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02 - Istituto Nazionale di Riposo e Cura per Anziani (INRCA), Ancona, Italy


INRCA is the Italian leading public Institute (with 1076 employees) in gerontology and geriatrics, devoted to improve quality of life of older persons, through seven different centres in Italy, including geriatric hospitals, an Alzheimer cure centre, a RSM-R and a scientific-technological area. Basic and applied research is developed by interdisciplinary work in the bio-medical, clinical and social sectors.
The objectives of the Institute are focused on successful ageing and the promotion of health of the older person and prevention. Currently, there are four lines of research: (1) Bio gerontology: cellular determinants, molecular and genetic aging, longevity and age-associated diseases; (2) Prevention and treatment of frailty: management of geriatric diseases and syndromes; (3) Aging and Medicines and (4) Multidimensional assessment and continuity of care. Great emphasis is placed on technological innovation, promoting telemedicine and acceptance of technology by older people.


In terms of activities, the achieved experience in the field of technology acceptance can contribute in the proposal in the following tasks:

  • achieving knowledge for the evaluation of acceptance and attitude towards technologies in the older people;
  • defining a methodology for the recruitment and evaluation of pilot studies with older people;
  • guaranteeing the link between real needs of older people and developed technologies;
  • organization of research methods for the institutions and policy decision makers
  • investigation, to evaluate the social impact of technologies on the ageing society and services;
  • support for the evaluation of the emotional aspect and design of the technologies.



The institute has gained substantial experience in large scale European and international projects on ageing:
FP 5: MOBILATE - Enhancing outdoor mobility in Later Life (2000-2002); EQUAL - Extending quality life in old age - the state of the art (2001-2002); NEW – Neuromuscular assessment in the elderly worker (2001-2004); ESAW - Ageing well: European study of adult well being (2002-2003); EUROFAMCARE - Services for Supporting Family Carers of Elderly People in Europe: Characteristics, Coverage and Usage (2003-2005); PROFANE - Prevention of Falls Network Europe (2003-2006)
EU Directorate of General Employment and Social Affairs: CEIL - Contributing to Equality from Independent Living (2003-2004)
Leonardo da Vinci Programme: GATT – Geriatric Assessment Technology Training (1999-2001)
FP 7: MARK-AGE - European Study to Establish Biomarkers of Human Ageing (2008- 2013); SMILING - Self Mobility Improvement in the Elderly by Counteracting Falls (2008-2010); ASPA - Activating Senior Potential in Ageing Europe (2008-2010); FUTURAGE - A definitive roadmap for ageing research in Europe (2009-2011)
AAL-2008-1: HAPPY AGEING - A Home based Approach to the Years of AGEING (2009-2010),
EU Public Health Programme: EURHOMAP - Mapping Professional Home Care in Europe (2007-2010)



INRCA (Italian National Institute on Aging)
Scientific-technological Area
Center of Psycho-social Aspects of Aging
Via S. Margherita n. 5
60124 Ancona (Italy)
Phone +39 071/8004788
Fax +39 071/35941




Dr. Fiorella Marcellini is senior researcher in social sciences and expert in social gerontology.  She acted as chief of the Centre of Psychosocial Aspects of Ageing and of Department in the INRCA (Italian National Research Center on Ageing) scientific-technological area, where she has been working since 1974.
Her studies are focused on improving independent living and autonomy of older people trough technology. She has a deep expertise in acceptance of technology by older people.
Moreover she has a deep experience in managing European consortium in e-inclusion and Ambient Assisted Living field: in the last 3 years, she acted as Coordinator of two European Projects SMILING ICT-FP7-215493 and HAPPY AGEING, AAL-2008-01.
Moreover, she was principal investigator of the JADE project (FP7-REGIONS-2010-1, Capacities) and member of the Council of Scientists for the European project FUTURAGE (FP7-HEALTH-2007-B/No 223679).
Author of numerous national and international publications on the elderly, she has been invited as a delegate to many international conferences on ageing.
She is Editorial Board Member of 2 international Journals: Educational Gerontology and Archives of Geriatrics and Gerontology.

Dott. BevilacquaDr. Roberta Bevilacqua is a psychologist, specialized in Clinical and Community Psychology at the Bologna University on 2007, with a work on the relationship between Ryff’s psychological well-being dimensions and biomarkers. She did her training in the psychology research dept. of the Bologna University, in the field of psychosomatics and health psychology. She gained experience in the evaluation of the global mental functioning and personality at the Centre of Mental Health of the Public Health Service of Ancona. She attended a master in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Padova University, focused on the evaluation and rehabilitation after cerebral lesion, stroke, dementia and cognitive decline due to ageing.
Currently, she is taking her specialization in systemic and relational psychotherapy.
Her main research interests are the acceptance of technology by the older end-users and its psychosocial impact, the health determinants and their relationship with the psychological health, the active ageing strategies for the older people empowerment.
She is collaborator for the research at INRCA since 2008, for several European projects on technology, such as SMILING “Self mobility Improvement in the elderly by counteracting falls” (GA 215493), HAPPY AGEING “A home based approach to the years of ageing” (AAL-2008-1-113) and WIISEL “Wireless insole for independent and safe elderly living” (GA 288878).

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