About AAL AUSTRIA

GOALS

The innovation platform AAL AUSTRIA is aiming to foster the communication and collaboration among stakeholders in the AAL field such as research organizations, companies and care organisations as well as public institutions. AAL AUSTRIA intends to build a vibrant AAL community and to disseminate AAL relevant information, share experience among stakeholders and therefore increase its visibility on various levels of public perception.

AAL AUSTRIA is a non-profit organization that was founded in April 2012 as an initiative of the Federal Ministry of the Republic of Austria for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK).

KEY ASPECTS

  • Establishing recommendations and guidelines
  • Organising events, workshops, panels etc.
  • Collecting and publishing information material
  • Raising awareness and public relations
  • Offering guidance for members and stakeholders
  • Supporting promotion and development in the field of AAL
  • Enhancing connections between AAL members

CHALLENGES

Demographic change and the aging population are some of the greatest social and political challenges of our times. The statistically growing life expectancy is not only affecting age distribution but has also an impact on living and family structures.

 


Modern technologies, developed to support older adults and their caretakers in everyday life, are significantly gaining importance. In order to implement AAL solutions nationwide and throughout various regions, extensive scientific, economic and political measures have to be put in place.

DEFINITION AND MEANING

AAL (Active and Assisted Living) refers to age-based assistive technologies that are supporting older adults and their carers. This includes concepts, products and services that are connecting innovative technologies with the social environment in order to increase quality of life for older people and support a healthy, active and independent lifestyle.

AAL technologies must fulfill the growing comfort and security needs but at the same time enhance communication with friends and family and contribute to a better integration of older adults in their social environment.