FallSensing Clinical app: tested by older adults

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COLABORAR organized the test sessions for the FallSensing project. This project results from a consortium between Fraunhofer Portugal, Sensing Future Technologies and ESTeSC – Coimbra Health School and focus on the evaluation of multiple fall risk factors and the implementation of fall prevention programs for individuals aged 50 years old or older, given that this is the population most affected by falls.

Participants arrived early and motivated to test the prototype. Researchers tested the exercises for fall risk screening and a physiotherapist from ESTeSC joined us and conducted the tests with the clinical app.  Following the instructions of the app, each participant were evaluated for their fall risk factors and then, according to their risks, the application provided a personalized exercise plan for fall prevention. Participants used inertial sensors in their legs during the exercises, so to their body movements were monitored.

This app has the potential to help people over 50 stay strong and reduce their risk for falls. We hope that in the near future it will be available!

You can see more information about FallSensing here: http://fallsensing.com/project.

 

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Interactive games are being used by older adults at a day care center

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Older adults of a day care center in Porto are using Fraunhofer AICOS’ interactive games for physical exercise.

The software is available for seniors at Centro Social de Soutelo so that they can try out the games and have fun doing exercises specifically developed for their age and needs regarding physical exercises. These exercises promote  muscular strength, balance, mobility and flexibility in a playful way. Besides these benefits, seniors are getting to know the application of new technologies in real life; in this case, they can see their movements being tracked by the sensors in the smartphone and the indication of their performance in the game. Therefore, they can gain the sense of being integrated in nowadays digital society. At the same time, attention is required to play the game, which is positive for older adults.

With the aim of understanding the role of technology on the active aging and well being of older adults, through the promotion of autonomy and security, a study is being carried out. Volunteers are participating in the study and giving important insights on their perceptions and opinions regarding their experience of using ExerGames. Simultaneously, we are studying de factors that contribute to the motivation of seniors  to participate in activities with interactive games.

These studies are very useful to researchers and we like seeing older adults have fun while playing the ExerGames.

 

 

SmartReminders – Tests with sensors

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COLABORAR provided users to test the sensors used to detect the movements of the arm. This sensors are being used in the scope of the thesis SmartReminders, under development at Fraunhofer AICOS, with the purpose of monitoring daily activities such as eating or drinking.

The first tests were conducted with a sample of 20 seniors at a day-care centre. Participants had the sensors in their wrists while taking their meals.

Thank you all participants! You always receive us warmly at the centre!

Project DeMind: beginning of the pilot with older adults

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We are glad that the pilot for the project DeMind has just  begun! The pilot is taking place in Lisbon, at Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa (SCML), a partner of COLABORAR.

This pilot aims to promote technology-based activities for seniors attending 6 day-care centres from SCML and is called “Tec-Conhecimento”. CogniPlay, the Fraunhofer AICOS‘ application for tablets of cognitive games, is available for the participants on this project. ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa is also a project’s partner. The consortium comprised by these 3 institutions aims to study the integration of activities supported by technology, particularly tablets, on the daily habits of older adults at day-care centers and seniors’ acceptance. At the same time, usability aspects of the interfaces are also being studied.

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The project began with a presentation of CogniPlay to the technical staff of the centers. This project lasts until July and we are looking forward for its results.

Note: Thank you SCML for the images.

Tests for FallSensing

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Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS has been developing interactive games for fall prevention (project FallSensing) and we have just made the first tests with older adults at a Day Care Centre in Porto.

We took equipment to the centre and introduced the game. Then, we let participants try out the game and have fun! Researchers and the designer working on this project performed some observations and were happy to see how seniors organized to participate and how they interacted with each other, building teams and socialize around the new game.

We will be back soon to the centre to test new games!

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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.

 


 

 

Usability assessment of SmartBEAT: tests with users

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Fraunhofer AICOS’ SmartBEAT was tested by a group of users from our user network COLABORAR.

The user-friendly interfaces were used by seniors and pre-seniors at the Living Lab. Researchers conducted observation evaluations of participants. The tasks included performing measures of vital signs, responding to questionnaires and managing timely reminders of medication.

This study was very important, as researchers could understand if there are any issue to improve in what concerns to usability and user experience.

You can get more information about SmartBEAT here:

http://www.smartbeatproject.org/;

http://www.fraunhofer.pt/en/fraunhofer_aicos/projects/government_contractresearch/smartbeat.html.

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.

Video: 5 years of COLABORAR

We are beginning 2017 with a video about our project that we prepared. It was shooted during the 5th anniversary celebrations of COLABORAR and shows the best moments.

Click below to watch our video.

 

Season’s Greetings

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The holidays are here and it is the perfect time to thank the volunteers of the user network COLABORAR for the cooperation.

We payed visits to the centres and offered our season’s greetings postcards along some tokens with a big “Thank you!” and a smile.

The COLABORAR team wishes all of you an enchanted Holiday Season and a Happy New Year filled with health, success and happiness.

We gratefully appreciate your good will. Your participation in our project as end users means a lot. We see you in 2017, with fresh projects related to new technologies!

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