and kinds of people. These new technologies create new opportunities and sometimes challenges. Three relevant European initiatives have agreed to collaborate and to jointly address some of the key issues in their fields which are of interest to the research and innovation community.
Demographic change affects everybody, but the most dramatic change is the growth in numbers of older people, as people live longer and (generally) healthier lives. Our particular focus is therefore on “older people”. However, any definition of “older” is open to challenge: people do not become more alike as they age, and individuals age at different rates and in different ways. The “older” population therefore includes many healthy, active people, in employment or not, as well as many people who are experiencing disability and health challenges, and with a range of care needs.
It is important to note that people’s aspirations and interests change as they age, and that the technologies also evolve over time. Thus an individual’s interest in, and use of, ICTs may differ as they age, while someone who was very familiar with state of the art technology at the age of 60, may already be struggling to keep up ten years later.
This workshop aimed to:
• Boost the collaboration between the research community and developers of technology to provide better ICT-enriched living environments for older people and leading to technologies which are actually used by the target group.
• Identify gaps in current research and development work, and areas where issues were already being addressed.
• Bring researchers and others involved in the AAL and MYBL worlds/communities together with people involved in relevant COST networks to discuss possible collaboration and provide a platform where new forms of collaboration can start and new networks can form.
• Inform about the objectives and funding opportunities in JPI MYBL and AAL Programme, as well as the support which the COST programme can provide to fund large research networking activities on this topic.
The workshop report and other related documents and presentations are available via the links below.