Community for an age-friendly society

Unlocking Ageing Well

Ensure better involvement of users, service providers and the third sector, focusing on technology development in real life situations, in order to ensure the impact through exploitation of the programme results and moving from technological to social innovation, including developing and supporting intermediaries who can empower elderly people by educating them about ICT and the benefits it can bring. 

These are some of the key recommendations of the report “Unlocking innovation in ageing well”, issued by the high level panel appointed by Commission Vice President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes to assess the progress of the Ambient Assisted Living joint programme (AAL), a EUR 600 million research and development funding programme involves 23 countries and the EU to improve the quality of life of senior citizens through smart ICT-based solutions.  The report is addressed to the European Parliament and Council of Ministers.

The high level panel was chaired by former European Commissioner Meglena Kuneva and reviewed the AAL against the wider context of innovation responding to demographic challenges.  The other members were: Csaba Dózsa, Professor at the Corvinus University of Budapest, Erika Mann, former MEP and Executive Vice President of the Computer & Communications Industry Association, Ian Miles, Professor at Manchester Business School; Anne-Sophie Parent, Director of AGE – the European Older People’s Platform, and the Danish Technological Institute

The Panel findings have been based on extensive background documentation, case studies, statistical information about the AAL JP, some 40 interviews with a stakeholders, and an online consultation.  

This in-depth 5 month engagement  with the European Commission provided a wealth of information about the challenges and opportunities of this emerging market.   The demographic challenge can only be tackled by a coherent combination of social, economic, health, innovation and digital policies. Acting today can translate into a considerable triple win in terms of better quality of life, cost of care that is sustainable for society as a whole, and new jobs and business.

The reports are available, together with background documents, at this web link:http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/einclusion/research/aal/interim_review/index_en.htm

Direct link to the report “Unlocking innovation in ageing well”http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/einclusion/docs/aal/interim_evaluation_report.pdf

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