Coordinator:   DAEM S.A.

Technical Support: ATC


Athens, the capital of Greece, is the biggest city in terms of population in Greece. According to the latest demography of Greece in2011, Athens population is in total 3,090,508. Taking into account that 19,6% of the Greek population is over 65, we assume that Athens has approximately 600.000 people that are over 65 years old. Athens Municipality has organised recreational centres for them called Friendship Clubs. Friendship Clubs operate at a neighbourhood level and offer services to senior citizens. Senior Athenians have their own space where they can find human warmth and social support, come into contact with individuals of a similar age, obtain information and enjoy recreational activities. The Friendship Club programme includes creative pursuits, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, cultural venue visits, artistic endeavours, day trips and walking tours. Friendship Clubs seek to familiarize senior citizens with the problems of old age, assist them in adapting to the new conditions of life and co-existing harmoniously with younger people, as well as provide a supportive environment, particularly for those who have insufficient financial means or family members to take care of them. Twenty-two Friendship Clubs operate in Athens. They facilitate hundreds of senior citizens, offering an outlet for the creative use of their time.

City services involved

In this Pilot, Athens Municipality Social Services will be involved (these are the services responsible for the operation of Friendship Clubs) and DAEM S.A.- City of Athens IT Company which is a Local Government Organisation having a mission to develop IT systems, applications and infrastructure and support City of Athens.

Target elderly population

Elderly people that are frequent members of the Athens City Friendship Clubs and participating in the activities organised by the Clubs.

Interventions planned

In this test bed we are going to involve two groups of elderly people that are members of the Athens City friendship clubs. These members will be selected amongst the FC participants that are actively participating in the FC activities. We will also involve people that could potentially be at risk of frailty or MCI taking into account the already known health profile. In this project we will unobtrusively detect their daily activities. These activities will include visits to the Friendship Clubs, participation in FC clubs activities (excursions, cultural visits, promenades) and also resting and waking time and usage of public transportation. Thus it is expected to create personal and group behavioural profiles. Any deviation of the data flow will be detected. Social workers that are responsible for the friendship clubs operation will be notified for these deviations of data and will be able to undertake the respective measures such as communication with the person that was detected from the data flow abnormality and adequate intervention.

Quantitative objectives

Two groups of 20 people over 65 years old

Activity detection (moving on bus, walking, resting, etc…)

Weekly behaviour change

MCI and Frailty risk assessment

Unobtrusive personal data available

The data that is currently available is:

Profiles of Elderly people that are members of the Athens Friendship Club

Demographics and other data of the Friendship Club members

Health Condition Profiles of the elderly

Data about the activities organised by Friendship Clubs

Data that will be collected in the test bed is:

We will collect activity data, such as the frequency and time spent in Friendship Clubs. Participation in the activities organised by FCs. Walking and resting time. Usage of Public transportation. The data will be unobtrusively collected with smartphones and wristbands.