Ageing is one of the greatest social and economic challenges of the 21st century for European societies. It will affect all EU countries and most policy areas. By 2025 more than 20% of Europeans will be 65 or over, with a particularly rapid increase in numbers of over-80s. Because older people have different healthcare requirements, health systems will need to adapt so they can provide adequate care and remain financially sustainable
By exploiting the different impacts of average population ageing inside different countries and involving partners with different national conditions, the initiative can benefit from a variety of perspectives regarding elderly people assistance services, healthcare and social needs and, in general, necessity for assistance services. This increasing demand for dedicated assistance services, often distributed around wide urban and suburban areas, requires an integrated and precisely envisioned strategy to grant pervasive and distributed support towards elderly people.
Though Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can be the one lever to answer these needs for distributed services supply, most of the digital solutions are nowadays immature and unready for mass implementation. Moreover, the often-unanswered trade-off between services sustainability and social and medical services quality undermines the resulting assistance output.