iAge is halfway
iAge is Halfway!
The iAge project is now halfway; it's time to evaluate progress so far. On 20th June the iAge Midterm Conference was hosted by our Norwegian partners in the beautiful setting of Fevik, near Grimstad.
While the locals enjoyed mid-summer sunshine on the nearby beach, representatives from all participating regions needed little warming up to share their ideas during the plenary sessions, fired on by Chairman for the day, Jan Inge Tungesvik. There were also stimulating partner presentations and rousing guest speakers to hold our attention.
After a warm welcome by the Deputy Mayor of Vennesla, Berit Kittelsen, we heard more about Norway's policy on active ageing and the imminent transition in the healthcare system there from Kari Henriksen, Member of the Norwegian Parliament for Vest-Agder, She emphasised the importance of being prepared for the challenges that face ageing rural areas now and in the near future. The political representative from the Province of Drenthe, Ard van der Tuuk, sketched his views in this regard and gave a project progress update by telling a story about his Grandma, much to the audience's amusement.
Using IT to empower people (e-inclusion), keeping seniors active on the labour market, developing tutorial Apps for the end-user and finding technical solutions for lifelong living and healthcare; these were the themes handled during the course of the day. And, as Mr. van der Tuuk pointed out in his closing summary, iAge has already achieved some concrete results. Research has been done on the needs and wants of the elderly; appropriate Apps have been developed by the University of Abertay and the WAK, and both the "Doeboek ‘and ZIBBER (a screen-call system for healthcare at a distance) have been tested.
Despite the idyllic situation outdoors - sun, sea and sand - the iAge exhibition area attracted a great deal of attention during lunch and coffee breaks. All the partner regions were on show with their pilot projects, informing delegates about their aims, goals and accomplishments so far. And, if all the material presented is anything to go by, the iAgers have achieved quite a lot at this halfway stage!
The links to some inspirational Youtube films, also shown at the conference, will be posted on this website shortly.
The iAge Midterm Magazine, a special edition produced for this event, not only gives an informative insight into the individual pilots and progress so far, but also creates a good image of what iAge is all about. You can download the magazine by clicking on the following link: ROMN13062501-iAge Midterm magazine-LR (pdf, 4 MB)