Category: Media

New newsletter

We are happy to announce the launch of our updated email newsletter! This dynamic newsletter aims to bring you the most relevant news regarding our research activities in a practical manner. We hope your experience reading our newsletter will be improved, by giving you more visual content and the option to read more if you want to.

Interested in having updates on masters’ theses topics developed at Fraunhofer, external or internal projects of technological solutions for seniors under development or research activities delivered straight to your email inbox? Sign up to our newsletter here.

 

New COLABORAR's website

Good news! We have a new logo and a new website!

Our website was updated, by redesigning some elements, such as fonts, colour schemes, images and sections. We maintained the usual news, network and about us sections. We added information related to services we can provide along with detailed information related to what we do. We want to offer other research centres and companies the possibility of including older adults’ needs in their projects, as well as the possibility of assessing and validating technologies under development with real users. We maintained the area for newsletter subscription and to join the network – you are wellcome, as an older adult volunteer or as a partner institution. We also kept the quotes from the volunteers in the network. To complete the rebrand, we made a new logo, that was already displayed in the COLABORAR Facebook page.

Visit us regularly and keep up to date with our activities in the research centre.

We are preparing big surprises

Volunteers from the user network COLABORAR are collaborating with us in a project that aims to disseminate research activities we usually carry at Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS.

We are recording different moments of our work at the research centre: visits to day-care centres, tests at the Living Lab, interviews for qualitative analysis, etc. We are also interviewing participants and technical-directors of partner day-care centres.

We will reveal more details about this soon.

Demo for Porto Canal

The Porto Canal channel made a news piece about Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS.

The Deus Ex Machina (DEM) project was hilighted. This project focuses on benefits for users in the future by building a technological response to societal challenges. This project comprises sub-projects in diverse fiels: agriculture, nutrition, health, mind and behaviour, activity monitoring, and community tools.

The research within the DEM project is supported by National Funds and counts with partnerships of other six research centres from the northern region of Portugal. The aim of this project is to improve the quality of life of the population through technology.

The user is at the centre of the research. Researchers begin by understanding their needs and the way they perceive technology. Two volunteers from the user network COLABORAR participated in a demo to show a project related to fall prevention. They performed some physical exercises guided by software on TV.

Our thanks to the participants!

You can watch the video here.

Demo of Active@Home for Porto Canal

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Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS‘ researcher António Santos was in the TV programme Mundo Local, for the Portuguese channel Porto Canal.

He explained the project Active@Home, the platform of home-based physical exercise for older adults. Mrs. Cecília Mendonça, user network COLABORAR volunteer, was present in the studio as well, and was interviewed regarding their participation in the tests.

During the news piece, a demo recorded inside our Living Lab was also displayed.

We guess that many people wants to try the exercises of Active@Home.

 


 

 

Active@Home and COLABORAR in the news

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Following the initial tests of the Active@Home project, we gave a demonstration to a Portuguese news agency and once again we counted on the COLABORAR volunteers.

In this way, the Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS made known this technological project consisting of traditional dance exercises and Tai-Chi, which works on TV, along with some sensors, and therefore allows the elderly to perform strength and balance training at home. António Santos, the researcher responsible for the project, highlights the “playful and entertaining component” of these training program.

COLABORAR was highlighted as well, as journalists wanted to know about this network of about 1000 volunteers, who help to test and validate Fraunhofer’s applications. One of the volunteers who participated in the demonstration session, Mr. Jorge Mendonça, was interviewed and spoke about his experience, saying that he likes to participate because he gets to know important applications, especially in the area of health, and that this project of technology for home gymnastics can be very helpful for seniors.

The news piece appeared in many Portuguese newspapers and we are very proud. You can see them here (Portuguese only):

http://p3.publico.pt/vicios/hightech/22444/tecnologia-que-envolve-danca-e-tai-chi-permite-evitar-quedas-dos-idosos;

http://expresso.sapo.pt/sociedade/2016-12-20-Exercicios-caseiros-com-danca-tradicional-e-tai-chi-procuram-evitar-quedas-de-idosos;

http://arquivo.jm-madeira.pt/artigos/tecnologia-que-envolve-dan%C3%A7a-e-tai-chi-permite-evitar-quedas-dos-idosos;

https://www.noticiasaominuto.com/tech/708259/tecnologia-que-envolve-danca-e-tai-chi-permite-evitar-quedas-dos-idosos;

http://lifestyle.sapo.pt/saude/noticias-saude/artigos/tecnologia-que-poe-os-idosos-a-dancar-e-a-fazer-tai-chi-permite-evitar-quedas.

