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AAL-WELL: Ambient Assistive Living Technologies for Wellness, Engagement, and Long Life

With people across the world living longer, we need to find new ways to support them to live and age as well as possible. This involves helping people to maintain their independence and keep physically and mentally active for as long as they can. The AAL-WELL project is a collaboration between Sweden, UK and Canada (EU: JCRA) and it aims to explore how ambient assistive living (AAL) technology can be developed and used to promote active and healthy aging, particularly amongst people with mild cognitive impairment, who may need additional help and support in their everyday lives.

Originally the goal of AAL-WELL was to develop better AAL technologies. The project has evolved to the goal of developing new tools and data that can help the field as a whole to develop better AAL technologies

Research questions

  1. What needs do older adults with MCI prioritise that AAL-based systems could meet and are there cultural/national differences in these needs?
  2. How can AAL-based systems and services be used to enhance the well-being of older adults with MCI and enable them to live more independently?
  3. What are the barriers and facilitators to the uptake of AAL by older adults with MCI and how can AAL be effectively exploited?

In the first step, the Swedish team identifies what activities older adults with MCI value and prioritize, and how these are related to technology or could be supported by AAL-technology. The data collections is then continued in Canada and UK, and findings from different countries are compared.

In the ongoing final workpackage, where all partners collaborate, the goal is to i/ translate qualitative findings from the first workpackage into concrete, contextualized representations of users, actions, and context, and ii/ to deliver a set of communication tools to inform user-centred development and evaluation of AAL. The project will end 2017.

Research leader

Professor Louise Nygård, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Professor Alex Mihailidis, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Canada (PI)



  • Professor Andrew Sixsmith, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada,
  • Professor Arlene Astell, University of Sheffield, UK, and Research Chair in Dementia, Ontario, Canada.


Annicka Hedman, and earlier also Eva Lindqvist and Annika Persson Vasiliou.


FORTE (the Swedish part of this project) and SFO-V.

Read more about AAL-WELL on their website.