Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Big Data to improve the quality of life of the elderly: “Data is a citizen’s right”

Technology to support the autonomy of the elderly: “We need to use it how we want to live”.

Technology, security and the elderly: “Learning to live with a digital society”.

Technology, an important ally for the elderly: “Everyone has the right to benefit from its benefits.”

Fundación Telefónica and UDP think about the role of technology in the lives of the elderly

Big data, also known as intelligence, can be useful to ensure the autonomy, safety and health of the elderly.

This is because, thanks to this information, the authorities, civil societies or citizens themselves can have an idea of ​​how a certain problem affects a certain group, simply by passing the information in the public domain. For example, it can be determined in which neighborhoods people suffer unwanted loneliness and which profile of the population is more prone to suffer -sex, income, etc. And, because of this data, it can take certain measures, propose changes or optimize the measures already carried out.

One of the contributions of the third session of the II Congress on the Right to Personal Autonomy (@CongressDAP) from the Democratic Union of Pensioners and Retirees (@MayoresUDP), lists for the elderly and pensioners (@PlataformaPMPand Immerso (@Imser), supported by Fundación Telefónica (@FundacionTef) and in collaboration with 65YMÁS.

The presentation, which was held last Thursday at the Espacio Fundación Telefónica, was given by Lourdes Muñoz Santamaria, founder of Barcelona Open Data, who explained to the audience the benefits of these databases.

Barcelona Open Data is “a movement to promote public administrations with the main objective of making the most public resources available, exposing the public information generated or kept, providing access and reuse for the common good and for the benefit of people and businesses”, as explained on the website of the Council of the City of Barcelona .

As Lourdes Muñoz commented in the interview, big data allows cost savings and audiences that are carried out in a certain place or with a specific strategy. And, as it is used in the business sector, he explained, it can also be used in the social sector to optimize the care of the elderly or prevent loneliness, among other uses.

For this reason, Muñoz encouraged all associations that work with the population of vulnerable people to incorporate this technology and require administrations to compile and disseminate these databases for a better diagnosis of society. “The data is right,” he said.

2nd Congress on the Right to Personal Autonomy

Other professionals with extensive knowledge of new technologies, accessibility, dependency or security attended the 2nd session of the Congress on the Right of Personal Autonomy, such as: Julian Prieto, Deputy Director General of Promotion and Authorizations of the Spanish Agency for Data Protection. AEPD) ; Ignacio Aizpún, General Director of ATAM; Julio Lorca, Director of Digital Health DKV Salud; Alexis Hostos, Telefónica Tech Cybersecurity; Miguel Ángel Valero, telecommunications engineer and professor at the Polytechnic University of Madrid; Irene Cañizares and Vanessa Montoya, from Telefónica I+D; Lourdes Bermejo, Gerontologist and expert in social intervention; César Cuevas, PhD in Health Sciences at the Public University of Navarra and Professor of Philosophy of Law at the University of Valencia, Vicente Bellver, among others.

In this conference, topics such as security with new technology approaches, the importance of creating new technological developments that are friendly, simple, intuitive and available, so that no one is left behind or the use of technology is sent to leisure as a tool. better health

The inaugural act of the Congress was attended by Inmaculada Ruiz, president of the Democratic Union of Pensioners and Retirees of Spain (UDP) and vice-president of the Platform for the Elderly and Pensioners; Lázaro González, president of PMP; Carmen Morenés, Director General of Fundación Telefónica; and Juan José García, Director General of the Community of Senior Citizens of Madrid.

Immaculate Ruiz indicated that “the speed at which the changes have taken place” has meant that technology has not reached everyone in the same way” and that is why he asked “every part of society to accompany us and to take up our order and receive it in itself. We have our own approach to reality, needs and expectations”.

“All men have the right to enjoy life. No one,” he said, “should be left.”

The president of the PMP, Lázaro González agreed with Ruiz, who pointed out that digital should serve three purposes: to promote active aging, to facilitate lifelong learning and to guarantee personal autonomy. And, for this reason, these tools “must be user-friendly and accessible,” he added.

Carmen Morenés, managing director of the Telefónica Foundation.

For that part, the general manager of Fundación Telefónica, Carmen Morenés, highlighted the need to create spaces where the elderly can age safely. “We have yet to build a world in which technology helps quality of life,” he said.

Finally, Juan José García highlighted the importance of ICTs to prevent and prevent social or health problems. “They recognized technology as a great opportunity for older people to stay at home.” That is why the society should not prepare for digitization, he warned.

The members of this session were Antoni Serratosa, vice-president of the Mayors of the UDP; Carlos Palacios, director of Social and Voluntary Action at Fundación Telefónica and José Aniorte, delegate of Family, Equality and Social Well-being of the Madrid City Council (@MADRID). The session was conducted by Ana Bedia, director of 65YMÁS.

Serratosa states that more “pedagogy” is needed so that all people learn to use ICT correctly and safely. “We are taking on the challenges of digitization as people get older,” he said.

For his part, Carlos Palacios stated that the question of digitization is not so much “connection”, which is more important in Spain, but “education”.

Finally, José Aniorte, delegate of the Madrid City Council for Family, Equality and Social Security, emphasized that “technology can be a great partner” so that the municipal administration can be closer and closer to those who need us.

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