Participative momentum to understand the needs of elderly people in danger of losing their autonomy
In 2017, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole launched a major research project with Kyomed, a Montpellier company specialized in e-health, to understand the needs of the senior population, particularly with respect to health services as well the needs of their aids and care-givers. The collected information will help create solutions for unmet needs and validate the pilot deployment of prototype solutions by senior populations in city demonstrators. The goal is to support the emergence of co-designed and long-term innovative solutions.
A project with 3 main goals
This project seeks to co-design, deploy, and validate solutions and services that make it possible to assist seniors in their homes. The general idea is to focus on seniors who are somewhat dependent and extend the duration of their normal life time at home, with daily activities, such as going out, walking, and shopping, while preserving social contact and proximity with their own ecosystem in the Montpellier Métropole area.
Data from the study will also enable the laboratories involved to perform studies on individual behavior. This information may be used by Montpellier Métropole teams (such as the City Planning department) to adapt current infrastructure and services as well as to anticipate their evolution. All results will be made available to companies in the health sector (notably SMEs and startups) and laboratories to help them elaborate and test new use cases.
This project benefits from the momentum of Montpellier Métropole’s overall Smart City initiative. With it, Montpellier will be at the industry forefront in France, launching actions to truly get citizens involved in a participation-driven effort and to think about better ways to handle aging. By joining the concepts of aging and Smart City, local authorities further confirm the area’s role as a “Health Metropolis.”