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AAL Forum 2017: Bridging the gaps between technology and active ageing

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Join us for the AAL Forum 2017, one of the largest European events for reporting and supporting technological developments and ideas for active and healthy ageing. The forum presents the best of current research and practice in bridging the gap between technology and growing older, emphasising innovation and debate. With the PROGRESSIVE project, EHTEL is represented in the workshop "Changing Mindsets: New Approaches to ALL" (WS21, 4 Oct, 16h00-17h30) dedicated to developing innovative services in the context of the Active and Assisted Living Programme.

  • AAL Forum
When Oct 02, 2017 10:00 AM to
Oct 04, 2017 04:00 PM
Where Coimbra (Portugal)
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Get up to speed on the latest advances in ICT technology for our ageing population from robots and games, to apps and sensors, products that focus on the quality of life, increased independence and social life, and the reduction of health and social care costs. Meet those who develop the technology, those who use it and those who support it with a plethora of networking opportunities and social events to make you feel a part of this dynamic community. This is the chance to learn, explore and actively participate in the products, services and technologies of AAL’s community, and most importantly, make possible what you discover.

Bridging the gaps between technology solutions and active ageing. What can YOU do?

The Active and Assisted Living (AAL) Programme promotes innovative technological product ideas and services for active and healthy ageing, supporting them until they launch on the market. These innovations are presented at the annual AAL Forum, among the largest European events of its kind. The forum provides an excellent opportunity to network within the AAL community and to discuss issues around AAL within workshops, keynote presentations and a large exhibition area.

The AAL Forum will host over 700 international congress participants, who will be able to find out the latest AAL products and services from 50 exhibitors, 30 workshops and various keynote speakers. The event offers an excellent opportunity to network and gives participants a great platform to exchange experiences and ideas. Interested investors can use the opportunity to find products and services with market potential.

The forum is the ideal meeting place for:

  • Professionals involved in the technology sector with an interest in ageing
  • Social care and care providers
  • Investors looking for new solutions and innovations
  • Individuals and organisations implicated in the AAL funded projects
  • EU, national and regional decision makers in the field of health, social issue, technology and innovations

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Technology today is all around us. It can benefits us both economically and socially, but needs to be cautiously adapted to our wishes and needs, while not interfering with human contact and the  social interactions among individuals and groups that we all need. It is from this perspective that the AAL Forum 2017 is keen to get everyone attending the forum in a lively debate around some crucial questions:

  • What are the obstacles still remain that are stopping ICT technology from being widely used in the field of active ageing?
  • Why has technology not been widely adopted by social care and care providers to help support them in dealing with the older population?
  • What regulations are needed to help people age independently and safely at home through the use of ICT?

The goal is not just to offer definitive answers, but to bring the entire value chain into the discussion and listen to all experiences.

Workshop 21 – 4 October, 16h00-17h30 - Changing Mindsets: New Approaches to AAL
Speakers: Diane Whitehouse, Malcolm Fisk, Estelle Huchet.

This workshop draws on the work of the PROGRESSIVE project (on Standards around ICT for Active and Healthy Ageing). The AAL programme may at times have been trapped in old ways of thinking by focusing on ‘delivering’ solutions to perceived problems experienced by older people. Active and Healthy Ageing is, however, about older people engaged in the economic and social lives of their communities. This session looks at changing mindsets by presenting examples of AAL initiatives, facilitating a debate that will point to the new mindsets needed, and focus on the new types of language required to reflect this. The new language will underpin strategic thinking, policy initiatives, professional perspectives and practice, and impact on the kinds of standards that support the ‘shape’ and marketing of products and services. Standards are focal to the work of the PROGRESSIVE project. Examples of new directions in standards will be drawn from initiatives (within and outside the AAL programme) concerned with health data; telehealth and telecare services; robots; housing schemes; engagement and involvement of older people; and the ethics around care and empowerment.

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