building for older persons
Experience in the United States underlines that information technology
can be used to radically improve the quality of life for senior citizens. Telematics
networks, for example, open new avenues for communication and information exchange, thus
reducing the isolation often felt by the older generation.
The SENIOR ONLINE project aims to include older persons or persons with disabilities
into the modern Information Society. The objective is to increase their independence,
mental activity and integration. The project has developed a multilingual (English,
German, Italian and Swedish) web-based information and communication service for older
Europeans. People can communicate with others, but the site and services also encourage
them to contact experts, municipalities, carers and other groups. People may also discuss
sensitive issues within restricted access areas.
The project is modifying and integrating existing technologies to satisfy the differing
requirements of this age group. The services being tested are based on Internet and web
standards, email, various groupware applications and audio-text technology.
The SENIOR ONLINE stand has live demonstrations of web-based interactive services for
Europe's senior citizens. Visitors can test the basic service structure and features
provided by various types of web-based groupware. For example they may send voice messages
to online work areas or retrieve faxes; applications showing the potential of a messaging
system that connects the Internet to the normal telephone.