9.5.2016

16 European, Oceania, and Asian countries join forces to conquer the effects of frailty and support prevention

Under the coordination of the University of Turin, Fraunhofer AICOS joined a team of 16 European, Asian and Oceanian countries to start fighting age-related frailty, and therefore giving birth to the project my Active and Healthy Aging (My-AHA).

Physical as well as cognitive frailty is in the focus. Early detection and intervention programs shall support in decreasing negative effects on people and increase their quality of life.

The main aim of my-AHA is to reduce frailty risk by improving physical activity and cognitive function, psychological state, social resources, nutrition, sleep and overall well-being. It will empower older citizens to better manage their own health, resulting in healthcare cost savings. My-AHA intends to provide new ways of health monitoring and disease prevention through individualized profiling and personalized recommendations, feedback and support.

An ICT-based platform will early and accurately detect defined risks in the frailty domains via non-stigmatising embedded sensors and data readily available in the daily living environment of older adults. When risk is detected, My-AHA will provide targeted ICT-based interventions with a scientific evidence base of efficacy, including vetted offerings from established providers of medical and Active and Healthy Aging support. These interventions will follow an integrated approach to motivate users to participate in exercise, cognitively stimulating games and social networking to achieve long-term behavioural change, sustained by continued end-user engagement with My-AHA.