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AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize Finalists – CogniWin

New programme provides cognitive support for older adults at work Geneva-based project uses monitoring devices to provide personalised support to older workers to help them feel more confident about working in an increasingly technological environment Imagine an employee who has been working for your business for 25 years. They know everything about the company and are the person everyone turns to when they have a question. But, this employee is struggling with the computerisation of tasks and is finding it hard to do what they previously found easy. Would you let them go and lose their years of experience and know-how, or would you try and find a way to help them? Geneva-based project CogniWin has come up with an...
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AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize – Cycle the world from your living room

An idea that took root in a nursing home called Witte Meren in Mol in Belgium has been shortlisted to receive the AAL Smart AGeing Challenge Prize. What began as a vision in the mind of Witte Meren’s director Jan Smolders on how to keep his inhabitants physically active in a safe, motivating and fun environment may now be on the verge of international breakthrough. Jan’s brother Roel, who was working as a health technology expert at the Flemish Institute of Technological Research, took an interest in the project and the two siblings teamed up. When Wannes Meert and Jesse Davis joined the group, Activ84Health was born. Activ84Health develops technology that offers older people who can no longer get out and...
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AAL announces fifteen finalists for €50,000 prize

From a huge entry of close to 200 entries, fifteen finalists have been shortlisted for the AAL Smart Ageing Challenge prize, which is offering €50,000 for the best innovation that uses the Internet of Things to empower older adults to achieve the quality of life they aspire to, socially and independently. After receiving so many fantastic ideas from all over Europe, the judges whittled down the entrants to the fifteen best, who will now move on to the next stage of the competition. This will involve going to an exciting Innovation Academy in Brussels, where they will receive advice about their technology and business mentoring, while they seek to impress the judges further and make it to the grand final,...
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Othella Dallas to play AAL Forum 2016

We are pleased to announce that jazz and blues legend Othella Dallas will be performing at this year’s forum. AAL has this year booked a singer who has proven that age is no barrier when it comes to putting in a show stopping performance. Othella Dallas is a grand old lady of jazz, blues and funk. Born on September 26, 1925 in Memphis, her dancing career started when she was just five years old. She continued dancing and acting after moving to New York and toured the world with the Dunham School of Theatre and Dance. Inspired and encouraged by her husband, who is also her manager, Othella began her second career in singing in the jazz clubs of Paris. This opened...
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AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize: Entries roundup

The chance to enter the first ever AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize has now passed, but after receiving so many fantastic ideas from all over the world we are confident that the eventual winner will be a real game-changer.  The AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize is offering €50,000 for the best innovation that uses the Internet of Things to empower older adults to achieve the quality of life they aspire to, socially and independently.   The judges were looking for ideas that use the Internet of Things in an innovative way while at the same time taking into account the needs of the users. Judges were also looking for ideas with a clear business plan that would see the innovation to...
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Shadow Robot: a helping hand to achieve independent living

Robot hand technology developed by a small London-based company could help older adults, particularly those in the early stages of dementia, keep their independence for longer. The Shadow Dexterous Hand, a robot hand with 20 movements where most robot grippers have two, makes its own decisions on how to pick up, grip and release objects. This innovation has opened the door for Shadow Robot Company, inventor of the hand, to join two consortia developing robot technology that can allow people to stay independent in their own homes. The CHIRON project has provided Shadow Robot and its partners with £2 million funding through Innovate UK to develop a robotic solution that can be adapted to different tasks. Since January 2015, Shadow...
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AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize – Lekshmy Parameswaran: Judge’s view

AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize – Lekshmy Parameswaran: Judge’s view The AAL Challenge Prize is offering €50,000 for the best innovation that uses the Internet of Things to empower older adults to achieve the quality of life they aspire to, socially and independently.  Lekshmy Parameswaran is Director of Research and Strategy at design consultancy fuelfor, and one of the judges for what is the AAL’s first Smart Ageing Prize. As part of our series of interviews with the prize judges, she provides insight into what she will be looking for from the winning entry. Click here for more details on how to enter the AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize What do you consider to be the challenges older people face in today’s...
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Enter the AAL Smart Ageing Prize and win €50,000

Karina Marcus of the AAL invites you to enter this valuable competition, which is offering a €50,000 top prize for the best Internet of Things innovation that will enable older people to live the best possible lives. This is a fantastic opportunity to kick-start your business and get your IoT product to market – and there is still plenty of time to enter using our simple online application form. There is little doubt that the Internet of Things (IoT) is going to revolutionise the way we live, helping individuals, business and society as a whole, providing better services and boosting the global economy. It’s already started. One area where IoT has the potential to have the greatest impact is in...
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AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize – Viviane von Doellen: Judge’s view

AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize – Viviane von Doellen: Judge’s view The AAL Challenge Prize is offering €50,000 for the best innovation that uses the Internet of Things to empower older adults to achieve the quality of life they aspire to, socially and independently. One of the judges for the prize is Viviane von Doellen, Cadre supérieur at the Stëftung Hëllef Doheem and responsible for Service Sécher Doheem, the Luxembourg national Telehealth service. As part of a series of Judges Views, Viviane explains what she sees as the challenges older people face in today’s society and how IoT is addressing these challenges What do you consider to be the challenges older people face in today’s world? Viviane von Doellen: Typical challenges...
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Karin Weiss – Judges view

Karin Weiss is the Deputy Managing Director and Head of Grants at the AGE Foundation. She is also one of the judges for the AAL’s first Smart Ageing Prize, which is providing €50,000 to the winning IoT innovation designed for older people. In the first of a series of interviews with the Prize judges, she provides an insight about what she will be looking for from the winning entry Q. What do you consider to be the challenges older people face in today’s world? K.W – We are moving towards a more aged society, which means that, collectively, we face new structural needs and challenges in professional and low-threshold care and we need to adopt a completely new understanding about...
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