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Assistive Technologies for Supporting Elderly People at Home: Telegerontology?

Assistive Technologies for Supporting Elderly People at Home: Telegerontology?

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The aging of the population worldwide implies an increase in the number of cognitive impairment associated diseases in the elderly. On the other hand, the number of informal caregivers is decreasing and consequently, we must guarantee the existence of enough social and health services for all the population in the immediate future. The new technologies allow us the development of more advanced instruments for gerontological intervention for both patients and caregivers. These new systems help to prevent the lack of home assistance, and thanks to the Internet connection, we avoid the disadvantages of the geographic dispersion of the population. In this article, we describe Telegerontology?, a new home attention tool for patients and caregivers. It integrates different functionalities related to physical, cognitive and medical intervention it works like a family support thanks to the professionals/patients communication, and integrates an advanced emergency system within a domotic environment. This system improves the traditional telecare since it, actually, has more sophisticated services and a higher quality of home support.

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Telegerontology?

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