Background to PreventIT

The Challenge: The European population is ageing rapidly.

Life expectancy for both women and men is longer than ever before. Unfortunately, not all these extra years come in the guise of healthy years, indicating that we should expect to live more years with disease and disability. In addition, ongoing demographic changes increasingly shift the population towards a larger proportion of people that are retired and a smaller proportion of people active on the job market in general and in health care in particular. Together, these two developments create the challenging situation in which more people will need more health care that has to be provided by fewer people. In order to meet this challenge, a three-pronged strategy is necessary. We need to shift focus from treatment to prevention, increase the use of health technology to alleviate the pressure on health care personnel, and develop tools that empower people to self-manage their own health and function. PreventIT aims to do just this.

How it Works

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THE IDEA

Help young seniors to stay active and healthy with the use of mobile technology. Mobile technology can be used to activate and motivate people, and is especially powerful when tailored to an individual’s needs, challenges, and barriers.

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OBJECTIVES

The main objective of PreventIT is to develop a mobile technology-based, personalised behavioural change intervention at the time of retirement that is based on exercises and activities that are embedded into daily life, in order to enable active and healthy ageing.

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THE RESEARCH

PreventIT will develop and test a personalized ICT-based intervention aimed at behavioural change in people who have recently retired, in order to decrease risk for age-related functional decline.


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    Save the Date: June 17-22, 2018 Summerschool “New Technologies and Changing Behaviours”

    Jul 17,2017

    SAVE THE DATE “New Technologies and Changing Behaviours” Summer School June 17-22, 2018 – University Residential Centre of Bertinoro, Italy Concept: Emerging smart and mobile technologies and behavioural intervention programmes provide the focus for understanding the role of technology in changing behaviours and preserving health and quality of life. PhD stu- dents and junior researchers from a variety of disciplines (e.g. behavioural science, computer science, engineering, human-computer interaction) will be exposed to relevant topics such as how to: • Apply evidence and theory in development and evaluation • Engage users, without which the most impressive technologies will be of littleRead More

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    Making a day more complex might slow down functional decline

    Jun 16,2017

    Blog by: Dr. Wei Zhang, Dr. Anisoara Ionescu and Prof. Kamiar Aminian. Laboratory of Movement Analysis and Measurements, EPFL Zurich, Switzerland.   Life expectancy is higher than ever, making it crucial that we empower older adults to take care of their own health and function as much and as long as possible. Physical activity plays an important role in healthy living. Thanks to the advancement of welfare technologies, such as mobile health (mHealth) technology, we are one step further in delivering services to assist older adults to stay physically active and adopt healthy behaviour in their daily life. What isRead More

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    Interested in technology and healthy ageing? Our Manchester team is looking for a PhD student!

    Jun 1,2017

    Evaluating new technologies for promotion of healthy active ageing: using smartphone apps and sensors to promote activity- acceptability and adherence measurement? This PhD will investigate the acceptability of smartphones and sensors to young older people (61-70) and how these can be designed to be attractive to this age group. The literature and our own experience (Waterman et al 2016) reveal that there can be mismatch between activity data from sensors and report data. Whilst at first sight one is tempted to argue the sensor data must be correct and self-report in some way biased, sensors can misclassify or miss activityRead More

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    International Physical Therapy Day

    Sep 8,2016

    Today, the 8th of September is the international physical therapy day, which this year focuses on healthy ageing, and “adding life to years”.  This important topic is exactly also the main focus of PreventIT. Through PreventIT we will empower people to stay healthy and active over time, by using technology embedded in smartphones and smartwatches to monitor and give individualised feedback on healthy behaviour.

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    Development of eLife intervention in Lausanne June 6-7 2016

    Jul 21,2016

    Several PreventIT partners met in Lausanne in Switzerland June 6-7, 2016, to discuss and put together pieces of work required for the electronic version of the LiFE intervention (eLiFE) to work as intended. The coordinator of PreventIT, Jorunn L Helbostad, described the work performed by the consortium as a ‘cog wheel’: Each of the elements of the work performed has to work together in order for the mHealth system to work as intended. And, we seem to be on track! An exercise database has been developed and instructions translated. The development of the smartphone application delivering the intervention has madeRead More

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    Third PreventIT Workshop in Amsterdam 24th-26th April 2016

    Jul 21,2016

    The Amsterdam workshop (24th – 26th April) was the third workshop in a series of workshops (workshop #1 Stuttgart, workshop #2 Bologna) focusing on the development of the adapted Lifestyle-integrated Functional Exercise Programme (aLiFE). The aLiFE development and related workshops were coordinated by Work Package 4 (RBK Stuttgart). The aLiFE programme has been adapted to the PreventIT target populations of young older adults aged 60-70. The Amsterdam workshop focused on teaching aLiFE trainers and assessors for a pilot study aiming to evaluate the new aLiFE programme. RBK taught the components of the aLiFE programme including a new exercise framework focusingRead More

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    Activity app for an ageing population

    May 25,2016

    Bloggers: Jorunn L. Helbostad and Beatrix Vereijken Professors at the Department of Neuroscience, NTNU Norway, and coordinators of the EU-project PreventIT          Prof. Jorunn Helbostad                Prof. Beatrix Vereijken Almost daily, new mobile technology becomes available to help us get or remain in shape, such as fitness apps, heart rate monitors, and fitness trackers. Most of this technology is aimed at young adults and is developed to help them achieve specific training goals. Can we use this new mobile technology to create solutions that can help older adults to become moreRead More

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    PreventIT project presented at Mobex, Umeå, January 2016

    Apr 12,2016

    The PreventIT study was presented by Jorunn L. Helbostad and Beatrix Vereijken, on behalf of the PreventIT consortium, at Mobex (Mobility and Exercise in the Elderly) meeting in Umeå, Sweden, January 2016. The title of the presentation was Early risk detection and prevention in young older adults – The protocol of the PreventIT study.

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    PreventIT Project Kick Off Trondheim

    Apr 5,2016

    The EU Horizon2020-funded PreventIT project had its official kick-off meeting on January 25–26, 2016, in Trondheim, Norway. Almost 30 representatives from the nine consortium project partners met to start this three-year project.

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