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Developing mobile ICT for improved health, safety and well-being together with elderly people: experiences from the MyHealth@Age (2008-2010) project
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehab.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
Reflective Learning-UK.
Umeå universitet, Institutionen för Samhällsmedicin och Rehabilitering.
2010 (English)In: Ubiquitous Healthcare and Supporting Technolgies (UBI-HEALTH'10), 2010, 1-5 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The population is ageing in most economically developed countries. For elderly persons, safety is seen as important. The fear of falling is an experience that has been reported by numerous studies. Falls present the most common cause of injury in old age. A "health ageing paradigm" is a comprehensive approach to prevent injuries from falling. Home-based and mobile monitoring technology is considered to assist elderly people in terms of keeping healthy and staying at home longer. The MyHealth@Age Project (2008-2010) involves partners from Northern Ireland, Norway and Sweden. It aims to provide mobile ICT products and services to promote a process of healthy ageing. Thirteen elderly persons, 63-80 years of age, are the research persons in the Swedish part. The project-methodology is participatory and collaborative. It draws upon FormIT, Participatory and Appreciative Action & Reflection research (PAAR) and Living Lab approaches. Three areas were identified; safety, prescribed healthcare and social networking. Safety and freedom of mobility were the most important identified needs. Much of the learning was accumulated with regard to the processes of empowerment. It is important to co-construct empowering research and development methodologies, products and services, which promote social participation of elderly persons in order to keep healthy, safe and to promote well-being

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2010. 1-5 p.
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Physiotherapy; Informatics
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-30748Local ID: 4aabe2f0-72b5-11df-ab16-000ea68e967bOAI: diva2:1003977
International Workshop on Ubiqitous Healthcare and Supporting Technologies : 31/05/2010 - 02/06/2010
Godkänd; 2010; 20100608 (animel)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30Bibliographically approved

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