July 2017

Dementia-friendly public spaces

Solutions are, of course, comprehensively explored on how to assist people with dementia to live more comfortable lives at home for longer. Keeping sufferers happy within their four walls, however, is not the only answer and finding ways to help them venture further afield is also important. Recent statistics from Alzheimer’s Research UK reveal that by 2040 the number of people expected to have dementia is to quadruple, with 59,199 to 219,409 more people needing palliative care from the disease. Finland, Sweden, Denmark rank above the UK on the list of countries that have the highest rate of deaths from dementia, with Belgium and the Netherlands even higher. Dementia, and the quality of care available for sufferers, is very much...
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The City of Coimbra

Coimbra from summit to river bank is a spectacular destination to host this year’s AAL Forum, oozing with a charming past and moving to a unique sound. The city is Portugal’s medieval capital and the site of the country’s oldest university at almost 700 years old. Previously inhabited by monarchs as the royal palace, the university is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is situated at the top of the hill overlooking the city. Now boasting the largest science faculty in the country, the city is a hub for technology and science students during term time. Like the rest of the capital, the university follows a number of unique traditions such as ribbon burning, Queima das Fitas, to...
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Preliminary outcome of AAL Call 2017

The AAL Call 2017 entitled “AAL packages/integrated solutions: Packages integrating different solutions based on ICT to support active, healthy and independent living of older adults,” closed on May 24th 2017 to all proposals. This challenge focused on turning impressive ideas into AAL projects that can provide practical, integrated solutions to challenges in people’s everyday lives. There is a need to provide end-users with products that are personal, useful and take the entire life span into consideration, therefore, packages that offer built-in flexibility.   45 proposals were received from the call with a total funding of €26,104,496.00, from 14 AAL partner states. Five main fields of research were established from the proposals, revealing an exciting new phase in AAL’s development. Future...
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Hackathon: Hack 4 Ageing Well – Register Now!

For 24 hours from the 30 September to the 1 October 2017, at Instituto Pedro Nunes, a hackathon will be taking place in the run up to the AAL Forum 2017 in Coimbra, Portugal. Hack 4 Ageing Well is one of the thrilling side events to be taking place alongside the main activities at this year’s forum. The AAL hackathon invites you and your team to step up to the challenge and come together to work late into the night, designing and innovating tech solutions that aim to meet the challenges and improve the quality of life of today’s ageing society. This is an unmissable opportunity to immerse yourself in the AAL community and have first-hand involvement with creating, designing,...
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Call for posters: Submit your ideas by August 15th

Do you want the chance to present your work to colleagues and investors at the AAL Forum? Submit your idea for a poster by August 15th if you want to take this opportunity to present at one of the biggest forums of its kind. The poster session at the AAL Forum 2017 will provide an opportunity to present your latest results, ongoing research projects and innovative work in progress. Posters give authors and participants the chance to connect with each other and to engage in discussions about their work. They are also a fantastic way to present complex research concepts in a more accessible and easily digestible format. Practical information All posters must be submitted electronically, and must be submitted by...
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Feature: Technology can provide solutions to social care crisis

As the UK was led through a tumultuous debate surrounding social care costs in the 2017 snap election, other countries were forced to reflect on the impending changes their societies will face as their populations age. Researchers from the AAL Programme believe technology can give independence back to both the ageing generation and their carers, whilst simultaneously reducing damaging care costs. For almost two decades, social care and how it is paid for has been a thorny topic for politicians all over Europe due to an ageing population and the rising care costs this inevitably brings. The issue came to prominence in the UK recently when, during the 2017 snap general election, Theresa May’s Conservatives dredged up unfinished business by...
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Your chance to exhibit at this year’s forum

The exhibition space at the AAL Forum this year will be alive with new projects, new ideas and new faces. It provides an unmissable opportunity for exhibitors to show the most innovative, creative and vital technological advances in active ageing in Europe. This year, we want you and your developments to be a fundamental part of it. As a vibrant interactive event, the AAL Forum is the place to be for getting up close and personal to the creative technology the AAL community is producing – making it the place to be for others to get up close and personal to your latest developments  This is a unique opportunity for you to procure your own exhibition space at one of Europe’s largest...
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