Technologies for Active and Independent Living in Old Age

4th International Conference on Aging was ONLINE
When: Feb 10th, 2021 18:00 - Feb 11th, 2021 18:00
Where: Virtual Conference

Event overview

The 4th international conference on aging was organized in the framework of the long-term (eng)aging! project. This edition was aimed at critical examination of interrelationships between aging and modern technologies. For more info please visit www.engagingprague.com.

The conference was a great opportunity for scholars from universities and institutions to present research, share knowledge and network with world-class scientists and industry leaders. At the conference, companies had the unique opportunity to present technological products and innovations focused on the elderly and their specific needs and to widen professional contacts and create new opportunities or establish new collaborations.

The conference was intended mainly for technological companies, technical universities, researchers, scholars, NGOs, representatives of government, industry leaders, providers of health care and social services, and representatives of senior organisations.

Program

Program will be announced at www.engagingprague.com.

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About the Project

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Call for papers & Registrations Deadlines

Call for Academic Papers
Submission deadline was November 20, 2020

Call for Presentations
Application deadline was December 31, 2020


Conference theme:
Modern medicine has effectively doubled the average lifespan in a little over a century. New technologies combining robotics, artificial intelligence, wearables, and big data will continue to extend our lifespans. Continued decline in fertility rates and increased life expectancy have resulted in rapid aging of the world's populations. Increasing numbers and proportions of older people may have serious implications for our economic and social systems. A range of emerging technologies have significant potential to assist older adults with active and healthy aging.  New technologies can extend the independent living of older people and the time they remain active and self-sufficient.  Technological solutions such as smart households can help to avoid and reduce hospital stays. Technology can also be a tool for prolonging working life by easing the physical work and promoting healthy aging. Self-driving cars can be the perfect option for older people, who often struggle to get from place to place. The recent spread of COVID-19 has left many older people alone and isolated. Information and communication technologies (ICT) can enhance their social inclusion and participation. However, technological progress also comes with a dark side, as older people are particularly vulnerable to disinformation, fake news, phishing, internet scams or hoaxes. Older workers are also at risk of redundancy and long-term unemployment due to insufficient update of technological skills. In the near future, older people will have to rely increasingly more on ICT in order to cope with their jobs or everyday activities, and sustain their social networks.

We are seeking papers that will contribute to a critical examination of interrelationships between aging and technologies and presentations of technological products and innovations for older people in the following areas:

Silver economy – devices and services adjusted to the needs of older people; age-friendly technologies; technology design and ergonomics for the older customers; partnerships between the private and non-profit sectors in innovation; marketing and strategy of communication adapted to the needs of older adults.

Health system – modern medical technologies; eHealth; telemedicine; artificial intelligence in diagnosis and treatment; assistive devices; technology for long-term care; health literacy among older adults; health e-learning.

Labor market – Industry 4.0; ICT as a challenge and opportunity for older workers; employability of older workers; technology skills update; human-robot cooperation; age discrimination in hiring practices and in work place; technology easing the physical work; measures for facilitating longer working life; later career planning; age management; new forms of employments for more flexible and inclusive labor market.

ICT – benefits of being online; political participation, community engagement and social inclusion; older people on internet and social media; fighting isolation during the COVID19 outbreak; access to services and online shopping; promoting a healthy and active lifestyle; lifelong learning;  age-friendly devices (big button phones, etc.); wearable devices; special apps for older people (pill reminder, fitness tracker, etc.); developing of digital skills and media literacy; preventing vulnerability of older people to disinformation, fake news, phishing, scams, hoaxes, etc.

Perception – older people attitudes towards new technologies; affordability; accessibility; matching technological environments to older people; ethical challenges associated with new technologies.

Smart living and home care – intelligent households; home adaptation; smart home devices; assistive technologies; household safety; IoT; health monitoring; robotic helpers and companions; artificial intelligence; independent living in old age; digital innovations for carers of the older people; technological solutions in caring.

Transport and mobility – robotic technologies; self-driving cars; advanced driver-assistance systems for older people.

Living Forever - regenerative medicine with goal to repair the damage underlying the diseases of aging; biotechnologies; extreme life-extensionism; rejuvenation; technical solution of aging; ethical and societal challenges. 

We welcome abstracts from scholars from any discipline, inter-discipline, or scholarly field. Submission deadline is September 30, 2020. Download our Abstract Template.

Deadlines 
Abstract submission deadline                                                                  Nov 20, 2020
Notification of acceptance                                                                        Dec 15, 2020
Presentation submission                                                                           Jan 31, 2021
Payment deadline for presenting participants                                              Jan 31, 2021

Conference fees
Conference fee for presenting participants is 50 EUR.

Conference fee also includes: all conference sessions and conference documents. Link for fee payment ticket will be sent by email to all accepted presenters.

We welcome presentation of any technological vision, service, or product for current and future generations of older people. Application deadline is December 31, 2020. Download our Application Template.

Deadlines
Presentation application deadline                                                Dec 31, 2020
Payment deadline                                                                      Jan 31, 2021​

Conference fees
Conference fee for presenting participants is 50 EUR.

Conference fee also includes: all conference sessions and conference documents. Link for fee payment ticket will be sent by email to all accepted presenters.

Refund policy
If you cancel your registration by January 31, 2021, you will receive a refund of the registration fee. However, the 20 EUR administrative fee is non-refundable. Written requests for cancellation must be emailed to spata@keynote.cz. No refunds will be given after January 31, 2021.

Prague
Come participate in this much anticipated conference in Prague, one of the most beautiful cities in the world whose center is on the UNESCO list.

Contact: Martin Špáta, spata@keynote.cz.