Multimedia technologies and aids for seniors

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Fondazione ASPHI
Assistive technology
Healthcare UX Design
Healthcare technologies
Design for autonomy
Design for seniors
Voice assistants
Senior living
senior uses technologies

Some time ago, ASPHI launched a few experimental projects related to life and care of fragile and not self-sufficient seniors. They found that these particular users are strongly motivated to explore the potential that multimedia technologies and aids can enable to improve the quality of their life and support their autonomies. These topics are addressing their research activities, awareness, experimentation, training and support.

The results show for example that the introduction of touchscreen tools connected to assistive technologies (assisted keyboards, magnifying and amplifying systems, ergonomic PC access solutions) can offer new chances to digital low-literated or illiterated seniors. These opportunities are partially unexplorated and are based on cognitive stimulation, social participation and conquest of everyday life autonomy.

Today, ASPHI is investing efforts in researching and experimenting software and hardware solutions to nurture:

  • cognitive stimulation activities for people suffering with light or moderate dementia;
  • social communication and participation;
  • accessibility to information;
  • support to caregivers’ duties and safety for fragile seniors;
  • simplified and customised digital interactions (vocal assistants, nfc);
  • support for autonomy (orthosis and physical aids design and rapid prototyping through 3d printing);

During this Tangible Morning and supported by ASPHI, we’ll get in touch with practical examples related to the above mentioned topics, with a narrower focus on the most promising digital tools and technologies.


The following schedule might be subject to live adjustments.

09:30 - 11:30 am

  • Brainstorming on: Design For All, Ageing (Fragility, Illness, Disability)
  • An overview on Assistive Technology
  • Frailties in the elderly population: general aspects
  • Assistance and care services

11:30 - 11:45 am

  • Remote coffee-break

11:45 - 1 pm

  • ASPHI’s work for the elderly
  • Projects and tests in the field of technology and third age
  • Examples of technologies and tools
  • What's next?

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Nicola Gencarelli

Nicola lavora nel team di ricerca per Fondazione ASPHI. Nel 2016, il kit Click4All che ha realizzato insieme a Luca Enei, Giusi Zamarra, Cristina Manfredini e Alessandro Norfo vince il contest MakeToCare di Sanofi Genzyme. Nel 2012 pubblica “Ausili fai da te. Creare e adattare oggetti e strumenti tecnologici per la disabilità”, per Ericksson. Bolognese e appassionato di teatro, è anche attore per il collettivo internazionale di artisti Cantieri Meticci.

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