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Thursday, July 13 • 16:00 - 18:00
3241 Strengthening the Resilience of Aging Societies’

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Europe is ageing, due to higher life expectancy and decreasing birth rate. It is estimated that in 2060, 30% of the population in the EU are older than 65 years. Human worry, suffering, and grief caused by old age are a concern for everybody. This needs increased attention because the physical and mental health of a growing number of persons is actually or seemingly affected. Strengthening the resilience of seniors is a necessary but complex interdisciplinary challenge.

Can we do a better job of anticipating, understanding systemically, and mitigating the consequences of ageing? We are challenged to find new ways of integrating scientific, technological, cultural, ethical, political, and economic influences in order to alleviate the physical and mental stress caused by ageing and its consequences.

In analogy to Industry 4.0 the power of Information and Communication technology (ICT) and Systems Thinking provide tools for analysis (e.g. Big Data), simulation, extrapolation, and strategic planning of the trajectory of ageing and assistive technologies.

Nowadays, the senior population, many of them still active and even working, is surrounded by technology, internet and social networking. It is, however, necessary to adapt and align existing technology with the physical and cognitive needs of the lifestyle of seniors, their specialized health care, their idiosyncrasies, and their interests to support their active ageing, their independence and quality of life.

For this workshop we invite researchers in this field to present, discuss and compare their objectives, approaches, and (as far as available) results with respect to both theory and practical experience.

Typical issues are:

reduce physical, cognitive and social frailty amongst seniors, typically overcoming deficiencies of sight, hearing and touching
enhance seniors’ participation in physical activities,
motivate seniors to remain healthy and active,
supporting elders in healthy eating habits.
develop elderly-oriented, body positioning and training computer games
overcoming psychological problems, loneliness and isolation
non-intrusive alarm systems for helpers


Participants are invited (but not required) to send a short (half page) position statement by July 1st 2017 to the chairpersons in order to improve comparison and discussion of various approaches in the workshop.

Note that this workshop is closely related to the session ‘Resilience 4.0: ICT Support for Human Resilience in Crises and Old Age ‘, where full papers are expected.

For further details and information feel free to contact the chairperson.

Looking forward to seeing you in Vienna!

Presenters/Facilitators
avatar for Prof. Gerhard Chroust

Prof. Gerhard Chroust

Prof. emeritus, Johannes Kepler University Linz
SIG Chair: Resilience 4.0: ICT Support for Human Resilience in Crises and Old Age (see below for more details)Gerhard Chroust was born in 1941 in Vienna, Austria. He started to study Communications-electronics in 1959 and received a M.A. from the Vienna University of Technology in... Read More →
avatar for Shankar Sankaran

Shankar Sankaran

Professor, University of Technology Sydney
Vice President Research and Publications, International Society for the Systems Sciences.SIG Chair: Action Research (see below for information)Shankar Sankaran specialises in project management, systems thinking and action research. He is a Core Member of a UTS Research Centre on... Read More →


Thursday July 13, 2017 16:00 - 18:00