The progressive increase in the average human lifespan generates a rising importance of problems and issues related to ageing: these include cognitive impairment such as loss of memory, cognitive slow down, aphasia, apraxia, sensorial and movement deficit, personality and mood disorders. CI reduces the ability of taking care of themselves and the risk of social isolation, institutionalization and mortality. The elderly with cognitive limits, especially when living in solitude, are significantly exposed to undeniable risks for their own safety: falling, malnutrition or unhealthy nutrition - possibly due to poverty - hygiene issues due to lack of mobility, isolation and depression; all can affect their health.
In this context, an innovative digital environment will be designed and implemented to supply assistance services (in-house for the elderly and with a remote-based approach supporting autonomy), allowing independent living for elderly people, especially for those affected by CI. The digital environment will include different solutions that allow in-home integrated collection of patient data to improve remote monitoring capabilities, empower CI-affected patients and enable their inclusion in the care network.
The challenge of this proposition is to address the assisted and independent living service delivery ensuring alignment and coherence between processes and organisational models and digital solutions. To reach these goals, a team of experts with different backgrounds and competences (researchers, house-automation experts, tele-assistance and tele-monitoring experts, psychologists, etc., and also caregivers, proximity networks, support networks) will be activated.