Five projects/solutions to achieve active and healthy ageing were selected for testing in the IN-4-AHA consortium’s living labs based in South Savo, Finland, and Galicia, Spain, which are among the regions in Europe with the highest life expectancy. The five finalists will receive integrated business coaching from a team of international experts, user-centred testing opportunities, and evaluation reports from the two living labs. Both the Xamk Active Life Lab (ALL) in Finland and ITGALL (CSG) in Spain are high-level living lab environments.
• The high-class facilities of ALL offer opportunities to measure the effectiveness of activities targeted to improve human wellbeing, such as advanced physiological and biomechanical analyses during exercise and at rest, but the testing environment can also be the end-users’ daily life.
• The services of CSG consist of testing the products/services at the end-user level under the person-centred care (PCC) approach (independence, autonomy, individuality, comprehensiveness, participation, social inclusion, social impact, etc.). Moreover, the IN-4-AHA network partners may refer all eligible solutions to their innovation and business support schemes.
Start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises, large companies, universities, research and technology centres and other organisations that have a scalable digital or technology-supported innovative solution for active and healthy ageing can apply. The applicant must be legally registered in a member state of the European Union or in a Horizon 2020 associated country. The solution has to be in its growth stage, have a working minimum viable product (MVP), a scaling customer acquisition and revenue, and be looking for support to validate the technology and business model and scale for a higher take-up by users, including the readiness to enter a new market. The end-users of the solution have to be seniors (65 years or older), formal or informal caregivers of seniors, or organisations providing services to seniors. The solution must be relevant in the context of health or care for the elderly and be targeted to end-users or beneficiaries. We are particularly looking for mHealth solutions for active and healthy ageing, or solutions for smart age friendly homes and independent living, and chronic disease management. The solutions will be evaluated based on the following criteria: scalability, solution, team behind the solution and business potential. Particularly in the context of scaling up, testing explores the feasibility of implementing the innovation on a large scale (WHO 2009, 2).
AVECEN is the virtual assistant for active aging of people with neurodegenerative mental illnesses.
AVECEN aims to improve the lives of people with dementia, their caregivers and their families by helping to prevent and self-manage neurogenerative diseases, such as Parkinson´s or Alzheimer´s characterized by a progressive deterioration of cognitive functions.
The objective of the project is the development of a distributed platform that allows self-management of neurodegenerative diseases by patients as well as decision-making by medical professionals and caregivers of their environment. For this, the creation of a dynamic virtual assistant is proposed that continuously monitors and evaluates the execution of certain clinical and lifestyle routines. The assistant is also making recommendations adapted to the patient’s condition and evaluating their frequent or habitual behavior at all times, allowing to understand its evolution over time.
AVECEN is a project led by Plexus Tech, an IT products and services consultancy with more than 20 years of experience in the sector. Other project partners are Arcade Consultores and Insati Innovation.
COQUUS is a software for integrating menus with user-specific informating for healthy eating.
Coquus is a software that integrates two sources of information for better nourished and happier elderlies. First, it supports the nutrition teams to configure the different diets and menus with their technical sheets, allergens, costs and nutrional assessments. Second, it collects all the characteristics of the diners such as allergies, tastes etc. The softwear then decides what each person should take and provides a wide set of tools to facilitate manufacturing and controlling the nutrition. Coquus is developed by Novos Sistemas de Información.
ENNA is an operating concept for tablets to facilitate independent digital communication for beginners.
Enna by uCare enables digital beginners to communicate independently and digitally with family members and to access and use digital content such as entertainment and support. For this purpose, a commercially available tablet is extended with a haptic operating concept using NFC cards, which allows active and error-free use of the system.
MYONTEC utilizes muscle activation technology in smart clothes for active ageing.
Myontec develops smart clothes to motivate elderly people to keep their muscles activated and maintain good balance. Myontec is the cutting-edge wearables company which takes muscle activation technology – electromyography (EMG) – out of the lab, for a new dimension in understanding muscles behavior. For example, smart stockings or calf sleeves monitor sufficient blood flow and metabolism to prevent appearance of blood clots (monitoring so called “calf pump” performance).
TEMPID SMART PATCH is a body temperature logger with mobile application.
TempID Smart Patch is a reusable body temperature logger with mobile application for early detection of health risks, potential COVID-19 infection and other health related issues. The aim is to support remote care and increase efficiency of medical system.