Introduction: Health is considered to be a major determinant of quality of life, well-being, social participation and accessibility to healthcare [1]. Assistive technology (AT) is promoted as a means of retaining autonomy and quality of life for older adults [2]. Thus, the evolution of digitisation of services and eHealth technologies will be key to the restructuring of care delivery and help to personalise and customise individual care [3]. In this context, the SHAPES project [4] aims to create the first European open Ecosystem enabling the large-scale deployment of a broad range of digital solutions for supporting and extending healthy and independent living for older adults who are facing permanently or temporarily reduced functionality and capabilities.

Methods: The SHAPES Pan-European Pilot Campaign aims at engaging +2000 older adults across 11 European countries and bringing forward technology to improve their health, wellbeing and autonomy. A user-centered interoperable SHAPES Technological Platform will be developed, including smart digital solutions tailored to health and care delivery. Among others, the Integrated Healthcare System Long Lasting Memories Care (LLM Care) [5], a web-based platform that combines state-of-the-art mental exercises against cognitive deterioration with physical activity [6-8], will be exploited by older adults with or without neurodegenerative diseases.

Key conclusions: This venture will lay the ground for the expansion of LLM Care’s Ecosystem and its wider deployment across Europe aiming at improving health, wellbeing and autonomy of older adults.

Acknowledgements

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 857159.

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Article Authors : Maria Metaxa, Ioanna Dratsiou, Evangelia Romanopoulou, Panagiotis Bamidis