Project website: http://www.ewall-project.eu
In PERSSILAA, a multidisciplinary and international consortium developed, implemented and evaluated a novel service model to screen for and prevent frailty among community-dwelling older adults. Older adults were given tools to screen, monitor and train their health, in a multi-domain approach focused on the domains of nutrition, cognitive and physical functioning. My main responsibility consisted on the selection, implementation and evaluation of a set of monitoring tools to monitor everyday functioning and detection of changes over time. That was made possible by a set of unobtrusive and ambulant monitoring tools, easily integrated in one’s daily routine. The service model was designed to meet the healthcare services, needs and technology affinity of communities in Italy and the Netherlands by participatory design including all relevant stakeholders. During the project the PERSSILAA service model was implemented in Italy (Campania) and the Netherlands (Overijssel), counting for an involvement of more than 7.000 older adults. In general, in the Netherlands the older population that was more familiar with technology started using the web-platform immediately. Contrarily, in Italy, the project had to accommodate extra tasks to make older adults acquainted with technology to ensure their proper use of the tools and keep people engaged in the health promotion.
In AIRplay, we are creating stimulating environments that stimulate physical activity among children with asthma. An interactive playground simulating generally known games is installed in a community setting (think of schools or community centers) to engage children in physical activity. Additionally, a user friendly sensor is given to each child as well as a mobile application, where children can see how well they are in the progress to their daily goal and also in comparison with the other children in the group. The daily physical activity goal is personal, set on the basis of the initial physical activity level of each child, to guarantee that the goal it is challenging, but achievable.