Lower Saxony Research Network Design of Environments for Ageing

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The development of the scenarios, started in the years 1 to 3, will be continued in the years 4 and 5, retaining the thematic focus and objectives. The interdisciplinary approach has proven to be successful. Due to the progress of the project progress and the inclusion of new partners, novel thematic objectives have become feasible that will outlined below.

Older people with cognitive functional deficits

For the "grey area" between normal age-related cognitive capacity loss and dementia, different concepts have been developed in the recent years. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) by Petersen et. al. is generally accepted by the international community. Patients with MCI have subjective and psychometric objectifiable cognitive deficits that can be compensated well in daily living. These deficits include amnestic MCI and non-amnestic MCI. Patients with MCI have a high risk to contract a dementia.

Older people with physical functional deficits

Decreasing mobility and increasing fall risk are associated with a decline of life quality and negative health events (hospitalisation, institutionalisation, mortality) among the elderly. Therefore, the project aims at extending the understanding of the usage of patient- and home-centered assisting technologies towards a usage in real care settings. This is one focus in WP6. Cooperation with hospitals organised in the Lower Saxony Geriatric Association (Niedersächsischer Landesverband Geriatrie) allows for an evaluation of GAL assisting technologies with geriatric rehabilitation patients. Expected outcomes are information about the application in clinical and domestic environments as well as new prognostic parameters. Based on these outcomes, high-risk patients will be supplied with secondary preventive treatment to achieve a long-term improvement of their care situation in addition to acute rehabilitation.

Older people with handicaps

The application of assisting technologies in environments for ageing is relevant against the background of an increasing quantity of older people with handicaps. The quantity of older people with handicaps, and especially mentally handicapped, is increasing because of historic developments and the improvement of medical care. These aspects are covered in WP7 with respect to active participation and self-determination.