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Empowering and integrating senior citizens with virtual coaching

 
: Braun, Andreas; Roelofsma, Peter H.M.P; Ferring, Dieter; Immonen, Milla

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Wichert, Reiner (Ed.); Laerhoven, Kristof van (Ed.); Gelissen, Jean (Ed.):
Constructing Ambient Intelligence. AmI 2011 Workshops : Amsterdam, The Netherlands, November 16-18, 2011; Revised Selected Papers
Berlin: Springer, 2012 (Communications in computer and information science 277)
ISBN: 978-3-642-31478-0 (Print)
ISBN: 978-3-642-31479-7 (Online)
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-31479-7
ISSN: 1865-0929
S.162-165
International Joint Conference on Ambient Intelligence (AmI) <2, 2011, Amsterdam>
Englisch
Konferenzbeitrag
Fraunhofer IGD ()
ambient assisted living (AAL); elderly user; virtual assistant

Abstract
With Europe's aging population and an increasing number of older people living alone or geographically distant from kin, loneliness is turning into a prevalent issue. This might involve deleterious consequences for both the older person and society, such as depression and increased use of healthcare services. Virtual coaches that act as friend in a para-social relationship but also as mentor that helps the elderly end-user to create meaningful relationships in his actual social environment are a powerful method to overcome loneliness and increase the quality of life in the elderly population. The AAL Joint Programme projects A²E² (AAL-2008-1-071) and V2me (AAL-2009-2-107) are exploring virtual coaches and their application in AAL scenarios, including the use of user avatars, virtual self-representations that allow the user to be represented in communication scenarios. Other European research projects that focus on social integration of the elderly are e.g. ALICE (AAL-2009-2-091) or WeCare (AAL-2009-2-026). Outside the European Union the negative implications of population aging can be observed in Japan, having an even larger proportion of senior citizens, using individual-centred devices, such as robot pets [1], to improve the quality of life of lonely elderly persons.
The user groups involved often are not acquainted with modern ICT systems and therefore it is a challenge to create intuitive, adaptive platforms that cater to the individual needs and allow the user to interact easily.

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