With an increasingly growing population in Europe, cognitive impairments is a major social and health issue. According to the World Alzheimer Report (WHO) 2014, dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, remains one of the biggest global public health challenges our generation is facing. People with Dementia, Alzheimer or Parkinson’s disease have a lot of problems to manage alone and require for care. From the caregiver side, relatives are the other victim of the disease. As the impairment increases the families need to dedicate much more time, mental and physical effort. In many cases the carer is the couple who also is an old person with all the associated problems. If this demographic transition is not tackled head-on, it will raise considerable concerns for the financial sustainability of health and care systems.
Over 36 months, ICT4Life will dedicate a large amount in order to develop a solution for individuals with early stage cognitive impairment living alone that will permit doctors and caregivers to extract useful information about patients (for taking the best medical or social actions), while contributing in a user friendly way to extend their independence. People with dementia, in general and, in particular, with Alzheimer at an early stage and with Parkinson, constitute the main group of users ICT4Life will focus its analysis on. The technologies that will constitute the main pillars of ICT4Life are the following:
Other important contributions from the business point of view that ICT4Life will offer: