Older adults as co-designers of the PERSSILAA platform

Today (Tuesday March 17, 2015) a meeting of the advisory board of the PERSSILAA project was organized. Participants of the PERSSILAA project, older adults living in the Twente region, were invited to Roessingh Research and Development (RRD) premises.  After some short introduction, the participants discussed their first experience with the online exercise program. This program is a 12 weeks program to increase the level of physical fitness of the older adults with functional decline on the physical domain. The follow-up of this program is a 12 weeks online self-management program to maintain this level of physical fitness.  After 6 weeks of use the participants were very enthusiastic and had some good remarks to improve the program for a future release.  As the participants all participated in the first and second screening of the PERSSILAA project, their experience with these two screening moments were also discussed. Finally, the participants got a sneak peek into future developments in the PERSSILAA project, such as the device which can be used to monitor physical activity and the MyHealthFrame. As co-designers of the PERSSILAA platform their opinion to these future developments is very important. Theirt opinion provides researchers the knowledge whether these developments will be adapted by their most important end-user. The next advisory board meeting will be planned in June.

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Kick-off Langgezond.nl project

Langgezond.nl builds on services that are developed within the PERSSILAA project. Langgezond.nl provides ICT services for the ageing population, helping them to remain physically healthy independently as long as possible. RRD is one of the partners for this project.

The original press release can be found here.

The project website is www.langgezond.nl

PERSSILAA well-represented at the International Conference on Frailty & Sarcopenia Research

December 11th, 2014 On April 23-25 2015, the International Conference on Frailty & Sarcopenia will be held in Boston. At this conference researchers and healthcare professionals from all over the world will gather to present and discuss the latest research on frailty and sarcopenia. The PERSSILAA project will also be presented here. Lex van Velsen will present the (development of) the service model behind PERSSILAA and Stephanie Jansen-Kosterink will present the innovative study design that will be used to evaluate the PERSSILAA services. Both topics were accepted as oral communications and the abstracts for each presentation will be published in the Journal of Frailty & Aging.

More information about the conference can be found here: http://www.frailty-sarcopenia.com/index.php

Second screening has started

December 1st, 2014 Last week, the second screening for PERSSILAA started. One hundred people from the region of Hengelo are participating.


Poster presentation PERSSILAA at MIRA event

December 1st, 2014 On thursday November 27th, the biannual MIRA event took place in the Grolsch Veste. Research institute MIRA from University of Twente organises this event for researchers, medical professionals and the the industry, to explore opportunities for collaboration, to inspire and to inform. PERSSILAA was also visible on this event, by a poster presentation by Hossein Nassabi. Besides his work, the poster also showed the work of Miriam Cabrita and Frederiek de Vette.


First year review

November 18th, 2014 For the annual review in Brussels an informative video was created, showing the workings of the PERSSILAA platform and modules.

Newspaper article about PERSSILAA in Tubantia

September 29th, 2014 Regional newspaper Tubantia from the Netherlands published an article on PERSSILAA, titled “Gezondheidsproject van Roessingh Research”. A translation: “Staying active and healthy longer: this is the goal of the health project PERSSILAA, initiated by Roessing Research and Development. This week, elderly in neighbourhood Stadsveld in Enschede are first to participate. The participants, aged 65 and up, are asked to fill in questionnaires online, based on which their health is evaluated. Afterwards, they will receive tailored advice to maintain their health. The rationale behind the project is the fact that elderly wait to see their docter until they are really facing problems. Thanks to this online program, elderly that are susceptible to health issues are identified at an early stage. The pro-active health system is developed by Roessing Research, led by prof. dr. Miriam Vollenbroek.” The original article can be found here.

PERSSILAA press release published on Madri+d

June 1st, 2014 Madri+d, a news website specialized in the dissemination of research activities in the Madrid region, published PERSSILAA’s press release online. The article is in Spanish, the header can be translated into “ICT makes elderly less dependent”.

PERSSILAA SNOMED-CT registration succesful

May 28th, 2014 PERSSILAA has successfully registered as one of the projects that are going to use SNOMED-CT for semantic interoperability. SNOMED Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT) is the most comprehensive, multilingual clinical healthcare terminology in the world, plus the most accepted and used. The use of a standard clinical terminology makes a significant contribution towards improving the quality and safety of healthcare by enabling consistent representation of meaning in an electronic health record. Therefore, PERSSILAA will get benefits and will contribute to the improvement of patient care, providing our future platform with semantic interoperability features.
SNOMED CT is owned, maintained and distributed by the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO). The IHTSDO is a not-for-profit association, which is owned and governed by its national Members. In April 2014 twenty-seven countries were Members of IHTSDO, more countries are joining every year.
From now on, PERSSILAA will participate as a Research – ICT project in Health in the SNOMED In Ation initiative(http://www.snomedinaction.org/sct-table.html), improving visibility and getting the benefits from the SNOMED-CT community.

Bachelor thesis healthy eating habits for elderly

May 6th, 2014 Within the PERSSILAA project, a bachelor thesis of Creative Technology at University Twente is being developed on the topic: “Ensuring Healthy Eating Habits for Elderly”. Nowadays there is a growing popularity of smartphone applications aiming at nutrition monitoring; however, the majority of these applications require time-consuming manual reporting that is commonly not suitable for the elderly population. Based on the state-of-art automatic dietary monitoring at home and on questionnaires distributed among the elderly population, Yannick intends to identify a set of requirements for a system able to unobtrusively and continuously monitor eating habits of older adults. This work will also establish guidelines on how the system should provide feedback and nutrition related recommendations to the elderly as well as to practitioners and informal caregivers. The assignment should result in a design mock-up of the system.

Italian health professionals and senior citizens enthusiastic about PERSSILAA service

May 1th, 2014 In Campania, the PERSSILAA service is being implemented jointly by Federico II University Hospital, and by two parishes: one is located in Ercolano, and another in Naples, at the borders of the Vomero hill. Recently, a first meeting with all the stakeholders for the service, among them many elderly citizens, was held.

ISG international conference 2014

April 25th, 2014 The ISG (www.gerontechnology.info) biennially organises an international conference (www.isg2014.org) and masterclasses for young researchers and has its own magazine. During one of these masterclasses, the International Society for Gerontology (ISG) for PhD students in Nice, the Best Poster Awards were won by Simone Boerema: not only for the masters (professors) but also for PhDs. The masterclass was organised by ISG masters which were invited to give lectures. They define gerontechnology as ‘designing technology and environment for independent living and social participation of older persons in good health, comfort and safety’. Simone’s poster described her research on physical activity of elderly, how this can be measured and what the differences are between physical activity and sedentary behavour.

A stakeholder meeting for developing a screening process

January 30th, 2014 Halfway February, a meeting with all the stakeholders will be held to work on a process for screening for and preventing frailty. The participants will think about questions like: Who to invite for a screening? Whom can we screen online, and whom should we screen in a face-to-face setting? Based on this session, a first process will be developed which will then be evaluated with players in the field.

Towards screening functional decline

January 30th, 2014 In the PERSSILAA consortium, the first steps are taken in developing a shared vision regarding the screening of functional decline. Based on the knowledge and experience of the various project partners a first set of screening tool has been gathered. Next to general screening tools for frailty, such as the Groninger Frailty Indicator (GFI), other questionnaires are added to assess cognitive or physical functional decline and nutritional status. To be continued.

PERSILLAA: the Kick off

January 30th, 2014 On the 7th and 8th of November, the PERSSILAA project has been kicked off in Enschede, the Netherlands. All parties gathered in Holland to discuss their plans and visions regarding the future of screening for and preventing frailty.