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Germany invests EUR 125m in ambient care

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The German national ministry of research has announced a major funding program for ambient assisted living (AAL). Over the next year, EUR 125m will be invested in 17 AAL projects. The goal is to develop IT-solutions that help elderly and chronically ill people to stay in their own flat or house as long as possible. “There are 16m people in Germany now who are older than 65. In the year 2050 it will be 23m”, said Thomas Rachel, Secretary of State in the National Ministry of research at the opening of the German AAL Conference in Berlin. This demographic trend was the reason why his ministry had decided to support regional development projects for AAL, Rachel said. The first 17 projects that are being funded have been announced. The projects involve companies from the IT industry as well as social service providers, home care providers, public and private house builders, health insurance companies and care insurance companies. Altogether, the 17 projects will receive EUR 45m, out of the total amount of EUR 125m, of state funding. The rest will be spent in other areas, such as basic technological research and on improving the social care infrastructure. “The hope is that the project partners will also engage financially, so that in the end there will be more than EUR 200m available”, said a ministry spokeswoman. The biggest project to be funded is SmartSenior, led by Deutsche Telekom and Charit

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