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COLABORAR at the Festival LisBoa IDADE: International Day of Older Persons celebrations

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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!

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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.

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ExerGames and Active@Home at Older Adults’ Day in Pombal

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Fraunhofer AICOS’ scientist António Santos traveled to Abiúl, a Portuguese village near Pombal, to present the projects ExerGames and Active@Home in the Seminar Envelhecimento + Activo e Saudável (+ Active and Healthy Ageing).

The event was organized by Fundação Dr. José Lourenço Júnior, a nursing home and day-care centre, in partnership with the Municipalities of Pombal and Abiúl. The seminar take place on the 3rd of October, inside the celebrations of the International Day of Older Persons.

Presentations were organized into 3 panels with the following themes: Physical Activity and Nutrition, Challenges for a Healthy Ageing and “I am a Senior…So what?”. Guest speakers addressed many issues related to ageing and talked about the challenges for all of us as a society regarding Ageing.  Additionally, they gave some practical examples of healthy habits and activities to stay active and healthy in the Older Age.

ExerGames and Active@Home received many positive comments from the audience that congratulated us for the innovative concept of joining interactive games and exercising for seniors!

Note: We thank Fundação Dr. José Lourenço Júnior for the images.

The video of the Workshop of Master Students 2016

You can watch below the Fraunhofer’s video of the Workshop of Master Students 2016, in which are displayed the best moments of this event. The workshop was organized so that master students could present their work. In this video, you can also discover what last year’s master students have to say about the experience of developing their theses at Fraunhofer AICOS.

Fraunhofer invited to participate in the “Family Fair 2016”

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Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS will participate in the “Family Fair 2016”. The event is organized by CCSaúde – Ciclo de Conferências da Saúde, with the support of the Municipality of Vila Nova de Gaia.

The fair will take place at Centro Cívico de Gaia, in Vila Nova de Gaia, from 27 to 29 of May. Many institutions and companies in the area of healthcare and assistive products, as well as associations of patients will be present, showcasing their activities and participating in the workshops. The attendees will be able to make some health screenings, and receive information about diseases, how to prevent them and the alarm signs to seek for medical assistance. Centro Hospitalar de Vila Nova de Gaia/Espinho, Instituto Português do Sangue e da Transplantação, IP, Associação Diabéticos D’Ouro and CliniCuidados are among the participants.

Fraunhofer will showcase its most recent projects in the area of fall prevention and fall monitoring. Additionally, Fraunhofer will participate in a workshop entitled “Interactive Games for promoting physical activity and preventing falls amongst seniors”, adding the vision of innovative technology.

Day-care Centres, Nursing Homes and Schools will be visiting the fair. The event will be animated with music. For kids, there will be games, magic and inflatable mattresses. Bring the family and have fun!

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”.

ChefMyself amongst the finalists of the Innova eVIA awards 2015

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On November 4 and 5, ChefMyself participated in the 2015 eVIA assembly, an annual event organized by eVIA, a Spanish Technology Platform for Health and Active and Independent Life.

The event related to the 2015 awards comprised an exhibition and an award ceremony. The award acknowledged innovative prototypes in the field of Information and Communication Solutions applied to Health, Accessibility and Active and Independent Life. The event took place in Madrid, Spain, and ChefMyself was one of the finalists of the Innova eVIA awards 2015, which makes the COLABORAR team happy, as the many interviews and tests with real users helped to optimize the design of the system and we enjoy seeing that this good work is recognized.

ChefMyself was presented to many people with interests in the field of technologies for health, such as representatives of other R&D units, companies and end-user organizations and got very positive feedback.

Congratulations to the ChefMyself team! Learn more about ChefMyself over here.

Citizens from Coimbra already know the Exergames and the FCC – Fall Risk Assessment

From 20th to 26th of April, Fraunhofer AICOS was at Semana das Ciências Aplicadas à Saúde, at Dolce Vita, in Coimbra. Using the application for smartphone named FCC – Fall Risk Assessment, we did several fall risk evaluations of seniors. Furthermore, visitants had the chance of trying out the Exergames, an application of serious games for fall prevention.

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People who attended the fair could also pick up our flyers with tips to prevent falls. In this way, we contributed to increase the awareness about seniors’ falls and we showcased our projects that aim to contribute to the evaluation of one’s fall risk and the exercises that can prevent falls through technology.

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FCC – Fall Risk Assessment and SmartFeet at SCAS2015 – Coimbra

Fraunhofer AICOS’s projects FCC – Fall Risk Assessment and SmartFeet will be on display at Semana das Ciências Aplicadas na Saúde 2015 (SCAS2015), in Coimbra. Fraunhofer AICOS will participate in SCAS2015, a large event of free screenings, hosted by AE-ESTeSC with the support of ESTeSC.

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The event will take place on April 20-26, at Dolce Vita Coimbra. This is a special occasion, since this year SCAS celebrates 10 years. The event had great affluence in the past editions, with a total of 500 000 visitors and about 200 000 health evaluations provided to the citizens of the central region of Portugal. This year, many visitors are expected, including seniors who can try out the SmartFeet and the Fall Risk Assessment tool of Fraunhofer Portugal. Therefore, participants will have the chance to evaluate their fall risk and then to perform exercises that reduce this risk, thus preventing falls. Additionally, they can pick up flyers with tips to prevent falls.

We would like to thank AE-ESTeSC for the invitation.

If you are in the nearby, visit SCAS2015 and discover how to prevent falls.

COLABORAR at Idade do Saber

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“Idade do Saber” is an annual fair in Oporto entirely dedicated to seniors.

With the theme “Active lives, healthy lives”, many companies, social institutions and associations presented their activities and provided insights on how seniors can stay active and healthy.

Several demonstrations or activities for seniors were being showcased in the showroom, and there was plenty to choose from: dance, gymnastics, traditional folk music, choir or flower art.

There were also lectures on themes related to health and wellness in third age, such as Reiki, Shiatsu, elderly audition, accessibility for people with motor disabilities, ambient assisted living and makeup workshops.

The AAL4ALL project participated both as an exhibitor and on lectures, letting the community know about many features of the applications developed within this project.
This year, COLABORAR attended the fair and disseminated the project among the attendees, both seniors and people in charge of the institutions, as an opportunity for seniors to actively participate in the design of future technologies to improve older adults’ lives.