Cáritas Coimbra shares experiences in the field of robotics

Cáritas Coimbra will participate in the Exhibition of Solutions and Innovative Projects – Intervention in the Adult and Advanced Age, next March 15 in the room Lopes de Melo, in the headquarters of the Núcleo de Coimbra da Liga dos Combatentes.

An invitation was sent to Cáritas Coimbra to participate in this event, which is part of the 9th Anniversary celebrations of the Center for Medical, Psychological and Social Support of Coimbra (CAMPS 4 – Coimbra). Over the years, this entity has been developing support networks in partnership with various entities with the aim of improving the health and quality of life of former portuguese combatants of the Liga dos Combatentes, thus providing close support to these and their families.

This initiative not only provides an opportunity to create synergies between different leaders, technicians and local institutions that intervene in the area of people with advanced age, but also a privileged mean for the dissemination of companies, solutions and innovative projects.

In this sense, Cáritas Coimbra will be represented in this Exhibition by Ana Jegundo, Project Manager of the Innovation Department, who will share the experiences resulting from the robotics project GrowMeUp. This project has developed and improved a robot to support people over 65 in their daily activities/tasks. From this experience stands out the importance of involving the older person in the development of the whole technology creation process, as well as the awareness of the community. It is also important to highlight the role and involvement of the social partners and third sector entities in the innovation process.

Caritas de Coimbra will have the opportunity to present some of its ongoing projects in the field of active aging and improvement of the quality of life and health of older citizens, funded by the European Commission under the H2020 program, the AAL / FCT Program or national funds.

As examples, Cáritas Coimbra is developing the Smartwork project, which aims to develop and validate life-style and work environments that are more friendly to older people, and will launch the Lifebots Exchange project in April in the area of international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaboration of social robotic technology for health care. In the health area, the Jumpair project focuses on the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers; DAPAS, which aims to develop innovative and centralized solutions for the elderly and their network of caregivers; Toilet4me aimed at promoting the autonomy of older citizens through adapted sanitary facilities in public and semi-public spaces and the ReHab project that will test an innovative program of cognitive and functional rehabilitation at home.

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