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ICT for ageing well: Listen to what older persons think!

ICT for ageing well: Listen to what older persons think!

Nena Georgantzi, Heidrun Mollenkopf, Marja Pijl and Ophélie Durand; ICT for ageing well: Listen to what older persons think! Brussels: European Union Commission; [2014].

Introduction:
“This publication presents the outcomes of a small qualitative study that took place in the frame of the European Union-funded Home Sweet Home project. It aims at shedding the light to barriers and enablers for the acceptance of new technologies that are introduced to help older persons live autonomously and manage better their health. It is written from the perspective of older persons who use technologies in their everyday living and it is addressed to all the stakeholders who are involved in the development and deployment of such
solutions: researchers, service providers, industry and SMEs, public authorities, health and social care professionals, informal caregivers, insurers and mutualities and older persons themselves. Instead of discussing elements specific only to the project, the publication is drafted in a way that can be useful to various similar settings and sets of services.
First, some basic information about the project and the study is provided. Then the results of the study are summarized as answers to the questions: who are older persons and what matters to them? In the end, recommendations for future research and practice are given, before presenting the case studies (narratives), which were analysed in order to reach conclusions and lessons learned.”