OLDES project starts a new era for welfare

The substantial increase of senior citizens in the European population is recognised as an important public health problem. As a matter of fact, the Commission has estimated that the share of the European population of elderly people (over 65) in 2000, which was 16.1 %, will increase to 27.5% in 2050. Consequently, one major public health problem is the increase in the cost of health care services, that most EU public bodies will not be able to afford in the coming years. The definition of a new welfare system model is needed so as to control public costs invested for assisting the ageing population and to increase the capacity of providing a full range of effective services, studied according to personalised needs. The challenge accepted by OLDES aims, on one hand, to find a way of containing the costs of welfare expenses, from the other to keep a high level of quality and number of services offered to a large group of users, enhancing at the same time, their quality of life and increasing their autonomy.

Regarding these considerations, the EU co-founded project “OLDES - OLDER PEOPLE’S E-SERVICES AT HOME” will develop a new concept of “welfare” and will provide concrete responses, panelling the competencies of 11 partners from 5 different EU countries, co-ordinated by the Enea- Brussels office. The activities will last 36 months, costing 3.647.843,50 Euro, of which 2.500.000,00 will be covered by EU funds.

How OLDES will contribute to reducing the consequences of an ageing European population

The principal aims of OLDES are:

  • to enhance the quality of life among senior citizens, helping them to remain in their own home, even if they live alone or suffer from diseases such as diabetes and cardio disease;
  • to contain the costs related to assistance and health services needed by elderly people.

OLDES will develop research activities aimed at implementing new technological tools delivering tele-medicine, tele-assistance and tele-company to old people. All this will be possible through the development, at a very low cost, of an easy to use entertainment and health care technological device, working thanks to a wide network of diversified operators, many of them coming from volunteer associations and non-profit bodies. OLDES also foresees two pilot projects, one to be carried out in Bologna and the other in Prague, aimed at verifying how a target group of 100 patients affected by cardio disease and another group of 10 diabetics can be assisted using tele-medicine devices controlled by the “OLDES system”. Once OLDES is finished, old people and their families will be able to live more serene and assisted lives in their own homes, without representing too high a cost or burdening the whole society.

The Project partners are the following: Enea (IT), Bologna Municipality (IT), CUP2000 (IT), Bologna University (IT), Newcastle upon Tyne University (UK), CETIC (Belgium), CVUT_ Prague University (CZ), INK Media (Canada), AGENTSCAPE (Germany). All partnerswill be actively involved during the project activities.

For any further information about project development and implementation, please contact:
Dott. Massimo Busuoli,
ENEA - EU Liaison Office,
Rue de Namur 72, 1000 – Bruxelles
Ph. 32 2 5120448 Fax 32 2 5122468
Mob. 32 473 374014