SENIOR TV will be distributed with a set of built-in applications for social networks, communication, cognitive games, biometric measures, entertainment that will render the product functional out-of-the-box.
According to many social surveys and studies, older adults are left behind of the information society. The use of the Internet by this sector of the population is much lower than in other sectors, especially among young people. In our view, to bring older adults to the information society has a positive impact in the society as a whole and it is a moral imperative. We are confident that SENIOR TV will be a definite step forward towards that objective.
Also the avoidance of social isolation is positive for the society as a whole. Older adults must have an active participation in the society, not only because it is good for them, but also because it is good for the society. In this era, in which a great extent of the social activity happens online, the incorporation of older adults to the online networks may equate to integrate them into the social life. Besides, from an ethical point of view, this is a must.
The use of SENIOR TV will have a direct impact in secondary end-users, particularly in relatives and caregivers, since it will enable a new channel of contact with older adults that results adequate in both ends: in that of the older adult using a device that is very familiar; and in the end of relatives and caregivers, they do not need to modify their communication environments (e.g. social networks) or devices they currently use (e.g. laptops, tablets, smartphones). The ‘closeness’ to parents and grandparents will rise considerably, regardless of geographic distance and work responsibilities. For their part, traditional caregivers will see how the efficiency in their work improves as a consequence of having: a new communication mechanism, management of daily activities, and strengthening of the caregiving to older adults.
All the steps towards the prevention of cognitive decline will help save a lot of money from the health budget. Aside from economical concerns, cognitive decline in older adults imposes an extraordinary social cost. SENIOR TV constitutes a great opportunity to conduct research in this area, since the consortium is well prepared to conduct research on how technology may help to prevent cognitive decline.
The low-cost approach of SENIOR TV will ensure that the benefits for the quality of life will reach a wide segment of the population, and that it will not be perceived as an elitist solution. The implications of low cost are far reaching, as the society has the moral imperative of mainstreaming this kind of technological solutions among the people with lower expending power. Besides, in our view, only a low-cost solution will gain the needed momentum to really take over.