Fraunhofer Portugal part of the Porto4Ageing – Excellence Centre on Active and Healthy Ageing

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The Municipality of Porto (Câmara Municipal do Porto) and the University of Porto launched a formal application of the region to the European Reference Site of the Active and Healthy Ageing to the European Commission.

With this purpose, it was created the consortium Porto4Ageing that comprises more than 70 institutions: decision makers/care providers, companies/industries, academia/research organizations and civil society/users. The consortium will be an Excellent Centre on Active and Healthy Ageing and will act as an aggregator by bringing together many institutions and professionals that work in areas related to seniors.

We are very  happy that our research centre, Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS, is part of the consortium. We will certainly contribute to the discussion of problems related to older adults and present creative solutions that could be replicated in other regions of Portugal and Europe.

The official ceremony of presentation of the proposal to the European Commission took place on April 11st, in Porto, and many institutions were present.

The video of the Technological Fair

The video showing our participation in the Technological Fair is now available.

Witness below some fun moments of the event hat welcomed one hundred seniors to try out Fraunhofer AICOS’s applications for tablets, smartphones and TV’s.

The event was organized by Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa and Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS. It was a great opportunity not only to gather a big number of seniors around new technologies but also to engage in some “techy conversations”.

World Diabetes Day

November 14th is World Diabetes Day. The day was created by the International Diabetes Federation to help increase Diabetes awareness. Diabetes is a disease that affects people worldwide and its complications are blindness, heart attack, kidney failure and limb amputation. Blindness and amputation are consequences of Diabetic Rethinopathy and Diabetic Neuropathy, respectively. Researchers from  Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS are developing new solutions to improve the early detection of these Diabetes complications. COLABORAR wants to mark the date by highlighting those projects:

  • EyeFundusScope – “Mobile-based risk assessment of Diabetic Retinopathy by image processing” comprises an ophthalmoscopic adapter attached to a smartphone with an application that processes the images of the eye fundus captured by the optical adapter. The app allows the detection of micro-aneurysms, which are the first visible signs of Diabetic Rethinopathy, on an non-expert monitoring context, enabling an early pre-diagnosis;
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  • NeuropathyDetect – “Detection of Peripheral Neuropathy in Diabetes patients” consists of using plantar pressure sensors and smartphone built-in accelerometers to collect gait data that is then analyzed by a mobile application. It enables to identify early signs of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy in diabetic patients who therefore must adopt protective measures to prevent feet injuries and be followed-up by their medical doctor, in order to improve their treatment.
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You can see a news piece by SIC Notícias on these two Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS’s projects below (in Portuguese).

Dagny Carlsson: the oldest blogger in the world

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Dagny Carlsson has 103 years old, lives in Sweden and is the oldest blogger in the world. We had the chance to meet her two years ago in the AAL Forum 2013, in which Dagny was a special guest and since then we occasionally have a look on her blog.

Mrs. Dagny begun learning Informatics when she was 99 years old in a course she took and since then she maintains a personal blog where she writes about different topics and shows us her daily life in a heartwarming and optimistic manner. She shares the beauty of the little things such as her passion for nature, cooking and traveling. Quite often she shows us the desserts she cooks herself (the tasty raisin cakes and blueberries muffins) and tells us short stories of her childhood and youth memories. She also teaches us how to save money and manage personal finances.

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She shows us pictures of her home, lovely decorated with flower motifs and the desk with her computer, in a corner of the living room, near the window. She tells about the traditions of her country and how much she is grateful for all she is and has.

Having lived through two world wars, in an interview for the Swedish Journal Aftonbladet, Dagny highlights the improvements in life standards, conditions and opportunities. However, she thinks that the social relationships have become different and more difficult, as nowadays people don’t care for each other. So, she intends to be a voice that alerts to some situations that elders have to face and she tries to promote reflection on this issues.

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When asked about what the secret for a long life is, she answers: genes and the curiosity of always learning something new. She has an e-mail account, enjoys surfing on the web, is learning how to use her iPad, and is planning to venture on Instagram.

Recently, Dagny participated in the documentary series ” It is not so bad to get old”, displayed on the Swedish TV channel SVT. You can have a sneak peek here.

It is worthwhile following Dagny’s blog and entering the world of this lady who still appreciates the beauty of autumn leaves, despite they have caused her to fall.

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Please note: photos by Dagny Carlsson on her blog.