Grandis XXI aims to encourage the integration of modern sensor, diagnostic and communications technology into the care of older peoples, enabling them to live independently for as long as possible. The context is the ageing populations across Europe, and the increasing cost of providing care for the many older people who are living healthy lives well into their 80’s, 90’s and beyond. In addition, as with many jobs, it is increasingly difficult to recruit carers, so the assistance of technology to augment the services provided to the elderly is to be welcomed.
This EU study examines the most influential technology projects in support of active and healthy ageing.
Providing adequate care to the elderly is essential to ensure that Europe’s senior citizens are able to spend their later years living a healthy, happy and independent life. But without support, many face loneliness, a lack of mobility and exercise, and forgetfulness on a daily basis. However, with the use of modern technology and particularly the development of robotic solutions, Europe’s elderly population can feel young again and lead a much safer and richer life.” (European Commission 2017, Review MARIO project – Results in Brief)