Coral session AAL Forum: Smart engagement for smart solutions: innovative methods of involving users in developing ICT for active and healthy ageing


Involving the user
Smart engagement for smart solutions: innovative methods of involving users in developing ICT for active and healthy ageing

Wednesday 23 September 14.00 – 15.30h

Smart ICT solutions for active and healthy ageing (AHA) are developed and implemented because of demographic changes, the need and wish of older adults to live longer independently at home, the increasing costs of long-term care and burdened informal carers. They can increase the quality of life, comfort, safety, welfare and interpersonal relationships for older adults and their family members. Policy makers, industry, researchers and civil society are working on this together in a process of learning by doing involving all stakeholders. European programs, partnerships and networks such as Horizon 2020, the Digital Agenda, AAL JP, EIP AHA, Coral, AER and Interreg facilitate this cooperation and learning on an European level. For reasons of quality, better solutions and actual implementation and acceptance of the ICT tools and services it is crucial to involve older adults and informal carers in the design and development. That is easier said than done and that is what this session is about.


Two main topics will be addressed during this session

Design, development, testing, evaluation and employment of novel ICT solutions for independent living for different groups of older adults and informal carers. Different methods of human-centred design are conducted within different case studies. Demonstrations of how potential users – older adults and informal carers – are intensely involved in the R&D process from needs assessment analysis to the validation in laboratory and field trials.

Drawing up a research, regional policy and deployment roadmap as a driver for up-scaling and market uptake of specific smart ICT solutions for AHA.


 Case studies and strands of R&D presented:

Si.mobil project, GoLivePhone & GoLiveAssist by dr. Andraž Petrovcic and dr. Vesna Dolnicar  (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences), Slovenia and Frank Verbeek (Gociety), Noord-Brabant, The Netherlands

Digital Inclusion. Road-testing online recovery packages with citizens/cultural co-creation.  House of Memories/community co-creation ReMind by prof. Maureen Williams, Deputy Chair, NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, United Kingdom.

Rehabilitation through meaningful human-robot interactions: an experience based design perspective. Evaluating a game application for people with dementia living in care facilities. Making home rehabilitation fun through gaming with an app by dr. Gloria Gomez, Institute of Technology and Innovation, Denmark.

Word-play game application for older adults by Anders Carlsson, New Tools for Health/SICS Swedish ICT and Peter Lindgren, Visiarc, Sweden.


The involvement of you!

The session – moderated by Dutch tv journalist and anchor woman Meike de Jong – has an interactive format in which you as a participant will have an active role. Five short presentations of seven minutes by the experts are directly followed by short roundtable sessions of five minutes in which you propose a significant question for the speakers. The session is about exchange, mutual learning and dialogue and we want to make optimal use of your experience and expertise as an entrepreneur, policy maker, researcher, professional in (health) care or end-user. The session concludes with a talk show in which your questions from the roundtables are used as input. Before and during the session Twitter will be used with more opportunities for participation and exchange. The hashtag is #CorAALUse


For more information, remarks or input contact the organisers of this Coral session:
Vesna Dolnicar & Edwin Mermans
Follow us on twitter @CoralEurope
Download our flyer in pdf: 150820 AAL Forum Coral session v1.2 VD EM
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