Title: Active Ageing and Independent Living Services: The Role of Information and Communication Technology
Publisher: OPOCE
Publication Year: 2008
JRC N°: JRC41496
ISSN: 1018-5593
Other Identifiers: EUR 23246 EN
URI: http://www.jrc.es/publications/pub.cfm?id=1561
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: Ageing populations influence services and traditional social support systems like social and health care in the European countries, as well as global patterns in labour and capital markets. It is widely accepted that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) applications can provide new ways of helping older citizens to live independently. ICT-based applications for independent living vary from general purpose and communication applications to applications specifically for e-learning, e-work and e-health. ICT-based services and understanding the needs of older people are key to supporting Active Ageing in upcoming ageing societies. However, there is still limited understanding of older people's technology-related needs. This report aims to support the research and policy development activities of DG Information Society and Media towards the European Research Area. It highlights the main policy areas related to ageing, where ICT-based applications could play a role, and suggests a number of research and policy challenges that need to be resolved in order to maximise the opportunities offered by ICT.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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