Ambient assisted living: from concept to implementation

Andrew Sixsmith*, Ryan Woolrych, Isle Bierhoff, Sonja Mueller, Paula Byrne

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    There is an increased recognition of the potential of assistive technologies to address the challenges of an aging population and the ongoing requirements of older people. To ensure that technology is reflective of the information technology needs of older people, and that it supports independence and well-being, there is a requirement that users are involved in the application and development of proposed interventions. This challenge has stimulated a programme of research across the European Union designed to develop AAL responses to assist older people in their everyday lives. This chapter describes a case study from an EU funded project which adopted a user-centred approach to the development of assistive technology amongst community-dwelling adults. The research process and the lessons from it are presented, whilst identifying key challenges for the inclusion of older people in the research and development process.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEssential Lessons for the Success of Telehomecare
    Subtitle of host publicationWhy it's Not Plug and Play
    EditorsAnthony P. Glascock, David M. Kutzik
    Number of pages28
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Publication series

    NameAssistive Technology Research Series
    ISSN (Print)1383-813X
    ISSN (Electronic)1879-8071


    • assistive technology
    • older adults
    • user-centred research

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Engineering (miscellaneous)
    • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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