What is City4Age?

City4Age will activate urban Communities to facilitate the role of social/health services and of families in dealing with mild cognitive impairments and frailty in the elderly population. The challenge is to demonstrate that Cities play a pivotal role in the unobtrusive collection of “more data” on individual behaviours, and with “increased frequency”. This can then greatly improve the early detection of risks through the timely analysis of changes in these behaviours and, finally, the design of effective interventions for countering these risks.

Towards reaching this goal, City4Age acts as a bridge between the European Innovation Partnerships (EIP) on Smart Cities and Communities, on the one side, and on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA), on the other side (Participants from both EIP’s are involved in City4Age):

“Smart Cities and Communities” have policies on Integrated IT Infrastructures and Citizen services in the health sector and in evolving towards models of “age-friendly” Cities;
“EIP AHA”, Action Line (A3), has objectives in understanding the underlying factors of frailty, exploring the association between frailty and adverse health outcomes in older people and better preventing and managing the frailty syndrome and its consequences.

More precisely City4Age focuses on the following:

- Leveraging large amounts of personal data from individuals, collected (through new sensing technologies)
both at home and public spaces
- Managing the personal data flows following a privacy-aware linked open data paradigm
- Providing basic reasoning and learning mechanisms for different purposes towards:

Identifying relevant behaviours of groups or individuals,
Detecting changes that can be correlated with risks of cognitive health and frailty
Developing ICT based interventions to mitigate these risks
Facilitating the growth of a sustainable eco-system of services for an elderly-friendly urban environment.d est laborum