“ICT for ageing well” is often neglected by investors. Indeed, it is commonly perceived that business and financing models in this area are unsustainable and unprofitable. This project aims to show that ICT for ageing well is an area worth concentrating funds on, and that it is capable of generating a return on investment. To do this, the Study will look to achieve the following 3 objectives:
USEFIL intends to use low cost "off-the-shelf" technology to develop immediately applicable services that will assist the elderly in maintaining their independence and daily activities. Installation of the USEFIL system will not require retrofitting in a person’s residence and will be almost invisible once installed.
Two specialists from the Netherlands, Joram Nauta, TNO (INNOVAge partner) and Frank Bonnerman (senior policy maker at the Dutch Ministry of Interior Affairs, responsible foresight about housing for the elderly) gave presentations to a select number of policy makers from different ministries in Lithuania introducing the topic of independent living of the elderly and the policy setting and experience in the Netherlands. After the presentations, in a moderated discussion possible lessons for Lithuania were discussed.
As a part of communication and dissemination activities, RERA has organized the National Event on Active Ageing&Independent Living. The event was held on 16th April 2013 in České Budějovice (Czech Republic – NUTS II Southwest Bohemia), and was organized in cooperation with the Faculty of Health and Social Studies of the University of South Bohemia within the International Week of Social Work 2013. The event was attended by students and academic staff from several universities across Europe (Czech Republic, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands and Norway).
In more concrete terms, the European Commission calls for project proposals that clearly demonstrate how public procurement bodies will act, during the project, as launch customers for innovative goods or services which are not yet available on a large-scale commercial basis.
The annual Innovation Union Scoreboard provides a comparative assessment of the research and innovation performance of the EU27 Member States and the relative strengths and weaknesses of their research and innovation systems. It helps Member States assess areas in which they need to concentrate their efforts in order to boost their innovation performance Based on the Summary Innovation Index, the Member States fall into the following four country groups: