Title: Elderly-friendly cities services for active and healthy ageing
Name of the principal researcher: Aitor Almeida (University of Deusto). The project coordinator is Professor Paolo Paolini (Politecnico di Milano)
Main external stakeholder: Consorcio Regional de Transportes de Madrid
Contact person: Aitor Almeida (aitor.almeida [at] deusto.es)
Start date: 01/12/2015
End date: 31/05/2018
Funding scheme: Horizon 2020: EU Framework for Research and Innovation
The EU funded City4Age project aims to make cities more age-friendly, by providing a set of innovative ICT tools and services to improve the early detection of diseases and the mitigation of risks in the elderly people. City4Age:
- Has developed a model providing sustainability and extensibility of the offered digital services and tools
- Has contributed to further encourage the widespread adoption of ICT solutions for active and healthy ageing and to the recognition of the city as the ideal environment to start-up, experiment and perfect new approaches to global challenges.
- Has created a series of ICT tools (1, 2, 3, 4) aimed to the early detection of frailty and MCI problems in elders.
- Acts as a bridge and contributes to the objectives of the European Innovation Partnerships (EIP) on Smart Cities and Communities, on the one side, and on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA), on the other side.
- Builds upon an international consortium of 16 partners from all over Europe and collaboration with external stakeholders to ensure end-user acceptance.
- Approach and results have been tested in 6 pilot cities (Madrid, Athens, Montpellier, Lecce, Birmingham and Singapore). This has led to policy changes and new cities policies for the inclusion of elderly citizens and the improvement of their quality of life.
- Project results have been published in several JCR indexed journals and in conference papers.
- Has been recognised as a high potential innovation by the EU’s Innovation Radar and highlighted in the European Commission Digital Single Market Newsletter as a successful project story.