Workshop: Changing Mindsets: New Approaches to AAL
Malcolm Fisk, a senior research fellow from De Montfort University, leads the EC funded PROGRESSIVE project that addresses standards around ICT for active and healthy ageing. PROGRESSIVE will be the focus of the workshop and with Malcolm’s expertise as advisor and member of other quality standard groups he will address the position of standards around assistive technologies and look at changing mindsets and the new types of language required to reflect this.
This workshop draws on the work of the PROGRESSIVE project (on Standards around ICT for Active and Healthy Ageing). The AAL programme may at times have been trapped in old ways of thinking by focusing on ‘delivering’ solutions to perceived problems experienced by older people. Active and Healthy Ageing is, however, about older people engaged in the economic and social lives of their communities. This session looks at changing mindsets by presenting examples of AAL initiatives, facilitating a debate that will point to the new mindsets needed, and focus on the new types of language required to reflect this. The new language will underpin strategic thinking, policy initiatives, professional perspectives and practice, and impact on the kinds of standards that support the ‘shape’ and marketing of products and services. Standards are focal to the work of the PROGRESSIVE project. Examples of new directions in standards will be drawn from initiatives (within and outside the AAL programme) concerned with health data; telehealth and telecare services; robots; housing schemes; engagement and involvement of older people; and the ethics around care and empowerment.