Globally, the population of seniors is projected to surge, increasing from 530.5 million in 2010 to 1.5 billion in 2015. Many diseases that plague older adults have also gone from acute (pneumonia once called the old man’s friend) to chronic (not cured only managed). The population of children, meanwhile, will be at a virtual standstill due to long-term declines in birth rates around the world. Increased urbanization and job globalization point to migration of young adults away from their elderly parents. The above, together with increasing healthcare costs and limited availability of healthcare professionals, necessitates “aging in place” – living where you have lived for years, not typically in a healthcare environment or nursing home, using products, services, and conveniences which allow you to remain home as your circumstances change.
Ambient intelligence environments that monitor a loved one’s activities 24/7 are now a part of the caregiver landscape and here to stay. These new technologies now enable family members to give care remotely and check in with loved ones—while providing health care professionals with relevant real-time information. However, most solutions for aging-in-place today are technology-centric, operate in silos and do not tie in with end-to-end care provisioning. Moreover, the elderly community exhibit huge variations in their living patterns, behavior and a one-size-fits-all system will probably not work for all. In addition, the benefits of these technologies need to be quantified through clinical assessment, necessitating multi-disciplinary research collaborations.
The objective of this workshop is to provide a forum for discussion, debate, and collaboration focused on ideas, trends, techniques, and recent advances in pervasive technologies and care systems for sustainable aging-in-place. We invite original research contributions that advance the state of the art as well as position papers that pose a new direction or present a controversial point of view. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
• Integration of ambient intelligence with care provisioning
• Personalization of ambient intelligence and care provisioning systems
• Learning, and prediction of living activities and patterns among the elderly
• Quantitative assessment of the impact of ambient intelligent and care provisioning systems on the elderly’s wellbeing and quality of life
• Social impact of pervasive technologies on elderly
PASTA is an IEEE PerCom Workshop, and it will be held in conjunction with PerCom 2016 (the worldwide premier scholarly venue in the areas of pervasive computing and communications), 14-18 March 2016, Sydney, Australia.