Changing Mindsets: PROGRESSIVE at the AAL Forum 2017

The PROGRESSIVE project organised a workshop at the AAL Forum in Coimbra, Portugal, last October. Facilitated by project partners Malcolm Fisk (De Montfort University), Diane Whitehouse (EHTEL) and Estelle Huchet (AGE Platform Europe), this workshop was an ideal opportunity to raise the profile of the PROGRESSIVE project to over 700 participants from all parts of the European Union.

The AAL Forum is the premier annual European event for showcasing technologies for ‘active and assisted living’.  The event theme was ‘Bridging gaps between technology and active ageing’ This theme recognises how important it is for technologies to be accessible, usable and empowering for their users. Such matters are central to the PROGRESSIVE project.

Estelle, Diane and Malcolm at the AAL Forum 2017
Estelle, Diane and Malcolm at the AAL Forum 2017

The mission of the PROGRESSIVE workshop, titled ‘Changing Mindset: New Approaches to AAL‘, was to fire up people’s imagination and help set in place new ways of thinking that will improve standards. A part of this is concerned with hearing the voice of older people.

Three issues were addressed in the workshop – with participants being challenged to reflect on (the need for) standards and the concepts of:

  • Age-friendliness;
  • Surveillance, privacy, data protection;
  • Robots and robotics;
  • Co-creation

A truly interesting and rewarding discussion followed. This signalled the fact that ‘mindsets’ were already changing in a way that will help ensure that the voices of older people will be heard more loudly in future standards development.

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