By means of three different technologies, visual stimulation of mirror neurons in Alzheimer patients, an interactive agenda or diary and a movement monitoring system, people with dementia will be able to improve or sustain their cognitive functions. By developing, integrating and testing these technologies in home-care and residential settings we will demonstrate that it will improve conditions for Alzheimer patients by offering them personalised support through ICT.


To demonstrate that by using of ICT people with dementia can:

  •  be visually stimulated to walk and eat better than before
  •  plan, perform and control daily activities
  • monitored in their movement patterns

In order to:

  • preserve and improve their cognitive functions as long as possible
  • stay in control of their life with help of informal and formal care when needed.

Expected results and impact

  • sustaining or improving cognitive functions in dementia patients by stimulating mirror neurons
  •  improved personal control over daily routines (supporting independence)
  •  increase in unrest behaviour and use of medication
  •  less demand on formal and informal care
  • assessing the development of dementia by monitoring movement patterns with sensor technology


Partners involved in the ALFA project

Organization Type Country Website
Woonzorg Unie Veluwe End User Netherlands
VU University Amsterdam in partnership with TU University of Delft R&D Netherlands
Alzheimer Nederland End User Netherlands
T3LAB R&D Italy
NoemaLife SME Italy
Iniciativas Comunitarias de Desarrollo Estepa Sierra Sur SME Spain
Mondragon University R&D Spain
  • Project name: Active Living For Alzheimer-patients -ALFA
  • Website:
  • Coordinator: HabiPro commissioned by Woonzorg Unie Veluwe
  • Duration: 24 Months
  • Starting Date: 01.01.2012
  • Total budget: € 2.162.987,24
  • Public contribution€ 1.321.540,24


Eric Schlangen


T.: +31650254686

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