Technology has impact in all aspects of our life, particularly in the way we grow older.
By 2050, the number of elderly people (aged over 65) across the EU is estimated to increase from 16.4% in 2004 to 29.9% (Eurostat 2005).
Although today’s elderly people over 65 may show some resistance to the adoption of technology, tomorrow’s elderly will have used technology in the last one or two decades of their lives, and due to their healthy lifestyles, they are likely to be kept physically, socially and cognitively active until later. PaeLIFE focuses on recently retired individuals who are used to some level of technology usage and who want to keep themselves active, productive and socially engaged, through the use of a Personal (Virtual) Life Assistant (PLA) – a virtual presence who supports social communication, learning and entertainment.
PaeLife will fight elderly isolation by enhancing seniors’ connectivity to family, friends and society.