COLABORAR participated in the celebrations of the International Day of Older Persons in Lisbon, the national capital of Portugal. The Municipality of Lisbon organized a big event that took place at Jardim da Estrela, from September 30th to October 3rd, called “Festival LisBoa IDADE – a city with rights for all ages“.
There were 4 days of activities for seniors: healthy food market, live show cooking, gymnastics, cardiovascular screenings, presentations, workshops of security at home, herbs and senior volunteering, to name a few. Jardim da Estrela welcomed entire families with activities such as peddy papers, performing arts, walkings, workshops of tricot, introduction to cycling and ateliers of painting.
Fraunhofer AICOS shared the stand with Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa and did demonstrations of projects related to fall prevention, games for cognitive training, chronic diseases management, namely heart disease, and detection of health risks, particularly Melanoma. We showcased Fraunhofer‘s projects FCC Fall Risk Assessment, ExerGames, CogniPlay, SmartBEAT and Melanoma Detection. We received great feedback from the visitors, who expressed their enthusiasm in seeing the things we can do with smartphones to prevent diseases. Once again, Fraunhofer AICOS‘ Exergames were a huge success amongst children and seniors!
Fraunhofer AICOS‘ director Pedro Almeida made a presentation about our research centre, the main areas of Research and Development (R&D) and introduced as well the projects we were showcasing. Maximiliano Romero, senior researcher at Fraunhofer AICOS, participated in the “Speed talks“, a space of debate, with the theme “Research methodologies in projects of technological innovation”, which was very useful for disseminate our work with older adults in the scope of R&D projects. He explained some basic principles for including seniors in research studies on technology.
We feel honored to had the opportunity of participating in the first edition of the Festival LisBoa IDADE and be part of this initiative that gave the public of all ages many moments for having fun and showed several ways for seniors keep active and healthy for many years.