Digital platforms to promote healthy ageing
The use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is undoubtedly the key component that best symbolizes the change of time that we are experiencing. One of the challenges we face, as a society, is to ensure that such technological advances reach the majority of the European citizens, under equal conditions.
In this sense, during the 3rd SHAPES Dialogue Workshop, representatives from industry, academia, health and care organizations, and civil society had the chance to debate what are the challenges and opportunities about how technology platforms could help to improve older persons' quality of life.
It was agreed upon the invited speakers that one of the main challenges will be to develop a platform capable of combining the potentialities offered by ICTs together with the demands of older people to promote healthy aging. Older people have different limitations, sometimes involving some physical or cognitive impairments but also lacking from digital literacy. Nevertheless, their willingness to be part of this evolution, turns such limitations into great opportunities.
The key findings gathered during this dialogue workshop, from both participants and invited speakers, were very valuable as they contribute to advance towards one of the main objectives of the SHAPES project, as it is to build an Integrated Open Care Platform, based on four factors: home, behaviour, market, and governance. The use of solutions based on Big data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) should implement a step change, to place the person at the center of the developing process. Only by implementing a person-centred approach we will be able to deliver personalized solutions, widely accepted by the end user therefore.
The organizers of the 3rd SHAPES Dialogue Workshop
Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain