Active Ageing: The Ideas And Challenges Of Active Ageing

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Worldwide, the population ageing is a reality. In the Europe, the percentage of people with more than 65 years will be around 25% and the number of people aged from 65 to 80 will rise by nearly 40% between 2010 and 2030 [site AALjoinProgramme]. The concept of Active Ageing, adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO), aims to guarantee a quality ageing and appears as a strategy to solve this demographic challenge. According to WHO, Active Ageing is “the process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age” [WHO,p12].
The active ageing paradigm aims to contribute to the expectation of a healthy, autonomous and independent life with quality. The technological solutions
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One of the objective of this book is to complete the systematic literature review made by Queirós et al. [nosso] and classify the solutions that will appear, not only consider the technology used or the population target, but also consider the health condition that is intended to improve (e.g. social participation or mobility). For this purpose we consider the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), a WHO classification that offers a framework for conceptualizing functioning associated to health conditions and it considers that there are many factors that affect and have influence on the individual’s performance and thereby on the decisions made on the type of service needed or how it should be delivered (e.g. care staff, relatives, aid appliances and technology) [ICF]. Considering that the ICF conceptual framework is accepted within the healthcare domain, the use of its concepts and terminologies to promote multidisciplinary approaches for AAL solutions development processes can help to overcome difficulties of communication between users, careers and technological developers. The different stakeholders with different backgrounds need a common language in order to make the teamwork more efficient and effective. Therefore, ICF can be used as a conceptual framework for the AAL solutions [capítulo].
AAL solutions must
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