Ambient Assisted Living and Ambient Intelligence: Improving the Quality of Life for European Citizens
by Constantine Stephanidis
The continuous growth of the older population in Europe and worldwide calls for new technological solutions for improving the health, independent living, quality of life, and active ageing of older citizens in the Information Society.
Recent advances in ICT have great potential for meeting the needs of older people and help them stay healthier, live independently for longer, counteract reduced capabilities due to age, and remain active for longer.
Still, today the majority of older people in Europe do not yet enjoy the benefits of the digital age. Vision, hearing, dexterity or memory problems may hinder older people's ability and willingness to adopt interactive technologies, thus preventing their active inclusion and participation in the Information Society.