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CHSS – Smart Homes for Healthy Ageing - Supporting people with dementia

Dementia causes problems with memory that can make it difficult to carry out everyday activities, for example dressing, cooking, remembering appointments and taking medication. As a result, people living with dementia (PLwD) require varying levels of support to complete everyday activities and to maintain a level of independence. If nothing is done, this loss of independence, can have huge negative impact on PLwD, and may cause confusion, anxiety, embarrassment, or depression. Additionally, this decreasing ability to carry out daily activities can cause stress to family careers who worry about the person’s safety and well-being.  Connected devices  designed to support PLwD, in particular Smart Homes, may provide an opportunity to alleviate the burden faced by PLwD and their carers.

This Summer School has been designed for early career researchers and delegates who are focusing on the research and development of Smart Homes and health services for PLwD. Delegates are members of Public or private Organizations, interested in the Connected Health domain, willing to take part at the Summer School and parallel strategic initiatives events.

The  School has a program of activities, both from a theoretical and practical perspective, which will offer training in technology, health, social science and business topics. Summer School 2019 has  2.5 ECTS equivalency.
Students will attend overall sessions and specific working group activities, while delegates will be able to attend all the sessions of the Summer School and related networking and social events. Technical sessions will have a heavy practical focus, allowing participants to gain experience with sensing, data collection, processing, visualization and interpretation of data that can be collected within a Smart Home. These techniques will then be applied to meet the real needs of end users, according to a user-centered approach and engagement strategies.