City4Age is an European project co-funded by the EU Horizon2020 Programme that aims to activate urban communities to facilitate the role of social/health services and of families dealing with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and frailty in the elderly population.
City4Age will create an innovative framework that can be deployed by European cities:
- ICT enhanced early detection of risk related to frailty and MCI
- ICT enhanced intervention that can help the elderly population to improve their daily life and also promote positive behaviour change.
Many older people can be greatly affected even after a minor change in their living or health conditions and as such this project aims to help individuals capture and make use of their personal data along with other information in a way that will help them maintain their independence for longer.
The City4Age approach will be deployed and validated in 6 different pilot sites in Madrid, Athens, Montpellier, Singapore, Lecce and Birmingham.
Birmingham will be a testbed looking at how we can capture data on individual behaviours with increased frequency through the use of sensing / wearable technologies, which will help in detecting changes in behaviour and develop ICT based interventions to mitigate risk. Our focus will be on supporting older people to get around their locality, offering just-in-time interventions that might encourage greater interaction and stimulate physical and mental exercise.
The challenge is to demonstrate that cities play a pivotal role in the early detection of (MCI and frailty) risks and subsequent interventions. The core idea is that 'smart cities' can collect data in an unobtrusive way about individuals' behaviours. This data can be used in two ways:
- to identify segments of the population potentially at risk
- to monitor individuals already identified as specifically in need of close monitoring
We will be working with colleagues in social care and health to maximise the value of this work with older people, helping to combat frailty and loneliness.