KempenLIFE contributes to the project as end-user organisation. KempenLIFE is responsible for the end-user recruitment and pilot execution in the Netherlands.
KempenLIFE is a cooperative of older citizens in the rural area, south-west of Eindhoven. The area encompasses 5 municipalities, Eersel, Bladel, Bergeijk, Reusel-De Mierden and Oirschot, all together with 85,000 inhabitants. The area is a rural area: many small villages, many people living in detached houses in the countryside. Characteristic is that ageing has extra effects in this area, because the children of many large farmer families are among or above retiring age. In the past, in this area also many cooperatives among farmers and other small companies have been established for more effective cooperation in country life with unique challenges. Nowadays, cooperatives between citizens are coming back: citizens want more control on health, well-being, long-term care and energy provision. Several new cooperatives have already been formed in the past 5 years. KempenLIFE is a cooperative, established by older citizens, to organise new services for comfort, welfare and care, making use of broadband (fibre to the home) and an ICT community platform. KempenLIFE participated earlier in AAL projects HEREiAM, PALETTE and InnovCare.read more