The European funded City4Age project aims to make cities more age-friendly. It will create innovative ICT tools and services for early detection of risks related to frailty and of Mild Cognitive Impairments (MCI). The services will be tested in several European cities, as well as in Singapore.
City4Age strives to enable Ambient Assisted Cities, or Age-friendly Cities and to help elderly people deal with mild cognitive impairment or frailty, so they can maintain their independence for longer.
Sustainable services and tools
The project will create a model which will provide sustainability and extensibility to the offered digital services and tools by addressing the unmet needs of the elderly population, in terms such as:
- detection of risks related to other health type problems,
- stimulation and provision of incentives to remain active, involved and engaged,
- creation of an ecosystem for a multi-sided market by matching needs and their fulfillments,
- contribution 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.
The end-user in the centre
To achieve these objectives, City4Age builds on behavioural, sociological and clinical research on frailty and MCI in the elderly population. The project also uses state of the art 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, as well as for designing interventions to counter the risks.
The project experts will engage stakeholders as much as possible, as it is important to ensure that City4Age is driven by relevant user needs and that it will be accepted by end-users. By deploying digital tools the project will also facilitate the role of social and health services, as well as the role of family and caregivers. Pilots will take place in Madrid, Athens, Montpellier, Lecce, Birmingham and Singapore.
City4Age acts as a bridge between the European Innovation Partnerships (EIP) on Smart Cities and Communities, on the one side, and on Active and Healthy Ageing, on the other side, with both EIP’s being involved in City4Age.
The project consortium includes research institutes, universities and industry experts from France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Serbia, Spain and the United Kingdom. This H2020 project will run for four years with a total EU budget of €4,472,750.