Both in Europe and in Singapore, societies are facing the combined pressure of a shrinking workforce and an ageing population whose well-being must be guaranteed. We believe that the city is the right scale of action to build effective support systems that both reduce the demand for elderly-care workforce while creating an inclusive environment for the elderly within their community. We envision user-friendly, minimally invasive solutions that detect early signals of frailty, mild dementia and behaviour changes to allow for prolonged ageing in place and improved well-being. Being a major member of the City4Age project allows us to develop these solutions in a collaborative environment with our European partners, while deploying and testing them in Singapore.
City4Age will enable Ambient Assisted Cities helping older people dealing with mild cognitive impairment or frailty maintain their independance for longer. Leveraging on unobstrusive collection of more (and more frequent) data on individual behaviours, the project will facilitate the role of social and health services as well as family and caregivers through early detection of risks and design of effective interventions.
The first and core objective of City4Age is to enable Ambient Assisted Cities or Age-friendly Cities, where the urban communities of elderly people living in Smart Cities are provided with a range of ICT tools and services that – in a completely unobtrusive manner – will improve the early detection of risks related to cognitive impairments and frailty while they are at home or in the move within the city.
The second objective is to provide a range of associated tools and services which – with the appropriate interventions – will mitigate the detected risks.
The final objective of C4A is to define a model which will provide sustainability and extensibility to the offered services and tools by addressing the unmet needs of the elderly population in terms of:
- detecting risks related to other health type problems,
- stimulating and providing incentives to remain active, involved and engaged,
- creating an ecosystem for multi-sided market by matching needs and their fulfillments,
- contributing to the design and operation of the ultimate Age-friendly City, where the city itself provides support for detecting risks and providing interventions to those affected by mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and frailty.
To achieve these objectives City4Age builds on:
- behavioural, sociological and clinical
- research on “frailty” and MCI in the elderly population
- state of art ICT technology:
- for “sensing” personal data and exposing them as linked open data
- for designing the algorithms and the API’s to extract relevant behaviour changes and correlated risks, and
- for designing interventions to counter the risks,
- stakeholder engagement in order to be driven by relevant user needs to ensure end-user acceptance.
The consortium of the City4Age project is formed by Politecnico di Milano IT (coord.), Universidad de la Iglesia de Deusto ES, GeoMobileGmbH DE, Comune di Lecce IT, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid ES, Consorcio Regional de Transportes de Madrid ES, DAEM S.A. (Municipality of ATHENS) EL, Università di Pavia IT, Athens Technological Centre S.A. EL, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique – IPAL lab (City of SINGAPORE, City of MONTPELLIER) FR, BELIT d.o.o. RS, Università del Salento IT, MultiMed Engineers srl IT, University College London – Centre for Behaviour Change UK, Birmingham City Council UK, and Future Cities Lab ltd.