Cáritas Coimbra will debate Ageing Communities in the 1st International Congress Age.Comm

Cáritas Coimbra will be present at the 1st International Congress Aged Communities – Development Challenges, participating as a speaker in 3 sessions. The event of international dimension will take place between 14th and 16th November, in Castelo Branco (Portugal), being promoted by the Interdisciplinary Research Unit – Aged Functional Communities (Age.Comm), of the Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco.

On the 16th, at 2:30 pm, Carina Dantas, Cáritas Coimbra Innovation Department’s Director, will be one of the guest speakers at the Congress Closing Panel, on the theme Aged Communities – Development Challenges and in which she will be discussing with the others speakers the needs and horizons to address demographic challenges.

On the second day of the meeting, Carina Dantas will present the study carried out under the Toilet4Me project on the needs and preferences of users for smart toilets in semi-public environments. The Toilet4Me is already closed and started from a previous project that aimed to create a smart bathroom suitable for the older public, in residential version. Evaluating the results of this project, the Toilet4Me consortium sought to develop a solution adapted for the use of sanitary facilities in public and semi-public spaces, a project co-financed by the European AAL Programme.

On the same day, Sofia Ortet, also from the Innovation Department, will disclose the article on Quality of Life developed under the DAPAS project, being its main author Natália Machado. DAPAS aims to bring together the successful results of previous Active and Assisted Living (AAL) projects, developed from different companies in different countries, combining them into a unique and innovative product that can easily reach older people, improving their quality of life. Cáritas Coimbra is currently preparing the project pilot which will involve around 40 older users of Day Care and Home Support responses, testing the system for a year. This project is co-financed by the European AAL Programme, with Portuguese funding provided by the Science and Technology Foundation.

The continuing increase in population ageing levels challenges a review of current and future needs and expectations of this age group. Thus, this congress will bring together researchers and professionals from diverse fields and backgrounds related to the development of the Aged Communities, creating opportunities for a vision of societies that foster a successful ageing, through the interconnection of the different factors. The themes will be: Functional Communities, Human Development, Active Ageing and Participation and Innovation: Social, Political and Technological Aspects.

Check out the official website of the 1st International Congress Aged Communities – Development Challenges  and learn all about this event.


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