IN LIFE concept is to address the challenge of turning existing research efforts to reality for real people across Europe.
Existing flexible ICT solutions could assist elderly users with cognitive impairment in organising, carrying out and completing everyday tasks and constitute essential factors for continuing to be and feel independent. IN LIFE will offer all-around, personalised, multi-faceted existing ICT solutions and services addressing diverse daily activities (eating, physical activity, commuting, mental stimulation, communication, social interaction, etc.) to users with cognitive impairment living in their own home or in sheltered homes, as well as to their formal and informal carers.
Emphasis is placed on elderly and carer interactions, communications and care scheduling and monitoring.
The main targeted user groups are:
1. Older people with:
• Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
• Early and later stages of Dementia
• Cognitive impairment and co-morbid condition
2. Caregivers (formal and informal)
The main IN LIFE innovation stems from the implementation of ICT-based services into a large scale pilot platform.
There are six IN LIFE pilot sites: Greece, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, UK.
All sites will cover holistically multiple services for elderly citizens with different kind of cognitive impairment, but each will have different focus areas and diversity in ICT solutions offered.
All sites are running strong AAL research activities, thus allowing IN LIFE to benefit from existing infrastructures.
Further, they represent six different countries, and can all accommodate piloting of more than 150 elderly users with cognitive impairments each, during the course of the project (totally over 1,200 users in all sites, plus roughly
IN LIFE will therefore target a good spread of test participants in terms of age, family status, socioeconomic status, location and ethnicity.
The primary and most significant impact of IN LIFE will be of societal nature, focusing on the Quality of Life of the elderly citizens with cognitive impairment and on the advancement of their care. Specifically:
• Physical Well-Being: IN LIFE greatly contributes to the protection of the physical health and well-being of the elderly citizens with cognitive impairment, through the health services offered and the potential
for early detection when there is a need for interventions.
• Psychological Well-Being: IN LIFE contributes to the early recognition and effective mitigation of a number of ageing-related psychological risks which can eventually lead to physical and mental decline.
Emphasis is on services to promote Independent Living and Autonomous Mobility.
• Social Interaction: IN LIFE supports social interaction and integration of elderly citizens with a new service for social networking and by improving community access through optimized personalised
interfaces and tools in order to easily get in contact with family, friends, and community.
• Availability of Affordable Advanced Services: The basic concept behind the user profiling, user clustering and modelling of IN LIFE is to support each individual to select which services he/she would like to be combined and even to be tailored to his/her preferences.