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Best Practices in Europe on "ICT enabled independent living for elderly" SMART 2006/0055, Tender Specifications

Funded under: FP6-IST


Europe is facing a demographic shift, due in particular to the ageing of its population caused by an increasing life expectancy and low fertility rates. In 1995, 70 million people over the age of 60 were living in the Union, almost 20 % of total population. By 2020, this figure will rise to 25 %; the number of people aged 80 and above will more than double. These trends have several implications: there will be more older people in absolute as well as relative terms, there will be considerably more people with high disability rates, there will be fewer family carers (i.e. informal carers), and there will be a smaller productive workforce to contribute to the financing of health and social services. Accordingly, the estimated national cost of care will be rapidly increasing, ranging from 5% to 20% of GDP by 2025.
A recent study in the US has concluded that ICT facilitated homecare compared to institutional care could lead to cost savings of up to 80%, while providing better quality of life. The ageing population is therefore one of the main socio-economic challenges of the 21st century for Europe where the use of ICT can make a significant impact.
The use of ICT will contribute significantly to keeping care related costs manageable, and will also influence the economy through the creation of new market opportunities.
Part 1: Technical description
Part 2: Administrative details
Annex I: Administrative Identification Form
Annex II: Financial Identification Form
Annex III: Exclusion Criteria & Non Conflict of Interests Form

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Record Number: 8073 / Last updated on: 2006-08-30
Category: SUPP