Indoor living space improvement: Smart Habitat for the older people (Sheld-on)

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Client / Funding programme:

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action CA16226

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Start and end dates:
2018 – 2022


AFEdemy role in the project:

☐ Coordination
☐ Research
☐ Training
☐ Curriculum development
☐ e-Learning Platform
☐ Policy recommendation


Sheld-on is a multidisciplinary network supported by the COST Association to support the development of solutions that allow older persons to live safely, comfortably, and healthily at home through integrating design, ICT, ergonomics and health knowledge into furniture and building design.

The action is needed to address a rapidly growing population of older adults. By 2050, the number of people in the EU aged 65 and above is expected to grow by 70% and the number of people aged over 80, by 170%, which will increase demand and costs for healthcare. Improving accessibility, functionality, and safety at home, at work and in society in general requires combining many disciplines together to develop solutions that integrate ICT, ergonomics, healthcare (psychological and physical), building and community design.

Integrating ICT solutions into habitats, along with improved building design, will allow us to live at home and stay active and productive for longer despite cognitive or physical impediments.

Sheld-on includes relevant actors from academic, research and industry sectors that may utilise networking tools and activities to address the ageing population challenges facing Europe. The network will reduce redundancy in RDI efforts, ensure solutions are developed with a broader set of expertise, and help refine the efforts of diverse group of researchers.

AFE Related Topics

Outdoor spaces and buildings
Social participation
Transport and mobility
Social inclusion and non-discrimination
Civic engagement and employment
Communication and information
Community and health services


  • Researchers from 39 COST Countries,
  • COST Near Neighbour Countries and
  • 2 COST International Partner Countries Japan and USA.

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