Instituto Pedro Nunes
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Co-LIVING
Virtual Collaborative Social Living Community for Elderly

Challenge

The increase in average life expectancy paves the way for initiatives that will lead to a better quality of life for the elderly population, creating an inclusive, participatory, active and healthy society. The Co-Living project aims to define the role of information and communication technology (ICT) in improving seniors' quality of life, reducing potential situations of isolation and loneliness and improving family and community relationships.

Solution

The Co-Living project developed a platform based on information and communication technologies (ICT) intended to stimulate and extend the well-being of elderly people through social interaction within a virtual collaborative social community. This platform integrates a number of features that promote interaction between the elderly and their community, i.e. their family, friends and formal caregivers. The most relevant features of this virtual community include publication of and subscription to activities (e.g. recreational, social and monitoring); clarification of issues related to everyday life and automatic monitoring of the elderly while on their way to an activity via an indoor location system based on Wi-Fi technology and mobile devices. In this project two pilots were performed in different types of environment in the Netherlands and Norway.

Project Reference

AAL-2009-2-097

Funding

AAL-JP
AAL-JP

Duration

2010-2013

Consortium

Orbis Medical & Care Group (NL), Philips Electronics Nederland B.V. (NL); University of Cyprus (CY); Stiftelsen SINTEF (NO); Instituto Pedro Nunes (PT); Inovamais S.A. (PT); Citard Services ltd (CY); Andago Ingeniería S.L. (ES); Trondheim Kommune (NO)

Website

http://project-coliving.eu/

Keywords

Ambient assisted living, virtual social and collaborative network for elderly, personal assistance, mobility monitoring