CO-TRAIN will integrate technologies and services as designed by physiotherapists and IT-experts in an integrated fashion to create an evidence-based training tool which serves the end-users with a best of approach to their needs. Wearable body-sensors to monitor motions of the participants when walking, standing or escalating stairs will be applied to compute real-time feed-back to the users. Frail persons with dementia will preserve, gain or re-gain some degree of mobility to prevent isolation and support ongoing social inclusion. Informal caregivers and support providers will experience less burden and more ease and fulfilment in helping their loved ones to stay active. The professional therapists will get a system at hand which can easily be adapted to stage-specific needs of persons with dementia and frailty. The future exploitation concept consists of licences of the CO-TRAIN product for therapists and care organisations who will serve their clients by providing and supervising this advanced exercise training program.


Frailty leads to reduced competence in activities of daily living, independence, as well as secondary health problems and threats, e.g. falls, depression, anxiety and isolation. Frailty in persons with dementia interacts within a “vicious circle”, promoting physical decline.

CO-TRAIN will develop a coaching system for functional exercise training of frail people with dementia, consisting of training programs, a mobile sensor system with software for movement analysis and tracking, a web-based coaching portal and guidelines for motivating training instructions and online feedback on a smartphone.

Expected results and impact

Coaching system for functional exercise training of frail people with dementia including: Server software for physiotherapists, Android app with user interface for guiding the exercises and automatic feedback, motion sensors and mobile software for movement analysis in 3D.

Results of field trials: Test data from 60 participants in 3 countries, validated prototype.

Business idea: Software system for physiotherapists marketed by CareCenter Software GmbH, CREAGY AG, Synappz NVand distribution partners.


Partners involved in the CO-TRAIN project

Organization Type Country Website
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH R&D Austria
CareCenter Software GmbH SME Austria
CREAGY AG SME Switzerland
Movisie R&D The Netherlands
terzStiftung End User Switzerland
De Wever End User The Netherlands
MAS Alzheimerhilfe End User Austria
Synappz Mobile Health SME The Netherlands
Kepler Universitätsklinikum GmbH Large Industry Austria
  • Project name: Coaching system for functional exercise training of frail people with dementia
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  • Coordinator: AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
  • Duration: 27 months
  • Starting date: 01.03.2017
  • Total budget: 2.66 mi €
  • Public contribution: 1.55 mi €


Heinrich Garn


T.: +43 505504103


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