My Active Ageing Against Cognitive Frailty
The project proposes a holistic view of interrelated frailties: cognitive decline, physical frailty, depression and anxiety, social isolation and poor sleep quality, which are a major burden to older adults and social and health care systems. Early detection and intervention are crucial in sustaining Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA) and slowing or reversing further decline.
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 will use state-of-the-art analytical concepts to provide new ways of health monitoring and disease prevention through individualized profiling and personalized recommendations, feedback and support.
An Information and Communication Technologies based (ICT-based) platform will detect defined risks in the frailty domains early and accurately 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 AHA 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.
The proposed platform will provide numerous incentives to engage diverse stakeholders, constituting a sustainable ecosystem with empowered end users and reliable standardised interfaces for solutions providers, which will be ready for larger scale deployment at project end. The ultimate aim is to deliver significant innovation in the area of AHA by cooperation with European health care organizations, Small or Medium-sized Enterprise (SMEs), Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs), etc.
Università degli Studi di Torino (coordinator); Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln; GESMED - Gestió Socio Sanitaria al Mediterrani SL; Institut für experimentelle Psychophysiologie GmbH; Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia; IP Health Solutions BV; Istituto Superiore Mario Boella sulle Tecnologie dell'Informazione e delle Telecomunicazioni; JIN CO Ltd; Johanniter Österreich Ausbildung und Forschung gemeinnützige GmbH; Kaasa solution GmbH; Loughborough University; National University Corporation Tohoku University; Seoul National University; Universität Siegen; University of the Sunshine Coast.
Development of an innovative ICT-based platform to detect subtle changes in physical, cognitive and social domains that indicate an increased risk of subsequent vicious cycle of disability and diseases, including dementia, depression, frailty and falls. The ICT-platform will continuously monitor individuals’ risk profile including their lifestyles with cognitive, physical and social capabilities. This information will be used to determine individuals’ risk profiles and to provide personalized intervention strategies for sustainable use.
The ultimate purpose of My-AHA is to contribute to the slow-down of cognitive and physical decline and, possibly, delay the onset of associated end-stage diseases through empowering citizens to manage their own health by improved health literacy.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 689592.
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