The AGE Platform Europe is a European network of non-profit organisations of and for people aged 50+, which aims to voice and promote the interests of the 190 million citizens aged 50+ in the European Union and to raise awareness on the issues that concern them most.
As a matter of fact, AGE is currently involved in a new EU-funded project developing solutions for older people to remain healthy as long as possible. The “NESTORE” project aims to develop a companion that – as the mythological Nestor – will accompany people as they age by offering personalised advices and support decision-making to maintain our wellbeing and extend the number of years we live independently. You can read more about NESTORE on AGE website: http://www.age-platform.eu/project/nestore.
The Institute of Robotics for Dependency has joined the Forum of Advisory Stakeholders (FAS) for supporting the project to achieve key milestone, provide recommendations, and provide direct advice.
The Nestor Project explained
Due to longer life expectancy and declining fertility rates, Europe’s ageing population is growing fast. In order to maximize our wellbeing as we age and to reduce the economic burden on our welfare systems, we need to adopt preventive policies that will promote active and healthy ageing. These policies must commit to a life-course approach to ageing that will address the cumulative impact of people’s life experiences and discriminations.
As the mythological Nestor, NESTORE is an innovative coach that aims to accompany people as they age by offering personalised advices and support decision-making so that we can maintain our wellbeing and extend the number of years we live independently.
Longer life expectancy does not necessarily come with more years of life in good health. Acknowledging the correlation between ageing demographics and the increasing number of people living with chronic diseases, the World Health Organisation recommends adopting a life-course preventive approach based on age-friendly environments the provision of community-based services answering older adults’ needs.
Faced with pressing health needs of the global ageing population, adequate adjustments of our social, economic and public health policies are of the utmost importance. The good news is: research and technological development can help our societies take up the challenge.
In this complex context, NESTORE proposes to support healthy older people to sustain their wellbeing and capacity to live independently by promoting customised pathway to wellbeing.Technically speaking, NESTORE’s ambitious objective is to develop an innovative, multi-dimensional, cross-disciplinary and personalized coaching system that, leveraging ICT social connectivity, will support older adults by encouraging them to become co-producers of their wellness.
Eventually, the project will develop a companion providing people with guidance for longer healthy life years.The NESTORE system will operate into the physical and virtual domains through tangible objects and sensors, as well as software and apps enabling monitoring and coaching.
The first meeting has alrdeady taken place at Sheffield, Hallam University. We have attended the 3 days of meetings in UK. This is just the beginning of a promising journey together!