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Future Internet 2016, 8(4), 50; doi:10.3390/fi8040050

Senior Living Lab: An Ecological Approach to Foster Social Innovation in an Ageing Society

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HumanTech Institute, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, Fribourg 1705, Switzerland
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School of Nursing Sciences La Source, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland, Lausanne 1004, Switzerland
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Academic Editor: Dino Giuli
Received: 16 April 2016 / Revised: 27 September 2016 / Accepted: 29 September 2016 / Published: 21 October 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ecosystemic Evolution Feeded by Smart Systems)
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The Senior Living Lab (SLL) is a transdisciplinary research platform created by four Universities that aims at promoting ageing well at home through the co-creation of innovative products, services and practices with older adults. While most living labs for ageing well are focused on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), this social laboratory adopts a transdisciplinary approach, bringing together designers, economists, engineers and healthcare professionals to develop multiple forms of social innovation using participatory methods. The SLL is based on an ecological approach, connecting professionals and users in a cooperative network and involving all of the stakeholders concerned with ageing well, such as existing associations, business entities and policy-makers. Three main themes for the co-design of products and services were identified at the beginning of the SLL conception, each sustained by a major business partner: healthy nutrition to cope with frailty, improved autonomous mobility to foster independence and social communication to prevent isolation. This article shows the innovative transdisciplinary approach of the SLL and discusses the particular challenges that emerged during the first year of its creation, investigating the role of ICTs when designing products and services for older adults. View Full-Text
Keywords: living labs; older adults; ICTs living labs; older adults; ICTs
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Angelini, L.; Carrino, S.; Abou Khaled, O.; Riva-Mossman, S.; Mugellini, E. Senior Living Lab: An Ecological Approach to Foster Social Innovation in an Ageing Society. Future Internet 2016, 8, 50.

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