Preserving the independence of elderly people through nutrition support

The FOOD research programme aims to preserve and enhance the independence of elderly people with regards to nutrition, and guarantee them the possibility of taking an active part in the “self-serve” society.

The project focuses on a home-based system that enables elderly people to deal with food and food-related tasks in a safe, effective and rewarding way, addressing eating, including food acquisition, preparation and conservation, and subsidiary activities (such as dish washing). The pilots will look at a kitchen environment, populated with sensors and intelligent appliances that are interconnected with the outside world through the Internet.

CIID’s role within the project involves front-end user-research processes, concept and scenario development and, documentation of the end-user experience. CIID will also design services and user interfaces addressing areas such as accessibility, remote monitoring and control, user identification and personalisation, hazard awareness and proactive safety management.

The research is financed by the EU and its consortium consists of ten partners: INDESIT, Associazione Nazionale Mutilati ed Invalidi del Lavoro, Brainport Development, Department Of Social Services, Local Council Brasov, International Business School, Jönköping University, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Università degli Studi di Parma and Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design.


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