Falls are one of the most common health related problems in the elderly population, representing more than 50% of hospitalizations due to injuries.
To provide a solution to this growing concern, this consortium has launched Active@Home, a project based on exergames, dance and Tai Chi, as studies have already shown that this type of training programs can significantly improve elderly people’s balance, strength and coordination . The proposed solution, focused on physical, cognitive and social aspects, aims at promoting physical activity at home and foster fall prevention. It will be designed for large screens (TVs) through HDMI dongles and all exercises will be monitored using simple wearable motion sensors and guided by user-friendly virtual characters. 20 users in each country (Switzerland, The Netherlands, Portugal) will participate in extended field trials
Active@Home intends to be a holistic approach to increasing the physical activity of the elderly population, while motivating them through captivating and challenging multi-player exergames, video games played through physical exercise. The user will be able to choose the type of exercise that suits him/her best: from sequences of games composed together to create workouts, dance exercises based on traditional dances from different European countries or Tai Chi training. With this, social capabilities will be promoted to foster community engagement and enhance cultural and cognitive aspects.
Expected results and impact:
Any intervention aiming to prevent the occurrence of falls may result in a reduction of the direct costs related to the medical services and also indirect costs related to other health and care pathways (due to the lack of independence, social isolation, depression, among others). Impactful results on health, independence and functional capabilities, together with an analysis of the costs associated with the installation requirements and equipment, are expected to be sufficient to influence healthcare funders, community organizations and even public policies towards a more appropriate management of falls in the older age.
|Fraunhofer Portugal (AICOS)||R&D||Portugal||www.fraunhofer.pt|
|UNIE KBO||End user||Netherlands||www.uniekbo.nl|
|Conforto em Casa, Lda.||End user||Portugal||www.comfortkeepers.com|
Duration: 36 months
Starting Date: 01 May 2016
Total budget: € 2.500.000
Public contribution: € 1.500.000