Challenge and Project Idea

The participants of the USECARE consortium share the following ideas about Quality of Life (QoL) of the 65+ populations:

Chronic or Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) are the main factor for impairing QoL of most individuals in their Course of Life and increasingly the main cost factor in public health.

Morbidity Compression by Primary and Secondary Prevention by behaviour change (lifestyle) has not least become a viable strategy to challenge the burden of NCD and to increase the share of Quality-Adjusted Life Years (QALY).

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ICT-enabled Self-Management of Chronic Risks and (early diagnosed) Diseases is a promising way, but calls for Informal Care as an essential complementary part for improving therapy adherence and lifestyle behaviour change.

We therefore have defined as main objectives of this proposal:

• to further develop the current prototype of a self-management system SENACA 3.0 (for SENior health ACAdemy) to enable carers for remote-controlling critical bio-markers of patients, therapy adherence (medication and lifestyle), aggregating information and social interaction,

• to field-test the prototype focusing on interaction between Carers and Elderly Patients, in a multicentred observational study in different cultural settings,

• to deduct a sustainable meso- and macro-economic case as a basis of a sustainable Business Plan for SENACA.

The European Commission estimates a potential shortfall of around 1 million healthcare workers by 2020 rising up to 2 million if long term care and ancillary professions are taken into account. This means around 15% of total care will not be covered compared to 2010. In addition, new care patterns to cope with chronic conditions of older adults and the rise in new technologies will require new skills and competences.