Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 7pm, Centre Charlemagne, Katschhof 1

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Martina Ziefle

Ambient Assisted Living – The Feasibility of Life at Home Supported by Technology in Old Age

One of the largest social challenges is dealing with demographic change. The increasing number of older people requiring care, the increasing life expectancy, and the associated probability of chronic disease, as well as the lack of caretakers and the holes in the medical supply chain lead to this basic question: Which technical solutions will enable older people to live long term and safely at home?

A significant factor in estimating the feasibility of innovative living environments supported by technology is a fundamental understanding of the demands of operability and acceptance. Funded by the Excellence Initiative, an intelligent living room has been built as a living lab in the "eHealth" HumTec program. Using empirical and experimental methods, researchers are determining what factors influence the acceptance and usability of new medical technologies and living concepts, how humans interact with invisible technology, and how doctor-patient communication can be changed through technical facilitation. That, which was developed as a prototype in the ehealth program, is now the reality:

In the follow up project "Whistle,“ funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research within the framework of the KMU-innovative funding focus "Technische Systeme für den Menschen," the ideas developed in the ehealth program will tested in living environments of Lebenshilfe NRW.

here available as PDF (German)

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