AAL is a rapidly growing economic sector creating new jobs. The complexity of all the useful innovations in the field of AAL need professionals who know how to incorporate, install, service, and use those devices. New skills profiles have to be set-up for professionals from various backgrounds, for example architects building AAL compatible homes, staff of ambulatory home care, and most of all IT specialists in order to enable them to design AAL systems and interfaces, to manage interoperability, as well as to create, manage and moderate social networks.
CompAAL, an EU co-funded project, identified new Role Profiles for Ambient-Assisted Living (AAL) Functions at European level and developed Training Guidelines to support VET Institutions in designing training courses that are in accordance with these. The aim of the project is to foster employability and prevent skilled staff shortages in the AAL field.
Why AAL is more important today than ever? Can I do business out of AAL? Where can I find qualified people to work on AAL? How can I train my employees on AAL? If you want to get answers to these questions, join the micro-conference "How AAL boosts employment - a European view", which will take place on 6 December 2013 at 14h30 at the Silver Economy EXPO 2013, Paris, France.
The Silver Economy EXPO, which will gather companies and stakeholders working on the AAL field, is the best environment to present the results of CompAAL (Role Profiles on AAL and Training Guidelines). CompAAL will be present with a booth. We invite you to visit us! We will be happy to meet you and provide with with the latest trends on Skills and AAL.
Silver Economy has been launched in France by Michèle Delaunay, Minister for elderly and for Autonomy.
The "Compagnon digital" (Digital Companion) is a touch screen with a thousand functions, especially for the elderly. This innovation launched by the Belgian start-up "CareSquare" has been awarded by the Netexplo Forum. Each year, the global observatory of digital innovation awards 10 projects that are the most promising and innovative.
The "Digital Companion" was designed to extend and enhance the independence of the elderly and home care. It allows medical monitoring of patients suffering from certain diseases such as diabetes, hypertension or pulmonary disease.
On 29-31 May 2013 Rhodes, Greece welcomed around 100 participants in the 6th International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA). This year the focus was on technological solutions for the in- home care of the elderly, as well as the care of people with chronic disorders.
CompAAL was presented in two sessions:
Tools, Infrastructures, Architectures and techniques for Deploying Pervasive Applications in Assistive Environments
Exploring Ambient Assisted Living Job Profiles, Achilles Kameas (Hellenic Open University)
How Ambient Assisted Living influences the job market - a European view, moderated by Aspasia Theodosiou and Achilles Kameas (Hellenic Open University)
The PETRA Conference brings together different types of technology to address an important social and healthcare issue: as the world's population ages, there is growing interest in solutions for the in- home care of the elderly as well as for the care of people with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other disabilities or traumas,. These people will increasingly rely on technology to be able to stay in their homes.