IoT-Based Emotion and Behaviour Recognition
Against Elderly People Social Isolation
In recent decades, great strides have been made in the prevention of chronic diseases by setting healthier lifestyles for seniors, trying to set effective health models. However, despite this great effort, there is still a lack of solutions on what we can call the social care. Nowadays, communities face society in its fragmentation, thus “scotomizing” its affective value to ensure active and healthy aging.
Active and healthy aging is still an aspiration not only critical in making public welfare systems sustainable but also for the mental and social wellbeing of people. Access to assistive technologies is being identified as an important facilitator for successful ageing, that can improve the independent living of seniors as well as the quality of life in general. Health,
participation and security, the pillars of active and healthy aging, constitute the rights to support empowerment and community life of the older citizens.
DIATOMIC was a launch pad for our project. In addition to allowing us the budget to create a commercially relevant minimum viable product, it provided us with coaches who gave us both technical, commercial and communication mentorship. They advised us on the implementation of the solution and the implementation of the pitch. The bootcamp gave us the
opportunity to meet potential technology partners and investors interested in our solution.
The SeniorCare mission (Product Name of EBASI Project) is to detect, avoid and prevent elderly social isolation improving the social inclusion and facilitating the uptake of evidence-based active healthy ageing interventions regarding the augmentation of living environments that can support the independent living of the ageing population.
The purposes of SeniorCare are:
• to catch abandoned wishes of seniors and abnormal emotions of the elderly and to bring them into community and family active life projects;
• to maintaining long term “functional ability” that are direct symptoms of social isolation;
• to create a new purpose for their lives and activate their participation in social and volunteering activities, improving the quality of life, reducing the risks of social exclusion and inactivity after retirement, augmenting social cohesion between generations, a better use of their potential in the development of the “silver economy”;
• to improve the caring activities of professional, social and relatives’ caregivers.
Implementation a prototypical system able to continuously monitor the activities of an elder person living alone in a private house with special attention to detect and forecast social isolation and loneliness signals. Implementation of a remote access (via mobile app) to SeniorCare system to monitor elder activities and get early warnings of social isolation.
Moreover, the app allows SeniorCare parameters set-up and tuning (e.g. personalize the attention threshold of social isolation indicators). Implementation of an interactive voice driven system to support a natural interaction of the elder with SeniorCare. Exploitation of the SeniorCare experiment results creating and marketing products. Improvement of the
market positioning of SeniorCare partners after the project. Average increase in productivity for DST and UPV as technology adopters (partners developers and employees) following application experiments.