An international project headed by North Denmark EU Office and the Center for TeleInFrastruktur at Aalborg University, aims to help senior citizens with cognitive problems or mild dementia to stay in their homes. The project will test various technological solutions which can reduce public sector costs at the same time as improving the life quality of the elderly, Aalborg University writes in a press release.
The project named Intelligent System for Independent Living and Selfcare of Seniors with Cognitive Problems or Mild Dementia (ISISEMD) has a total budget of DKK 33m (USD 5.7m) of which approximately half is funded by the EU.
Project manager Sofoklis A. Kyriazakos of Aalborg University says: "It is not about developing even more new things, but about rolling out the best existing technologies for useful application. In that way it will also be a practical testing of research results of recent years."
ISISEMD is being initiated this month and over the next 30 months a package of technologies and services including sensor-controlled alarms, intelligent video surveillance and easy-to-use communication systems will be tested in realistic surroundings in collaboration with senior citizens, their relatives and home care staff.
At the end of the project the usability of the technologies and the financial perspectives will be analysed for the benefit of authorities and European technology companies.
Project partners are: North Denmark EU Office, Aalborg University, the National Technical University in Athen, Frederikshavn municipality's Department for the Elderly (Denmark), Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (UK), Trikala municipality in Greece, Lappeenranta municipality in Finland, Eltronic, Alcatel-Lucent, Hewlett Packard, Socrate Medical and Converge.