The International Conference on Integrated Care took place in a sunny Dublin between the 8th and 10th of May in association with the 5th World Congress on Integrated Care. With around 1200 attendees, 250 posters and more than 85 sessions,
With an increasingly growing population in Europe, cognitive impairments are a major social and public health issue. According to the World Alzheimer Report (WHO) , dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, remains one of the biggest global public health challenges our generation is facing.
Parkinson´s disease is a neurodegenerative and chronic illness with motor and non-motor symptoms. Symptoms may include bradykinesia (slowness of movement), muscle rigidity, resting tremor, postural instability, cognitive impairment, mood disorders, problems sleeping, constipation or speech and swallowing problems as dysphagia.
In the last decade, there has been a growing interest in employing Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) with elderly people due to the ageing population. Especially interesting is the area related to people living with chronic diseases, such as Alzheimer or Parkinson,
We live longer and birth rates are lower. European population is ageing and this trend is expected to continue for several decades. From the health perspective incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases are increasing and therefore we will have increasing needs of chronic care.
The 20th century was characterised by an enhancement of well-being and better economic conditions bringing modifications in lifestyle. Such improvements also led to new risk-factors causing an increase in chronic conditions. Health systems are now working on the implementation of country-tailored solutions aimed at responding to the burden of chronic conditions.