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INLIFE - Independent Living Support Functions for the Elderly: Technology and Pilot Overview

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Authors A. J. Astell
A. Gradisek
J. Bizjak
H. Gjoreski
M. Gams
K. Goljuf
M. F. Cabrera-Umpierrez
J. B. Montalva
Y. Karavidopoulou
M. Panou
K. Touliou
N. Kaklanis
S. Stavrotheodoros
D. Tzovaras
E. Kaimakamis
Katja Laakso
Margret Buchholz
S. Derbring
C. Samuelsson
A. Ekstrom
A. Garcia
J. C. Mata
S. K. Smith
S. Potter
M. Tabak
M. D. V. Weering
F. Cossu-Ergecer
B. Black
Pages 526-535
ISBN 978-1-61499-874-7; 978-1-61499-873-0
Publication year 2018
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology
Pages 526-535
Language en
Keywords active aging, elderly support systems, cognitive impairments, lstein mf, 1975, journal of psychiatric research, v12, p189
Subject categories Geriatrics


In this paper, we present the European H2020 project INLIFE (INdependent LIving support Functions for the Elderly). The project brought together 20 partners from nine countries with the goal of integrating into a common ICT platform a range of technologies intended to assist community-dwelling older people with cognitive impairment. The majority of technologies existed prior to INLIFE and a key goal was to bring them together in one place along with a number of new applications to provide a comprehensive set of services. The range of INLIFE services fell into four broad areas: Independent Living Support, Travel Support, Socialization and Communication Support and Caregiver Support. These included security applications, services to facilitate interactions with formal and informal caregivers, multilingual conversation support, web-based physical exercises, teleconsultations, and support for transport navigation. In total, over 2900 people participated in the project; they included elderly adults with cognitive impairment, informal caregivers, healthcare professionals, and other stakeholders. The aim of the study was to assess whether there was improvement/stabilization of cognitive/emotional/physical functioning, as well as overall well-being and quality of life of those using the INLIFE services, and to assess user acceptance of the platform and individual services. The results confirm there is a huge interest and appetite for technological services to support older adults living with cognitive impairment in the community. Different services attracted different amounts of use and evaluation with some proving extremely popular while others less so. The findings provide useful information on the ways in which older adults and their families, health and social care services and other stakeholders wish to access technological services, what sort of services they are seeking, what sort of support they need to access services, and how these services might be funded.

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