Nicola and Annette attended the City4Age kick-off meeting, a Horizon 2020 funded project in which Birmingham is a test-bed partner.
The aim of the project is to increase the take-up of digital technologies by people with mild cognitive impairment with an emphasis on prevention and self-care. It will test the use of wearable technologies like 'Withings' watches for collection of personal data on, for instance, mobility and sleep patterns as well as configure beacons in their local community to give them proximity data on local services and activities when they are out and about in their neighbourhood. This unobtrusive means of collecting data about an individual's movements will provide the basis to support older people to remain active; identify early onset of frailty through data modelling and analysis and prompt more timely and personalised interventions as required.
Birmingham is working with a range of partners to start to shape the pilot which will take place in Washwood Heath and Shard End as part of the Eastern Corridor Smart Demonstrator.