ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research

Safemove – safe mobility of the elderly in the vicinity of their home and on journeys

Project Members: Ioannis Tarnanas, Raluca Ganea, Prabitha Urwyler, Tobias Nef
Project Duration: June 2012 - May 2015
Funding: EU FP7 / AAL

This EU-project has two aims. The first one is to develop new means to improve and maintain cognitive performance and to prevent cognitive decline as long as possible. Hence, in collaboration with other European and Swiss researchers, we develop home-based cognitive and physical trainings based on innovative gaming platforms (e.g. Wii and Kinect) and specifically developed serious games. We will place a special focus on adaptive difficulty levels, allowing error-free learning that is expected to increase motivation, fun, and self-confidence. The second aim is to develop a navigational device that provides context- and location-based information and aids during outdoor activities. We expect that these two measures will help to breach the negative cascade of avoidance, i.e. by the fear of failure during cognitive challenges, which is commonly observed in patients with cognitive impairment.