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Development of high therapeutic value IST-based games for monitoring and improving the quality of life of elderly people

Objective

The Information Society, as a paradigm for the future, is something to which all sectors of society should have access and from which all them should benefit. The elderly in society pose a particular challenge as they are often disaffected from the technological advance and unaware of the potential benefit that information society technologies can have on their lives. The ElderGames project is based on the verified importance of leisure for senior citizens quality of life and those scientific results that show how play activity not only contributes to an enrichment of leisure time, but can also prove to be a powerful application when used for rehabilitation and prevention of the negative effects linked to aging memory loss, degradation of cognitive ability, disintegration of social networks, etc.).

The project will create an interactive-play board (ElderGames) that will be the first opportunity to scientifically explore how emerging advances in ICT can be adapted, applied and combined with play activities to obtain a new preventive therapeutic tool for improving cognitive skills and quality of life (affective, physiological and social) in old age. ElderGames will also be the first play platform able to monitor cognitive health and welfare, allowing an early detection of cognitive disease or social unease and the response to them. The ElderGames interactive board will also integrate an alternative communication system for overcoming the linguistic barriers which could exist between different native languages, allowing on-line games between users from different European countries.

The Consortium of ElderGames project aims at building a network that mediates the geriatrics and gerontologist researcher's interests with the commercial projects, involving academia, industry, experts specialising in elderly care and final users.The complementarities among partners will guarantee the a perfect blending of scientific research with real commercial applications.

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE LA INDUSTRIA DEL JUGUETE, CONEXAS Y AFINES
Address
Avenida De La Industria 23
Ibi (Alicante)
Spain

Participants (9)

ASOCIACION DE INDUSTRIAS DE LAS TECNOLOGIAS ELECTRONICAS Y DE LA INFORMACION DEL PAIS VASCO
Spain
Address
Portuetxe Bidea 14, Edificio Ibaeta 1 Planta
20018 San Sebastian
BRAINSTORM MULTIMEDIA S.L.
Spain
Address
O'donnell 43-1A
28009 Madrid
GENERALITAT VALENCIANA
Spain
Address
Calle Caballeros 2 (Palau De La Generalitat)
46001 Valencia
INFOWERK SOFTWARE-ENTWICKLUNGS GMBH
Austria
Address
Mindelheimer Strasse 6
6130 Schwaz
KENT COUNTY COUNCIL
United Kingdom
Address
Sessions House, County Hall
ME14 1XQ Maidstone, Kent
LAPPSET GROUP OY
Finland
Address
Hallitie 17
96320 Rovaniemi
TRONDHEIM KOMMUNE
Norway
Address
Munkegata 1
7004 Trondheim
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
Address
Via Viii Febbraio 2
35122 Padova (Pd)