Elderly and ICT - Interim review of the AAL Programme
The Ambient Assisted Living joint programme, which involves both the European Commission and EU Member States, aims to ensure that ICTs permit a more independent and dignified life for elderly people who are socially isolated, frail, suffer from chronic conditions or have disabilities, and inter alia develops new solutions to deal with such problems as preventing falls and supporting sufferers of dementia. Such applications improve older and vulnerable people's quality of life, keep down the cost of social and health care and open new market opportunities for Europe's industry and service providers.
The AAL Programme is being revised. To complement the evaluation work, the European Commission launched a consultation inviting stakeholders to share ideas on how best to use information and communications technologies (ICTs) to help older Europeans live more independently.