From the 7th to the 8th of October 2016 the International Conference “Im Alter Zuhause Leben” took place in Gleisdorf, Austria. The goal of the event was to bring together experts in the field of care, medicine, politics and research and to discuss how to support “aging at home” through a vivid and supportive neighborhood.
Besides a variety of interesting talks on future visions to create better conditions of life for older adults, a few projects examples were presented and discussed among the attendees of the conference. Katja Neureiter briefly presented the GeTVivid project and pointed out opportunities the platform provides to support older adults in managing their daily activities. The talk provoked positive as well as critical reactions. Interestingly, most of the attendees considered technologies in daily care settings more as future visions than as opportunities in the presence. However, there were also positive reactions from care giver organizations, who could imagine using the system to support their clients.
Finally, the GeTVivid project ended after three years of fruitful collaborations, hard work, and lots of fun. All project partners were highly involved and gave their best, in order to provide the older adults in the pilot studies a usable and stable running platform that enables them to collect good experiences.
All partners agreed that it was of the best projects they had ever participated and will miss the regular face-to-face meetings. Some partners will continue the exploitation of the GeTVivid platform in the future, in order to bring it to the market as soon as possible.
On the 2nd of June 2016 the Center for Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Salzburg presented a variety of projects for a group of older adults, who were alumni from a telecommunication school. Happily they were quite interested in advancements in communication and collaboration technologies, in particular for older adults.
The GeTVivid platform was presented to the participants and they could try out the interaction via tablet and remote control. Participants were positive towards the platform and the presentation was followed by an interesting and also critical discussion about the role of technologies to support older adults to manage activities of daily living in the future.