Monitoring daily functioning of older adults

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The percentage of population aged above 65 has continuously increased in the last decades. In the Netherlands it is expected that this age group will represent almost 25% of the total population by 2030 (CBS, 2012). Frailty is an age-related condition with high prevalence worldwide. It can be associated with, but is distinct from, natural age-related impairment and it often predicts disabilities in activities of daily living. Therefore, prevention of frailty relates to early detection of daily functioning decline.

This assignment is integrated in the PERSSILAA project . PERSSILAA is a European project that aims at developing and validating a new service model, to screen for and prevent frailty in community dwelling older adults. Eight partners from five countries combine their expertise to develop service modules for screening, monitoring and training of nutrition, physical and cognitive functions. The services are provided through an online platform under development.

The assignment takes place at Roessingh Research and Development, Enschede, the largest Dutch scientific research center for rehabilitation technology and Telemedicine. The Telemedicine cluster aims at realizing innovative solutions for healthcare delivery using biomedical and ICT technology. This cluster is involved in several national and international projects, including the PERSSILAA project.

Aim & Study

The proposed study concerns the evaluation of the monitoring module of PERSSILAA. This service is composed by a set of tools that monitor everyday functioning of the elderly. During the last months, experts from physical, cognitive and nutritional domain have decided on an initial set of parameters and tools that can be used for this purpose. This set of tools include mainly wearable sensors and web-based questionnaires. We are looking for a motivated student to test and evaluate our initial proof-of-concept of the monitoring module with end users. The student must be eager to perform user-tests, analyse qualitative and quantitative data, and design and implement improvements of the system based on the results.

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Roessingh Research and Development, Enschede, The Netherlands

Supervision and info

Miriam Cabrita
Roessingh Research and Development

Monique Tabak
Roessingh Research and Development