The aim of the Ageing in Balance (AiB) project is to develop a new solution for preventing older adults from falling, by taking into account a wide range of different factors.
In AiB, an innovative model of risks of falls will be developed. The model will include all possible risk factors as described by the various studies and assessments from all aspects (mental, physical and environmental: intrinsic and extrinsic). Several assessment scales combined with data from environmental sensors and other technology (e.g. cognitive games) will be employed to give a clear picture of the fall risk. Another goal of the AiB is to develop technologies for the early prevention of falls of older people in their homes by providing motivation that will lead to changing behaviour. The expected impact will be the maintenance of a better physical, neurological and mental condition by the end-user that will decrease the risk of falling. Additionally, fall risks can be reduced by identifying potential environmental risk factors and eliminating them. Preventing the majority of falls would save a lot of money and improve and prolong the good quality of life of ageing adults. The project will also survey the willingness to pay aspect, as well as the better definition of the costs and effects. User involvement is crucial in this project. Users from Spain and Finland will be engaged in the specification, development and testing phases so that the development can be based on their feedback as well.
The aim of the Ageing in Balance (AiB) project is to develop a new solution for preventing the falls of the older adults, which would reduce the costs produced by the falls and increase the quality of life of older people. The solution will include two aspects: assessing the fall risk and preventing the falls. The fall risk assessment tools will include full-scale professional assessments and also short assessments, which can be used for self-assessments or by care professionals. The prevention tools will consist of physical and cognitive exercises and also environmental guidance.
Expected results and impact:
The result of the project will include technologies for fall risk assessment; tools for professional use, self-assessment tools for older users, and a fall prevention software for older users to motivate behaviour change. Preventing the majority of falls would save a lot of money and improve and prolong the good quality of life of ageing adults.
Falls, especially among the elderly, result in high costs for care and rehabilitation for the western type of societies.
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Coordinator: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Duration: 36 Months
Starting Date: 01 March 2012
Total budget: 1 478 093€
Public contribution: 826 147€
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