2012 is the European Year for Active Aging. With an ever older population, Europe is looking for ways to improve the quality of living of their elderly people, a generation far more active and technologically trained than previous ones. This Futuris will take a look at how ICT devices can help patients with three different diseases to increase their quality of living -while staying at their homes. In Cadiz, Spain, we´ll be visiting an elderly house and a home where patients of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are currently testing a brand new device that will help them to know if an unexpected respiratory crisis is about to happen. This will help them call for aid in a faster way, or better prepare their transportation to nearby hospitals. We´ll be meeting COPD patients, personal caretakers, doctos and the computer scientists that have developed the prototype.

In Barcelona, Spain, we´ll be meeting dementia patients who are testing devices developed in the framework of ALADDINE project. We´ll also interview neurologists as well as caretakers. And in UMEA, researchers are developing devices to help elderly people to fight the feel of isolation and subsequent depression outsbursts. Friendly-interfaces and online platforms have been developed and are being tested to help elderly people to remain in touch, in an easy, non intrusive, interactual way with loving ones, caretakers or doctors. We´ll be meeting users of the prototypes, as well as the researchers behind its development; and phycologists that will bring their views about the developed technology.

Full episode (9')

Introductory trailer  (25")

Filming locations: Cádiz and Barcelona (Spain) and Skelleftea (Sweden)

Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) Joint Programme

Pilot European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing