Europe is investing significantly in digital technologies and innovative business models. ICT is crucial to finding solutions to the societal challenges Europe is facing. It provides unique solutions, for example, to the growing need for sustainable healthcare and healthy ageing.
The POSTHCARD project is part of AAL.
AAL (Active and Assisted Living) is an European Joint Programme that supports projects that improve the quality of life of older people by using ICT. The focus is on development rather than research. The programme aims to strengthen the development of innovative ICT products, services and systems supporting older people at home, in the community and at work. The projects are co-funded by the European Commission, by the partners’ own resources and by the national funding bodies in each partner country.
Alzheimer is a disease that impacts not only the life of the patients themselves but also that of their caregivers. Indeed, many Alzheimer patients are supported at home by their relatives or home caregiver. The difficulty of coping with the disease may strongly impact the quality of life of the informal and formal caregivers. The behavior modifications induced by the evolution of the illness can alter the quality of the relationship between the patient and his/her relatives, transforming simple daily activities into overwhelming and sometimes stressful challenges. A poor-quality relationship between the patient and his or her caregiver is a well-known cause of burden for both the caregivers and patients, it’s a trigger to abandon home care for Alzheimer patients. One source of tension is the misunderstanding of the patient’s behavior and the poor knowledge and insufficient training in order to adopt the proper behavior when interacting with the patient. Learning strategies to cope with the daily life activities is a recognized intervention to mitigate caregivers’ stress.