Ambient Assisted Living: Introduction and Overview

  • Ana Isabel MartinsEmail author
  • Alexandra Queirós
  • Nelson Pacheco da Rocha
Part of the Human–Computer Interaction Series book series (HCIS)


Older people experience a decrease in functional capacity as they grow older; however, it is consensual that the adoption of new technologies is fundamental to optimize support services and promote active ageing. AAL solutions are related to digital environments with ubiquitous and nonobstructive intelligence to support societal services and are identified as a combination of products and/or services that are bundled in order to deliver a real solution to enhance the quality of life of older people. AAL solutions can also contribute to the safety of older adults (e.g. alarm devices) and consequently monitor their everyday situations. Also in terms of empowerment of the older adults, these products and services can contribute to disease prevention and health promotion and provide mechanisms to overcome problematic situations, such as those resulting from chronic diseases. Indeed, AAL solutions have a huge potential not only to enhance the independence and quality of life of elderly population and patients but also to greatly reduce the costs associated with healthcare services.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana Isabel Martins
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Alexandra Queirós
    • 2
    • 3
  • Nelson Pacheco da Rocha
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics (DETI)University of AveiroAveiroPortugal
  2. 2.Institute of Electronics and Telematics Engineering of Aveiro (IEETA)University of AveiroAveiroPortugal
  3. 3.Health Sciences SchoolUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal
  4. 4.Medical Sciences DepartmentUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal

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