Advanced technology care innovation for older people in Italy: Necessity and opportunity to promote health and wellbeing

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Abstract

Even though there is a constant and accelerating growth of the aging population worldwide, such a rapid rise is negatively impacting available home and community services not able to encompass the necessities associated with the increased number of older people. In particular, there are increasing demands on e-health care services and smart technologies needed for frail elders with chronic diseases and also for those experiencing active aging. Advanced Technology Care Innovation for older persons encompasses all sectors (assistive technology, robotics, home automation, and home care- and institution-based healthcare monitoring, telemedicine) dedicated to promoting health and wellbeing in all types of living environments. Considering that there is a large concern and demand by older persons to remain in familiar social living surroundings, study projects joined with industries have been currently initiated, especially across Europe to improve health and wellbeing. This article will highlight the latest updates in Europe and, in particular in Italy, regarding scientific projects dedicated to unraveling how diverse needs can be translated into an up-to-date technology innovation for the growing elder population. We will provide information regarding advanced technology designed for those with specific geriatric-correlated conditions in familiar living settings and for individuals aging actively. This is an important action because numerous emerging developments are based on user needs identified by geriatricians, thus, underlining the indispensable role of geriatric medicine toward future guidelines on specific technology.

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Authors
  • Fabrizia Lattanzio
  • Angela Marie Abbatecola
  • Roberta Bevilacqua
  • Carlos Chiatti
  • Andrea Corsonello
  • Lorena Rossi
  • Silvia Bustacchini
  • Roberto Bernabei
External organisations
  • Italian National Research Centre on Ageing (INRCA)
  • Catholic University of the Sacred Heart
Research areas and keywords

Keywords

  • Elderly, Home automation, Home care- and institution-based healthcare monitoring, Robotics
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-466
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Medical Directors Association
Volume15
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
Externally publishedYes