Related to our earlier post on the Ambient Assisted Living program, here is the Press Release
describing more on the European Action Plan for "Ageing
Well in the Information Society"
Relevant quotes include:
"Europe's ageing population is a challenge for our job market and its
social and health systems. But it is also an economic and social opportunity.
ICT will provide new and more accessible products and services that meet the
needs of older people," said Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for the
Information Society and Media.
"These two initiatives will mobilise digital
technologies that will improve the daily lives and social participation of older
people and create new opportunities for Europe's industry."
The majority of older people do not yet enjoy the benefits of the digital age
- low cost communications and online services that could support some of their
real needs - since only 10% use the internet. Severe vision, hearing or
dexterity problems, frustrate many older peoples' efforts (21% of the over 50s)
to engage in the information society.
The described action plan includes
"boosting research and innovation by immediately supporting a
joint public-private research programme dedicated to 'ambient assisted living'.
It aims to foster the emergence of innovative, ICT-based products, services and
systems for Europe's ageing population."
Follow the link to the Press Release
for more information.