VICINITY project at “Friendly cities for people with dementia”
The Municipality of Pilea- Hortiatis as part of the VICINITY project and member of the “National Inter-municipal Network Healthy City - Health Promotion (NINHC-HP) , held an information day about keeping people with dementia safe and adjusting their environment in order to make their living independent.
The case was to disseminate to the public the support the Municipality provides to the elderly through VICINITY, by digitizing, automating and providing medical care services, in order to enable people to obtain a better quality and independent life.
The first mention of VICINITY to the audience, was made by the mayor Ignatios Kaitezidis in his opening speech, where he presented the project and it's benefits. Dr Georgios Krikelis,the expert of the program, carried out a thorough presentation of the action already taken by the health specialist personnel (doctor, psycologist, nutritionist). He also pointed out that with the combination of sensors, actuators and integrated communication devices installed at homes, the Municipality provides assisted living to elderly people and people with long terms needs, while users can configure their set ups, integrate standards according to the services they want to use and fully control their desired level of privacy.
Dr Magda Tsolaki made a speech about how the caring for an aging population is one of the major challenges for future healthcare public system and beyond. An important step is fulfilling the need to move from institutional care to assisted living at home environment, in particular for elderly people living alone and people with long-term needs and chronic illness (such as people with hypertension, dementia, and obesity).
Dr Krikelis Georgios analyzed step by step VICINITY and how it supports health promotion with the prevention of diseases, the screening of high risk population group and by promoting integrated local policies and actions in the field of Public Health.
He disseminated the importance of the project and the aid the eldery get by providing them with a direct means of communication with a 24-hours call centre with specialist staff in case assistance is needed. He explained that the wearable “panic button”, is contacted with a single tap at any time of day with the call centre, so that the owner does not feel unsafe when being alone at home.